Wanderer Festival moves to biennial format

The Wanderer team announced today that they plan to spend 2024 preparing for the next Wanderer event to be held 3rd-5th October, 2025. Event founder Simon Daly said “We have created something very special and really important for the NSW Far South Coast and there’s a great sense of responsibility that comes with that. We have to make sure we are always taking the best pathways to keep producing the most amazing and sustainable event possible.” 
 
An event of this scale really needs more than 12 months lead time to prepare. We’ve been incredibly lucky with the quality of artists so far but we don’t want to rely on luck – a longer lead time opens up so many more options, particularly in terms of international artists who plan their touring schedules 1-2 years in advance.”
 
“Events are all-consuming for everyone involved and moving to a biennial format feels more sustainable. An event every two years gives everyone a breather and more time to plan. It also gives our audience a chance to do other things every second year.”
 
“We are conscious that major events, particularly regional events, are heavily dependent on grant funding. The biennial model not only makes the long lead times typical of grant rounds more achievable; requesting support only every two years means we are needing less funding over time.”  Daly said.
 
Daly reported that “Feedback from stakeholders has been 100% supportive of the change and we look forward to planning the most amazing Wanderer yet once funding has been secured in the coming months for the 2025 event.”
  
Wanderer Festival made its phenomenal debut in 2022 and cemented itself last year as a spectacular 3 day event of world-class music and arts set in its stunning Pambula Beach location. Attracting 8,800 participants from all over Australia, Wanderer is equally loved and embraced by its vibrant local community. Thoughtfully produced with social, cultural and environmental values at the forefront, Wanderer’s unique approach to inclusivity creates both diversity and unity, setting Wanderer apart from other events.