Kim Shurman has been involved with Fairbridge Festival for 24 years. In 1994 (the second festival), Kim went along to babysit his nephews Kieran and Lindsay, the sons of his sister Ros and her husband, Steve Barnes. He has volunteered ever since.
Nowadays, Kim is the signage and decorations manager, and spends the weekend with his family and friends including his daughter, Milu, the children’s program director and his wife, Woody, the general manager.
The first time Kim went to Fairbridge Festival, he remembers thinking that it seems like a great place to set up for festival. Now, he loves that once a year, the usually deserted Fairbridge village comes to life with the energy of the people and music, in a safe and family friendly environment.
Kim’s favourite memory at the festival is when he saw the incredibly talented, Bob Brozman, perform on his steel guitar—it was sensational. He also enjoyed watching Perth’s bluegrass band, The Sensitive New Age Cowpersons performing The Foggy Mountain Breakdown. He recalls that the performance not only conveyed incredible talent, but they delivered it with a sense of humour too.
To Kim, Fairbridge Festival is: “An opportunity to create a vibrant, safe and fun experience for all—in a historic venue”. He is looking forward to Fairbridge Festival’s 25th birthday!