The world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community will take over Geelong this March and organisers have revealed the speakers and artists to set to appear at the “important international event”.

Taking place from 2-4 March as a precursor to Port Fairy Folk Festival, The ExChange 2020 will feature panel discussions, artist showcases, development opportunities and more across three nights and two days.


Aengus Finnan, Executive Director, Folk Alliance International

Bonnie Dalton, General Manager, Victorian Music Development Office

Chloe Goodyear, Program Director, Woodford Folk Festival

Finn McLennan-Elliott, Artistic Director, Auckland Folk Festival NZ

Erin Collins, Artistic Director, Cygnet Folk Festival, Tasmania

Glenn Dickie, Sounds Australia

Hubert Francis (CAN)

Lisa Shwartz, Artistic Director, Philadelphia Folk Festival, USA

Laura Thomas, Managing Director, Comboplate agency, USA

Liz Scott, Artistic Director, Mariposa Folk Festival, Canada

Kerry Clarke, Artistic Director, Calgary Folk Festival, Canada

Michelle Conceison, Director Market Monkeys (Mgt Nashville) Board Member of The International Bluegrass Association, Program Manager, Folk Alliance International

Teresa O’Brien, Goanna Arts


Alana Wilkinson, Alice Skye, Benny Walker, Charm Of Finches, Cooper Lower, Emily Wurramara, Fenn Wilson, Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse, Hat Fitz & Cara, Liz Stringer, Monique Clare, Saije, The Maes, This Way North, William Crighton, The East Pointers (CAN), Eleanor McEvoy (IRL), Holly Smith (NZ), The Jellyman’s Daughter (SCO), John Smith (ENG), Mama Mihiangi & The Mareikura (NZ), Will Kimbrough (USA), Eleanor McEvoy (IRL), Marcia Howard Shane Howard and more

When the conference was announced last year, Port Fairy Folk Festival founder Jamie McKew noted: “Geelong is booming with a dazzling renaissance of new young energy, culture and ideas. We are truly excited and honoured to be chosen for the next featured international FAI ExChange right here in a bunch of our favourite venues.

“Having just attended the Folk Alliance International conference in Montreal, I can only marvel at the musical force for true humanity that this largest folk music organisation so beautifully creates. Just jump on board and be a part of this brilliant project."

For more details, head to The ExChange’s website.