The Port Fairy Folk Festival is proudly working with Folk Alliance International to present The ExChange,
which will feature outstanding showcase events and sessions and celebrate our industry on a regional, statewide, national and international level.
Guest speakers and panellists include leaders from our own region including Andrew Orvis,
Queenscliff Music Festival, Teresa O’Brien,
Goanna Arts, Jamie McKew,
Founding Director, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Una McAlinden, Director, National Celtic Festival,
with further special announcements next week. Plus international and national industry leaders Aengus Finnan,
FAI, Alan Holt,
NZ Music, Bonnie Dalton,
Victorian Music Development Office, Chloe Goodyear,
Woodford Folk Festival, Finn McLennan-Elliott,
Auckland Music Festival, Glenn Dickie,
Sounds Australia, Kerry Clarke,
Calgary Folk Festival, Laura Thomas,
Comboplate Booking Agency (USA), Lisa Schwartz,
Philadelphia Folk Festival, and many more.
is taking place in the Arts Precinct of Geelong, 2 - 4 March. The magnificent Geelong Library & Heritage Centre (GL&HC)
is the core conference venue, with special showcase and conference events taking place at Beav’s Bar, Geelong Arts Centre, Pistol Pete’s, Platform
(formerly Courthouse Arts
) and The Workers Club.
The Ground Floor of the GL&HC will feature lunchtime performances by The Jellyman’s Daughter
(SCO) on Tuesday and Ian Sherwood
(CAN) on Wednesday.
is hosting The Force Of Folk,
an exhibition by young arts practitioners in Geelong, exploring the significance of Folk Culture focussing on our own wonderful festival for inspiration. This exhibition features, images, interviews and new works.
We are also delighted to announce some special boutique fringe events are a feature of The ExChange. Analogue Academy,
23 Cuzens Place is presenting a Folk inspired exhibition throughout the conference period, with monies raised going to First Nations Arts Programs in the Port Fairy region. Another feature of their program is a wonderful concert where Canada’s The Burning Hell
join forces with Geelong’s Wardlaw Brown.
The Boutique events don’t stop there, the magnificent The Door Gallery Cafe,
Fyansford is presenting three very special evenings as a part of the program. Tuesday 3 March will see Canada’s Ian Sherwood
join forces with Geelong’s Hassall,
Wednesday 4 March Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse
and Ireland's Eleanor McEvoy
on Thursday 5 March.
Click here for Analogue Academy
Click here for The Door Gallery Cafe
For full details on FAI and The ExChange visit https://folkexchange.org/
is a boutique industry micro-conference produced annually by Folk Alliance International, a non-profit based in Kansas City, USA. Past editions have included events in Ireland and Sweden. The Australian edition, presented in partnership with Port Fairy Folk Festival is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the City of Greater Geelong
, Geelong Regional Library Corporation
, Music Victoria
, Victorian Music Development Office
, Sounds Australia, Folk Alliance Australia