Fairbridge Festival site manager, Kat Traill, clocks up nine years with the festival in 2017.
Kat sees Fairbridge Festival as an inclusive and welcoming event that people feel their whole families come to have a great time, see bands that are old favorites and find new music. She describes it as an event where people of all ages, small children to grandparents, have a fun-packed weekend. People come to spend time with loved ones and find new friends and skills. Kat loves that children can run free for three days in a fun safe environment while parents relax. Her favourite part of the festival is that everyone is smiling – and the children busking from dawn to dusk each day.
When it comes to memories, Kat has way too many to choose her favourite. Her fondest memories include her first year at the festival when she watched an incredible acoustic act in the Chapel after working long hours doing festival build. She says the performance almost brought her to tears. Other fond memories include the annual parade and the Sunday jam sessions in the cottages.
When doing event management work for other events, Kat frequently uses Fairbridge Festival as an example when planning and problem solving. She feels Fairbridge Festival is a place to explore new and unique ideas to engage patrons and make the festival that little bit more special. The festival has also nurtured the site crew’s creativity to create art for both the event and Fairbridge Village.
Kat is very excited to come back to Fairbridge Festival for its 25th birthday.