Fairbridge Festival action packed


Rod Vervest checks out the festival program.
Rod Vervest checks out the festival program.

Artistic director Rod Vervest describes it as a fabulous voyage of discovery packed with exotic treasures.

Vervest is in his second year in the role and said it was a position that was a privilege and honour to hold.

The renowned guitarist played at Fairbridge in the early years and was on the festival program for many years.

The guitar is an instrument close to his heart and he has played it across Australia, although he also enjoys the violin, keyboard, ukulele and mandolin.

Daughter Ella is also an accomplished musician.

His wife Cheryl was six months pregnant when she attended her first Fairbridge Festival.

“Ella must have felt the vibes,” he said.

Sixteen years later, the “child of Fairbridge” launched her first CD.

The family camped at Fairbridge in the early years and Vervest said camping was part of the fun.

“No other festival has such a family focus and it is a safe and nurturing place for kids,’’ he said.

“There are not many places where local artists can play to thousands of people,

“We don’t go all out for headline acts; they have never driven our program, because then it would be just like any other festival.”

Twelve venues will run hot each day and there will be more than 110 local, national and international performers to suit every taste on the bill.

Vervest has a strong desire to develop the link between Fairbridge and the Pinjarra and Mandurah communities and is looking for partnerships to secure the future of the festival.