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Woodford Folk Festival 2014/15
Woodford Folk Festival, Music, Queensland, Brisbane Sunshine Coast,
Fire Event


The 29thWoodford Folk Festival will be held at the 500 acre Woodfordia property one hour north of Brisbane near Woodford from the 27th of December 2014 to the 1st of January 2015.

Woodford Folk Festival, Music, Queensland, Brisbane Sunshine Coast,
On the Street


Woodford Folk Festival is an annual six day and night event and will feature over 400 acts performing across 35 venues to an estimated 120,000 people.In addition to performances in the 28 venues around the festival, street acts and parades will roam the grounds.

Woodford Folk Festival, Music, Queensland, Brisbane Sunshine Coast,
Christine Anu


The organizers say, "The program caters for everyone by exploring the full breadth and depth of cultural, artistic and social diversity Australia has to offer. With the festival being the largest gathering of artists and musicians in Australia, It encompasses many genres and art forms including a fire event with a cast of over 1500. The programme features international artists and speakers and some of Australia's national icons along with artists who are emerging in their craft."


Musical highlights include:
Violent Femmes, Bertie Blackman, The Cat Empire, Archie Roach, Nahko and Medicine for the People, The Top Twins, Sticky Fingers, Kate Miller-Heidke, Jeff Lang, Lau, Matt Anderson, Christine Anu, Tiny Ruins, Del Barber, We Two Thieves, Shooglenifty, Led Kaapana, Hiatus Kaiyote, Mia Dyson, Darren Middleton, John Smith and Jenn Grant.

Woodford Folk Festival, Music, Queensland, Brisbane Sunshine Coast,
Professor Ian Lowe


Speakers:
Bob Hawke, Josh Fox, Rhonda Roberts, Uncle Jack Charles, Catherine Deveny, Sean Choolcurra, Richard Fidler, Robert Llewellyn, Juice Rap News, Karen Middleton, Nigel Brennan, Tim Cope, Tenzin Choegyal, Professor Ian Lowe, Rod Quantock, Fiona Scott Norman, Anna Rose, Simon Sheikh.

Folklines, Circus, Dance and street Theatre Highlights:
Mario Queen of the Circus, Fez Hamadcha Sufi Brotherhood, Joseph Tawadros Trio, The Vaude-vallanous Mr Gorski, Tumble Circus, Coco Loco, The Rickshaw Racket, Festival of Fortune, The Game, Miss Frib's Fanfare, The Bitches Box.

Woodford Folk Festival, Music, Queensland, Brisbane Sunshine Coast,
Uncle Jack Charlie


A 132 page programme booklet is available through the Woodford Folk Festival website and from selected retailers from November.

The booklet provides a guide to the festival and gives insight to the philosophy, spirit and vibrancy of the festival and includes biographies and information about artists, performers, dance groups, speakers and other participants.

The festival is a temporary village that accommodates 25,000 people per day. 35 performance venues run all the time and the Village Green provides a shady resting place. The grounds include thirteen bars, 50 cafés and restaurants, 130 craft, merchandise and information stalls, an onsite doctor, two general stores and shady camping grounds.

Getting there:
The festival is held at:
Woodfordia,
Woodrow Rd
Woodford
South East Queensland.

Tickets are available from the website and at the gate. Check online for prices.

The site is accessible by car and by public transport from Brisbane. Bus services will run from the Caboulture Train Station commencing on 26th December until 2nd January and costs $10.00 each way.

The festival website and the programme contain a timetable.

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Why? Biggest folk festival in Australia
When: 27th December 2014
Phone: 07 5496 1066
Where: Woodrow Road Woodford Queensland
Cost: See Website
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