Fairfax Youth Initiative

Beginning in Swan Hill, Victoria in 1997, the Fairfax Festival has been held annually in memory of George Fairfax, who grew up in Nangiloc, in the Mallee region.

This popular event has undergone a name change in its 21st year from Fairfax Festival to Fairfax Youth Initiative but the structure still remains the same with a series of in – community workshops and the Fairfax week ending with a Gala on the Thursday night showcasing the schools theatre performances.

This celebrated event connects professional arts practitioners with youth from local regional and remote areas to develop practical performance skills and to create diverse and professional quality theatre work.

Fairfax Youth Initiative event week begins on Tuesday 19 September – Thursday 21 September at the Swan Hill Town Hall PACC with more interactive workshops.

The week will see three special performances which are open to the Public

Tuesday evening a Professional Theatre performance by “The Yellow Wave” based on Major-General Kenneth Mackay’s 19th century invasion novel is brought to life.  An epic saga of love, heroism and sacrifice.  Tickets on sale now:

The following Wednesday evening, multi award winning comedian Selina Jenkins takes to the stage with her character creation Beau Heartbreaker, an Akubra wearing dairy farmer, who combines musical comedy, compelling storytelling and an intriguing physical transformation. Tickets on sale now:

Thursday is the Gala, showcasing the new works created by our local young people.  This is a free Public event for all ages

Also look out for popular street and mural Artist Kaff-eine who will be working with the groups creating a fabulous art piece somewhere in town

Swan Hill Town Hall PACC

Thursday 21 September 

Doors open from 6.30pm

Performances start a 7.00pm 

Thursday evening is a free event

Tickets to The Yellow Wave and Beau Heartbreaker available from

Swan Hill Region Information Centre

1800 625 373

or follow the link below for online sale: