2018 Festival

Well, what a festival we had. Thank you all for being a part of it! Our artists, our audience, our crew and wonderful volunteers make this festival so special. There were true favourites and great discoveries this year, and we thank all of you who took the time to give us feedback, which we will incorporate in our planning for 2020.

A key initiative this year was to reduce our festival waste and improve recycling. We set a target of 70% of all waste being recycled, and we nearly got there reaching 63%. We decreased our landfill waste to 8.83 tonnes which was a 51% decrease on 2018, introduced organic recycling and worked hard to improve general recycling. We thank all of you for your support, and we would like to thank Wannon Water, who worked with us and enabled for fabulous drinking water to be on tap so that we can work towards the elimination of single use water bottles. We also trialled reusable cups in the Speakeasy Bar and we are already working on further developing this for throughout the festival arena.
Amidst all the fun and glories of the festival some of you may have lost something… a cardigan, a pair of specs, some jewellery or a hat … the list is long. If you did lose something please contact the Port Fairy office [email protected] or 03 5568 2227, as we are so pleased that our wonderful patrons hand so much in.

As they say in the classics there is no rest for the wicked and we are working away for 2020. Performer applications will open on 15 April at 9:00am and close at midnight on 31 May. MC and Stage Manager applications will open on 1 May at 9:00am and close at midnight 21 June. Friends of the Festival, Food and Craft Stall Applications will open in September.

We would like to congratulate the Pat Glover Storytelling competition winner Gordon Phillips-Ross, winner of the Busking Competition Evie Mae and FReeZA Youth Showcase award winner Kessia Brooke. Evie & Kessia will both be performing at PFFF 2020.

Photo: Z-Star by David Harris

It is with great pleasure that the festival announced these significant awards. Two wonderful artists who capture the essence of what Port Fairy is about. 

2019 Port Fairy Folk Festival Artist Of The Year

Kasey Chambers

This year the Artist of the Year Award proudly sponsored by Towards Zero TAC includes a donation to OUR RAINBOW HOUSE, an Australian owned primary school in Zambia, Africa, for which Kasey is Ambassador.

Accepting the award, Kasey Chambers said: “OUR RAINBOW HOUSE is a beautiful small school with only 50 primary students which provides education, nutrition and lots of love to orphans and particularly vulnerable children in a special local community in Zambia. I am proud to be their ambassador and I visit there often, teaching music, song writing and just generally helping out on the ground, and to have this award support OUR RAINBOW HOUSE is just overwhelmingly beautiful!! THANK YOU!!”

2019 Port Fairy Folk Festival Emerging Artist Of The Year

Proudly sponsored by Just Guitars

On the cusp of the 43rd Festival we are delighted and proud to announce that the selection panel unanimously agreed that the 2019 Emerging Artist of the Year is Fenn Wilson.

Upon being notified of the award, Fenn said I’ve been coming to Port Fairy for most of my life. Last year was the first time I had the pleasure of playing here, now to be acknowledged for this award is truly one of the most spectacular moments of my young career. I would very much like to thank everyone involved, it’s a true honour and a privilege and has lifted me no end. Thank you”

Caroline Moore Program Director said “Fenn Wilson is a supremely talented vocalist and multi instrumentalist. Live and on record he is mesmerising…quite magical. I encourage everyone to make sure they catch Fenn at the Festival this year, as he personifies what the Emerging Artist of the Year represents, and I am excited by his great future.”


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