Helping us to find our voice

Folk music has always played an important role in helping people to find their true voice. Over many generations, it has helped communities and cultures to transmit ideas, stories, histories and cultural practices aurally.

With this in mind, the Port Fairy Folk Festival has created a unique program to help a new generation of people to find their own voice. The Finding a Voice program includes a series of songwriting and singing workshops for all people – including those living with disability.

The workshops, hosted by musician Tom Richardson (pictured), will be launched by the Find Your Voice All Abilities Choir on Friday 9 March as part of the festival program.

Early this year, Tom will also conduct songwriting masterclasses with local secondary school students in our region as part of the Songwriting in the Schools Project. This project will culminate in a performance of the students’ original works on the Folk Festival Railway Stage on Sunday 11 March.

The Finding a Voice program, which was introduced to the festival program for the first time in 2017, will also feature artists Andy Irvine, Chris While and Julie Matthews and Nigel Wearne.

Festival tickets are on sale now!




Festival fun for little folk!

Proving that art and culture is not just for grown ups, the Folk Festival has created CRAFTworX – a super fun program of art and craft workshops for little folk during the 2018 Festival.

All the action takes place in the brightly decorated Children’s Arena, where children can choose from five concurrent, hour-long workshops with activities ranging from hula hoop action, tie-dying silk, juggling balls, making lanterns and more!

Tots under five need not miss out on the fun, with a special area set aside just for them and their parents or carers.

Workshops will take place on the Saturday and Sunday of the Festival, with registrations opening at 10am on each day. There is room for up to 1000 children across the two days.

It’s all part of our very cunning plan to introduce a new generation of Festivalgoers to the delights of art, music and culture! And we also know it provides an important reprieve for little ones (and their parents) from all the sights, sounds and movement of the Festival outside.

There is more detail about CRAFTworX here.

Third release tickets to the 2018 Festival are on sale until February 15, unless sold out prior.



Top 10 things to do in Port Fairy!


The Port Fairy Folk Festival has attracted more than 500 international acts in its 41-year history.

We’re convinced that it’s not just the chance to be a part of one of Australia’s most iconic music festivals that lures them here – it’s probably got a lot to do with the location itself.

You might be familiar with the Folk Festival, but there’s more to this little village than just seriously great music.

Here are our top 10 things to do in Port Fairy.

  1. Walk Griffiths Island. This lovely, 30-minute walk takes in protected beaches, the historic lighthouse and the Moyne River precinct. You’re highly likely to see the resident wallabies and, if you’re lucky, a pod of dolphins swimming just offshore.
  2. Hit the beach. Port Fairy is renowned for its sandy white beaches. East Beach is regularly patrolled by local Surf Life Saving Club members, whilst the protected lagoon Pea Soup at the south of the village is particularly popular with young families.
  3. Step back in time. Port Fairy is dotted with historic buildings and old whalers’ cottages, many of which are National Trust-registered. You might also take in Battery Hill, established in 1887 to protect the town from foreign warships, or the historic Port Fairy cemetery. Pop into the local Visitor Information Centre for a walking tour map.
  4. Do coffee. Or lunch. Or dinner. For a small village, Port Fairy punches well above its weight when it comes to food and dining. From casual cafes through to “hatted” restaurants, there is a smorgasbord of opportunity!
  5. Swing a club. Most serious golfers will already be well aware of Port Fairy’s 18-hole natural links course. It’s listed in the top 100 courses in Australia, after all.
  6. Watch the mutton birds arrive home. Port Fairy’s Griffith Island is home to a protected colony of mutton birds, or short-tailed shearwaters. The birds are a spectacular sight as they arrive back to the burrows after a big day of fishing. Best viewed at dusk each day over summer until about April when they leave on their annual Pacific migration.
  7. Indulge in some retail therapy. Explore boutiques and speciality stores, the likes of which you’ll not find elsewhere. Need we say more?
  8. Get arty. Port Fairy boasts a dynamic and vibrant arts community There are several galleries throughout the village, most of which are owned and operated by local artists.
  9. Go to market. There are several markets held in Port Fairy throughout the year, including a regular farmers’ market and, during the busier summer tourist season, art and craft markets.
  10. Get festive! No matter what your musical taste, Port Fairy is likely to have a festival to suit you! These include the Winter Weekends, Spring Music Festival, Jazz Festival and, of course, the iconic Port Fairy Folk Festival (tickets on sale now)!

We’re declaring our own war on waste!

Did you know that the majority of single-use coffee cups can’t be recycled?

Here at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, we’re waging our own war on waste! In 2018, we’ll be trialling the use of reusable coffee cups throughout the Festival arena.

Our committee has purchased 500 12oz re-usable, souvenir coffee cups for use at any of the five coffee vendors within the arena. They’ll be easy to spot as they’ll be emblazoned with the Festival brand.

And coffee lovers can rejoice in the fact that they will receive a 50-cent discount each time they refill their souvenir coffee cup!

We’re so committed to this idea that we made it a condition of trading at next year’s Festival that all coffee vendors had to agree to the discount arrangement.

And it will be up to individual vendors as to whether they choose to offer a discount to those who present with other re-usable coffee cups.

So pick up your special souvenir coffee cup at the 2018 Festival and join us in our ongoing war on waste!

Remember – Early Bird tickets end this Friday 8 December!