It’s been three years, but it’s finally time for music lovers to come together again at the Woodford Folk Festival for a year-end celebration of music, art, culture and community.
With the theme ‘The Best We Can Be’, Woodford nestles in the lush, scenic and beautiful landscape of Woodfordia (500 acre park just north of Brisbane) from December 27 to January 1, providing one of the largest gatherings of artists and genre performers in Australia for what festival deputy director Amanda Jackes hopes will be “a deeply immersive experience that supports the best of who we can be”.
The program is enormous, with 1,900 artists scheduled in 400 acts in 27 venues, presenting 1,834 shows over the 6 days and nights of the event.
“The sheer joy of returning to the festival after this difficult time, reconnecting with our community and celebrating with inspiring artists and presenters is felt throughout the organizing team. We’re thrilled to be back,” said Jackes.
Head of festival programming, Courtney Wild invites festival-goers “to dive into a feast of new and old music, a flurry of dance, the rolling madness of comedy, and the curious and often absurd world of festival cabaret.
“People will find quirky and brilliant interactive games, movies, a huge range of opportunities to explore and delve into new music and multi-genre cultural experiences, and hopefully be constantly distracted by strange and colorful events on the village streets festival.”
The musical lineup includes a number of returning national acts like John Butler, Boy & Bear, Liz Stringer, Eric Bogle, Greg Sheehan, The Black Sorrows, Lior & Domini and Urthboy.
“Twenty-five years ago it was a dream come true to play at Woodford,” said John Butler. “Today, nothing has changed except that I love it more! Woodford is one of the best music festivals in this solar system.”
Other local and national artists joining the party are Neil Murray, William Barton, Tenzin Choegyal, Dya Singh, Fred Smith, Jaguar Jonze, Anna Smyrk, Mia Wray, Emily Lubitz, Spinifex Gum, Yirrmal, Hollow Coves and Electric Fields.
Then there are a handful of international arrivals, including Coterie, The Black Seeds, Grace Petrie with Ben Moss, Jacob Jolliff Band, Rachel Bailman, Ashley Watkins, Andrew Small, the Monks of Tibet, Inn Echo, Alysha Brilla, The Jellyman’s Daughter and The Paul. McKenna Band.
“While the Woodford Folk Festival is steeped in ceremony and celebrates our country’s folk heritage and the artists who have shaped the cultural landscape, the event has always aimed to be a place of discovery and a champion of new and unusual,” said festival director Bill dit Hauritz.
“Our world changes every year, and our festival must change every year if we want to be current. For all of us, this event brings three years of change in one. We must not try to be what we were. On the contrary, that our artists and scholars provide us with relevance here and now.”
A compelling speaker program includes Australia’s 31st Prime Minister, the Honorable Anthony Albanese MP, passionate gardening guru Costa Georgiadis, eminent environmental scientist Ian Lowe, Dr Brian Von Herzen (USA) from the Climate Foundation, the Honorable Linda Burney MP, Founding Director of the Fire Event Dr Neil Cameron Festival, Noel Pearson and many other influential players in our environmental, political and cultural landscape.
Woodford also presents a diverse program of comedy, visual art, traveling performers, music and craft and spoken word workshops.
While the Children’s Festival has been a place of play, learning and adventure for many young Woodfordians for the past 35 years. The Circus Lair, Stardust Theater and Puppet Joint are back, along with Adventure Playground at the Far-Out.
Organizers were quick to remind people planning to come this year that tickets will be limited. “We’re committed to keeping customer convenience levels high; and not letting very strong ticket sales tempt us, so people need to book tickets quickly,” Jackes said.
The Woodford Folk Festival takes place from December 27 to January 1, 2023.
Woodford Folk Festival Schedule 2022/2023
The black pains
boy and bear
Grace Petrie with Ben Moss
Echo of the Inn
Jacob Jolliff Band
The Jellyman’s Daughter
Lior & Domini
The monks of Tibet
The Paul McKenna Group
And many others