This Easter Long Weekend – from April 14 to 17 – WAHonk! Fest is taking place as part of the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival.
Honk Festivals are interstate and international convergences of street bands that take place all over the world. This will be the fourth Honk! Festival in Australia, and first in Western Australia. As bands play for little or no pay at Honk Festivals it is vitally important that the hosting city and the Honk!Oz association do all they can to assist participating bands with their costs of travel to the event.
Hospitality is the key to the success of a HONK! Festival. HONK! Oz volunteers in Wollongong are helping WAHonk! Fest in the following ways:
Firstly, we have volunteered to help raise money for travelling bands. This money will be divided between the bands that have travelled more than 400km to be at WAHonk! Fest.
Secondly, we are sending a community band called The Con Artists to represent HONK! Oz at the festival. This band has participated in all three HONK! Oz festivals in Wollongong and part of the money we raise will help members of the Con Artists Community Band travel to Freo.
Communities helping make other communities vibrant through street music and art is vital to our humanity.
HONK! festivals are liberating and imbued with a strong social conscience. They are a collision of musicians, friends, families, outrageous costumes and irresistible music.
So please help us to make it a bit easier for musicians from all over to get to Western Australia for WAHonk! Fest.