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Port Fairy Winter Weekends Festival 2017



We are a small town with a huge, beating heart.

Join us every second weekend in June + July 2017

Melbourne Weekend 1 • June 9,10,11
Melbourne Weekend 2 • June 23,24,25
Melbourne Weekend 3 • July 7,8,9
Melbourne Weekend 4 • July 21, 22, 23

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 2017 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:

COMMUNITY


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!

ARTS


Winter Weekends provides an opportunity for the region to showcase the incredible depth of artistic talent that exists here. Whether your interest is in painting, design, photography, craft, sculpture, fashion, pottery, film or literature, you will uncover hidden gems as you meet the people behind the work.

MUSIC


South West Victoria is lucky to have a varied and 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 local pub music culture. What we do know for sure is that our depth of musical talent will be on full display during those winter weekends.

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!).

Port Fairy Winter Weekends Festival


THEATRE: SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL
Fri 9 June 7:30pm / Sat 10 June 7:30pm / Sun 11 June 2pm
$25 adult, $20 concession
Lecture Hall, Sackville St

Port Fairy Theatre Group presents the culmination of six months of writing, directing and acting workshops for youth and adults. The stage will come alive with this entirely local collection of plays and performance!

CONCERT: WOMEN IN SONG
Sat 10 June 2:30-5pm
$20 adult, $15 concession, U/15 free
Reardon Theatre, Bank St

Sisterhood on stage! Feel the collective heart and power in the voices and music of local women. Move with the tunes of singer‐songwriters Oriel Glennen, Kate Gane, Nancy Schipper, Myra and Niamh, Sheree Duncan, the One Earth Many Voices Choir and more. Fundraiser event for the Bandari Women’s Project.

MUSIC: MATTHEW FAGAN, LORD OF THE STRINGS
Sun 11 June 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm)
Tickets at door $25 adult, $20 concession, $10 child, $50 family
Lecture Hall, Sackville St

PRE BOOK TICKET OFFER
Adult $20
Child U/16 $10, U/3 Free
Family (2 Adult &2 Child) $45

After selling out in Adelaide and Edinburgh, multi‐instrumentalist Matthew Fagan takes us on a journey across classical, flamenco, blues, rock and pop. You can challenge Matthew with song requests to play on electric or classical instruments, his unique 10‐string guitar, ukulele or Celtic harp music on 12-string guitar. A brilliant and fun evening of extreme talent.

WORKSHOP: DINNER AND ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY
Friday 23 June, 6:30pm-10:30pm
Saturday 24 June, 6:30pm-10:30pm
$120 with dinner, $95 no dinner
Workshop begins at 6:30pm at Lemongrass Restaurant, Bank St, followed by a walking tour to Port Fairy Lighthouse, 8pm - 10:30pm

Begin with delicious Thai dishes then walk and learn under the night sky. Led by Oat Vaiyaboon of Hangingpixels Photo Art, learn how to capture the stunning night sky and milky way. A practical session including what apps to use to plan your shoot, selecting optimum settings to reduce image noise and an intro to light painting. Find Oat on Instagram @hangingpixels_photo_art.

COOK AND DINE WITH LE CREPE MAN OF BELFAST
Friday 23 June, 6pm
$100
Le Crepe Man Creperie, 43 Sackville St

Enjoy a five‐course menu featuring local and organic produce, all matched with local Basalt wines. Plus, everyone tries their hand at crafting crepes on the grill! An evening of wining, dining and demonstrations in Port Fairy’s cosy artisan creperie.

WORKSHOP: GETTING OFF AUTO - UNLOCKING YOUR CAMERA'S POTENTIAL
Saturday 24 June, 12pm
Charlie's On East, 4 Hughes Ave
FREE

Stuck in auto mode? Have a fancy camera that you don’t really know how to use? Run by Warrnambool Camera Club, this hands‐on workshop is all about making the most of those extensive menus and handy functions, then getting outside to practice. Bring your camera and operator’s manual (if you have it) and up‐skill in time for the Port Fairy photo contest.

MUSIC: BACH TO THE BUSH
Saturday 24 June, 11am - 1pm
$25 adult, $20 concession
Lecture Hall, Sackville St

Australian cellist Anthony Albrecht is an outstanding recent graduate of The Juilliard School, NYC. Currently based in London as a Guildhall Music Scholar, Anthony tours his choice of J.S. Bach’s suites for solo cello to a select number of regional towns. Songs are interspersed with discussion of the cultural context of this timeless music. We are delighted to have Anthony at this year’s festival!

