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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Woodfordia has been invited to participate in a webinar interview with Professor Dr Amareswar Galla, UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development Anantu, India, on World Environment Day, 5th June 2023.

The conversation - Heritage Matters - Woodfordia: Ecomuseology, Design & Cultural Landscapes - is a part of a UNESCO international webinar series, supporting Inclusive Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development.
Bill Hauritz AM Founding Director, Woodfordia and Woodford Folk Festival and Professor Dr Amareswar Galla will be discussing the making of Woodfordia as an integrated and holistic landscape and microcosm of Australia and beyond.
The webinar will be held at 4pm (Brisbane time) on the 5th June 2023.

Register here and if you can't join the live online interview, you will be sent a recording: https://bit.ly/Heritage-Matters-26

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Vale Des Ritchie
One of the world's special humans Des Ritchie passed away last night aged 91. Des was our President for 17 years and so much more to many. Woodfordia would not be the place it is today without him. We were so blessed to know and love him. He helped not only the trees to grow, but all of us. Our deepest sympathy to Jillian and all the clan.

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Uncle Noel and the Jinibara Dancers - warming up the streets of Woodford.

www.woodfordfolkfestival.com (link in our bio)


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Heard the news yet?
Woodford Folk Festival 2023/24 tickets go on sale on the 6th June!
#woodfordfolkfestival23 #festivalwoodford

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We're spinning tunes, exploring artist and presenter applications, reflecting on all that was so fabulous at Woodford Folk Festival 2022-23...
@woodford_folk_festival @woodfordia @thisisqueensland @visitmoretonbay
@malenycircus @Sylphcircusaustralia
Photo: Chris Ahern

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And the festival dreaming up begins... the programming team is hard at work and the plans and visions are unfolding. We will be announcing the ticket sales launch date soon - December is in our sights and Woodford Folk Festival 2023-24 here we come!
@woodfordfolkfestival23 @woodfordia23 @lakegkula photo: Tae Young

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And we are pleased to announce... Artists, performers, presenters interested in participating in Woodford Folk Festival 2023-24 - Expressions of Interest are now closing at 5PM Wednesday 3rd of May.
Please note that the online EOI form is truly your first stop as it is the only way that our tiny team are able to respectfully and fairly take in all the amazing proposals that come our way.
Expressions of Interest: https://woodfordfolkfestival.com/.../artists-and-presenters/
@woodford_folk_festival @woodfordia @fancy_paants @rebelstarlyons
photo @marekknappephotography

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A reminder to Artists and Presenters, if you are interested in being part of this year’s Woodford Folk Festival , the deadline for submitting your Expression of Interest is approaching fast. You will need to have your Expressions of Interest in by 5PM (QLD TIME), SUNDAY 30th APRIL 2023.

We would love to hear from you and ask you to please note that the online Expression of Interest form is truly your first stop. It is the only way that our tiny team are able to respectfully and fairly take in all the amazing proposals that come our way. We recommend that you do not leave your EOI submission until the last minute as we do not work weekends and will not be able to trouble shoot any applications in the final days of open EOIs.

More details on how and where to send your Expressions of Interest via the link in our bio.

#woodfordfolkfestival23 #woodfordia23 #performers #presenters #visualarts #craftworkshops #dance #streettheatre #childrensfestival

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