Port Fairy Folk Festival announces packed lineup for the Archie Roach Foundation Stage

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Port Fairy Folk Festival announces packed lineup for the Archie Roach Foundation Stage

Archie Roach
Words by Jordan McCarthy

The Port Fairy Folk Festival (PFFF) is back this year with the announcement of a special partnership with indigenous music icon Uncle Archie Roach, which will see the inclusion of the Archie Roach Foundation Stage.

The stage is an exciting inclusion this year, celebrating first nations artists both established and emerging.

Running from March 11 through March 14, PFFF, in its 45th year, will see the usual big-name line-up that you have come to expect from one of the country’s most exciting festivals, to work in concert with a celebration of indigenous talent.

What you need to know

  • Beloved national music icon and Maar Nation elder Uncle Archie Roach announces inaugural Archie Roach Foundation Stage at Port Fairy Folk Festival
  • The stage invites all to share local Maar Nation culture through traditional dance, art and songwriting workshops, conversations, and a yarning circle.
  • The Archie Roach Foundation Stage will also shine a massive spotlight on both emerging and established First Nations artists from across Australia.
  • The line-up includes Kutcha Edwards, Emma Donovan, Shellie Morris, The Merindas, Amos Roach

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Taking to the inaugural Archie Roach Foundation Stage at the festival will be the likes of Kutcha Edwards, Emma Donovan, Shellie Morris, The Merindas, Amos Roach, Kee’ahn, MRLN X RK, the Singing Our Futures collective, J-MILLA and Black Rock Band.

The stage wont just be limited to music, with Uncle Archie also hosting his ‘Kitchen Table Yarn’ at the festival with a number of special guests.

“For me personally, it’s huge,” Uncle Archie says. “I was taken away as a child from my mother’s country when I was just two years old. To return to my community and be able to present our culture on the Archie Roach Foundation Stage would not have happened if I had not found my way back to my people.

“The local Maar Nation community have programmed the stage and we can’t wait to present this exceptional moment. I am very grateful to both RISE and Port Fairy Folk Festival for getting behind this initiative.”

PFFF which takes place on Peek Whurrong country will also celebrate over 60,000 years of local Maar Nation culture with traditional dance, art and song writing workshops, conversations and a yarning circle across the 4-day event.

The amazing line-up of other artists you will find scattered throughout the festival include Ash Grunwald, The Pierce Brothers, Tracy Mcneil and the Goodlife, Bob Evans, Emily Barker, Jodie Lane, Kerryn Fields, the Paper Kites, Elephant Sessions, Emma Swift, Maple Glider, the Weeping Willows and many more.

More artists are still expected to be announced so keep an eye out. For tickets or for any further information head to www.portfairyfolkfestival.com.