Head-pieces, beautiful hand lettering – and, hugely necessary for all of your keepsakes, bags – make your own! And remember, Visual Arts has moved this year!
There’s nothing like being in a cathedral constructed of tall trees and wide sky, deep blue and star-studded. The gentle grassy slope of the Amphitheatre gives way to a mosh-pit the size of a football field, with space for 25,000 to enjoy outdoor concerts and ceremony under the stars. The Amphi is home to our Welcome Ceremony, four nights of fantastic feature concerts a New Year’s extravaganza and the annual Fire Event. Two bars – the Amphi and True North – mean that you’ll be well refreshed if you plan on staying up here for the night.
Atelier is Artisania’s home of gourmet life drawing, pressed metal making and wine and watercolour.
Find the silliest, funniest you with daily clowning workshops; experience art through Paint What you Hear or test your knowledge of the fuzzy and furry with Wildlife Puzzle Time. Learn chess and be in a tournament! Land in kitchen chaos and mix up a whirl of a culinary good time.
The Children’s Festival’s craft workshop hub is where a plethora of activities abound including costume creating, candle decorating, sock puppet creations, storytelling and many more activities turning nothing into a wonderful something.
The closest that we’ll ever get to having a ‘backstage’ bar, Bill’s Bar occupies a tucked away corner of the site, but explodes with activity first thing at the blink of your bleary eye – from the morning yuk it up sessions, to special intimate sessions with a plethora of artists who’ve wandered in from across the programme. A fine place for a drink, eat and catch up with new and old friends, over entertainment. Each afternoon is punctuated with new discoveries at Rob Longstaff’s UpFront Club Open Stage.
Pick up a cup of herbal tea and head to the Blue Lotus, nestled in a beautiful shady creek-side grove – the Festival’s home of wellness and healing. Talks, workshops and forums invite conversation from some of Australia’s premier practitioners and open the door for involvement. The Blue Lotus hosts meditation in motion, and then by night dance and out-there musical chanting and meditation experiences. The Blue Lotus is a venue for adventures of the heart, mind and soul. BYO yoga mat and water to all yoga classes. All sessions before 8:30AM are available for Season Campers only.
Nestled snugly into a natural amphitheatre, Bluestown is a jewel, a hideaway dance shack to sweat it out with soloists, new bands, old bands, up and comings, and International super-stars – it’s all brands of the Blues in a smokin’ hot venue, and home to Jack’s Bar.
Settle in for hands on craft and art activity – with sandal making, tiny gardens, print design and wildlife drawing!
Tricks, toys, and tons of fun, that’s what you can expect at Circadia, a play space for all ages. Set inside a cheerful circus tent, with plenty of room on the grass outback, when it comes to getting hands-on in circus, this is your place. Workshops by day provide the opportunity to try stilts, diablo, juggling, manipulation, acro and more. Woodfordians aged 13 and over can drop in for a one-off workshop, or set yourself a challenge for a week’s worth of new skills‚ with shows demonstrating skills that you can pick up later!
This Children’s Festival venue hosts plate-spinning, diablo, acro-balancing, tightropes, performance circus and more.
Circus returns with more seats, more splendour and more spectacle in Cirque, a giant circus tent rising proudly just inside the gates to the Festival – and also returning in a special home just to the side, circus’s wingman, Rumpel, our favourite fool.
Woodford’s tradition of participation comes alive in the festival’s cracking public house, the Coopers Bar. Tunes and songs ring out, beckoning Woodfordians to gather their instruments, limber up the vocal chords and join the fray. From foot-tapping Celtic tunes to good old-time and bluegrass standards; rollicking sea shanties to Beatles hits, there’s something for everyone in these acoustic sessions. Use the Music Instrument Cloakroom (MIC) to store your instruments while on site, for a small fee.
From yoga to folkloric dance through to cultural dance parties every night, the Dance Hall is the place to go to get physical – let’s hear your body talk. Listen with your feet and hear other languages translated into a myriad of dance possibilities through workshops, performances and concerts. Indigenous Australian, Hip Hop, Balkan, Ritual Dance, English Vintage Dance, Salsa and a variety of Indian dance workshops will prepare you for dance events that offer a dance/show experience guaranteed to have you swing, saunter, samba and salsa your way through your six days.
Earth and Stone
Sculpt the earth into pots, cups, or decorative pieces that are yours to keep in wheel thrown pottery workshops.
