Artists and Presenters

Amelie Vanderstock

Amelie is a PhD student at the University of Sydney, researching native bees in community gardens and bushland. She is passionate about environmental education through participatory community science.

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Blue Lotus Kids Yoga

Blue Lotus Kids Yoga guides and inspires children of all ages to develop deep unconditional love and friendship for themselves, each other and the earth.

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Bush Critters

Tracy Lewis is a local eco artist and experienced children’s art specialist teacher. For several years she has been inspiring children in a fun and playful manner to become aware of their natural environment by creating amazing seed pod sculptures throughout the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland region.

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Costa Georgiadis

Costa Georgiadis is a landscape architect who has an all-consuming passion for plants and people - he knows how to bring out the best in both of them, and takes great pleasure in bringing them together. Costa believes in embracing and celebrating mother nature's cycles and seasons and nurturing her balance, beauty and bounty organically. His holistic approach is all about gardening the soil and the soul.

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Darryl Jones

Darryl is a scientist, author, researcher and - some would say - comedian who engages with children of all ages in their discovery of the lives of wildlife.

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Dr Karl

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki just loves science to pieces. After all, science is a way to not get fooled. Dr Karl’s media career spans more than 30 years, talking about Science in radio, TV, newspapers, and books – 44 to date with more on the way. His accolades range from the Ig Nobel Prize from Harvard University for his groundbreaking research into belly button fluff and why it is almost always blue, to being one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures. A lifetime student, Dr Karl has degrees in physics and mathematics, biomedical engineering, Medicine and Surgery. He has worked as a physicist, labourer, roadie for bands, car mechanic, filmmaker, biomedical engineer, TV weatherman, and medical doctor at The Children’s Hospital in Sydney. Since 1995, he has been the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the University of Sydney, where his ‘mission’ is to spread the good word about science and its benefits.

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EcoBeats

Founder Nicola Ossher has been drumming for over 20 years and has taught drums to a wide variety of people, as well as performed in many groups all across Australia. Predominantly a jazz drummer, Nicola has versatility across many other genres. Nicola has created an environmentally friendly bucket drumming group where all materials are 100% recycled.

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Elliot Leach

Dr Elliot has been interested in the natural world for as long as he can remember. He grew up exploring the creeks and forests of Brisbane and is still doing so.

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Entwined Bellydance

A regular performer and teacher, mum of two, Laura is an accomplished bellydancer, teacher, choreographer and troupe director. She has been performing since 2006, teaching since 2012, is a guest dancer with live bands Ganga Giri and Sikander and has travelled internationally and interstate to teach and perform. Corina is an emerging Sunshine-Coast based visual artist and children's yoga teacher. Corina's designs achieved 2nd place at Eumundi Body Art Festival's 2015 face painting competition and 2nd place at Cooroy Fusion Festival 2017.

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Festival Friend - Childrens

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Flashy Trash

Matilda and Bahram have been guiding children on their creative journeys for over a decade. They are professional crafts people, with great enthusiasm for recycled materials and young minds.

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Formidable Vegetable

Having performed everywhere from Glastonbury to your local farmers market over the past six years, Formidable Vegetable Sound System are the world's most successful mashup of eco-swing-funk with their trademark ukulele-driven radish-beets, soaring strings and hyperactive horns pounded together with principles of permaculture.

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Humarimba

Learn to play this beautiful hand-crafted musical instrument invented by Linsey Pollak and brought to Woodford by Alison Bird and friends. Pick up sticks and have a play yourself, or listen to the wonderful melodies in the Children's area daily. For all kids aged 9 to 109.

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Jandra Faranda

Jandra is a grandma with a rhyming name who loves sharing stories and time with kids. Join her for magical tales with lots of audience participation.

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Jason and Megan Roweth

This father and 11-year-old daughter combination has been stopping the show at festival poetry events. They will take you on a journey, make you laugh - and think!

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Junkyard Beats

Junkyard Beats are an innovative blend of theatre, music, dance and comedy. In the hands of this ensemble, ordinary household items are transformed into musical instruments that create a booty shaking, toe-tapping , electric atmosphere that makes you want to get up and move. Tag along for a day in the life of a bunch of musical misfits as they reinvigorate the junk that the world has forgotten.