TOWER HILL BUSH FOOD AND WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE
Saturday 24 June, 3pm - 7pm
Saturday 22 July, 3pm - 7pm
$75 adults, $45 child
Tower Hill Reserve

Take a closer look, and taste, at what’s inside this ancient volcanic crater. Your ticket includes an overview of European destruction of the reserve and its restoration; indigenous history and culture with didgeridoo playing and boomerang throwing lessons; a presentation on Robin Boyd and Tower Hill architecture; an evening meal of Australian native foods and flavours and a night walk to discover nocturnal animals and wildlife. Wow! A special winter opportunity to experience all this place has to offer. Hosted by the team from Worn Gundidj.

MUSIC: SONGS OF LAND AND SEA
Saturday 24 June, 7:30pm
$22 adult, $17 concession/child
Lecture Hall, Sackville St

Gunditjmara musician Andy Alberts joins Bruce Campbell and Damian O’Keefe (of folk-rock duo, The Cutting) in a unique evening of songs and stories. These three South West Victorian songwriters and musicians take you on a journey through the peaks and troughs of life, like the sea itself, to set you safely on the shore of a land where black and white reach out to each other in a spirit of reconciliation. Guitar, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica and fine vocals will fill the night. Wine and snacks available.

WORKSHOP: PORT FAIRY PHOTO WALK
Sunday 25 June, 10:15am - 12:30pm
$35
King George Park (wharf) Gipps St

Oat Vaiyaboon of Hangingpixels Photo Art takes you on a roaming photographic tour of Port Fairy’s hidden treasures. Starting at the wharf and working down to East Beach and around the headland, gather tips and advice from one of the region’s most talented and passionate photographers. Find Oat on Instagram @hangingpixels_ photo_art

MERRIJIG’S LAST SUNDAY ROAST LUNCH
Sunday 25 June, 12:30pm
$50
Merrijig Inn, 1 Campbell St

A winter must‐do in these parts! The Merrijig serves up its two‐course roast lunch, deliciously slow cooked in the wood‐ red oven and served around the long table in their garden conservatory. Warm, cosy, tasty, hearty...nom, nom winter nom.

WORKSHOP: COFFEE AT HOME
Sunday 25 June, 2pm - 3pm
$10
Sterling Espresso Bar, 10 Bank Street

The Sterling coffee crew import some of the world’s highest grade beans to Port Fairy and they want you to enjoy it at home through simple but effective brewing techniques. Explore the flavour profiles of each region’s beans and learn manual methods including V60 pour over and Aeropress. This demo includes samples of seasonal beans and delicious house‐made treats.

MUSIC: NIGEL WEARNE
Sunday 25 June, 3pm
$20
Blarney Books And Art, 37 James St

An intimate afternoon with Nigel Wearne on his personally handcrafted guitars, with clawhammer banjo, folk and honest tales of forgotten rebels, mischievous bank robbers, wandering poets and his love of eggs. Nigel delivers Drawing Circles, his current album, full of shadows and lucid reveries, exploring dark corners of creativity and the irregular swells of life. “Warmth flecked with grit... beauty awaits. 4 stars” (Rolling Stone Australia).

WORKSHOP: SUNRISE PHOTOGRAPHY
Saturday 8 July, 6:30am - 8:30am
Sunday 9 July, 6:30 - 8:30am
$95
Roger's Place carpark, East Beach

Early riser Oat Vaiyaboon of Hangingpixels Photo Art believes sunrise is the best time of day to shoot! In this small-group workshop, learn about timing and positioning, HDR, long exposure techniques and lter usage to even out your exposure. Get your feet wet if you dare! Find Oat on Instagram @hangingpixels_photo_art. Suited to all levels. DSLR
and tripod essential. Remote shutter release optional.

BUDJ BIM TOURS
Saturday 8 July, 11am-1pm
Sunday 9 July, 11am – 1pm
Saturday 22 July, 11am-1pm
Sunday 23 July, 11am-1pm

$30 adult, kids under 16 free
Tours start at 11am at the Budj Bim Orientation Centre 12 Lindsay St, Heywood
A free return bus will depart at 10am from Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre.

