Mark Anderson is Fairbridge Village’s former CEO. He is very proud of this beautiful village that provides the picturesque setting for Fairbridge Festival every year.
Mark started Fairbridge as their Development Officer in 1996 and took on the role as the CEO in 1998. He has attended twenty festivals and has enjoyed every single one of them with his family. His children grew up with the festival and he absolutely loves that they have been able to run free through the festival in a safe and secure environment.
One year, Mark’s son made a lagerphone in the kid’s craft tent and busked with it when he was four years old, he received $25 and a valid bus ticket. That is Mark’s fondest memory to date, his son is now eighteen.
A couple of years ago, Mark recalls speaking to a family who attended the festival every year—three generations of them. This particular year, the grandfather was terminally ill and the family had made it their priority to experience one more festival together. The family had lots of special memories of the festival and that is what Mark thinks the festival is about: “families coming together every year to spend quality time and celebrate good music, fun, laughter, poetry, culture and life.”
“The village is an ideal venue for the festival due to its beauty, ambience, surrounded by farmland, proximity to Perth, range of venues and accommodation; and the revenue from the festival supports the work of Fairbridge in supporting at risk young people.”
Mark is looking forward to watching Fairbridge Village light up with Fairbridge Festival on its 25th birthday!