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Kate Day

Kate is a teller of extraordinary tales, continuing an oral tradition as old as time. She gathers the threads of her stories from across the globe and retells them with trademark exuberance and a healthy dose of silliness.

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Kelly Family Band

A rare festival delight, the Kelly Family band play Australian family folk music with Celtic and American influences with surprising skill and totally infectious abandon.

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Kids Are Great

Jenny Sader has been facilitating Circus and Physical Theatre workshops in the Circus Lair at the Children's Festival for many years, assisted by Kelli Craig and Blackrobats. Artists and kids work and learn, laugh, rumble and tumble together to create a memorable experience for all.

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Kirsty and Kester

Popular Maleny dance duo Kirsty and Kester bring old-school hip-hop and breakdance moves plus tiny tots music and movement to captivated audiences.

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Kopan Tibetan Nuns of Nepal

The Kopan Tibetan Nuns are from the Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. Ven Lobsang Dolma, Ven Thunten Sangmo and Ven Tenzin Dolma create beautiful sand mandalas, chant and are skilled debaters. They are on tour in Australia to help raise money for the nunnery.

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Lisa Iselin

Lisa is a teacher of creative and healing arts. An environmental artist from North Stradbroke Island, she offers therapeutic Pilates and yoga classes and Zenthai shiatsu bodywork. Lisa loves all things creative and has been part of Woodfordia for over 20 years.

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Little Wing Puppets

Big, heart-warming stories are brought to life with a single set of hands. Jenny Ellis has been performing and making puppets for over 20 years. Her shows and workshops have been enjoyed by thousands of children all over Australia.

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Maeve Lejeune

Maeve loves to boogie and has a quirky effervescent approach to dance. She has a real life interest in challenging the creativity of the mind and the creativity of the body. She has a background in circus. Maeve has run Daggy Dancing workshops for Visible Ink, the Youth Arts Hub of the Brisbane City Council.

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Mental Gymnastics: Fun with Chess

Tony Powell (Mr Chessman) will, along with the Powell girls, challenge you to learn, improve and play Chess and its fun variations.

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Muma SoulShine & Friends

Creative community development consultant, social animator, kids and community well-being leader Chelsea (aka Muma SoulShine) is the founder of Flexi Flow - a learning integration and well-being profit-for-purpose company geared to support children and communities to creatively respond to dynamic changes and wholeheartedly take part in the creation of their community culture.

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Nancy Brown

A visual artist and printmaker, Nancy works in ceramic, textile, ceramic and metal. She facilitates the making of community created textiles, ceramics, and projects, which create art from many hands that tell stories from many lives.

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Nearly Normal Norman

Nearly Normal Norman is never Really Boring Norman or Dreary Annoying Norman. He can be confused sometimes with Totally Awesome Norman and Fearless Daring Norman, but can be called just Plain Old Norman if you're in a hurry.

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Niq Reefman

This one-man-musical is a singer-songwriter who plays trumpet and accordion simultaneously and sings storytelling originals through cabaret, reggae, contemporary folk and jazzy styles.

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Nurlu Dance Workshops

Yawuru dancer Tara Gower from Broome, Tiffany Parker from Tiwi islands, Jiawei Zhu from Sydney and Domagee sisters Marsha and Mishayla Buhmann will give participants a taste of movement for health benefits, both physically and spiritually. Enjoy Yawuru language and contemporary Indigenous dance with art for kids and Pilates fitness, and contemporary indigenous dance for teenagers and adults.

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Painting with Bubbles

Laura Thompson, AKA Aura the Fairy, paints with bubbles in an exciting, engaging workshop for children of all ages.

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Permakids

Permakids a group of local permaculturists passionate about teaching kids about growing food and discovering the joy of nature.

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Plant Based Native

Plant Based Native

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Play with Clay

Sammy is a passionate teacher’s assistant. In her spare time she runs children's clay workshops to help share her passion of clay with others.

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Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is a Grammy-winning, internationally touring, purple tuxedo rocking family funk and positive hip hop phenomenon! His beats will get the whole fam making funk faces and his lyrics never ever ever dumb it down. Bring your doubts, he'll get rid of them quick.

