This category is open to LOCAL organisations only.

To find out more, read the  guidelines carefully. Random letters or other applications and requests are no longer accepted as all requests need to be submitted as follows.

Community groups are asked to lodge an application form with the Folk Festival Committee, P.O. Box 176, Port Fairy 3284 by 1st May and 1st November each year for consideration at appropriate May and November meetings.

PFFF Community Grant – Guide & Application (PDF)
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• Mr Wizowski – Street IN•vaderS

Mr Wizowski narrowly avoided a lifetime of paper work by running away to the circus. He will show you that it’s never too late put some fun back in your life. Having fled from Canterbury Law School, Mr Wizowski now travels the world unleashing a show full of stunts, skills and jokes. Carefully crafted comedy combined with stupendously silly stunts create a show that will leave you on the edge of your seat. With his trusty sidekick Craig the Stunt Carrot, Mr Wizowski is sure to do something to risk his life (or Craig’s) for your entertainment.

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• Tina Sparkle – Family Folk Circus

One of the freshest, friendliest and most colourful faces in the facepainting and children’s entertainment business is Melbourne based facepainter, Tina Sparkle. A regular at family style festivals around Melbourne, Christmas Carols and kids parties Tina Sparkle (aka Christine Meagher) is a whiz at painting kids faces and entertaining them.

Her designs satisfy nearly every request the children candream up – fairies, pirates, spiderwebs, rainbows, masks, butterflies, magpies, tigers and super heroes all done in bright colour and lots of sparkles.
When required Tina also doubles as The Fruit Lady, Princess Petunia, Pirate Jack and Disco Diva. Ring her 0423-506550 or  See her website for samples and contact details.


Family Folk Circus • Samba Circus

The Samba Circus is a hands-on musical antidote to the digital age. Their shows and workshops combine circus and songs with the percussion wizardry of Steve Schulz in an exciting mix that has children singing, dancing and playing together. While tailored specifically for school-aged children, the Samba Circus invites heaps of audience involvement and is suitable for every member of the family who enjoys having lots of fun.

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STREET INvaderS • Benny B – Shark Buoy

Since his birth in July 2011 he has delighted audiences all over Europe, Scotland, Singapore and in South Korea. Shark Bouy is a comedy show featuring incredible circus stunts. It concludes with a bizarre audience participation story featuring rubber ducks and a shark! Shark Bouy is surprising and delighting audiences around the World with his absurd, improvised comedy extravaganza! This show is a tribute to the great Australian tradition of the shark attack. Shark Buoy: Take a Bite…NOW!!!An extroadinary juggler; one of Australia’s most bizarre and amusing contemporary clowns; and a Port Fairy favourite, Benny B returns!


Family Folk Circus • Red The Clown

Red is one of the gurus of the great tradition of clowning and a legend of the genre in Australia. With his humour and skills he has brought much happiness to our world with magical illusions, juggling, unicycle antics, songs and strories a-plenty. With Red at the helm as host, the Childrens Folk Circus comes to an extraordinary  place of smiles all round. Thank-You Red!!


The Man They Call The Banjo

Back by “Popular Demand” after packed houses at the festival 2013, The Man They Call The Banjo explores the intriguing origins and exits of leading characters in the life of “Banjo” Paterson and his anthemic story of The Swagman of Waltzing Matilda.

The year was 1895. Banjo Paterson and his fiance, Sarah Riley travelled to outback Queensland. Soon after their arrival Sarah hoped to announce their wedding date. But then Christina Macpherson sang Craigielee. The secret love story behind Australia’s favourite song – Waltzing Matilda.
The Man They Call The Banjo is written by Felix Meagher and Dennis O’Keeffe is based on Dennis O’Keeffe’s Allen & Unwin publication Waltzing Matilda –  The Secret History of Australia’s Favourite Song. The performance features  Cory Corbett as Banjo Paterson, Fleur Murphy as Christina Macpherson, Colin Driscoll as The Swagman, Cora Browne as Sarah Riley, and Felix Meagher as Robert Macpherson, with musicians Ewen Baker and Lou Hesterman. Directed by Wolf Heidecker

Written by Felix Meagher and Dennis O’Keeffe – based on Dennis O’Keeffe’s highly rated Allen & Unwin publication, Waltzing Matilda –  The Secret History of Australia’s Favourite Song.

This is great unmissable theatre with a marvellous cast showing at woolsheds and at this coming festival. Who was The Banjo and what really happened to The Swagman? Find out at at the Port Fairy Folk MUSIC Festival on March 8, 9.         (Pic Credit: The Warrnambool Standard )