Nested in Endcliffe Park and along the Porter Brook, the Folk Forest is an oasis of music, food, markets and family activities.
In past years the Folk Forest was part of the Tramlines programme; it's still on the same weekend but is now its own, separate, self-contained festival.
Music comes from indie-jazz-electronica group Portico Quartet, alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch, guitar-based folk artists like Sam Amidon and Jim Ghedi, the Sheffield Beatles Project, Neighbourhood Voices alternative women's choir, and more. The beer tent will serve craft beer from Regather's brewery and more, while there'll also be a range of independent food stalls.
For young people, there'll be a forest school, games, interactive stalls, and the Concerteenies concert series aimed at children aged 0 to 5. There'll also be a heritage crafts area, where talented crafts people will lead workshops (last year's activities included blacksmithing, knife and axe carving and clay sculpture – check in soon to see what's in store for 2018).
The main Folk Forest area is ticketed (note: Tramlines tickets do not cover the Folk Forest this year). Next to it, though, the wider Folk Forest Fair in the park is free to enter and open to all. Within the Folk Forest Fair, there'll be an arts and crafts market, a music heritage trail along the Porter Valley, a smaller music stage, forest school, and more. Here you'll also find mini exhibitions and music programmed by the Society of Explorers, a collective of 14-to-19-year-olds who meet at Site Gallery to chat, make and curate art – find out more in our Meet the Locals Q&A with members of the group.
You'll spot scenes from 2017's Folk Forest in the short film we made about music in Sheffield with Hallam University – watch below.