Fairbridge Festival

Fairbridge Festival


Hey everyone. If you're feeling mis about missing out on the festival this year this gig won't make up for it but it might offer a little balm for your soul. The City Slickers feature Australia’s national banjo champion and multi-Golden Guitar winner Ian Simpson (Slim Dusty Band, Paul Kelly and the Stormwater Boys) with Wayne Perry (Bluegrass Parkway) on vocals and guitar, Adam Gare (Paul Kelly’s Uncle Bill, Nansing Quartet) on fiddle and mandolin and Peter Harper (Flash Jack, Mucky Duck Bush Band) on bass. These guys can PLAY and play they will at Clancy's this Easter Sunday. All the details and the ticket link are on the event page. Hope to see you there.
Have you entered the Act Belong Commit Fairbridge Festival Quest Youth Songwriting competition yet?
Entries close midnight today March 15 - there's still time!

Apply here: https://fairbridgequest.com/
Going through some memories from last year. Huge love to Fairbridge Festival so bummed the festival had to be cancelled this year. Hopefully it’s all good to go for next year ✨♥️✨
Sadly, Fairbridge Festival has made the difficult decision to cancel the Festival for this year, we were so excited to be heading out west with the big band, but we will have to wait a little longer🎶😓
Don't miss out on these amazing music workshop opportunities brought to you by Act Belong Commit and Fairbridge Festival.

Hit the 'Learn More' button below to get involved
Fairbridge Festival returns on April 22-24, 2022 with wonder and magic for all-ages at Fairbridge Village, Pinjarra. 🌟

Experience an epic line-up of music from Albi & The Wolves, Ami Williamson, Cigány Weaver, The Chipolatas, XANI and many, many, more incredible artists! 🧑‍🎤

Fairbridge Festival is Australia’s most loved, family-friendly music and camping festivals where you can immerse in dancing, workshops, crafts, markets and children's events to inspire and delight. 🧚‍♀️

Early bird tickets are on sale now – but you better be quick! Rivergrounds Tickets are SOLD-OUT already and Glamping and Cosy Camping are selling fast. 🔔

See 👉 fairbridgefestival.com.au for details.

📸 Tony McDonough
we’re going to WA!!! Fairbridge Festival 😍
If you have ever wanted to be part of Fairbridge Festival, this is your opportunity to join a line-up overflowing with music, dance, workshops, crafts, market stalls, delicious food, street theatre, comedy and more.
$1,000 cash and other great prizes up for grabs!

Pay your rates in full before 15 October for automatic entry into our 2021-2022 Rates Incentive Prize Draw.

Rates notices will reach residents via their preferred delivery method from Friday 10 September 📩

Terms and conditions apply → https://bit.ly/3yuWmlW

This year's prize draw has been proudly supported by:
Community Bank Pinjarra, Quality Hotel Ambassador Perth, Fairbridge Festival and West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Long way a way yet, but I am curious,
will you be need to be vaccinated to attend next year?
Well that was just a wonderful night! Thanks again to The Quaay, Clay Western and Sam Jane for bringing your beautiful tunes!!
Next week should be equally as wonderful with Gary Holmes Band, BBmusic and Ricky Green 🤩
Come along and brings some mates for what’s sure to be another cracking night at Mojos 🥰🥳

📸 Faye Pheadra Hermans from our set at Fairbridge Festival earlier in the year
We are pleased to welcome back Catherine Fraser, who is regarded as one of Australia's most prominent Scottish fiddlers, a passionate and emotive performer and composer and who shares her knowledge and expertise tirelessly.

Releasing her 7th studio album "After the Haar" in 2017 she subsequently formed the Catherine Fraser Trio, with Rachel Johnston and Trent Arkleysmith, receiving rave reviews for performances at the National Folk Festival Fairbridge Festival and the National Celtic Festival Australia Official.

In demand as a teacher and performer Catherine has run and taught workshops across the globe, continuing as an advocate for making music accessible to players of all ages and ability levels.

#scottishfiddle #australianartists #australianfiddleplayer #stringmania2021 #fiddleplayer #musiccamp

Fairbridge Festival is one of Australia’s most loved, family-friendly music & camping festivals. The 2022 festival has been cancelled, but there's more to come!

Operating as usual


Best wishes to Artistic Director Katie Noonan and all of the staff at the National Folk Festival in Canberra/ Ngunnawal Country. The lineup looks amazing over this Easter long weekend 🙌 Have a wonderful event and we look forward to working together in 2023.
 Love the team 🧡

MORE INFO: https://www.folkfestival.org.au/


Congrats to the 2017 Act Belong Commit Fairbridge Festival Quest Youth Songwriting Competition winner Siobhan Cotchin on her new release 'Highways and Heartbreaks' as well as the huge feature in last Friday's West Australian!