Nearly 50 years on from John and Yoko Lennon’s ground-breaking Montreal Bed-In for Peace, it’s time to raise the banner for peace once more. Carrying on the work of late, great Brisbane rock writer Ritchie Yorke, John and Yoko’s confidant and peace envoy for their War is Over Campaign, Embedding Peace want to reach a new generation of peace activists and give them the encouragement and tools to really Give Peace A Chance.
When we need lots of space and lots of air, we head outside in the Children’s Festival!
Folklorica is the main host for the World Folklines programme, which presents the rituals, dance, music and songs of the many folk traditions that have come to Australia over the past 220 years. Folklorica comfortably seats a couple of hundred Woodfordians – many of whom come to Woodford to specifically seek this rich programme at a lovely, breezy venue.
Folklorica Outdoor Stage
Take your seat under the stars and the Crow’s Ash for Indian, African and Scottish features.
Not so much a venue as a meeting place for Festival walks and wanders, and the place to stock up on those things you’ve forgotten and run out of. Most Walks and Wanders start here.
Our second largest venue, the Grande is in a beautiful grassy natural amphitheatre with ample shade, so you can choose how close you get to the music. The Grande has seen it all – folk heroes, jazz luminaries, rockstars, solo pianists aided with a bottle of red, and some pretty incredible countdowns to the New Year. Rock, world, folk, dance, speakers and instrumental excellence, it’s all on stage at the Grande.
Settled comfortably into a leafy glade, the GREENhouse is a hive of activity for the honest and hopeful, respectful and resolute, the critical and concerned, awake and aware. Amidst a fantastic programme of green and social ideas and issues, you can ask questions, network and share your knowledge and experience with farmers, scientists, futurists, green innovators, comedians and all manner of experts who willingly share their wisdom and experience.
Before the Festival begins, this is the lively workers’ bar and kitchen, roots that are retained when the venue moves into its 6 day role as the hub of the Festival. Duck and dive into banjo, guitar, sweet harmony, a capella, interesting instrumentals, percussion sessions or just laze around in the cool new environs of this year’s transformation – you may see echoes of the past. Halcyon Days are here again!
The Hilltop is home to our tongue-in-cheek Hollywood style ‘Woodfordia’ sign and is a great place to retreat, relax and enjoy stunning views of the Glasshouse Mountains and get a different perspective of the Festival. Greet the day with unplugged guided yoga sessions, make the annual pilgrimage along a winding lantern lit path to the Hilltop to enjoy the final sunset of the old year during the Sunset Ceremony and renew your spirit as the inspiring New Year’s Sunrise Ceremony announces the dawn of the New Year over the crooked back of Mt Beerwah.
Weave and stitch – crochet, radical embroidery and slightly off-centre, kokodama, in Artisania’s dedicated weaving venue.
Jinibara custodians and artists have been crafting artefacts throughout the year, for demonstration and sale at the Jinibara Gallery. Clapsticks, woomera and spears are among the beautiful work that you can explore here.
Sacred Union Labyrinth
Robin Clayfield and her troupe of ceremony weavers, musicians and artists create a magical space to enjoy at your leisure or in community ceremony, walking meditations or by receiving beautifully penned inspirations. Djuelu the Village Scribe can capture your musings, and beautiful music may accompany those wandering the Labyrinth in their own time. Make sure to check the venue schedule for formal ceremonies.
Since its humble beginnings in Artisania in 2013, The Letting House has awoken a new and thundering passion for the hand-written word. Letter writers and receivers flood this space daily to experience this one-of-a-kind postal service. The Lettering House opens its doors daily, providing stationary with a twist, some study desks and a typewriter or two. Postage is free for all onsite missives or $2 to post offsite. Please note that the posties do their best to deliver every letter, but can not guarantee delivery onsite, especially after the 31st. All letters must be collected by 5.00PM on the 1st, or they are consigned to the flames…
Library of the Leaves
On Chill Hill amongst the waving grasses and the prone patrons you’ll find an eclectic, tiny library, with tomes on topics ranging from Art History to the Da Vinci Code. Leave(s) your cares behind and relax with a good book (or a terrible one as a guilty pleasure).
This newly placed space in the centre of the Festival offers concerts for listening, gigs for dancing, comedy for laughing, morning talks and daily discoveries, as well as the Festival Director’s report on the final day. There’s something for everyone here, and you’ll fall under the spell of La Luna while time stands still for a cool little while, and the buzz continues around you.
The home of learning in the Children’s Festival features explorations of frogs, bees, dance, and the wonderful minds of Woodfordia’s Children.
