The Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland

The Woodford Folk Festival is a music festival featuring a wide range of performers, across many styles and genres of music. The festival is held from 27th December to 1st January each year in Woodford, Queensland. The event is getting more and more popular every year with over 130,000 people attending during 2013 and 2014. It is held on a property known as Woodfordia, a beautiful 250 hectare rural forest setting. It is owned and run by the Queensland Folk Federation.

The festival itself boasts over 400 events annually. There are the traditional acts of dancers, singers and general stage performances. Then there are the more off beat street performers and folk medicine. Other attractions include writing panels and workshops, a film festival, debating and social duologue, acoustic jamming and comedy festivals. And it’s not just for the adults, there is an entire festival dedicated to children and their entertainment.

The venues are to be found throughout the village. There are 18 all weather venues should the weather be bad. And there’s something to do for everyone. You’ll find bars and restaurants, cafes and stalls, diverse parades and street theatres.
The event began life in 1987, 20km from the current setting in the town of Maleny. It was moved to its current location because it had just outgrown itself.

Some of the traditional workshops include demonstrations of the claw-hammer banjo, an English accordion workshop, Scottish fiddle and guitar, Italian folk tunes and the how to sing like a bloke workshop.

A selection of the more popular talks from this year include Anja, a mother, singer, builder and activist who shares her inspiration and insight. Dr Barb Ford talks about solar cooking and Dr Helen Fairweather speaks about female engineers staying calm and wrecking the joint.

There are always a selection of circus workshops. They range from open hoop training, parents and children’s acrobatics and foot juggle to lyra, handstands and advanced aerials.

Some of the more popular acts that have performed at the festival over the years include James Morrison, The Panics, and Clare Bowditch in 2009-2010, Arrested Development, Blue King Brown, and Jeff Lang in 2010 – 2011, and Julia Stone, John Butler Trio, and Archie Roach in 2012 – 2013.

There is plenty of accommodation in the local area. The festival itself has its own camping facilities on offer. If you want to enjoy the festival, but at the end of the day you’d like to get away from the hustle and bustle of festival life, you’ll find Neurum Creek Bush Retreat and Campground just a few minutes walk away.


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