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Introducing Fenn Wilson, Immy Owusu & interactive workshop program
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Dear Port Fairy Folk Festival Friend,
 

We love to encourage and present the finest emerging performers at Port Fairy Folk Festival, and Immy Owusu and Fenn Wilson are both fine young artists, hailing from regional Victoria.

You may remember Fenn's PFFF debut earlier this year if you were at Stage 3's Port Gospel Session, where he brought the house down with his performance of John the Revelator. We are excited to have him perform in his own right in 2019.  

Immanuel Kwabena Dreessens-Owusu (just Immy to his friends!) will bring his own brand of quirky powerhouse Afro-roots-rock to the proverbial festival table with his band of Surf Coast based young musicians.

But that's not all we have in store... Today we reveal our interactive workshop program that will get you moving, thinking, dancing, singing and laughing. We know that there will be something to tickle everyone's fancy - read on for more!

Early Bird Tickets on sale until 21 December.

Warmest regards,

The Program Team. x
Click here to listen to our 2019 Artist playlist
 Presenting in 2019
- Please click on images for more information -
Fenn Wilson
Immy Owusu
Interactive Workshop Program
Tai Chi
Presented by Brendan Dowd
Rejuvenate your body, relax your mind and give yourself the kick-start you may need to boost your energy levels for the day. Tai Chi is an ancient art of moving meditation that combines a series of gentle flowing movements and postures to help strengthen and relax the body. Join Brendan as he guides you through the gentle practice of Tai Chi.
Festival Choir
Presented by James Rigby & Ruth McKittrick-Chambers
The Festival Choir is one of the many great traditions of PFFF. Join 100-plus other audience members for a wonderful sing in the beautiful Lecture Hall, and then take to the stage on Monday morning for a performance experience of a lifetime... All welcome.
True Spirit Revival Yoga
Presented by Kimberly Erin & Tom Richardson
Canada, Europe, Bali... Port Fairy! Internationally renowned presenters, Canadian-born yoga instructor Kimberly Erin and Australian singer-songwriter Tom Richardson return to share their blend of yoga and music. Flow with your breath in an uplifting and playful yoga practice that consciously merges live music with body, mind and heart. Ride the wave of movement into the corners of your soul and reconnect to your own strength, beauty and truth! All levels welcome.
Irish Set Dancing & Family Ceilidh
Presented by Marie Brouder
Marie loves dancing - all kinds of dance - especially Irish. It's energetic, fun and everyone is smiling or laughing as they dance. Over the years Marie has taught workshops and called na ceilithe (dances) at the National Folk Festival, National Celtic Festival, Maldon Folk Festival, Turning Wave Festival and has taught for the past eight years at the Lake School in Koroit. Join Marie for a series of dance workshops preparing for the fun of the Family Ceilidh on Sunday night, featuring international quartet the Boxwood Four!
Sea Shanty Singing
Presented by The Tin Shed Singers
The Sea Shanty workshop and following Sea Shanties at the Wharf pays tribute to festival legend Danny Spooner. The workshop is chance for people to learn about the history of settlement on Victoria’s south west coast, and to also learn the songs and be in fine voice for the Shanties at the Wharf on Saturday afternoon.
Ninja Training
Presented by Connected Circus
Do you dream of becoming a ninja? Can you walk, run and jump without making a sound? Then these workshops are for you! Ninja training will cover a range of stealth skills and include working with special ninja equipment.
Hula Hoops
Presented by Connected Circus
Hula hoops are for everyone! These beginner friendly workshops will cover basic techniques and tricks to keep those hoops spinning. So grab your friends, a big bottle of water, and your favourite hoop (if you have one), and join in the fun. Hoops can be supplied to all participants.
Interactive Puppet Theatre
Presented by Connected Circus
Discover the art of puppeteering, which involves acting, story creation, handling and controlling puppets, and most importantly, using your imagination! Create your own live  puppet performances to delight family and friends.
Belly Dance
Presented by Entwined Belly Dance
Learn the foundations of bellydance and it’s culture from your passionate teacher Laura Entwined. These classes suit all levels and are beginner friendly. Laura hopes to see you build a strong technical foundation for bellydance and create connections to community, tribe, body, soul and mind. Hopefully, it will also ignite a fire in your belly for Middle Eastern dance which will turn into a devotion that will go on for many years.
New Orleans Second Line Dance
Presented by Junkadelic Brass Band
The second line is a tradition in brass band parades in New Orleans, Louisiana. The main, or first line is the front section of the parade, which includes the brass band. Those who follow the band just to enjoy the music are called the second line. Traditionally, second liners will dance, walk and sometimes twirl a parasol or handkerchief in the air. Now you can learn and practice the quintessential art of
New Orleans’ second lining thanks to the Junkadelic Brass Band!
Storytelling
Presented by Anne E. Stewart
Ann will focus on all aspects of the skills you need for great storytelling - how to tell stories, find stories, tell stories to your grandkids, groups, schools and associations. It will also touch on how to prepare a story for the Pat Glover Storytelling Award with additional hints and tips from Jim Haynes and past winners Col Driscoll and Rob England.
Ukulele Workshop
Presented by The Naked Waiters (USA)
Bring your ukulele along to the workshop to prepare yourself to perform in Sunday’s Woodstock themed Almighty Uke-Off, with the help of The Naked Waiters.
Mission Songs
Presented by Jessie Lloyd
This session will provide insight into the research, revival and cultural context of early Indigenous folk songs from the ‘Missions Era’. Q & A is encouraged.
How To Write, Distribute & Publish Your Own Books
Presented by Jim Haynes & guests
This panel session will discuss how publishing works in 2019, with a particular focus on the do’s and don’ts of writing and publishing family stories, stories for children, verse and fiction. With published authors Jim Haynes (26 books) Gregory North (several self published verse books), Di Jackson Hill (published Children's author 5 books) and Col Driscoll (self published bush poet). 
Fiddle
Presented by Georgia & Garry Rose
Young award winning fiddler Georgia Rose, accompanied by father Garry on guitar, will guide beginner up to intermediate players in the nuances of tune playing. BYO fiddle.
Swing Dance
Presented by Resonant Rogues (USA)
Join the Resonant Rogues for this fun and feisty dance workshop, where you can learn about the history of American swing dance styles and some Jitterbug moves that you can bust out on any dance floor!
Tunes from Ireland & Canada's East Coast
Presented by Boxwood Four
A masterclass from this powerhouse quintet that incorporates the very best of contemporary and traditional folk music, drawn from each member’s cultural experience. Explore traditional dance tunes, songs and airs and be taken on a musical journey across the North Atlantic Ocean, and then perhaps beyond…
Click here to buy Early Bird Tickets - on sale until 21 December
The 43rd festival: March 08 – 11, 2019
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