The Port Fairy Spring Music Festival gives 'reflection' on 2020

Image: 'Sinking into your soul' by local artist Jane Downing. Courtesy the artist.

Port Fairy Spring Music Festival will celebrate its 30-year anniversary with an incredible week-long digital feast of classical and contemporary ensemble music running from 28 November to 4 December.

With the theme of Reflections, this year's festival program will feature an exquisite line-up of curated concerts and the talents of highly regarded established artists with the very best of Australia’s new and emerging young performers and composers, drawing inspiration from Victoria’s beloved coastal town of Port Fairy.

Port Fairy Spring Music Festival Co-Artistic Directors Monica Curro and Stefan Cassomenos, said the new digital program has been brought together with utmost love and joy as a celebration of music-making, listening and creating.

"The ambience and intimacy of Port Fairy is reflected throughout this specially curated digital program, which we encourage both first timers to the Festival and loyal subscribers to watch from home and enjoy."

This year, the Festival will showcase nine concerts with performances from Australian World Orchestra, Then This, Wattleseed Ensemble, Songmakers Australia, Sutherland Trio, PlexusCollective, Stephen McIntyre, Aleksandr Tsiboulski, Deborah Cheetham and more special guests.

Eight concert events have each been paired with a southwest Victorian visual artist, connecting the beautiful landscapes and scenery surrounding the local Port Fairy seaside village to the momentous music program. Deborah Cheetham’s concert showcases her compositional response to two stunning indigenous artworks transformed into tapestry by the master weavers of the Australian Tapestry Workshop.

Established in 1990 by the late British/Australian composer Michael Easton ARAM and the pianist Len Vorster, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival has been staged as an annual regional music event, with this year’s Festival going online due to the global pandemic.

Port Fairy Spring Festival acknowledges Creative Victoria; Moyne Shire Council; Kawai Australia; 5stream; Victorian Opera; Australian World Orchestra; Short Black Opera; Crawford River Wines; Creative Partnerships Australia; Deakin University; and ABC South West Victoria.

The Port Fairy Spring Music Festival will take place online here where you can view it in the comfort of your own home from the 28th of November to the 4th of December!

Artwork: Jane Downing


Dates: 28 November - 4 December 2020

Location: Online

Cost: Admission tickets start at $25 and can be purchased from the website

Port Fairy Website