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Announcing Emerging Artist of the Year & Venue House Rules & Etiquette
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Dear Port Fairy Folk Festival Friend,
 

It is with great pleasure that the Festival and Maton Guitars announce Amistat as the 2018 Emerging Artists of the Year. As soon as we heard their music we thought they were something very special.
 
Amistat make their debut at the Festival and they are sure to leave with a swag of new fans once they experience these talented brother’s stellar musicianship and glorious harmonies.
 
Born and raised in Germany, the Prasil twins Josef and Jan made the move to set up home in Australia in 2012. “We decided to come to Australia as our father is Australian and we had heard amazing things about this beautiful country,” says Josef. “When we arrived we were struggling to find work, so we picked up some musical instruments and started busking to survive! Jan really took to the guitar while I sang along. We realised pretty quickly that we had a unique sound and people wanted to listen to us and that is how Amistat was formed.”
 
From their formative years in the Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne, to touring Europe in 2017 to sell out audiences, wherever they go they leave their audiences quite besotted. 
 
Patrick Evans from Maton Guitars was an early fan: “I first saw Amistat busking at Victoria Market on a cold and rainy Sunday morning. Their sound was so captivating that my 10-year-old daughter and I stood in the rain, transfixed by their wonderful harmonies and brilliant accompaniments. It’s wonderful to see them progress to the extent of being awarded PFFF 2018 Emerging Artist of the Year and a pleasure to be able to present them with a wonderful Maton guitar.”
 
EMERGING ARTISTS OF THE YEAR - AMISTAT
SAT      Lighthouse                    11:45am – 12:45pm
SAT      St John’s Church          7:30 – 9:30pm Candlelight Concert with Blair Dunlop & Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse
SUN     Stage 5                           12:15 – 1:45pm Forum: Words & Songs
SUN     Stage 5                           4:00 – 5:00pm
MON    Stage 3                           11:00 – 11:50am Emerging Artist Of The Year Presentation & concert
PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL VENUE MANAGEMENT & ETIQUETTE
The volunteer Festival Committee works every year to further improve your festival experience. In 2017 we reviewed our venue set up and have adjusted seating, introduced a pass out system and rejuvenated our usher and MC processes to work towards the continued enhancement of your festival experience. Key initiatives to note is that Stage 3 now comprises full provided seating. In the case of a full house in any venue, if you need to leave the venue for a short period a timed and dated pass out will be issued to ensure you can return to your seat.
Etiquette for all Venues
  • Please turn off mobile phones and devices during concert performances
  • Please respect each other when entering and exiting venues
  • All venues are general admission; reserving of seats is not possible and saving seats for a prolonged time is not permitted
  • All venues have volunteer door staff and ushers who are there to assist
  • All venues have a designated accessible viewing/seating area, which will be clearly identified. Ushers are there to assist when required
  • For patrons with access requirements and accompanied by carers, our ushers will be there to support you to ensure you can return to your area if you need to exit the venue for a short period of time
  • Aisles are for patrons to enter and exit venues and move to and from seats, and for ushers to assist patrons where necessary. Please keep the aisles clear
  • Backstage access is only for artists and festival staff on duty
  • In addition to our volunteer ushers and MCs the festival has a significant team of fully trained security personnel who are there to assist and support all patrons and ensure a safe and enjoyable festival for all
Venue Specific Information
ARENA

Stage 1
  • Comprises a blend of provided seating and BYO ‘folkie chairs.’
  • Grassed BYO chair area: low chairs at the front within the white lines and high chairs at the rear in the area marked by red lines.
  • Dance friendly concerts are clearly identified in the program grid - colour coded orange - and announced by MCs.
 Stage 2
  • Comprises a blend of provided seating and grassed area.
  • Hosts dance friendly concerts from 3:00pm onwards on Saturday and Sunday. These will be clearly identified in the program grid - colour coded orange - and announced by MCs.
  • The provided seating will be positioned to ensure that when dancing occurs sight lines to the stage will still be guaranteed.
  • Prior to 3:00 pm and the dance friendly concerts BYO chairs are welcome: low chairs at the front within the white lines and high chairs at the rear in the area marked by red lines.
  • At the rear of Stage 2 is The Speakeasy Bar, which also has an external courtyard. Alcohol is not permitted out of the licenced area. Children are only permitted in this area when accompanied by an adult. They should remain with their accompanying adult at all times.
 Stage 3
  • Stage 3 provides full seating, recital style. If you have a chair you can safely lock it onto the wall of chairs; ushers will assist you with directions if needed.
  • Ushers are there to assist patrons who need to vacate their seats for a short period of time, such as to refresh themselves or purchase a CD at the end of a concert.
  • In the event that a Full House is declared, a temporary pass out will be issued to ensure you can return to your seat.
 Stage 4
  • Hosts children’s and family friendly performances during the day, where dancing and interaction is encouraged during such performances.
  • At 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday Stage 4 transitions into an evening/concert venue. No seating is provided in Stage 4, and it is fully open to BYO chairs. Low chairs at the front within the white lines and high chairs at the rear in the area marked by red lines.
 Stage 5 & The Lighthouse
  • Seating is fully provided.
 The Shebeen
  • Is the only fully licensed venue within the Festival Arena.
  • The internal area provides tables and seating.
  • Please respect other patrons whether seated, standing or dancing.
  • There is an external courtyard with seating.
  • There is a clearly marked smoking area in the courtyard.
  • Children are only permitted in the Shebeen and courtyard area when accompanied by an adult. They should remain with their accompanying adult at all times.
  • If a lockout is declared and any patron needs to exit the venue for a short time, a pass out will be issued by the ushers/security.
 VILLAGE

Reardon Theatre & St John’s Church
  • The Reardon Theatre & St John’s Church are ticketed venues with fully provided seating.
  • St John’s Folk Eucharist Service on Sunday morning and Hymn Singing on Sunday evening are open to the general public.
 Lecture Hall
  • The Lecture Hall is an un-ticketed venue, with fully provided seating.
 St Patrick’s Hall
  • A seated concert venue for Friday night only. From Saturday it converts to a workshop and dancing hub. Volunteer ushers & MCs, and production crew will be in attendance to assist throughout the whole program.
  • Un-ticketed venue.
 Fiddlers Green & The Railway Stage
  • These are free outdoor venues where volunteers, MCs and production staff are there to ensure great performances.
 Blarney Books & Art, Wishart Gallery
  • These are self-managed venues, working in partnership with the festival. Both are un-ticketed venues.
  • Blarney Books & Art is an indoor venue with exhibition space and a performance area for music and the writers program. Comprises a combination of provided seating and standing.
  • Wishart Gallery is an outdoor courtyard performance area.
Smoking Restrictions Festival Arena
 On 1 August 2017 the Tobacco Act 1987 was amended, these amendments have a direct impact on the Port Fairy Folk Festival.

In order to comply with these amendments the Port Fairy Folk Festival Committee have resolved to declare the entire festival site smoke-free with the exception of three defined smoking areas as described below:
  • An outdoor area situated between Stage 5 and the instrument makers pavilion.
  • An outdoor area in the south-western corner of the Shebeen’s licensed area.
  • An outdoor area on the south side of the Green Room.
Each of these three areas will be clearly identified as smoking areas on the festival map, and on site.  Smoking is not permitted in any area outside of these three defined locations.
 
Warmest regards,

The Program Team x
3rd release early bird tickets on sale until 15 February unless sold out - click here to book
The dates for the 42nd festival next year are March 09 – 12, 2018
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