The following contains further information for patrons with accessibility enquiries regarding the Port Fairy Folk Festival.
The Companion Card (Victoria only) is welcome at the festival. Victorian and interstate visitors without a Companion Card must include a doctor’s letter verifying that they need carer assistance and notify ticketing of their requirements
Companion Card is a government initiative promoting the rights of people with a disability who require a companion. The Companion Card has been designed to allow carers of people with disabilities to access an event without charge, with a paying patron.
Companion Card applications and eligibility are controlled by Victorian Government Agencies. For more information please visit the Companion Card website: http://www.companioncard.com.au.
Alternatively use the following numbers:
Phone: +61 3 1800 650 611
Modem or text phone (TTY): +61 3 1800 898 888
People who are deaf or have a hearing or speech/communication impairment can also access the Companion Card number by calling the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677 or the Speech to Speech Relay Service on 1800 555 727 and asking to be connected to the Companion Card Information Line.
The Festival is a One & All accessible event and provides facilities for people with a disability. There is wheelchair access to all venues in the Festival Arena, Fiddlers Green, Railway Stage and the Reardon Theatre in Bank Street. Disabled persons’ parking is located in Campbell Street at the front gate of the Festival Arena, within the road block, which will be attended. Those with the appropriate permit will be let through the road closure to park—space permitting. Wheelchair accessible portable toilets are located within The Shebeen and at each of the public toilet locations.
Stages 1 and 3 have a hearing induction loop system, providing a superior sound experience for anyone who has a hearing impairment. You can obtaina receiver for your hearing aid from the Festival Information Stall in the Arena. The receiver is needed to pick up the sound that is transmitted via radio frequency. This is a practical system that enables the user to sit anywhere in the venue. We also provide a hearing loop specialist to assist with any difficulties that the user may be experiencing. This ensures that everyone attending our festival enjoys the performances from our very special guests.
MUSIC SHUTTLE BUS
We provide a Music Shuttle Bus so that you can easily access the outer venues in town. The bus leaves the Gardens Oval every half hour between 7.00pm and 11.30pm Friday; 8.00am to 11.30pm Saturday and Sunday; and 8.00am until 1.00pm on Monday. The last bus leaves the Festival Arena Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 12.15am.
The Music Shuttle Bus is a low floor bus with pram and wheelchair access. The bus service requests a gold coin donation. See the Festival Map for the Music Shuttle Bus route.