Our Community

The MGF is focused on building and growing a vibrant community of classical guitar lovers!

We LOVE hearing stories from our community about what the MGF means to you!

If you have time and feel like sharing, please post your story below in the comment section 🙂

See you around!
– Michael


There are 10 comments on Our Community

  • Ive really enjoyed the festivals over the last few years and last week, I was blown away at the concert series seeing “Alchemy”
    the playing was very impressive , the program was well thought out ,with a varied selection of less know pieces ,as well as some favourite tangos..
    and to top it off , finished up with a cold pale ale and some blue cheese..
    I feel so grateful to have MGF put on events like this in my own city and continue to support classical guitar

    • Michael MacManus on

      Thanks a lot Kristian! Really glad to hear you are enjoying our events, and the Dainton pale ale is a pretty nice way to cap off the evening!

  • Simply the BEST guitar festival in Australia in recent years! So much great quality in the concerts, a huge prize for international competition competitors and so many stalls of luthiers and products! Love the MGF!

  • Love the vibe of the MGF events, somewhere between a formal classical show and a rock concert. A warm audience and a cold beer, certainly what more could you want.

    • Michael MacManus on

      Thanks so much Ian! We try to make our concerts as accessible as possible to all 🙂 Hope to see you at many more!

  • You won’t find a warmer welcome anywhere than the annual Guitar Festival and Competition!! 🙂

    I’ve been competing for a few years (starting in the inaugural year!) and absolutely love it! You will receive the warmest of welcome from everybody and all questions asked will be answered with courtesy and kindness.

    There is a tremendous sense of camaraderie among the competitors, with a splash of healthy competition to ensure everyone plays their best!
    The judging of all the sections (beginner to open) is absolutely top notch. I received a very detailed judges’ “report” afterwards which gave me insightful and constructive help on how I can improve my playing.

    Furthermore, for those that aren’t competing, there are plenty of other amazing things to see and do. Luthier and retail displays, masterclasses that are free to attend, and a HUGE range of incredible and varied concerts. World class players from both Australia and overseas will delight and astound you with their sheer musicality, technical prowess and joy of performance.

    Seriously, this event is NOT to be missed. As Molly says: “Do yourself a favour”. GO SEE IT!

    Thanks again

    • Michael MacManus on

      Thanks Frances! It has been wonderful getting to know you over the years and seeing your playing progress each time!

      It was great seeing you the other night in Canberra at Guitar Trek’s concert! See you again this September at our festival!

  • Came to the festival for the first time last year with family. I didn’t know what to expect but loved the whole weekend of music and lots of laughter.Staff were extremely helpful in getting artists to sign CD’s as surprise gifts for Christmas…
    WE now have the CD’s we purchased playing at home on a regular bases.
    Was so inspired by Stephanie Jones. I attended the workshops and took notes about how to conduct yourself before and during performing. This helped my stepson get good marks in his last exam..(Thanks Steph)
    Looking forward to attending this years festival. I’ll be spreading the word to others to come too..
    Keep up the great work.
    See you soon.

    • Michael MacManus on

      Thanks so much Bec!
      We were glad to get those CD’s signed for you and hope to see you and your family again!
      Best wishes,

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