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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Artist and Presenters, if you are interested in being part of this year’s Woodford Folk Festival, we invite you to tell us about it via our online Expression of Interest form.

It’s the only way that our tiny team, who work from the office and remotely, are able to respectfully and fairly take in all the amazing proposals that come our way. Open now, closing 5PM (QLD TIME), Wednesday June 22nd 2022. Please note – unfortunately our office cannot handle the amount of correspondence from people wanting to chat to the team before submitting the EOI – the EOI is truly your first stop.

Information and applications can be found in the links in our bio (Get Involved).

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We have been longing to announce this news since what seems like forever - Woodford Folk Festival is back!

Thank you so much for all the letters of support over the past two years and particularly those who wrote about how much they have been missing Woodford from their lives. Believe us when we say we have missed you and the festival just as much. Your support and recollections of past festival experiences have been of such great encouragement to us.

Ahead of us now is the delight of curating a programme worthy of celebrating the festivals return, reigniting our community of organisers, volunteers, merchants and suppliers; and creating something beautiful together. And frankly, we just can’t wait to get into it. In fact, over 400 organisers gathered two weekends ago to start the planning process.
Change has been more of a constant these past couple of years and that will continue into the future. The return of the festival this year will see some venues retired, some taking a year off, others returning in full glory and some new kids on the block. We will be capping the numbers this year to make sure we get the comfort level just right and we hope to be keeping the ticket prices the same as what they were in 2019. A big ask but we will try.
We will be launching tickets in mid-June - we’ll be sure to email you all well ahead of launch time. Woodfordia members and citizens will have the opportunity of an early release a couple of days before the launch.

Make sure you are signed up to our mailing list stay up to date and learn about becoming a Woodfordian Citizen via the link in our bio.

For now hope you might give a big shout out to your family and friends and let them know where you’re planning to be at the end of the year – may it be Woodford Folk Festival.

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