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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.

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