SUFF 18/19 – Aberdeen, 29-31 March 2019!

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We’re delighted that SUFF 18/19 will take place in Aberdeen on 29-31 March 2019! Aberdeen University Celtic Society will be hosting this year’s festival, and have a tonne of exciting folky events planned for sharing and celebrating Celtic cultures. SUFF 18/19 is all about locally-led events where we can celebrate our shared traditions and be introduced to new ones. We’re anticipating Gaelic songs, historical city tours and traditional arts workshops – as well as the ever-popular knees-up at the SUFF Ceilidh and plenty of tunes at sessions! Keep your eyes on our website, Facebook page or Twitter feed for more info…

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SUFF ’18

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It’s time to start thinking about next year’s event and we’re hoping that, in partnership with a keen and committed society, the Scottish Universities Folk Festival can be better than ever!

We’re looking for a Scottish university society interested in folk culture that can re-launch SUFF as an event to bring like-minded people together, with inclusivity and accessibility as core values in doing so. The host society will have a real opportunity to put their own ideas into making festival events local and reflective of their group – we’re very eager to hear how your group would shape SUFF to build the student folk community! The host will receive marketing, financial and logistical support from SUFF, meaning that even if you’re new to the idea of hosting an inter-university event there’s plenty of help available.

If you’d like to know more please have a look at the information pack and application form on the SUFF ’18 page; any questions can be sent via email to or messaged to the SUFF Facebook page. Applications should be submitted by 1700 on 10 November 2017.

We’re excited to hear from you soon!

SUFF 17 – Cancelled

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It is with the deepest regret that we have to inform you of the cancelation of this year’s SUFF event, SUFF ’17.

The decision to end a partnership between SUFF and St Andrews Folk and Traditional Music Society was made following irreconcilable differences over the values and spirit of Scottish University Folk Festival events. SUFF has always been about creating an affordable networking event for students interested in folk culture – our mission has been to bring people together at minimum cost to share in folk culture as a communal activity. Sadly the direction of the host’s 2017 festival differed from SUFF’s core values, and attempts to work together to find a solution to this situation were passed over. It would be disingenuous to continue an event representing SUFF when SUFF’s values have been so overlooked.

Taking SUFF to a new host was always going to present new challenges, and we are disappointed that the values which have underpinned SUFF in the past did not translate to a new setting. We hope SUFF can continue to bring people together for commonality rather than profit in the future, but realise that this year’s events may endanger that vision.

For now, we apologise for any inconvenience caused by the cancellation of SUFF ’17 and thank all those who have supported SUFF in the past.

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