Specially programmed within the Children’s Festival for the preschool ages 1-5 years old, this venue offers a swag of fun and simple workshops that will keep little fingers busy along with music and dance.
Find the One Ring to Rule Them All – or something like it, when you create your own silver ring or necklace in the Nook.
On the Edge
The future is here! Find out how 3D can add more to life in Artisania.
It’s clay play for days Out There! The Children’s Festival offers long sessions of drop in workshops for little fingers to get into muddy mischief.
Over the past five years in the town of Groningen, Steven Schreuder has built a Forrest paradise that combines his steel craft workshop with his living space. Every fitting is a work of art. Two years ago Ptisi Hatcher arrived in the Forrest adding circus to the mix. Watch them rebuild their home from Paradijsvogelstraat (Bird of Paradise street) as an installations space that can be viewed, experienced through workshops or watched as it comes to life with performance. This is unique installation where beauty is found in the re-visioning of objects, the natural environment becomes a wealth of materials and anything seems possible.
The Parlour embraces the wordy and the wordless as impassioned poeticals and simmering circus and burlesque artists sidle up for a slice of the best romance, comedy and good times. With workshops and stage shows – and this year, Bling Bingo, the Parlour is the place to get your fancybone tickled in a variety of ways, from cabaret to comedy, vaudeville to old-fashioned swing and soul. The Parlour Bar sets the tone of the entertainment, here.
The home of Champine, the Pineapple Lounge provides the ambience and warmth of a welcoming domestic loungeroom as well as a swinging little refreshment bar serving a highly gluggable drink made with fresh pineapple. With an eclectic programme and daily chalkboard style event featuring the best of the fest, the Pineapple Lounge in all of its infamy serves up daily sub-tropical sounds both live and looped tempting you into a sub-tropical world-within-a-festival-world.
A place for ceremony and reflection (literally), the Pond is home to four nights of spectacular shows from 7.00PM – 7.30PM. It’s also the place where our Festival Bell tolls to commence the 3 Minutes of Silence.
Pull a few strings and discover the Puppet Joint. Puppets of all persuasions- sock and glove puppet making, puppet performance pranks and puppet stuff. A plethora of puppet ponderings prevail, not to mention story telling.
Sidewood Wine Bar
Head to the Sidewood when you’re feeling chatty and playful, for a drink near the watering hole, or to hear a few tunes by night.
The Festival of Small Halls has found its true spiritual home, a tiny venue modelled on the country halls of Queensland (most specifically, Degilbo). Small, high quality ensembles, gentle and emotive folk music, and a scattering of workshops revive the tradition of a community meeting place and listening room, complete with porch, scones and tea (on the first and last days, anyway). By night the venue briefly transforms for the Tiny Dance Experience, where a limited number of tickets are available for would-be dancers to learn some steps and then party hard for 30 minutes.
Stardust Theatre presents the best of Children’s Festival entertainment – puppetry, performance, mime and music.
Express yourself in the collaborative illustrative/word mashup/storytelling of zines and general creative time.
The streets of Woodfordia belong to all of us – perusing the craft stalls for treasures from other lands, becoming spellbound by surreal street characters and fantastical parades or sitting down to a meal from the many stalls offering mouthwatering, healthy or indulgent foods. The Streets are one of the most wonderful ways to feel the effects of the 3 Minutes of Silence. Through the clamour of the bars, the ring of guitars, the shuffle of feet, and bustle of the street, Woodford’s living symphony is created every day. Walking, talking and gawking are never enough.
The Talking Circle is a new, dedicated venue for discussions and ideas generated by and directly affecting First Nations people – an exciting programme of talks and dialogue exploring social issues, country, commerce and art in a relaxed and entertaining format. It’s also the home of The Feast, this year, as well as two spectacular shows – Sprit of Churaki, and Bukal.
Gentle weaving workshops settle in next to the Talking Circle, so that you can enjoy the ideas from the stage while you learn about traditional weaving techniques or contribute to an installation.
Shaded by mature hoop pines and overlooking Clyde’s Pond, the Village Green is the heart of the Festival. With activities taking place throughout the day, the Green is also a great hang out for families, with area to enjoy a picnic lunch or have a snooze. Mornings begin with tai chi and traditional dance and then a beautiful shaded space is left to the devices of festivillians, until afternoons open for traditional dance, yoga and slackline. Nights are given over to a feature show on the Pond, and then, left to chance.
Let the circle be unbroken in this new space to learn and connect from your favourite artists on the programme – daily clinics from Andrew Clermont are sandwiched between workshops on percussion, bush song, folk and traditional styles, poetry and more.