The 40th Port Fairy Tales Project

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Share your favourite Port Fairy stories, yarns and pictures

Tell us your tales. Share the memories. Post your photos
We invite you to jump aboard the good ship PFFF•40 and post your favorite festival stories and photographs. Over 39 festivals The Festival has come to mean a great deal to so very many – a “festival of dreams”. It has enchanted and entertained, delighted and enlightened – there are many treasured memories and favorite stories. We all love to share our good stories and so we can create our shared “Port Fairy Tales” with photos, videos, and stories that will inspire festivillagers with our special history of this “Festival of Dreams”.

Submit at our Blogsite:  40th Port Fairy Tales

Email pictures and stories:   Email


Pic: Poteen on “stage” – the truck – December 1977

Next March, we will be celebrating another milestone along the happy trails of this festival when we present
the 40th edition, almost 39 years along from the first in December 1977.

Is it REALLY 40 years??

To explain, in 1980 we looked up the theory of time travel and discovered we could go back in time plus change the dates, by running two festivals just 3 months apart – December 1979 and then March 1980. The 40th year will actually occur in December 2017. The good news is that we are not as old as we thought! This is a little known secret bonus for making and enjoying music. We hope things stay that way.
There has been a lot of water under the Moyne River Bridge since then. Over the years of 40 festivals we will have presented around 3,500 acts including over 500 international acts 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. As we always say, “Fifty thousand mutton birds can’t be wrong”.



Pic: Dancing in the sun at The Gardens afternoon concert – First Port Fairy –  December 1977