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Well it has been quite a challenging 12 months. If you haven’t noticed the changes happening around you I can only assume you have been playing your ukulele far too much and I never thought that I would ever say such a thing.

Hills 2021 is being planned as an online event. Workshops and Concerts to be live streamed on the Saturday the 15th of May and Community Group Video performances live streamed on Sunday the 16th of May. As always, we are striving to be bigger and better. One thing that has become clear is that the world is a lot smaller as an online community. As such, there will be an international contingent represented by Community Groups and Schools from around the world performing. That’s why the Groups get a whole day to themselves on Sunday.

Now, while we are planning for an online festival, if sometime in April, we discover that most of us are vaccinated and we have COVID-19 well and truly under control, we are open to the possibility of a live event.

Now this is a good news bad news scenario. The planned online festival is a free event and funded by the festival raffle. A live workshop and concert day would be a ticketed event. What can I say? Live events cost more to run.

I hope you are enjoying (or at least surviving) where this adventure has led us and I hope you keep playing the ukulele.

We hope you join us online at the Hills Ukulele Festival Facebook Live page.

Dan MacEoin

Festival Director




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.

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

    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.

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.

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.

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.

HUF · February 27, 2019 at 12:44 am

Thank you

HUF · February 27, 2019 at 12:45 am

You are welcome!

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