Folk Arts Oxford aims to promote folk and traditional dance, music and song in the Oxfordshire region. In particular we are interested in improving access for those who might face barriers to participation in the arts.

Through our funded project work: children in Headington have learned about local lad William Kimber, and the musical legacy he has left; a new band called Iris has been formed, who accompany all their songs with Makaton signing; children from mainstream and special schools in Oxfordshire have the chance to create music together, and perform on the main stage at Folk Weekend: Oxford.

Alongside our own projects and events, FAO works collaboratively with other local organisations, forging links and creating opportunities for folk artists to work in education and community projects, as well as showcase their talent in local events. 


Makaton workshops

Do you know a child who has trouble communicating? Maybe they have a diagnosed disorder such as Downs Syndrome, or maybe their speech is just a bit unclear or delayed? Do you find yourself wishing you could help them to communicate?!

Makaton is a communication system using signs, symbols, and speech, and has a long history of helping children and adults with a variety of communication difficulties to interact with those around them.

Folk Arts Oxford currently runs three different Makaton courses:

Beginners Course (2 days)
Singing with Makaton (3 hours)
Makaton Taster (90 minutes)

Click the links above for more information and booking.

Folk Weekend 2018

We are building up to the seventh Folk Weekend: Oxford; your local festival where community comes together to enjoy folk music, get creative, and celebrate Oxford with a weekend bursting fun and surprise.

From 20th-22nd April, we have a full schedule of family activities, music and dance events, as well Morris dancers seemingly appearing around every corner, and pubs opening their doors for folk sessions everywhere.

For all information please visit, follow us on Twitter (@FolkWeekend) or Like us on Facebook (