Home' QFF Publications : AUSfolk 2010 Contents Festival and event organisers are a strange lot. They work endless hours
within impossible timeframes putting together shows and programs under
great pressure in a high risk business. Very often they don't get to see what
they have organised and not too many people get rich, let alone famous,
working behind the scenes. Some might say that an organiser's psyche is in
dire need of clinical appraisal and treatment. Why do we do what we do?
If cultural activists across the country put their collective work on one
table it would be a feast to behold -- a powerful contribution that fleshes
out our national identity and drives it. Yet few in the broader population
would understand the gift that it is and even less, the sheer passion and
commitment it takes to make it happen.
Passion seems to be the common trait in organisers, so if we are going to get
together for this conference then our job is to make sure there's a lot of room
to express that passion, as well as dissect it.
We have been imagining that this gathering will be a sort of organiser's
parliament. While there are many quality presentations, there's plenty of room
where delegates and speakers can write the program as we go along.
Organising cultural events is like putting together a jigsaw. It's a combination
of lots of little decisions. In our lives and in our work, all of us, in whatever
role we undertake, carry some pieces that contribute to a bigger picture. At
AUSfolk 2010, each of us holds a piece of the puzzle, sharing our passion and
knowledge and helping to create horizontal support for our vertical tasks.
If we do a good job, at the end of the day, we imagine you might be leaving
this beautiful place, Woodfordia, armed with some new ideas, a new
enthusiasm, a bunch of new found friends and a strong feeling that the work
you do makes a difference.
So a warm welcome to you as you enrol in our gathering of organisers. As
hardened social creatures, we promise there will be more play than work, a
light-hearted approach to some serious matters, and a heartfelt and open-
armed attempt to share the joy of our collective work.
On behalf of The Ausfolk Team, President John Thompson and the FAA
Committee, President Des Ritchie and the QFF Committee, General Manager,
Amanda Jackes and the Staff, The Presenters, The Artists and Volunteers,
welcome to AUSfolk 2010.
Pack your piece of the puzzle -- the big picture will be incomplete without
Bill Hauritz AM
QFF Executive Director
AUSfolk 2010 Convenor
The contemporary culture of this country is immensely rich and
informs our every cultural interaction. Recent years have seen the rapid
development of a new way of expressing this unique Australian culture
with the explosion of our festivals and other cultural events into a
powerful new force for change and growth in this country.
This year's Ausfolk conference is aimed at the organisers of all of the
events which make up this form of cultural expression. By bringing
together all these instigators, initiators and torch-bearers of our culture,
we hope to provide a unique opportunity for ideas to be shared, new
networks to be formed and for the start of a new vision for how our culture
is to grow and be shared into the future. The networks and opportunities
that are built over the course of this very special three day event, will form
the basis for further development, growth and cultural achievement.
Ausfolk 2010 is a new beginning for the FAA, drawing together festival,
club, venue and event organisers from around the country and we
are delighted to have the QFF organising this year's convention. The
Woodford team have a fabulous history of event creation, organisation
and development, and this, our first Ausfolk conference, represents a great
marriage of their experience and organisational capacity with the FAA's
role as the peak national body.
On behalf of the committee of Folk Alliance Australia, welcome to Ausfolk
2010, the national convention of Folk Alliance Australia. Enjoy this special
opportunity to work (and more importantly) to play together!
Folk Alliance Australia
experience embrace connect bestow connect ally declare
In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups,
parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.
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