11 March 2016
From 11-14 March, one of Australia's longest standing music events - the Port Fairy Folk Festival - celebrates its 40th birthday.
This year's event will feature 120 acts and 200 concerts held across the historic fishing village of Port Fairy, with performances by artists including Colin Hay, Mia Dyson, Luka Bloom, Steve Poltz and Kristina Olsen.Marcia Howard also joins the festival's line-up as Artist of the Year for 2016. The singer/songwriter and Goanna band member grew up in the Port Fairy district and went on to make music with Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Mary Black and Archie Roach.
Held annually over the Labour Day long weekend, the Port Fairy Folk Festival began in 1977. Originally focusing on traditional Irish music and culture, the festival has since broadened its focus to showcase blues, roots and world music.
Since its inception, the Festival has presented around 3,500 acts. This includes over 500 internationals and more than 12,000 musicians, with an audience of over 240,000 ticket holders and 1,000,000 attendances at the Port Fairy village.
Over 1000 volunteers and more than 150 crew members will be involved in staging this year's event.