Welcome to our uplifting community festival!
This year Winter Weekends runs every second weekend in June and July. We invite you to get out and about in the exhilarating elements to celebrate the art, music, performance, produce, food and wine, history, environment and people that make this place so special.
Port Fairy is a small town with a huge, beating heart. We celebrate the spirit, creativity and resourcefulness of the people who live here in its pristine and energising landscape. We are enlivened by our rich history, from ancient indigenous aquaculture to post-colonial marine heritage, and brightened by our future (even in the bracing depths of winter!) with contemporary takes on food and design. We believe there is much to learn and gain from one another. Winter Weekends 2018 is a chance to share ideas, skills and conversation, to reflect and reenergise and be enlivened by new discoveries.
Port Fairy Winter Weekends festival is a volunteer-run, non-profit community festival that has been a fixture on the region’s calendar for more than 10 years. It is a celebration of Port Fairy’s history, culture and community.
Festival events and activities fall under 4 main pillars:
A series of events and activities for everyone. Mostly free of charge and always great fun, these events are designed to get people up and outside even on the darkest, wettest days! With thanks to all the wonderful, dedicated volunteers who nurture this town with love.
The festival is an opportunity to showcase the incredible depth of artistic talent that exists here. Whether your interest is in performance, music, painting, design, photography, craft, sculpture, fashion, pottery, film or literature, you will uncover hidden gems as you meet the people behind the work.
South West Victoria is lucky to have a thriving live music scene. It might be the result of our strong indigenous heritage and Celtic influence, or perhaps the stunning landscapes and raw power of the ocean, or maybe it's the strong festival scene. Whatever the reason, Winter Weekends is the perfect stage for emerging local talent and music lovers alike.
Food & Wine
Whether it’s chefs-hatted fine dining or a hipster pop-up, this festival has it all. Think fun and fresh market produce, warm nighttime offerings, wine classes, high teas, cheese making, cooking workshops, film and food combined, mulled wine and hot chocolates (but of course!).
Lava flows, black basalt, enormous pine trees, Southern Ocean, East Beach, Griffiths Island, marshlands, riverside, parks, greens, paths, volcano craters. Wide open coastline and secret out-of-the-way bays. Bird life, marine life, wild life. And more, so much more. This is an ancient land with Aboriginal, colonial and contemporary stories to tell. Our pristine landscape can embrace you in a warm, comforting hold and reinvigorate you with a rush of wild. All under big skies that shine at dawn, glow at sunset and sparkle in the darkness of night.
2018 Winter Weekends Committee
The festival is entirely run by a group of 13 dedicated volunteers:
Festival Coordinator - Loren Tuck
Treasurer, Lighting Coordinator, Dachshund Dash Coordinator - Harry Bracegirdle
Secretary - Denise Leembruggen
Music and live performance events, Opening and Closing parties - Amy Armstrong and Carrie Skeen
Food events - Caron Von Bibra and Jill Burgoyne
Community and environment events - Michelle Brereton
Art installations - Gareth Coliton
Social media and print marketing - Sophie Holcombe
PR and media coordinator - Courtney Smith
Children's events - Charlotte Dumsney
Lighting and projections - Justin Williams
Major sponsors and supporters
The festival would not continue without the support of local organisations. Thank you to Moyne Shire Council, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy Tourism Association, Port Fairy Business Association and the Port Fairy and Community Bank. With thanks also to a major 2018 contributor towards our lighting program, Pacific Hydro. Please see the list of amazing local businesses who keep the festival alive.