Fairbridge Festival Patron, Gina William first discovered Fairbridge Festival in 2001 when she was invited to perform there after winning the Indigenous category of the WA Song Contest (now the WAM Song of the Year).
Ever since then, Gina has been a regular attendee of the festival and loves to bring her children; Lauren, Bella and Tommy along with her to enjoy the magic that Fairbridge Festival offers.
Gina loves being at the festival, she says it is amazing to be there as both a performer and as a punter.
“I love that you can get up close to performers and hear more about the artists and the songs.”
Her absolute favourite part of Fairbridge Festival is the music. Gina greatly enjoys seeing talented artists perform. She also values how family-friendly the festival is; she likes knowing that there will always be something there for everyone.
She has one specific memory from the festival that she cherishes. It is when she performed in the Chapel with Guy Ghouse in 2015. She describes the audience as “amazing” and that you could hear a pin drop in the room. Singing for such a captivated audience was extraordinary and every performance since has been compared to that one.
Gina’s Fairbridge Festival influence is evident in the naming of the relatively new Djindalux venue. The name was her suggestion. It’s a fusion between the Noongar and Latin languages translating as starlight.
Fairbridge Festival has inspired a few songs on Gina’s new album, which will be released later this year.