Woodfordia owes its beautiful, cultural parkland to The Planting. Our organization, when it purchased this property in 1994, had a notion that rather than just sing about issues facing the environment, we get our hands dirty by planting trees.

Through The Planting, we created an event that contributes to worldwide consciousness emerging in communities everywhere—an endeavor to heal a planet damaged by the ravages of our industrial practices in the past and which sadly, still continue today. The programme, constructed to blend both the cultural expression and nurturing of our environment, both critical to the human experience and our planet’s health, is intended to encourage this symbiosis.

A multi-layered festival with a full programme of talks, forums, workshops, music, food, films, ceremony, and environmental projects, The Planting is a grassroots event focused on cultural and intellectual exchange.The weekend-long festival features plenty of opportunities to learn about soil health, native vegetation, ecosystems and biodiversity from some of the country’s most renowned thinkers in their field. It’s also truly hands-on, as festival-goers can book into a vast array of craft-making, cooking and gardening workshops. Comedy, culture, health and wellness, as well as Woodfordia’s signature opening and closing ceremonies, add even more diversity and wonder to the experience.

For families, there is an immersive Children’s Festival empowering and teaching kids the tools of the trade by giving them drills, screw guns and jigsaws to build a small village. Anyone between the ages of 10-17 can sign up to construct, vote and name the village they collectively create. A community green hosts trebuchets and battle games each day.

 Intended to inspire and inform, and in keeping with the growing global environmental and consciousness movement taking root, The Planting focuses on sustainability and responsibility. The festival provides, not only the knowledge to live more in keeping with the natural environment, but also the impetus through it’s message that we truly can change the world one person and one action at a time. Since Woodfordia secured it’s land in 1994, over 106,000 trees have been planted by pure-people power on what was once a barren dairy farm.

As the weather is cooler during May, there are bonfires scattered throughout the festival precinct to bring people together as well as keep everyone warm. Hot showers are also available at amenity blocks.

The event at its core is intended to ensure our site remains healthy, forested parkland for the enjoyment of present and future generations. And we know the trees planted over the years listen and observe our joyful celebration, enjoying our company as much as we enjoy theirs.

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Anyone who has attended Woodford Folk Festival in the last ten years will recall with great delight @gavskii ’s phenomenal posters. Each one is a vibrant visual feast that proffers a jaw-dropping amount of detail, usually taking him up to four months to complete.

Artistic flair runs in Gavin’s family and he was surrounded by a lot of creative energy growing up. His mother, Daphne, was an amazing illustrator and animator, and his father, Ted, was a professional model maker.
Read the full story about Gavin via the link in our bio.

Which #Woodford artwork or poster was your favorite? Share with us in the comments!

Words by Essie Valmadre
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#Woodfordia’s Sacred Union Labyrinth is one of the festival’s beautiful spaces, a magical nook that explores and ignites the imagination of those who immerse themselves in it. The multi-talented Robin Clayfield is the creative soul behind this beloved festival feature.

Robyn spoke with Claire Meraki at the 2018/19 festival all about how the Sacred Union Labyrinth came to be and her history with Woodford Folk Festival. Check it out via the link in our bio.
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We are thrilled to be among the incredible finalists for this year's 2021 @qldmusicawards people's choice award.
We wouldn't be here without our wonderful community of Woodfordians, we are endlessly grateful for your support of Woodford Folk Festival and Woodfordia. In a year that has been very challenging for the arts and events, news like this really lifts our spirits. Thank you.
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Did you know we built the largest conservation and recreation lake in Australia at #Woodfordia? Lake Gkula is abundant with fish and plant life with more than 16 species of native fish and crustaceans and over 8,000 plants, including native water lilies.
Learn all about the story of the lake via the link in our bio.

photo: @jelighty
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Wonderful news! @WoodfordFolkFestival has been nominated for a People’s Choice Award in this year’s @qldmusicawards, alongside a slew of beautiful, resilient events beloved by Queenslanders and beyond. #Woodfordians, why not show some love and cast a vote if Woodford is your choice? Voting is open for ten days and closes on 18th April. Vote now via the link in our bio! #QldMusicAwards ...

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We were lucky to have the wonderful @amandapalmer treat 2019/20 Woodfordians to her theatrical, emotive, honest, raw and humorous performances.

📷 Lachlan Douglas

#woodfordia #woodfordfolkfestival #WFF2019 #WFF #woodfordia
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The Woodfordian tradition of sending receiving mail from the Lettering House is much loved and enjoyed (and yes, it has its own group Woodfordia Lettering House)

Have you received or sent a letter?

📷 Josephine Cubis

#woodfordia #woodfordfolkfestival #WFF2019 #thisiswoodfordia #woodfordialetteringhouse
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@electricfields_music bringing an unparalleled energy and intoxicating spirit to the Woodfordian stage. Their soulful music makes us glide gracefully, jamming to soulful pop, epic-scale electronic works and intensely intimate story-songs.

📸: @somefx

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We are sad to announce the news that Woodfordia is not proceeding with a Bushtime event at Easter and The Planting festival this year. The current status of covid-19 is still highly fluid and uncertain and the financial risk posed to Woodfordia from further event cancellations due to snap lockdowns is just too great. At this stage, we do not believe it is advisable for Woodfordia to take this risk.

In May we will review the status of covid-19 and its impacts on our community and reassess the climate for holding events such as Bushtime and indeed the Woodford Folk Festival.

We are deeply saddened not to be presenting what would have been our 26th festival of The Planting. This gathering has been the masthead for our environmental actions at Woodfordia and we remain dedicated to honouring our commitments to nurture this land and educate ourselves on a better way of doing things.

We are also saddened that in not doing these events, we have not been able to create work opportunities for artists and arts workers. We know many Woodfordians support artists in so many different ways and we encourage you to continue to do this.

We want to state our support for the Qld Government, and specifically Qld Health, and their decisions which have kept our communities safe. We understand the need for snap lockdowns and are responding appropriately in the current climate.

We will get back to you with more news as it happens.
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