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Act-Belong-Commit’s Fairbridge Festival Quest Winners!

27 Mar


The 2018 Act-Belong-Commit Fairbridge Festival Quest youth song-writing competition winners have been announced!

Thirteen finalists performed their original songs before this years industry judges Rose Parker, singer/songwriter; Vinnie Crea from WAAPA; our very own Nigel Bird from WAM; and Clive Hodson from Perfect Pitch Publishing. Hosted by Fremantle College, Saturday’s final saw four finalists selected to play at the 2018 Fairbridge Festival and take home some other amazing prizes, including plenty of WAM-endorsed opportunities.

The quality of the performances and song-writing was outstanding making it very tough for the judges.


12-15 years
Song Craft: Romy Bruinsma, For Fairbridge, Ballajura Community College, 15
Song Performance: Saahli-Jewel Kukulj-Hetherington, Jump, Byford Secondary College, 14

16-18 years
Song Craft: Lachy John, The Stockman’s Grandson, Aquinas College, 17
Song Performance: Brooke Bugeja, Society’s Fault, Pinjarra Senior High School, 16


Romy Buinsma’s song For Fairbridge was inspired by looking back at the years she has attended Fairbridge Festival.

Saahli-Jewel performed her song Jump, which was all about living your life to fullest and getting off your device.

Lachy John from the Pilbara played the harmonica and guitar while performing his song The Stockman’s Grandson, this is a beautifully-crafted song about his family’s history, very much in the tradition of Paul Kelly.

Brooke Bugeja from Mandurah, who has only been playing the guitar for a year, absolutely blew the audience and judges away with her song Society’s Fault.

The four winners will perform at this year’s Fairbridge Festival on the Backlot Stage on 22 April from 1:30pm.

The winner in each of the four categories will receive:

  • Fairbridge Festival live performance (Sunday, 22 April 2018)
  • John Butler Studio recording session voucher
  • HK Photography professional photoshoot
  • Free WAM Song of the Year entries
  • WAMCon 2018 ticket
  • Post-final mentoring session from WAM
  • Opportunity of a Perfect Pitch Publishing deal



Young song-writers aged 12 – 18 years had the opportunity to submit their original songs in either the folk or world music category to the Act-Belong-Commit Fairbridge Festival Quest Youth Song-Writing Competition.

Act-Belong-Commit Fairbridge Festival Quest also ran a series of workshops with award-winning facilitators in seven locations across metropolitan and regional areas reaching from Albany to Broome. As well as providing opportunities for budding young song-writers to learn new skills, these workshops highlighted the Act- Belong-Commit message of how acting, belonging and committing has demonstrable positive benefits for promoting and maintaining mental health.

In line with FolkWorld Inc’s strategic objective of ‘nurturing youth song-writing’, the workshops were heavily subsidised and helped participants learn to craft their performance and writing skills before entering the competition.



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WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lottery West, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.