Take a trip way, way back in time to learn about one of the world’s oldest human settlements. For thousands
of years, Gunditjmara people engineered an extensive aquaculture system of eel and sh traps along the Tyrendarra lava flow and wetlands. Here you will see remnant houses, rebuilt stone houses, aquaculture traps and channels and the rainbow serpent’s eggs. With water owing and peaking, winter is THE BEST time to witness this ancient place in full life.

PORT FAIRY GHOST TOURS
Saturday 8 July, 5:30pm - 7pm (for families and history buffs)
Saturday 8 July, 10:30pm - midnight (for thrill seekers and ghost spotters)
Saturday 22 July, 5:30pm - 7pm (for families and history buffs)
Saturday 22 July, 10:30pm - midnight (for thrill seekers and ghost spotters)

$30 adult, $15 concession/child

It might look like a cute, innocent seaside town, but there is a darker side to little ol’ Port Fairy. Take this eerie (but warm) bus tour to discover haunted locations, learn about real murders and unsolved mysteries and hear shocking stories that will send shivers down your spine. In association with the Port Fairy Ghost Stories project.

WORKSHOP: FAB PHONE PHOTOS – USING CAMERA PHONES EFFECTIVELY
Sunday 9 July, 10:30am - 12pm
FREE
Wishart Gallery, 19 Sackville St

While the phone could be the handiest camera device ever invented, are we taking the best pics and vids we can? This session, hosted by Warrnambool Camera Club, starts with tips on composition, lighting and framing before hitting the streets to put your new knowledge to the test.

LAZY DAYS LUNCH AT CONLAN’S
Sunday 9 July, 12:30pm
$75 lunch, $110 with paired wine
Conlan’s Wine Store, 34 Bank St

The festival welcomes back award‐winning chef Matt Dempsey for a slow Sunday lunch of shared dishes featuring some of the South West’s best producers. A meal designed for big flavours and relaxed, robust conversation in great company.

WORKSHOP: CONLAN’S COOKING CLASS
Saturday 22 July, 12pm - 3pm
$125
Conlan’s Wine Store, 34 Bank St

Multi award‐winning chef and restaurateur Matt Dempsey invites you into his kitchen for a three‐hour hands‐on cooking class on slow cooked winter warmers. This workshop includes a glass of vino and, of course, your delicious lunch.

WORKSHOP: CONLAN’S WINE TASTING
Saturday 22 July, 12pm - 3pm
$200
Conlan’s Wine Store, 34 Bank St

Take a seat and a glass in the intimate wine room at Conlan’s for a three‐hour class on some of the most iconic wines of France and Australia. An extensive opportunity to enjoy some expensive bottles and truly refined flavours. This session includes champagne and canapés on arrival and fine treats to finish

MERRIJIG INN 175TH ANNIVERSARY
Saturday 22 July, 6pm
$175
Merrijig Inn, 1 Campbell St

It’s not often you get to attend a 175th birthday party!! Celebrate the rich history and the bright future of this iconic building, home to endless tales, meals and characters over its long and vibrant past. The Merrijig team invites you to enjoy this rare milestone in one very special evening of music, wine and a feast of dishes of fine local produce.

MUSIC: FRED SMITH – THE MUSICAL DIPLOMAT
Sunday 23 July, 2pm - 5pm
$15
Lecture Hall, Bank St

Fred Smith writes and sings about love and war zones. His highly acclaimed album, Dust of Uruzgan, is about the realities of life for soldiers and civilians in Afghanistan, where he was deployed in 2009. Fred brings his sell-out concert with Liz Frenchmen to Port Fairy to present a combination of his stories from war zones and satirical observations of life in America following a recent journey through Texas and other states. Drinks and snacks available. Tickets at the door or online.

SHOW US YOUR WINTER WOOLLIES – HIGH TEA AND CROCHETED ART
$59 high tea package
Every Saturday & Sunday of the festival, 12pm - 4pm
time&tide High Tea, 21 Thistle Place, Port Fairy

Amidst the beachfront views and delectable high tea at time&tide, see deliciously whimsical crocheted art in the Show Us Your Winter Woollies competition. Crochet or knit your own High Tea creation to win an indulgent package for two at time&tide.

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