Discover new up-and-comers at this year's Quest Final on Sunday 8th May in the Edith Spiegeltent at WAAPA. Limited tickets available from: https://buff.ly/3j996cE


Join us for the Act Belong Commit Fairbridge Festival Quest Final on Sunday 8th May to see 12 up-and-coming young songwriters battle it out to win some amazing prizes, including performing at 2023! 💎 This year's final will be held in the lovely Edith Spiegeltent at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and will include special performances from Quest patron Lachy John & Helen Shanahan. Limited tickets available from: https://buff.ly/3j996cE

Act Belong Commit WAM Elemental Sound Tashi Hall Edith Cowan University (ECU)


The 4th prize in our RAFFLE comes from our lovely friends at Nannup Music Festival! Thanks to their generous support, you could win two adult tickets with camping (valued at $580) to their event next year, which runs from 3rd to 6th March - the month prior to . Raffle tickets are just $5 so don’t delay, and good luck! 🍀

TICKETS: https://buff.ly/3GEZQXf

📷 Keith Mitchell Photographer

Photos from Fairbridge Festival's post 23/03/2022

Scott Wise has finished making the 2022 guitar – and it could be yours! After the strings have settled and he makes the final adjustments, we’ll be showing you just how amazing it sounds. Scott says it will start to show its character in a few days and will continue to develop over about 10 years - it's been designed to last well into the next century! To go into the running to win this beauty and more – get yourself a $5 raffle ticket/s: https://buff.ly/3GEZQXf

Follow the journey: Building the Fairbridge 2022 Festival Guitar


The 3rd prize in our RAFFLE is accommodation at Fairbridge Village, Pinjarra for two nights! Take a well-earned break with family and friends in Belfast Cottage. The raffle closes on May 7, but tickets are flying out of the door, so don’t delay. You'll be in the running to win this prize + more for the price of your morning oat milk latte! Big thanks to Fairbridge for their fabulous donation. Good luck 🍀

TICKETS: https://buff.ly/3GEZQXf

Photos from Fairbridge Festival's post 10/03/2022

The 2nd prize in our RAFFLE is a camping equipment package thanks to Getaway Outdoors – WA’s leading outdoor leisure retailer AND tickets to 2023 for two adults and two U-18s. This means your retreat during festival time is sorted! ⛺️ There’s only 4000 raffle tickets available and you'll be in the running to win for the price of a coffee (aka $5)! Get yourself a ticket and good luck 🍀 https://buff.ly/3GEZQXf


The Act Belong Commit Fairbridge Festival Quest Youth Songwriting Competition has been running for over 10 years, giving young songwriters (aged 12 to 18 years) a chance to hone their skills, perform in front of crowds at and win heaps of amazing prizes. Got a great original song to share? Submit it now! Entries close on March 15: https://fairbridgequest.com/

📸 Saahli Jewel Music. Photo by Chris Webster

Act Belong Commit


A huge thank you to everyone who has made a donation so far - we appreciate it! 🧡 Fairbridge Festival is presented by FolkWorld Inc. – a not-for-profit organisation. With the events industry reeling from the effects of cancellations and postponements, we invite you or your business to help support us by making a tax-deductible donation.

Your support contributes to a program full of unforgettable musical discoveries, the nurturing of new talent, transcending experiences, opportunities to participate and learn, and so much more. You can send a gift of any amount and donations of $2 or over are tax deductible 🙏

DONATE NOW: https://buff.ly/3Ijky0u

📸 Sheelanagig, 2018. Photo by Chris Webster

Photos from Fairbridge Festival's post 14/02/2022

Scott Wise is building the Fairbridge Festival guitar (valued at $5.5k) for our 2022 raffle! Artistic Director Rod Vervest says, “When you play a Scott Wise guitar you not only enter a world of sumptuous tone and playability, you experience a lifetimes legacy of deep knowledge and skill that only a master builder can acquire.”

This handcrafted guitar is a new re-creation of a popular ‘60s small-bodied 'folk' guitar. Scott is using the finest Australian and traditional tone woods to bring this time-honoured design to life, with some new features to give it 21st century playability. Thank you Scott - for your continued support! 🧡

Buy $5 raffle ticket/s to win: https://buff.ly/3GEZQXf
Follow the journey: Building the Fairbridge 2022 Festival Guitar

Photos from Fairbridge Festival's post 10/02/2022

Fairbridge Festival in 2022 might be cancelled, but at least we still have the annual raffle! 🙃 Be in the running to win some awesome prizes from our wonderful friends and sponsors, including a highly sought-after handcrafted Scott Wise guitar.

