Here Come the Giants
This festival features master puppet maker, Daniele Poidomani in the creation of 14 giant puppets to explore the festival in the evenings and star in both the Opening Ceremony and flagship Finale, The Fire Event. In a third collaboration with QUT Creative Industries, students from a variety of creative disciplines will work with Mr Poidomani to bring the puppets to life for the festival shows. Two of the puppets, Astrid and Naught, feature in this year’s Festival poster – the first of a new triptych series by Woodfordia artist-in-residence, Gavin Ryan.
Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk congratulated the festival on its success.
“Woodfordia is a very special place for tens of thousands of people who attend the internationally-acclaimed Woodford Folk Festival each year,” the Premier said.
“My government is proud to support Woodford Folk Festival through Arts Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland, recognising the importance of this annual event in enhancing the State’s cultural vibrancy and driving visitation to Queensland.”
Festival Director Bill Hauritz proposed that artists were a conduit to an appreciation of the human experience.
“Without artists we might as well be living on the surface of the Moon, devoid of the air to breathe … they provide inspiration, beauty, thoughtfulness and commentary on our lives and their influence on our culture is profound,” said Hauritz.
“At Woodford they’re let loose and make a great festival experience for everyone,” he said.
In his comic welcome in the official festival programme book, Hauritz parodied the Mission Impossible theme. He invites festival patrons to accept the mission to spy for ‘The Bureau’ on insurgents who are creating an “epidemic of art that could break loose and contaminate our communities at large.”
Early bird tickets are on sale now for the six day annual event held at Woodfordia, an hour north of Brisbane over summer 27th December to 1st January.