The Port Fairy Folk Festival has been recognised for its outstanding contributions to tourism, arts and culture by being awarded a grant from the Andrews Labor Government to support its continued success.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced that Port Fairy Folk Festival has secured a $20,000 grant through the Labor Government’s Regional Events Fund.
An all weekend event, the Port Fairy Folk Festival has grown to become one of the most highly regarded Festivals in Australia, attracting top national and international artists while allowing exposure for emerging artists.
From humble beginnings, using the backs of trucks as stages and receiving assistance from the Lions Club and Council, the Festival is now a key date on the region’s events calendar, attracting over 25,000 people each day to the town each year.
Events like this mean serious business for Port Fairy and surrounding areas. They attract visitors, create jobs, and keep local businesses busy.
Our $20 million Regional Events Fund is helping rural and regional communities all over Victoria stage and secure events that bring visitors in their droves, support local communities and show off the best that regional Victoria has to offer.
The Port Fairy Folk Festival will run from March 9th – 12th, 2018 over the Labour Day long weekend.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP
“We’re proud to be supporting the 2018 Port Fairy Folk Festival, an event that brings dazzling performances by established and emerging musicians to one of the world’s most liveable towns.”
“It’s events like this that keep our bars, restaurants and hotels busy, and puts Port Fairy on the map for visitors.”
“We’re so lucky to live in a region that brings such diverse delights every season. I’d encourage everyone to come down to Port Fairy and enjoy what the Festival, and the region, has to offer.”
“Our Regional Events Fund is helping to grow our enviable calendar of events – and that means more jobs and stronger economies across our regions.”
Quotes attributable to President, Port Fairy Folk Festival Inc, John Young
“The Port Fairy Folk Festival is a significant event on many levels. It is produced primarily by a dedicated band of volunteers who epitomise the heart and soul of the region. Their efforts over the past 42 years has been instrumental in creating an event that is internationally recognised for artistic excellence and for its superb atmosphere.”
“This funding through the Labor Government’s Regional Events Fund is not only wonderful support, it is also great recognition for an event that is uniquely Victorian, and promotes our state throughout the world.”