The 40th festival story started in December 1977 when the festival came to town – it was literally on the back of a truck – as a freewheeling cultural freedom ride of sorts. In 2016 we celebrate the 40th event as the achievement of community, volunteers, music industry, artists and staff along with our passionate audience – inspired by folk & roots music – powered by volunteers. Together we become one amazing festival gathering singing by the oceans of the south-west coast.
Since its inception the festival will have presented around 3,500 acts including over 500 internationals and over 12,000 musicians to an audience of beyond 240,000 ticket holders and 1,000,000 attendances to the wee village of Port Fairy. The Fortieth Festival presented the diversity and discovery of folk, roots and world music live on stage during four fabulous days.
Thank-you to all who performed and who came – to all the wonderful crews who got the shows on the stages – to all the volunteers. May we stay Forever Young.