Kylie Wheatley has been attending Fairbridge Festival for seventeen years, starting out as a stallholder with her big Red Chai tent and now, as the Festival Markets Manager.
Kylie loves the festival’s village location and really appreciates that, for a weekend, lovers of the festival form a special community – a little utopia. Kylie believes that this quaint little village holds a lot of value in such a busy world. For Kylie, her daughter summed up the meaning that the festival holds for her perfectly by saying that she would rather miss Christmas than Fairbridge Festival!
Every year Kylie takes her daughter to the festival with her and gets to see about half of Fremantle down there as well. She said it feels like the whole of Fremantle goes on holidays together for that weekend.
There are too many memories that Kylie has of Fairbridge Festival to just choose one. She remembers verandah jams with amazing musicians; sitting around the campsite discussing the magic of Fairbridge Festival and sharing stories from the night before; setting up her stall and selling her handmade pieces only to see them being worn later that night; seeing Loren Kate, Mama Kin, John Butler and Tin Pan Orange in the dining hall; and an amazing flamenco dancer.
Kylie feels very inspired by Fairbridge Festival: it inspires her to keep going; to improve the market space; to share it with her daughter and her daughter’s friends and to create art – to see it bring joy and healing to others.
Kylie loves how the Fairbridge Festival provides a safe environment for her daughter to enjoy the freedom of roaming the grounds in such a caring and wonderful community.