WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL
Organisers are reporting record earlyticket sales for the 30th Woodford Folk Festival, a six-day and night event from December 27 to January 1.
The festival’s home, Woodfordia, is a 200ha property an hour northwest of Brisbane. The site accommodates a live-in population of 25,000 in a subtropical rainforest planted with orchids, ferns and sedges to create a habitat for butterflies and wildlife.
This year more than 400 acts will perform across 35 venues for more than 120,000 attendees.
One of the largest “folk” festivals in the world, it’s an eclectic blend of music, dance, cabaret, circus, comedy, workshops, debate, street theatre, films, forums, visual arts, an entire children’s festival, and a spectacular fire event on New Year’s Day.
Run by the Queensland Folk Federation, a not-forprofit community group, the festival has retained its grassroots, non-commercial feel and is popular with all ages. The 35 venues are mostly indoor, except for the amphitheatre, while the festival’s “streets” are alive with roving street theatre, parades, art and performances day and night. Woodford appeals to a wide demographic – young, music lovers, families, artists, environmentalists, and even politicians. This year’s line-up will be released on October 17.