President of the Port Fairy Folk Festival Committee, John Young said this was the Festival’s most difficult decision to make in its 44-year history.
“Health and safety are at the forefront for the Port Fairy community,” said Mr Young. “With restrictions on gatherings and too many uncertainties attached to the current global pandemic, we had to make this choice.”
“The community, our volunteers, the hundreds of performers, the many contractors and of course the thousands of patrons involved are at the top of our minds when we are planning our annual festival.”
“Rather than invest into a risky and unsafe time for live music and large gatherings, we will focus our energies on producing a truly wonderful Port Fairy Folk Festival experience in 2022,’’ said Mr Young.
For over four decades, the Port Fairy Folk Festival has been presenting extraordinary international and local folk, blues and roots artists to thousands of music lovers each year over the March long weekend.
The Port Fairy Folk Festival Committee extends its support to the live music industry across Australia and to all those who have been severely impacted by this pandemic, as we work together to preserve the future of major festivals, events and cultural activities.
The 45th Port Fairy Folk Festival will take place on 11 – 14 March 2022. For more information, visit: www.portfairyfolkfestival.com for details.
Image: The crowd at the Port Fairy Folk Festival (supplied)