Welcome to NYFTE!

The National Youth Folklore Troupe of England (NYFTE - pronounced "Nifty"), is a talented group of young people aged 10 – 18 with a passion for traditional music, song and dance. The group, whose members represent all the regions within England, come together in the spring to put together their repertoire for that year, and then travel to locations across England performing at events in a variety of ways, including ceilidhs, displays and concerts. The repertoire represents many English traditions, some popular and some less well known.  


2023 has been an exciting and busy year. Over the winter we held a series of rapper workshops which culminated with three NYFTE rapper teams competing successfully in DERT / DERTy 2023 (for the results see here). Our Spring concert was hosted in Shirehampton (Bristol), providing the first opportunity to see our 2023 NYFTE repertoire, including new dance styles (such as stave dancing) and debut performances of music written / arranged by team members. After this, we performed at Upton-upon-Severn, Chippenham, St Alban’s and Bromyard Folk Festivals, Buxton Day of Dance and ran our own ceilidh (the 'NYFTE and Friends' ceilidh) in Bakewell Town Hall.


It was with great sadness that we said good bye to 4 team members at Bromyard. We wish them well in the future. 


2024 already promises to be a busy year, with workshops, festivals and other events to look forward to. 


For more information about how NYFTE works, how to join us, or how to invite us to your event, please see the relevant tab on the left. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please do get in touch using the form on the contact page.

2024 Dates confirmed so far:


Other dates are still to be confirmed: watch this space. 

Recent News


Many congratulations to the NYFTE Longsword team that came runners up in the 2023 SDU sword dance competition. Read more here.  



The NYFTE and Friends ceilidh we hosted in Bakewell Town Hall on the 16th July 2023 has been nominated by Buxton Fringe Festival in recognition of excellence! Read more here.  




On the 11th March 2023 NYFTE entered three teams into the DERT and DERTy competitions, this year held in Rochdale. Everyone involved had an amazing day, and the teams came home with four trophies! Read more here.  

Autumn Newsletter 2023
News and updates from the team about our activities this year.
Autumn 2023.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.9 MB

Our leaflet

The NYFTE leaflet
An explanation about NYFTE, what we do and why.
Handout 2020 (1).pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.9 MB