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.
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
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.”