Nannup is a small, historic timber town in the centre of Western Australia’s stunning Southwest, on the banks of the beautiful Blackwood River. Nannup Music Festival is held annually over the WA Labour Day long weekend, over which time the streets come alive with stalls, performances and activities. The Festival, now in its 30th year, is a community-spirited event operated by a passionate and dedicated team of Staff and Committee from the not-for-profit Nannup Music Club Inc. All profits are used for the running of the organisation, primarily the festival and its infrastructure.
It is an amazing and inspiring weekend for everyone and a special place to share a festival experience and authentic good times with your family and friends; a colourful celebration of original music, art, nature, community and diversity.
We offer an eclectic mix of incredible acts over free and ticketed venues, camping, street performances, markets, workshops and panels, poetry, an Art Walk and a space full of activities and workshops for our little festival-goers. All of the above as well as our Emerging Artist Award, Busking Competition, indigenous artists programming and small town atmosphere are just some of the things that together make the Nannup Music Festival a delightful weekend to share, immerse and discover…
Nannup is part of Noongar Boodjar lands, which extends from north of Jurien Bay, inland to north of Moora across and down to the southern coast east of Esperance and is home to 14 language groups. Nannup town is situated on the lands of the Bibbulmun people and the north side of the Blackwood river (Bilyar Goorbalbilyup) becomes Wardandi country. We love, honour and cherish this place and we trust that it will be respected and nurtured far into the future. We are of this land, therefore we are all responsible to honour and respect both the land and those who come from it. All of us – Together.
WHAT WE’RE ALL ABOUT…
Connection, Community & Inclusivity
Our Festival brings together people of different ages and backgrounds and we love watching them connect, share and discover in our small town setting in the Bush. We believe in and respect diversity; everyone is welcome at our Festival! We endeavour to support the local community and we’re proud to play a big part of the economic and social viability of our beautiful region.
Emerging & Indigenous Artists
Two major passions for the festival are the encouragement of and belief in emerging and indigenous artists. Our Festival has a strong connection with indigenous music and our Emerging Artist Award is a fantastic part of our event, offering growth and experience for the artists. We endeavour to grow with and nurture the wider evolving artistic community and we’re proud to support its exposure.
Mental & Sexual Health
Mental Health – in all its aspects: sexual, spiritual, emotional – has an impact on our daily lives. Lets Talk about it! We always include mental and sexual health workshops in our program in order to create a safe space for people to talk about it, share their experiences and realise they’re not alone. Together we can strengthen each other and dissolve some of the stigmas that hold us back.
We are committed to continuing our efforts to reduce the environmental impact of our festival; our aim is to take a few green steps further every year and to eventually put the Nannup Music Festival at the forefront of environmentally friendly event management. We also include sustainability and environmental awareness workshops in our program in the hope of affecting attitudes and behaviours in the community, whilst together learning more.
Our venues and activities allow families to participate in all aspects of the festival. Part of the beauty of our event is the fact that young people feel safe and welcome to immerse in and share experiences throughout the Festival site; our little Festival-goers can also enjoy our free ‘Playground’ venue, filled with special activities just for them.
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
2017 National Live Music Awards – Nominee: Live Event of the Year
2017 WAMAwards – Nominee: Most Popular Music Event
2017 WAMAwards – Winner: Golden WAMi (Phaedra Watts, Festival Director)
2017 Tidy Towns Awards – State Winner: Litter Prevention and Waste Management
2016 WAMAwards – Nominee: Most Popular Music Event
2016 WAMAwards – Nominee: Golden WAMi (Phaedra Watts, Festival Director)