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Biggest family music and camping festival
The Fairbridge Festival recently celebrated its 25th year of holding a family orientated event that not only has great music from around the world and at the same time provides children with many different activities to participate in.
Being held in the quaint village of Fairbridge, which is a few kilometres north from Pinjarra means families don't have to travel far to participate in the annual three days of music and camping. Though this year being a special year, the festival was extended to four days.
With thousands of people descending on Fairbridge, the oval and surrounding bush became a temporary sprawling city of tents of all shapes and sizes. With over 9 stage areas to choose from for music plus several venues for kids activities, the choices became overwhelming but no one was complaining. Even the venues were varied from the beautiful Fairbridge Chapel to marquees to the spielgletent.
The food truck area in the centre of the festival had dozens of food choices available so no one went hungry. Nearby was the buskers area where young children were encouraged to show off their talents.
With dozens of acts on the program it was really difficult to choose who to see and who to miss out on. Though the majority of performers were Western Australian, with some from the Eastern States, several artists came from Canada, Denmark, Ireland, UK, and USA.
For the early risers there was a choice of yoga and tai chi classes.
One of the highlights of the weekend was the big band battle where the Wasamba band and Junkadelic band had a bandoff where both sides shot volley after volley in a sonic war.
Just a sample of what was on hand were the Spirit of the Street Choir. This choir which has been going for several years comprises people who are or have been marginlised by society. They may have overcome mental illness or substance abuse problems and have found that music has greatly helped them return to normality.
The festival is just not about folk music but included several dance bands, blues and country style music as well. The many workshops on hand ensured festival goers could participate in and learn some new dance steps. The Irish dancing with Hilary Mckenna, a world champion, and Mucky Duck bush dance were the most popular. Even on the streets between venues were many dance groups giving performances.
Usually held in mid April annually, if you have not attended a Fairbridge Festival yet, then look out for the next festival and remember to get your tickets early as this is one of the most popular music and camping events in Western Australia. It is suited to all ages and many families come back year after year.
This festival is organised by the not for profit organisation Folkworld. If you are interested in volunteering your time to assist at next years festival, then apply early as they receive more applications than positions available.