Dear Port Fairy Folk Festival Friend,
In 2020 the Port Fairy Folk Festival is excited to announce a new design for the Arena, which will enable a better flow for patrons and entrance and access points, and further enhance the festival experience. To coincide with the new design we have renamed our numerical stages to reflect our wonderful environment and land. Our local Indigenous community have renamed Stage 1, which is now Pyipgil Gundidj (named after the Traditional Owners of Port Fairy). The remaining numerical stages have been renamed to reflect our beautiful region and feature a translation in local Peek Whurrong language, the Lighthouse and Shebeen of course remain.
A key element of the redesign is the shifting perspective of Stage 3, now the River Stage. Each side of this magnificent venue will have entry and access points. The new Island Stage will feature video screens and create another wonderful venue for recital style events and theatrical shows. The new dedicated circus space will be located near the Pyppgil Gundidj Stage (formerly stage 1), meaning that there will be family/childrens activities located at both ends of the Arena.
Pyppgil Gundidj - (formerly stage 1)
Ocean Stage - ‘Mirteetch'
River Stage - ‘Warinoong’
Island Stage - ‘Maleen’
Lighthouse Stage - ‘Wurpta’
The Shebeen - ‘Kirnaa’
A new dedicated Children’s Circus space - ‘Thookay’
The Pavilion - ‘Marrarr Woorn’
Flag Circle - ‘Kurween’
“For tens of thousands of years Indigenous people have gathered at Pyipgil (Port Fairy) and the recognition of Indigenous history with the naming of Stage 1, now Pyppgil Gundidj and translating the remaining stages with local Peek Whurrong words is great news and creates an opportunity for people to learn the local language. The local Traditional Custodians look forward to welcoming all to the 2020 festival, especially First Nations people from other countries.” - Brett Clarke, Gunditjmara/Kirrae Whurrong songman.
Limited subscriber tickets are still available. Early Bird tickets are on sale on Monday 9 September, when further artists will be announced.