Walking into Greta Hartley’s stall, Munay Designs, is a bit like entering a mermaid’s treasure trove. The Sunshine Coast local has been creating jewellery for many moons now. Her handcrafted jewels are made with crystals, sterling silver, hill tribe silver, stones, shells, as well as with purpose and lashings of love. Greta draws her design inspiration from time spent in the sunny parts of the world, flitting between Australia and Thailand throughout the year.
Is that close harmony sound made even better when it’s made by identical twins? Laura Cortese dragged us to see The Brother Brothers at an FAI concert a few years ago. We loved their music (and we’ve since heard that they’re quite the funnymen). We look forward to introducing them to Australia (we’re sending them on tour post-festival).
We love that everyone has a different experience at Woodford. That is not unexpected with over 1500 programmed events over the six days and nights. If the sheer scale of Woodford’s programme seems overwhelming, and you’re looking for a more manageable entry point, you might like to take a look at a few festival journey suggestions from our team:
Every year, we make it our mission to fill the land of Woodfordia with beautiful spaces; magical nooks and crannies to explore that ignite the imagination. The Sacred Union Labyrinth is one of said spaces. Robin Clayfield is the creative soul behind this beloved festival feature and sat down with Claire Meraki at last year’s festival to discuss the inception of her wonderful labyrinth and share her Woodfordian journey.
A feast for your noodle, this year’s Speakers and Ideas programme features 100+ inspiring, witty and downright remarkable people, covering everything from the environment, politics and government, social justice, health, death, business, education, music and matters concerning Indigenous Australia. We hope it challenges, inspires and exhilarates you as much as it does us. Here’s to spending our New Year period in celebration, contemplation and discussion.
Woodford Folk Festival can be any number of things: a wellness retreat, a food safari, a musical tour, a fairground, a theatre, a circus, an art school or a comedy club. There’s something for everyone, even the littlest ones. Lovingly wrapped in the arms of the folk festival, lies the Children’s Festival – a bright, eye-widening wonderland.
future is looking bright, Woodfordians. The full programme for Woodford Folk Festival 2019/20 is out now and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. As always, this is a programme created by, with and for many, many people. With 1500+ shows across 25 stages, we’re hoping there’s something to satiate all Woodfordians, great and small.
Look closer! The 2019/20 Woodford Folk Festival Poster was created by over 300 Woodfordians. Check out our behind the scenes blog here to see how this massive collaborative creation was made.
Two thirds of the volunteers each year are returning festival volunteers, testament to the fact that it’s an experience you will never forget. It’s an opportunity to meet new people from all over Australia and the world, be part of a passionate community and it can also be a more affordable way of participating in the festival.
This theme inspired Artist in Residence, Gavin Ryan, to make quite a radical departure from the style and
technique he has been employing in his poster design for the last ten years.