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Story Beats

Lilli is an internationally acclaimed storyteller, from festival stages and theatres in the USA, India, Colombia, Peru, Singapore and further to you. Matt is that guy who can make a rhythm from anything. Share the joy of his percussive play whilst hearing traditional, known and never heard before tales.

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Sveti Sava Serbian Folkloric Ensemble

Sveti Sava Folkloric Ensemble represents the community of the Serbian Orthodox Church Pro-Cathedral St Sava, established in 1949 as the first Serbian Orthodox parish Australia. Purveying an entertaining, enjoyable, energetic and educational tapestry of Serbian culture, the ensemble also perform the fast, intricate, lyrical performances of Serbian dance and the extraordinary a capella songs of Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Dalmatia.

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Tanya and Co.

Tanya, Bindii, Mieka, Finn and Dominic are passionate about giving children the opportunity to express themselves creatively. Between them they have a wealth of experience teaching, creating and facilitating visual arts.

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Tenzin Choegyal

Born into a family of Tibetan nomads in Mustang on the Tibetan border, Tenzin is an outstanding vocalist, and a master of the dranyen lute and bamboo flute. He grew up in the refugee community in northern India after his family fled intolerable repression in Tibet in the early 1970s, and has collaborated with many notable musicians, released five albums and is Creative Director of the acclaimed Festival of Tibet in Brisbane, Australia. Tenzin raises much needed funds for the Tibetan Children’s Village schools in India, which care for and educate thousands of children living in exile.

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Tessa Kingsbury

Tessa is mad about making stuff and when she isn't spreading her architectural wings across the globe and building fancy new hospitals, she's busy in the kitchen building the snacks to keep us out of them.

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The Collectors

Sisters, Sprig and Magnolia, have travelled from the Village of Littleleaf to Woodfordia with their Cabinet of Curiosities. Their cabinet is a joyful celebration of a childhood spent in nature and full of wondrous stories to share.

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The Fairy Green

Join international children's author, Melaina Faranda and her best friend, Sue, for spellbinding stories and magical makings!

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The Greater Good Movement

This crew gives back to the community through hands-on education that respects environmental, cultural and social initiatives thus in turn builds connections and resilience. They regularly run events, workshops and education programmes that spreads their passion about reusing, recycling, earthship inspired housing, natural building and sustainability.

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The Jack 'n' Gypsy Cowgirls

The Cowgirls are like a good whiskey, smooth, strong and guaranteed to get you dancin'. A couple of country queens on the Sunshine Coast bring line dancing into the modern age.

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The Little Stevies

Sisters Sibylla and Beth have an uncanny knack of captivating an audience by being delightfully and unapologetically themselves. There's something alluring in the authenticity of their often hilarious story telling of everyday life, and touring adventures, which they're only too willing to share. With a deep, full and warmly polished sound, sweet layered harmonies and irresistible melodies, the sisters' songs tend to leave a lasting impression.

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The Planimals

Join The Planimals, from old moon, as they dance and play in the Children's Festival.

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The Unusual Suspects

Started in 2012 by Linsey Pollak and based in Maleny in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, this exciting band has very quickly built a strong local following, playing in the street and for weddings, parties, anything!

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Tie Dye Magic - Rainbow Makers

In this workshop, kids and adults can help reduce textile waste and landfill by up-cycling old clothes and creating a new masterpiece to take home as a memento from a great festival.

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Try A Little BYT

Led by Byron Youth Theatre members, a not for profit company, Try a Little BYT offers training for young people in all aspects of performance.

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Uncle Noel Blair

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Wahoo Business

Graham is a registered multi-award winning teacher, engineer, instrument designer, inventor and tinkerer of all things fascinating, ancient and new with over 30 years researching instruments, games, toys, puzzles, riddles and curiosities.

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Wild Art. Nature Paint Brushes

Sue Heading and Julya Hegarty are early learning educators with years of experience working in kindergartens and recently bush kindy. As adults working with children they know it is sometimes difficult to decipher the hidden language of The Child.

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Wildlings Forest School

Helping families get children back outdoors to reap the social, emotional and physical benefits of being outside in nature, Wildlings are redefining where, why and how we educate our children, with programs offered outdoors, in nature, no matter the weather. At Forest School, children have the freedom to explore, take risks, play, create, and imagine.

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