Woodford is a town of about 2500 people in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, about one hour’s drive north of Brisbane and one hour from Noosa Heads.
Each year after Christmas its population expands by up to 25,000 as visitors descend for the annual Woodford Folk Festival celebrated over six days and nights from December 27 until January 1.
Woodford celebrates its 30th anniversary this year — and in that time the “folk” in its name has come to mean many things. The event includes traditional folk, blues and roots, rock and pop and world music, as well as events and performances for children, comedy, meditation, dance, and arts and crafts.
This year’s big acts include Michael Franti, Courtney Barnett, Marlon Williams, Josh Pyke, Dougie Maclean, Ed Keupper, and Katie Noonan. They are part of a posse of 2500 performers presenting 400 acts at 25 venues.
We asked the festival’s founder Bill Hauritz to tell us about the changes and challenges at Woodford since its beginnings. Continue Reading
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