Top quality kiwi folk and country music
The Bards, Ballads & Bulldust Festival was conceived by a past Naseby resident Warrick Brock to celebrate the unique life of the high country.
The inaugural festival was kicked off at the Ancient Briton Hotel in Naseby in 2006 and has been run annually in the town ever since. Hosted by award-winning high country balladeer, Phil Garland, visitors and locals alike are treated to top quality Kiwi folk and country music along with bush poetry relevant to the area. The Bards, Ballads & Bulldust festival is the only one of its kind in the country, where the emphasis is on the spoken word in the form of bush poetry. Bush balladry has been an integral part of our national heritage since the 1890s, but its profile has remained small, going largely un-noticed and un-recognised until the birth of Bards Ballads & Bulldust. The event has grown in popularity and, in order to celebrate the wider Maniototo, will be shared across the plains! Bards, Ballads & Bulldust features miners breakfasts.