This raffle is our biggest (and most important) fundraising activity this year. Buying a $5 ticket/s means you’re not only supporting us in these times of cancellations, but you’re also contributing to future festivals! Good luck! 🍀

BUY TICKET/S: https://buff.ly/3GEZQXf

Fairbridge Festival artistic director says lack of arts industry support "demoralising" 09/02/2022

Fairbridge Festival artistic director says lack of arts industry support "demoralising"

A huge THANK YOU for all the kind words and messages of support – it’s been overwhelming! 🧡 Rod Vervest our Artistic Director spoke about the cancellation on ABC Perth this morning – have a listen.

If you’d like to help during this time, you can do so by purchasing a $5 raffle ticket (from this Thursday) to go in the running to win awesome prizes, or by making a tax-deductible donation from our web site - link in comments. Your support will contribute to developing unforgettable musical experiences, the nurturing of new talent, opportunities to participate and learn, and so much more!

Fairbridge Festival artistic director says lack of arts industry support "demoralising" Fairbridge Festival Artistic Director laments the cancellation of 30 year event and lack of government support


FolkWorld Inc. has made the difficult decision to cancel Fairbridge Festival 2022 in April. The team has been trying to find solutions to the multitude of challenges that we (and our colleagues in the music and events industry) are currently facing due to COVID-19, but there are just too many uncertainties for us to confidently and safely proceed with an event of this magnitude, at this time.

The production is a complex system, and we acknowledge the impact this cancellation will have on our community made up of artists, suppliers, vendors, staff, sponsors, volunteers, audiences, etc. We thank you in advance for your understanding and on-going support.

Our hearts are heavy, but our passion remains the same – to unite and bring people together, create unique experiences and memories, as well as support a thriving music and arts scene. With every challenge comes growth; and we are working tirelessly behind the scenes to find creative new ways for us to all come together soon.

Love from the FolkWorld Inc. team – presenters of Fairbridge Festival and more (to come)! 🧡

MORE INFO: https://buff.ly/3GyYOfl

📸 Wasamba!! Fairbridge Festival 2018. Photo by Chris Webster


Our Youth Songwriting Workshops as part of the Act Belong Commit Fairbridge Festival Quest Youth Songwriting Competition are underway across WA - and there's still some spots available led by Jaime Jackett in Broome (Feb 5 & 12) and Grace Barbé in Fremantle (Feb 10 & 17).

These sessions are for young musicians aged 12 to 18 years who want to write original songs but don't know where to start. So if you know of any budding beatmakers, lyrical geniuses, or someone who just wants to give songwriting a go, get them along to any one of these workshops.

INFO/BOOKINGS: https://buff.ly/3mWckmd

Act Belong Commit Fremantle College North Regional TAFE WAM Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)



Due to the uncertainly we’re all facing due to COVID-19, it will come as no surprise that behind the scenes, the team is working hard to figure out if we can still deliver the Fairbridge Festival you know and love in an environment of constantly changing unknowns.

With 90 days ‘til festival time, we’re at a critical point in its delivery. Over the coming week/s we are listening to your feedback, evaluating the risks, and communicating with all the people in our beloved community that make Fairbridge Festival the unique experience it is.

Keeping our community safe is our number one priority. May we ask for your patience, as we navigate the impacts of potential restrictions and new regulations, border closures (and potential openings), and the increasing presence of COVID-19 in the community. Thanks for your ongoing support, and please be assured that if we have to cancel you will obtain a refund. More info coming soon.

Love, the Fairbridge Festival team & FolkWorld Inc.

📸 Chris Webster


A little reminder that the cut-off for Early Birds (aka reduced-price tickets) is fast approaching, so make sure you buy your tickets BEFORE 7pm tonight, when they revert to standard prices.

The team is working to deliver you the best possible festival experience, and we're looking forward to all coming together safely as a community at Fairbridge Village from April 22-24 🧡

Stay tuned for our next announcement of artists that will be performing at 2022! TO BOOK: https://buff.ly/3dxKeJ1

📸 Tony McDonough

Our Story

Every year, over 100 world class acts from around the globe and closer to home gather at the historic Fairbridge Village. With 13 stages, integral children’s and youth festivals, music, comedy, dancing, street theatre, markets, camping and workshops this is a family event not to be missed. Fairbridge Village, Pinjarra, is a unique self-contained site where kids are free to express themselves. Western Australia’s premier world and folk music event is loved and eagerly anticipated by thousands. Living on site, with the festival at their fingertips, patrons become one big family for the weekend. This is a festival like no other in WA and is still incredibly affordable.


Fairbridge Festival 2020 has been postponed due to the evolving status of COVID-19, or Coronavirus.

This decision has been made following direct advice from national health officials and is in light of FolkWorld’s own commitment to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our community. Our Board have been aware of the growing need to protect our audience and we have been planning for this eventuality. We do not make this decision lightly and understand that many musicians, artists, staff, volunteers and extended community will be affected by it.

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