Port Fairy is set to hitch up her skirts to party this weekend with the long-awaited arrival of the annual Port Fairy Folk Festival.
But this year, the fun, vibrancy and colour will extend well beyond the Festival Arena with an expanded free Village Program! In fact, the entire village is set to come alive with music, art, performance and eclectic markets.
The free program kicks off on Friday evening with the All-Abilities Choir and opening parade, continuing into the evening with live performances at the adjoining Lecture Hall and nearby St Patrick’s Primary School Hall.
The Village Program, which continues throughout the weekend, includes book launches, yoga, dancing, workshops, book readings, art competitions and musical performances from a plethora of well known artists. The full program is available here: Village Program
All of that said, there are still tickets available to the main Festival event! So, regardless of how you prefer to enjoy your Folkie, the fun is accessible to everyone!
We can’t wait to see you this weekend!
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!
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.