The Woodford Folk Festival has finally announced their 2015 program, with Michael Franti set to headline this year’s event.
Held over six days from 27 December to 1 January, the Woodford Folk Festival will feature an array of performances and events including concerts, street theatre, writer’s panels, film festivals, comedy sessions, talks and debates, circus performances, parades and more.
Celebrating its 30th birthday this year, the festival is getting ready to welcome over 2000 local, national and international performers to its stages and over 437 different events.
Some of the big names set to grace the festival’s stages and amphitheatre this year include Courtney Barnett, Bluesy songwriter Lanie Lane, West Australian indie pop band San Sisco, Ed Kuepper and Josh Pyke, plus the Duhks (from Canada) and Woodford regular guitarist Harry Manx from Canada.
Bill Hauritz who has been the face and drive of Woodford for 30 years, told Brisbane Times the festival is getting closer to its original dream.
“We’ve hoped in the early years that the word ‘Woodford’ might conjure in people’s minds beautiful images of art, ideas, inspiration and contribution,” he said.
“We have been ambitious to build meaning into that identity and social responsibility into its fabric. And we feel that after 30 years, achieving this – to some extent – gives us license to celebrate.”
Also on the program list this year are bands New Zealand’s Trinity Roots, Kin Churchill, Dougie Maclean from Scotland, the East Pointers from Canada, Four Play, Katie Noonan’s Vanguard, Doch, Boo Seeka, Nattali Rize (Blue King Brown), The Poozies, Paper Kites, Tora, Tinpan Orange, Montaigne, Timberwolf, Briggs and Marlon Williams from New Zealand.
This year, Bob Hawke will return and indigenous leader Noel Pearson – who popularised the concept of giving indigenous Australians a “hand up, not a hand out” – joins a discussion group to debate Indigenous Constitutional Rights. The University of the Sunshine Coast will also host The Climate Conversation, a curator series of talks and debates centre round climate change and weather patterns.
And, being that Fire has always been at the heart of Woodford’s ceremonies, this year the festival will feature a spectacular fire event. Watch the last leaf fall from the last tree as the final bonfire ceremony send sparks into the night sky, celebrating the year to come and farewelling the old.
The festival will be held at Queensland Folk Federation at 87 Woodrow Road, Woodford. For more information or for tickets visit www.woodfordfolkfestival.com