Townsville Folk Club and Amnesty International Songwriting Competitions

Palm Creek Folk Festival is proud to host both the 2021 Townsville Folk Club Songwriting Competition and 2021 Amnesty International Townsville Songwriting Competition.

These competitions will be held concurrently across two days at the Jam Tin Stage between 10:15am and 11:30am on Saturday, and 10:00am and 11:00am on Sunday. Entrants are required to place their name and song title on the blackboard (beside the Jam Tin Stage) assigned for the competition they wish to enter up to an hour before the competition commences. One song per act per competition.

The 2021 Amnesty International Townsville Songwriting Competition requires all entries to fit the theme of Human Rights. Subjects include:

  • Write for Rights
  • Rohingha Rights
  • End The Death Penalty
  • Crisis Response
  • Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Anti-racism
  • Women’s Rights
  • Protect Protest
  • Indigenous Justice
  • Refugee Rights
  • Individuals at Risk
  • Climate Justice
  • LGBTQIA+ Rights

For more information on these issues, entrants can visit www.amnesty.org.au

This competition carries a prize of $150 for first place, as well as two $50 runner-up prizes.

The 2021 Townsville Folk Club Songwriting Competition has no subject requirements and also carries a prize of $150 for first place, as well as two $50 runner-up prizes.

Both competitions will be adjudicated by an expert panel appointed by the Palm Creek Folk Festival Programming Crew. These judges are Luke Thomas (Meraki), Michael Heytman (Block Of Flats) and Peter Hanley (Amnesty International).

Winners will be announced and invited to perform at the festival’s Closing Ceremony on Sunday afternoon.