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Woodford Folk Festival
PMB 2 Woodford Qld 4514
T 07 5496 1066 F 07 5496 3196
The Woodford Folk Festival is
organised by the Queensland
Folk Federation Incorporated,
a community based non-proft
organisation whose object is to
foster the folk movement.
Our Traditional Custodians are
members of the Jinibara Nation.
The Jinibara people are the
registered Native Title Claimants
for the Woodford area and are
comprised of the descendants
of Fanny Mason, known as
Jowalmel, who was born in the
1840s at Woodford, and Johnny
McKenzie, known as Wangiramu,
born in 1826 near Kilcoy.
The festival thanks
photographers Helen Schwenke,
Mark Pokorny, Steve Swayne,
Wayne Quilliam and Penny
Smith for generously allowing us
to reproduce their work in this
Cover graphic and illustrations
created by artist Gavin Ryan.
Game map and card illustrations
created by Jan Van Dijk.
This is our 25th Festival.
Many of us who started this festival are still involved. It has been a huge part
of our lives where we’ve worked and watched a new generation of organisers,
youthful and passionate, strengthen our commitment and reform our thinking.
We might allow ourselves at this anniversary festival to put a comma in our
timeline, refect for a moment on where we have come from, take a glimpse at the
next 25, but more than anything, live in this moment and feel good.
In the early days we were a community of people concerned with a fundamental
expression of Australian culture. We understood that it was a moving feast and if
we wanted to survive, we would keep change as the constant, be its master not
its victim. We were bound together by a culture we call lore, a heritage we would
celebrate that is intangible and honourable, an expression of ordinary people that
would strive for excellence and pursue authenticity to its roots.
It was a united vision that we were all hooked up in, a thought that we could make
the world a better place, a mission that coming together celebrating our existence
fulflled a need that’s bolted to our souls. And we knew the value of good. Our
imperfect work was motivated by artists and underpinned by inclusiveness.
Together we would conquer and cure and if we did it right, we would surf on a
wave of goodwill we created.
25 times we have partied, shared our passions and shown that we can be hopeful
and positive, defeat the conspirators of negativity, strip ourselves of our demons
and allow our artists to pervade our very being with their brilliant expressions.
We are judged by the number of people who pay to receive our offering, you, our
beloved patrons. Without you we have no-one to serve, no-one to sing to, dance
with or feed. Every year for 25 festivals we have understood one thing, that it
is your support that keeps us motivated, trying harder, and learning from our
mistakes. Thank you.
There is a prize in which we will all share and entrust – this land we call
Woodfordia, with all the trees we have planted and the work we’ve done. But the
land is not just the beautiful parkland that is emerging. It’s a repository of ideas, a
bank of goodwill and conventions that will strengthen through time; an embedded
simple thought that we could be better.
On behalf of the Committee, the staff, our organisers, the volunteers, the cooks
and merchants, the sponsors, the politicians and the public servants, our artists
and presenters, our contractors, the tree-planters all, past and present and the
many thousands of you who have silently given to this festival for 25 years, let me
welcome you all to the festival. We hope you feel our gratitude in allowing us the
honour of serving and the privilege of your company. May it be a time to feel good.
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rhapsody mask artistry balladry ceremony journey curiosity mirth belonging pilgrimage fre legend lore ritual
Dress code - sequins, a top hat, silks, a VB singlet, satin knickerbockers, a Pocohontas costume, lycra,
faux fur, face-paint, a Venetian mask, blue jeans, a poncho, a tuxedo, a tracksuit, thongs, a cocktail dress,
gumboots, a sundress, sandals … dress up, outrageously, fantastically, beautifully in character, or dress down
and relax. We invite you to take advantage of being away from the daily grind to inhabit Woodfordia as the
creature of your dreams – for one week, you can come as you are, or come as you’d like to be. Festivillians are
welcome to indulge their sartorial style in whatever way they please, from the casual to the costumed – there’s
no dress code here.
This Programme Booklet has been
printed on Platinum paper (a carbon
neutral paper) using soy based inks.
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