The Woodford Folk Festival is held annually over six days and six nights from Dec 27th through to January 1st. More than 2,000 local, national and international, artists, musicians and presenters put on over 438 acts to an audience of an estimated 132,000 people. The festival begins each year with the iconic Opening Ceremony and closes with the spectacular showcase, the Fire Event on New Year’s Day. This year will be the 33rd Woodford Folk Festival and the 24th held at Woodfordia. It is the largest gathering of artists and musicians in Australia.

The Woodford festival experience is deep, rich and colourful. It is based on a vision of inclusive and creative community, culture and tradition passed through generations, expressed through story and ceremony. The site, a former barren dairy farm, has been lovingly regenerated with over 120,000 subtropical rain forest trees, orchids, ferns and sedges planted to create habitat for butterflies and wildlife.

Woodfordia is transformed into a village that hosts over 25,000 daily patrons, performers, stallholders, volunteers and organisers. As many as 2,680 volunteers across 162 departments are at the heart of the organisation and contribute to the setup and day-to-day running of the festival. During the event the festival is actually the 67th largest town in Australia.

Each year construction begins in early December and continues up until Christmas Day. Over 450 contractors and volunteers build the village. Many come from around the world to be part of the festival build and then stay for a week after to pull the event down.

The festival build includes:

  • Installation of over 20,000 square metres of canvas for 35 venues, 15 bars and over 200 food, craft and merchandise stalls
  • Erection of over 5,500 signs
  • Installation of over 13ks of fencing
  • Placement of over 60 temporary offices and hired amenity blocks
  • Filtration of 14 million litres of water
  • Cleaning of over 500 toilets and 341 showers
  • Distribution of 15ks electrical and communication cabling
  • Construction of 25 stages
  • Placement of 16,000 chairs
  • Installation of 600 lanterns

The team are powered by over 24,000 meals and unlimited goodwill.

The festival programme features concerts, dances, street theatre, writers’ panels, film festival, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, social dialogue and debate, folk medicine, an entire children’s festival, an environmental programme featuring talks, debates and films, art and craft workshops, circus performances and workshops, late night cabarets, parades and special events including the spectacular fire event.

The festival streets are lined with restaurants, cafes, stalls, bars, street theatre and parades. Tree-filled campgrounds, butterfly walks, ponds and wildlife complete the picturesque site. The festival appeals to a diverse audience with all ages and many nationalities attracted each year. It’s a magical experience and one not to be missed.

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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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