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The Hills Ukulele Festival is attempting to do something new.

Yes, we are running an amazing weekend ukulele festival with workshops, concerts, markets and all things ukulele.
Yes, we are working with the inclusive principle that makes ukulele festivals so much more sharing than other sorts of festivals.
Check out the article below to see what I’m talking about.

The Essence of Ukulele Festivals

But we are pushing the boundaries in two important ways.

  1. All workshop participants will get the chance to perform their new skills with the featured artists on the main stage during the Afternoon Gala Concert.
  2. This year we are also running a festival within a festival!

Not only is there all of the above, but on Saturday the 19th of May, while everything else is going on, there will be a school student focused festival running as well.

A FREE workshop for all school aged ukulele players no matter their playing level, as well as the opportunity to play some awesome songs with students from schools all across Victoria.

We hope you join us at the Hills Ukulele Festival 2018.

Dan MacEoin

Festival Director

 

 

12 Comments

Vicki Paris · April 24, 2018 at 11:57 am

I am playing with Kalulu on Saturday. Do i have to pay for a saturday ticket?

I want to bring my 11 yo grandson to the schoolage festival. Is itfree for him to enter the festival?

How do i book into the workshops? Do I book in when i arrive?

Finally thankyou for organising this great festival.

    HUF · May 4, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Hi Vicki.
    The school workshops and strumalong are both free, so is watching the Junior HUF Awards. Entering the Awards does have a $15 entry fee attached.
    There is no need to book for workshops, just buying the day or weekend pass will get you into as many workshops as you like on the day of your valid pass.
    Which brings me to the last and most important question. The school and community group performances are all free. The workshops and Gala Concerts are ticketed events. I have tried to keep costs down to the absolute minimum, but yes, you do need to buy a ticket for those two things. The unfortunate truth is that the people most likely to come to a ukulele festival are the people who play in a ukulele group. We need to break even to do this again.
    Regards,
    Dan

Kangafrog · April 26, 2018 at 3:23 am

This will be my first uke festival. Is there a fee for the workshops and do we have to register for them somewhere, or just show up? Would you suggest bringing a chair as well as a uke? Thanks.

    HUF · May 4, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Hi,
    apologies for the late response.
    By buying a Day or Weekend Pass, you are able to go to as many workshops as you would like to on the day your pass is valid for.
    Just arrive at the workshop with your festival wrist band and come on in. There is no need to register online before the event.
    We have plenty of chairs, so relax and just bring yourself and your ukulele.
    Hope this helps.
    Regards,
    Dan

Kate Grange · May 2, 2018 at 7:30 am

Hi there, quick question. If you are performing, do you still need to pay admission fee?

    HUF · May 6, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Hi Kate,
    There is a lot of free things at the festival.
    The only things that we charge for is entry to the HUF Awards, workshops and the Gala Concert on each day.
    I would love to have it all free to the community groups, but the sad truth is, the people most likely to go to a ukulele festival are the people in ukulele groups.
    We have to make enough money to cover our costs.
    I have soothed my battered conscience by keeping ticket prices down to the absolute minimum. Go to a workshop and the concert, you have certainly made your money back. Go to two workshops and you are practically printing money. On the Saturday, you could go to three workshops and the gala concert for only $35! On Sunday, there are 6 options and 4 timetable choices for the workshops plus the gala concert.
    That was the long answer. The short answer is…yep.

Kerene Whelan · May 13, 2018 at 11:03 am

Will there be anyone there able to teach u-bass and Baritone Ukulele on Sunday?

    HUF · May 15, 2018 at 3:01 am

    Hi Kerene,
    I would love to have a baritone uke workshop, but the current theory is that there just wouldnt be enough interested people to make it viable.
    If you know anyone who would be interested, please get them to contact the website and we might be able to organise something for next year.
    Dan

Terry Frankson · May 17, 2018 at 10:10 pm

Just wondering what the Parking facilities are at the venue?

    HUF · May 18, 2018 at 12:29 am

    Hi Terry,
    Emerald township is pretty good with parking. It doesn’t have those residential permit parking only streets that can make things hard.
    There are two supermarkets and one theatre nearby as well with excellent parking.
    You should be golden.
    Regards,
    Dan

Katie · May 17, 2018 at 11:38 pm

Hello, are school students welcome at the Sunday workshops? Cheers, Katie

    HUF · May 18, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Hi Katie,
    Yes, school students are of course welcome to the Sunday Workshops. A Sunday DayPass is only $35 for as many workshops as a person of any age could wish for plus playing in the 3pm concert with your workshop leaders.
    Regards,
    Dan

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