Postponement of the 2021 Albany International Folk N Shanty Festival
Albany Shanty Fest Inc has had to make the difficult decision to postpone this year's festival until October 2021.
As a result of the community transmission in Australia of the new delta variant, COVID 19 restrictions have been put in place all over Australia. The result of this is that many acts who were scheduled to perform at the festival are now unable to do so. The recent community transmission of COVID 19 had also created a significant issue in securing adequate insurance for AIF&SF 2021 on the planned dates.
The committee was faced with the choice between holding a drastically scaled-down event or delivering the full program at a later date. We unanimously agreed on a postponement of the event so we can include all our musicians and their fans.
The committee appreciates that this will impact a number of people's travel plans. For this, we are genuinely sorry.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our supporters and sponsors. In particular, we would like to thank The City of Albany and we wish them well with the Inaugural Albany Maritime Festival. We are sorry that we are not able to be involved.
We have proposed that the festival be moved to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of October 2021 and we will now begin the process of working towards this new date. We hope that you are able to join us on this rescheduled date.
We will be contacting those who have purchased passes or merchandise with options for refunds or credits.
If you have any inquiries relating to the postponement of the festival please direct these to [email protected]
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th July 2021 starting Friday evening around 7pm and finishing around 10pm Sunday.
Great news, the event is free! Most of the events are un-ticketed. You can just turn up. For the bigger shows at the Albany Entertainment Centre and The Boatsheds there will be tickets booked via the website. The best way to be sure of getting some of these tickets will be to buy a festival pass for $50 . Closer to event we will be releasing further tickets for people who do not want to purchase a festival pass– watch the website and Facebook page for details.
A festival pass for $50 will get you a ticket to one of the big shows at the AEC or Boatshed plus entry to the Historic Whaling Station and unlimited travel on the festival bus. You can buy the pass here.
Most of the events will be in the centre of Albany in Museums, The Albany Entertainment Centre, The Boat Sheds, and Albany’s fantastic local Pubs. There will also be events at The Historic Whaling Station, Princess Royal Sailing Club, and Limeburners Distillery. The best way to get to the out-of-town events will be to jump on the bus using your festival pass.
If you want advice about accommodation, we recommend you contact the Albany Visitors Centre who will be happy to help on (08) 6820 3700 or jump on their website https://theamazingsouthcoast.com/