Port Fairy Jazz Festival 8 – 10 February 2019 NEWSLETTER Aug 2018

Quite a few Jazz Jammers are proposing to go to this one. I attach the Newsletter – it has heaps of information, and the registration process for musos (on the website) is the clearest I have yet seen.

Website www.portfairyjazz.com.au
General Email:- portfairyjazz@gmail.com
Postal Address: PO Box 624, Warrnambool Vic 3280 Festival
Contact: Denis 041 950 4028

Western Victoria Jazz Productions Inc.,
Incorporation No. A0094541G, ABN 75471454678
is proud to present the 3rd Port Fairy Jazz Festival 8 – 10 February 2019

A ‘not for profit’ organisation run entirely by volunteers


The committee and Port Fairy community look forward to your company at the 2019 Festival. The committee’s aim is to again present a friendly Jazz Festival by repeating the successful components of the initial events. It is a low cost festival run by volunteers, providing nine programmed venues and running from Friday 5pm to Sunday 6pm. Saturday morning is the Street Parade and a Sunday morning there’s a Gospel Service.


Reardon Theatre
Upgrades to this venue are underway with completion anticipated late in 2018. Upgrades include:-
 Disabled toilets
 Climate control
 New tiered seating
 Removing old boiler under the tiered seating and associated asbestos

Changes for 2019
We again received hundreds of responses from our online, program tear out and email surveys. Thank you for all your responses which helps to make this festival even better. The major changes are as follows.

The programmed venues will be consolidated in 2019 by doing away with the distant venues and instead using the RSL and Uniting Church. That is, the two furthest venues will now be only 400m apart.

Friday will again see jazz from the Hotel balcony hopefully extended from 3pm to 8pm. Fiddlers Green entertainment will be restricted to daylight hours.
We are also working on improving the acoustics in some venues.
The Jazz Office registration centre will be at St. John’s Church hall at the top of Barclay St. for 2019.


Theme Colours
Same as for 2018. Any Jazz Lovers dressed in the spirit of the festival are welcome to join the parade.


The 2018 festival was successful due to all the participants. An enormous thank you to the army of volunteers who did the set ups, worked in the jazz office and worked at all the venues. To the hundreds of musicians who volunteered their skills to the festival without any guarantee of a disbursement, thank you. We had an array of sponsors which assisted the festival, a special thanks to you. To all the patrons who joined us, thank you for coming to Port Fairy. To the committee of 11 who planned and made it happen, thank you. Finally to the organisations, businesses and locals of Port Fairy that facilitated and made our guests welcome, thank you. Without this enormous effort, there would not be a festival.

Email Update: Have a new email address? Or thinking of changing email address? Let us know so we can keep you in touch.

Jazz Lover Tickets For the Weekend
Easiest way:- Log onto
http://www.portfairyjazz.com.au/ go to ticket sales and follow the prompts. Purchases can be made by Credit or Debit card on-line. Simply bring your bar coded internet ticket for scanning, to the Jazz Office registration centre to swap it for a badge and program.

Postal mail – manual method:-
For those receiving the Newsletter by post, you also have a postal option (form attached).

Pricing Options:-
Jazz Lovers U18 free
Jazz Lovers Registration
Rate:- $90 per Adult
(if registered after 30/11/2018)
Jazz Lovers Early Bird Special Rate:-
$80 per Adult
(if registered by 30/11/2018)

NBN –Changing email address?
As the NBN is implemented, a number of customers are changing their provider and their email address. If this is you, please forward your new email address to the festival at


Band Nominations
Each band wishing to participate on the program is required to nominate by the closing date 30th September 2018 Fill out the on-line form in the ‘Musicians’ tab on the web site


Musician Registrations
Each musician playing in a programmed band is required to register by the closing date 30th November 2017.


Weekend Timetable
Thursday 7th February 2019
The Jazz Office registration centre is at St. John’s Church hall at the top of Barclay St. It will open from 11am to 4pm for registrations, ticket swapping for weekend badges and programs, etc.

Friday 8th February 2019
Jazz Office opens from 11am till 10pm.
Jazz program commences at 5pm at the various venues.

Saturday 9th February 2019
Go to  www.portfairyaustralia.com.au/iamportfairy

Future Newsletters
As the final shape of the festival takes place, we will keep you informed of the updates. We are currently considering a fully equipped casual blackboard venue in the centre of town. Band nominations will close end of September and will be announced once determined. Further sponsors are being sought and will be announced later. The final Newsletter will outline the other components, programming and a list of all the other great activities you can do around Port Fairy. For those who are receiving this newsletter by postal mail, sadly this is the one and only newsletter you will receive. But watch our web site.

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