Annette Griffiths first attended Fairbridge Festival in 2003, although she had known about it through musician friends for a number of years prior to that. When she finally got to experience the festival she was immediately hooked!
After attending as a punter for a few years, she decided to volunteer and get a different perspective. So in 2007 Annette took on the role of Coordinator of the busy Artist Central and Instrument Lock-up marquee. That year, there was an unprecedented downpour on the Sunday of the festival – and the 2007 festival has, henceforth, been known as the year of the flood!
There were a few hairy moments as the rain caused havoc with electrical equipment in some of the marquees. As a rookie festival organiser Annette was overawed at how the production team, the artistic director, and the site crew pulled together in a seamless and highly supportive way to re-program concerts, re-route instruments and generally make sure the show (festival) went on!
At the end of the festival – running high on adrenalin and no sleep, Annette felt she had been welcomed into the biggest and best family imaginable.
Annette introduced her two sons to the joys of volunteering, and her youngest son got such a buzz out of working with the production crew over the last couple of festivals of his secondary schooling, he went on to WAAPA to study Lighting and Production and now works in most major venues in Perth.
What Annette enjoys most about the festival is the camaraderie within the team and that everyone is so excited to contribute to creating such a wonderful and uplifting community experience.
She has worked in various roles over the years and is currently the in-house editor of communications and publications and the writer of funding applications!