The sun is setting later, the nights are balmy and tinsel has made its annual début, which can mean only one thing; the year is near its end. This also means the time has come again for the infamous Woodford Folk Festival. Don your favourite harem pants, equip yourself with copious amounts of good vibes and head on over to Woodford for a positively hippy concoction of music, culture and everything else under the sun.
Beginning on December 27 annually, Woodford is transformed into "Woodfordia", and very quickly develops into Australia's 67th largest town. Bill Hauritz, festival director, promises to create a truly unique experience for festival-goers; to reflect "all that is positive, to bring out the best in each other and to create a heightened sense of joy and appreciation." On departure of Woodford, guests are presented with a sign pointing to "reality"; a true representation of all that the festival stands for.
This years' soirée offers a combination of the regular Woodford Folk Festival alongside a production of "The Dreaming", Australia's international indigenous festival. A cultural selection of indigenous dance, music, visual arts, theatre and literature comes alive with speakers, workshops, galleries, and performances.
The "festival village" covers twenty performance venues, and includes "restaurants, cafes, stalls, bars, street theatre and parades, campgrounds, butterfly walks, ponds and wildlife."
Organisers have developed an extensive programme including; "concerts, dances, street theatre, writers' panels, film festival, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, social dialogue and debate, folk medicine, an entire children's festival, an environmental program featuring talks, debates and films, art and craft workshops, circus performances and workshops, late night cabarets, parades and special events including a spectacular fire event." More than two thousand local, national and international guests will perform in over 580 events.
The festival occurs annually over six days and six nights, starting from December 27 at Woodford, deep in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Tickets, maps, organiser contact details and further information is available at www.woodfordfolkfestival.com.