27 DEC 2015 – 1 JAN 2016

Woodford Folk Festival organisers promise an intense cultural experience and commitment to social responsibility for their 30th Anniversary programme.

The Woodford team has uncovered a vibrant, contemporary programme, traversing music, dance, poetry, talks, circus, health and visual arts workshops combined with a depth and maturity that Festival goers have come to expect from the iconic event. Now internationally renowned for forging new creative pathways, the programme has strengthened its cultural integrity and traditions.

Patrons will be taken on a world of discovery with a line-up of Festival favourites and a stack of hidden gems held over six days and nights on the beautiful 500 acre venue, Woodfordia. The Festival plays host to over 2400 artists and presenters across 25 venues.

This year’s musical highlights include: Michael Franti (USA), Courtney Barnett, Boo Seeka, Josh Pyke, Nattali Rize, Lanie Lane, Harry Manx (USA), San Cisco, Trinity Roots (NZ), Kim Churchill, Dougie Maclean (SCOT), The East Pointers (CAN), Moana and The Tribe (NZ), The Duhks (CAN), Ed Kuepper, Four Play, Katie Noonan’s Vanguard, The Poozies (SCOT), Paper Kites, Tora, Tinpan Orange, Montaigne, Timberwolf, Briggs and Marlon Williams (NZ).

“There’ll be some fantastic surprises this year. While we’re especially proud of our programme offerings, we know that Woodford has always been about a great Festival experience. This year huge effort has gone into raising the bar on the Festival art, layout and the overall presentation for our loyal patrons. We’ve always thought Woodford should be about discovering cultural gems.” said Head of Programming, Chloe Goodyear.

Here’s a taste of the delights of the beautiful Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford’s talks programme has previously hosted a number of political heavyweights such as Malcolm Turnbull, Julia Gillard and Bob Hawke, who returns to feature in the programme this year. Noel Pearson will address Indigenous Constitutional rights via the A Rightful Place Forum. Environmental World Heritage Listing is a focus, with the Kimberley highlighted by Mark Jones and Albert Wiggan and hosted by George Negus. Rhoda Roberts hosts Ancient Cultures, New Conversations and the University of the Sunshine Coast presents The Climate Conversation, a curated series of talks.

“Woodford Folk Festival is a gathering where important conversations can happen. I’m looking forward to being part of the A Rightful Place Forum there in December.” said Pearson.

The Welcome Ceremony sets the tone for what’s to come throughout the week. This year, a 30 person community orchestra from the Sunshine Coast will perform a specially commissioned piece with ARIA Award-winning Katie Noonan. The Ceremony introducesViktor, a specially created 5m tall puppet who will visit Woodfordia’s streets each evening, leading up to the Fire Event – a culmination of story and theatre told on a grand scale onJanuary 1st with a spectacular fiery send-off that needs to be seen to be believed.

“We’ve hoped in the early years that the word ‘Woodford’ might conjure in people’s minds beautiful images of art, ideas, inspiration and contribution. We have been ambitious to build meaning into that identity and social responsibility into its fabric. We feel that after 30 years, achieving this to some extent gives us license to celebrate,” said Bill Hauritz, Festival Director.

Camping on site offers a full Festival experience, but as many patrons can testify- much can be packed into a full day trip also. As much as your senses can contain, the Festival unfolds – beauty to the eyes, transcendent music to the ears, food for thought and movement for the body and soul.

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