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Woodford Folk Festival
Location(s) Woodford, Queensland, Australia
Years active 1994–present
Founded by Queensland Folk Federation, Bill Hauritz, Amanda Jackes
Date(s) 27 December – 1 January
Genre folk
Website www.woodfordfolkfestival.com

The Woodford Folk Festival is an annual music festival held near the small country town of Woodford,[1] 72 km north of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is one of the biggest annual cultural events of its type in Australia.[1]

The festival takes place over six days and nights from 27 December to 1 January each year.[1] It features a wide range of performance styles, musical genres and nationalities, in many simultaneous venues across the site.[1] About 130,000 patrons attend annually,[1] camping on-site—some just overnight—many for the full festival experience. The final evening of the Woodford festival culminates in a spectacular New Year's Day closing ceremony, Fire Event.[2]

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History

The Woodford Folk Festival developed from the Maleny Folk Festival which began in Maleny in 1987.[1] In 1994, the festival was moved 20 km away to Woodford when it outgrew the Maleny Showgrounds site.[1]

Unlike many festivals which are held in or near urban centres, the Woodford Folk Festival takes place on a 200 ha (500 acre) rural property in a forest setting. The land is owned by the Queensland Folk Federation, producers of the festival and is also home to The Dreaming Festival, Australia’s International Indigenous Festival, which is held annually in June.

The final evening of the Woodford festival culminates in a spectacular New Year's Day closing ceremony, Fire Event.[2] Over 20,000 festival goers seated on a grassed hillside witness a spectacle of dance, music, theatricality and fire - with the burning of a large structure heralding the New Year.[2] The Fire Event was developed by Neil Cameron at the former Maleny festival and continued at Woodford, Paul Lawler worked with Cameron and took over as creative director of the event in 2003.[2] The January 2000 Fire Event was featured in the global live TV broadcast heralding the new millennium.

In 2005–2006 a record aggregate attendance of over 130,000 visitors attended the festival, injecting $21 million into the Queensland economy.[3]

Festival performers

Performers at recent festivals have included:

2004–2005

2005–2006

2006–2007

2007–2008[4]

2008–2009[5]

2009–2010[6]

References

Much of the information was sourced from the Queensland Folk Federation, who organise and run the festival each year.

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