Port Fairy Festival Director Retires; Who Will Be The New Head Honcho?

12 November 2015 | 3:39 pm | Staff Writer

McKew retires after 38 years

As March's Port Fairy Folk Music Festival nears, so too comes the news that founding member of the festival and President, Programmer and Director for 38 of its 40 events, Jamie McKew, has announced his retirement.

President of the Port Fairy Folk Music Festival Committee, Bruce Leishman, described what a major change McKew's retirement would bring, stating that the festival's stellar reputation was a testament to McKew's sense of creativity and enthusiasm to each year's artists.

Port Fairy 2016 will be McKew's last since its inception in 1977.

The Committee are on the hunt for a new Festival Director, but Leishman assured that the position would be reviewed as the workload had become too great in recent days. The position will be advertised in coming days and they hope to appoint a new Program Director by the end of January, just in time for the festival to kick off from 11 to 14 March.

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