FolkWorld Inc. have made the difficult decision to cancel the much-loved Fairbridge Festival in 2022. The family-friendly music and camping event, which has been running since 1992, was due to take place from 22-24 April at Fairbridge Village, Pinjarra WA.
This is the second time the event has had to cancel in its 29-year history after being forced to (along with the entire WA event industry) in 2020 – also due to COVID-19.
Drew Diamond, President of the not-for-profit organisation FolkWorld Inc. said they have been trying to find solutions to the multitude of challenges that they and their colleagues in the music and event industry are currently facing, but there are too many uncertainties for them to confidently proceed.
“The Fairbridge Festival production is a complex system involving thousands of audience members, musicians, artists, staff, suppliers, vendors, sponsors, and volunteers,” he said.
“While the COVID-19 management measures in WA appear to be effective at this stage, the increasing uncertainties surrounding the holding of a large music and family festival in April are too many and complex to proceed safely.
He said their hearts are heavy, but their passion remains the same – to unite and bring people together, create unique experiences and memories, as well as support a thriving music and arts scene.
“The team are working tirelessly behind the scenes to find creative new ways for us to stay connected and come together soon. We thank everyone for their understanding, messages of encouragement, and unwavering support,” he said.
Despite their flagship event having to cancel, FolkWorld Inc. is continuing with the Act Belong Commit Fairbridge Festival Quest Youth Songwriting Competition for young songwriters aged 12 to 18 years, as well as with their annual fundraising raffle. WA residents can purchase a $5 ticket to go in the running to win some amazing prizes including a handcrafted Scott Wise guitar valued at $5.5k.
If you would like to help the organisation during this time, please make a tax-deductible donation to FolkWorld Inc. the organisers of Fairbridge Festival. Your support will contribute to the developing of programs full of unforgettable musical discoveries, the nurturing of new talent, opportunities to participate and learn, and more.
All tickets purchased to Fairbridge Festival 2022 will be automatically refunded via Moshtix.
For more information, donations and raffle tickets, CLICK HERE