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Dear Port Fairy Folk Festival Friend,
 

In 2018, the 42nd Port Fairy Folk Festival Opening Ceremony will welcome all to this internationally renowned event. We are privileged to announce that Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria will join our Traditional Land owners from Pyipgil Gunditj clans in Peek Whurrong country to officially open the Port Fairy Folk Festival.
 
In 2016 Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, presented the Premier’s Volunteering Award for Excellence in Teamwork to the Festival Committee, and the Committee is delighted that she accepted their invitation to open the Festival this year.
 
“The Festival is a true celebration of community. The commitment of a volunteer committee to present such a significant event is testimony to a great regional spirit and capacity. It is a particular achievement to have presented a festival like this for 41 years. I am looking forward to opening the 42nd Port Fairy Folk Festival, and enjoying many of the performances over the weekend.” Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria
2017 opening ceremony Photo by Ferne Millen
The 2018 ceremony is called Kuurokeheaar’ the Kirrae Whurrong word for the Pleides constellation or ‘The Seven Sisters’.  The Kuurokeheaar’ story tells of Waa the Crow, Ngeeanggar (Eagle) and her six sisters – Kuurrokeheaar  (The Pleiades). 
 
Stories about the Pleides constellation are found in Indigenous cultures all over the world – the story is universal. There are Seven Sisters stories in Japan, India, China, South America, North America, Ireland, Greece and numerous Indigenous Australian communities. Just like the Port Fairy Folk Festival, this opening ceremony will bring together cultures from all over the world. 
 
Kuurokeheaar’ will feature the ‘Koontapool Kaarweeyn Dancers’, local musicians Brett Clarke, Lee Morgan, and other local Indigenous artists and community group/school representatives accompanied by images by local Indigenous artist Fiona Clarke.
 
*The Port Fairy Folk Festival Committee pays their respects to elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge that the land that we gather on each year for the Festival is the traditional lands of the Peek Whurrong people. 
 
For tens of thousands of years the Pyipgil Gunditj clan have gathered for ceremony on this country.  For the last 42 years the Port Fairy Folk Festival has been celebrated each year in the lands of the Pyipgil Gunditj clans, in Peek Whurrong country.

Nuts and Bolts & Handy Information 

 
With only 9 days to go until the opening of the festival we thought we would send you some handy reminders. This year we have an updated Venue Management and Etiquette statement. The key areas to note are that Stage 3 now features fully provided seating and a pass out system has been introduced in the case of a full house. We would also like to reiterate that each artist and event, excluding themed concerts, speakers and the writers program will be performing at least twice over the weekend, and Stage 1 & 2 will host dance friendly concerts which are colour coded on the grid. To view the full overview of Venue Management and Etiquette please click here
 
For those of you who will be commuting to the festival from Warrnambool, this is a little reminder that we have a new Warrnambool Festival Bus Service please click here to find out about the service and book your place.
 
If you are a ukulele enthusiast please bring your beloved instruments for the ukulele workshops and for those of you who want to start each day with either Yoga or Tai Chi please bring your finest folkie active wear and yoga mat. The Program Grid is live and on the website so you can start to plan your weekend. 
 
For those of you yet to book limited tickets are still available and there are still a limited number of Tents available at our new Tent City.

Full details on how to book your tickets and site are available on the website.
 
Click Here to Book Tickets – Last Days! ►

A Note for The Smokers Among Us...


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 whole festival site smoke-free with the exception of two defined smoking areas as described below:
  • An area situated between Stage 5 and the instrument makers
  • An area in the outdoor section of the Shebeen Bar situated in the south western corner of that outdoor licensed area.
  • Each of these areas will be clearly identified as smoking areas.  Smoking is not permitted in any area outside of these three defined locations.
We look forward to seeing you very soon. Let the countdown begin.
 
Warmest regards
The Program Team x
The dates for the 42nd festival next year are March 09 – 12, 2018
Ph: 03 5568 2227 | F: 03 5568 1819 | admin@portfairyfolkfestival.org
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