About, Bulletins & Updates

About FAME Festivals

The inspiration leading to the establishment of the Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensembles (FAME Inc.) arose at an annual music camp held in the 1970s in Bendigo, Victoria, by the Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra.  The original idea was to form an incorporated umbrella organisation which could apply for grants and coordinate events, and which would include all the mandolin orchestras and individual interested mandolinists and guitarists throughout Australia and New Zealand.  FAME Inc. was incorporated in Victoria in 1991.

Since then, an Australasian Mandolin Festival has been organised every eighteen months in one of the cities where there is a mandolin orchestra (or two or three!): Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra and Auckland and for the first time in 2017, in Adelaide.

From 6-13 January 2019, Canberra’s two mandolin orchestras will host the Festival.  It is being organised by a 6-person committee – 3 from the CMO (Canberra Mandolin Orchestra) and 3 from COZMO (Capital of Australia Mandolinata): CMO: Ian Bull (Chair), John Hyam and Wal Jurkiewicz; and COZMO: Col Bernau, Lea O’Brien and Trevor Smallwood.

FAME Festival 2019 Bulletins

Please note that all information contained in the FAME Festival Bulletins can also be found on this website and information Updates will be provided as necessary. 

PUBLICITY MATERIALS

  • Media Release – Concert: Link to 20 December 2018 Media Release: Media Release – Concert (20Dec18) .
  • Festival Poster: If you would like to help spread the word about the upcoming FAME Festival Finale Concert (the Festival organisers would be very happy for you to do so!), you might like to download our Festival Poster and display it at your workplace and at your local shops and businesses.  Link: FAME Festival Poster .

UPDATES

  1. Sun 7 Nov 2018: Section Leaders announced and posted on website.  See details on “Festival Music & FAQs” page.
  2. Sun 11 Nov 2018: Jazz Rock Pop Suite removed from Festival playlist (see email to all Registrants of 11 Nov 2018).  See “Festival Music & FAQs” page for amendment.
  3. Sun 18 Nov 2018: Clarification to Festival musicians regarding Fantasia Napoletana Score and all Parts bar numbering.  See details on “Festival Music & FAQs” page.
  4. Sun 18 Nov 2018: Clarification to Festival musicians regarding Fantasia Napoletana Bass Part.  See details on “Festival Music & FAQs” page.
  5. Tue 20 Nov 2018: Change to SMO selection of piece for Rob Kay Tribute Concert.  See details on “Festival Music & FAQs” page.
  6. Thur 22 Nov 2018: CONCERT TICKET BOOKINGS NOW OPEN.  See details on “Finale Concert & Tickets” page.
  7. Mon 26 Nov 2018: Increase in orchestra numbers – 53 as at 9 Nov.  See details on “Festival Music & FAQs” page.
  8. Thur 29 Nov 2018: Rebalancing of orchestra.  Performers check your section placement on “Festival Music & FAQs” page.
  9. Thurs 29 Nov 2018: Desk Partners announced and posted on website.  See details on “Festival Music & FAQs” page.
  10. Sun 2 Dec 2018: Amendment to Desk Partners posted on website.  See details on “Festival Music & FAQs” page.
  11. Sun 2 Dec 2018: Addition to M1 list posted on website.  See details on “Festival Music & FAQs” page.
  12. Wed 5 Dec 2018: Change to M1s/M2s.  See details on “Festival Music & FAQs” page.
  13. Fri 7 Dec 2018: Another change to M1s/M2s.  See details on “Festival Music & FAQs” page.
  14. Tues 11 Dec 2018: ‘Late Fee’ waived.  See details on “Registration” page.
  15. Wed 12 Dec 2018: Increase in orchestra numbers – 59 as at 11 Dec.  See FAQ: Q1 on “Festival Music & FAQs” page.
  16. Wed 12 Dec 2018: Finale Dinner (11 Jan) and Finale Concert (12 Jan) – Dress details.  See FAQ: Q8 on “Festival Music & FAQs” page.
  17. Sat 15 Dec 2018: Festival PROGRAM for the week now available.  See details on “Festival Program” page.
  18. Sat 15 Dec 2018: Concert tickets by Phone or through EventBrite.  See details on “Finale Concert & Tickets” page.
  19. Fri 21 Dec 2018: Increase in orchestra numbers – 62 as at 21 Dec.  See FAQ: Q1 on “Festival Music & FAQs” page.
  20. Sun 23 Dec 2018: Festival Program for week (JPEG) now added in addition to link to PDF document.  See “Festival Program” page.
  21. Sun 23 Dec 2018: Publicity Material added: Media Release – Concert and Festival Poster.  See links to these documents on this page, above – “About, Bulletins & Updates” page.  See Poster (JPEG) on “Finale Concert & Tickets” page.
  22. Sun 23 Dec 2018: Bulletin #4 added.  See link to this and previous Bulletins on this page, above – “About, Bulletins & Updates” page.
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