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We are proud to advise our subscribers that our long standing Committee member Bob Handby has been made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his work with the Red Cross over more than two decades.

In that time he has helped people in war-torn Yugoslavia and Rwanda, as well as in disaster zones in Sierra Leone and Pakistan.

In his usual humble fashion he said he was surprised by the accolade. “There was a letter from the Governor there and I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “Obviously I found out it wasn’t a hoax, it was true, and it was an incredible honour. I’ve had some nice honours in the past but this certainly would sit at the top of the table.”

We salute Bob and would also like to thank him for all of the work he does for our community in addition to his incredible work for the Red Cross.

Bob Handby in action
Port Fairy Folk Festival Community Bi Annual Grants Program

The Port Fairy Folk Festival allocates surpluses achieved by the Festival to a grants program to support community programs and initiatives. In May 2018 the Port Fairy Folk Festival Committee awarded $100,000 to Moyne Health to contribute to the Urgent Care Building, and another $10,500 was distributed across the following programs; Illowa Community Recreation Reserve, Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay, Port Fairy Historical Services, Port Fairy Consolidated School and Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail Committee.
“We hope all people involved in the festival take pride in the great contributions the Festival is able to make to the broader community. Our Festival is a true celebration of excellence in the arts, capacity building and community spirit and is testament to the work of the volunteers, the artists and the incredible audience who have supported this event and our community focussed philosophy for more than 40 years,” said John Young, President, PFFF.

Exchange Program In Full Swing
At the 2018 Festival we announced that The Mission Songs Project were the inaugural recipients of our exchange program with Calgary Folk Festival. Next month The Mission Songs Project will take to the stage in Calgary and do us proud. Port Fairy is delighted to be working with Calgary Folk Festival, Canada, to showcase the outstanding and uniquely Australian talent that has been an intrinsic part of our festival for more that 40 years. We have been working away to develop opportunities for Australian artists in Canada and soon we will delight in announcing the Canadian recipient of this program. Music is the finest way to share culture and stories and create long lasting friendships, and in a short time we have established this great exchange program with Calgary and Coastella Festival, New Zealand in recognition of the role Founding Director, Jamie McKew has played for over 40 years in the development of careers of Australian performing artists, and we are thrilled that we are able to work with like minded organisations across the globe and expand the great work of Port Fairy well in to the future.

“The Mission Songs Project are thrilled to be the inaugural recipients of the exchange program with Port Fairy and Calgary Folk Festivals. This program has given us the opportunity to perform in Canada for the first time and we are honoured to be representing Port Fairy in this Ambassadorial capacity, and we thank Port Fairy Folk Festival for establishing this program, and what a great way to recognise the amazing contributions of Jamie McKew. We will spread the word far and wide about the wonderful festival that is Port Fairy!”  – Jessie Lloyd, The Mission Songs Project.

The NZ exchange artists in 2018 were Jordie Lane (AUS) and Frank Burkitt (NZ).

Performer applications 2019
In addition to working with our Northern Hemisphere friends, the program office has delighted in reviewing the artist applications that have been flooding in. Artist applications close at midnight on 20 June so if there is a twinkle in your eye and you would like to throw your hat in the ring to be considered for 2019 there is only two weeks to go.

Warmest regards,

The Program Team x


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