Woodford Folk Festival returns for 2023

Published 6:00am 6 December 2023

Woodford Folk Festival returns for 2023
Words by Nadia Chapman

The iconic Woodford Folk Festival returns to Woodfordia for six jam-packed days and nights.

From December 27, 2023 to January 1, 2024, Woodfordia will transform into a mystical village that hosts 25,000 people per day.

More than 2000 local, national and international artists, musicians and presenters put on an estimated 438 acts across the week.

This year’s Woodford Folk Festival boasts an impressive lineup of Australian artists, including Regurgitator, Kasey Chambers, Kate Miller-Heidke and Mo’Ju, to name a few.

The current lineup will also be joined by Australia’s rising stars and first-time Woodfordians, Go-Jo, Odette, A.Girl, Haiku Hands, Steph Strings and many more.

Managing director and co-founder of Woodfordia Amanda Jackes says the community support has helped elevate the festival more every year.

“Thanks to the support of our patrons, volunteers and our Federal and State governments, the Woodford Folk Festival is the size of a very large town,” Amanda says.

“So, you can expect to have the kind of experiences you might have in a town entirely dedicated to arts, the environment and cultural expression in a six-day stay.

“Plus, of course the additional benefits of long bush walks, swims in the beautiful freshwater Lake Gkula, and the comfort of your own home-away-from-home at your campsite.

“We love our festival, and we hope that love is evident when you look through our programme to decide how you’ll take part at Woodfordia this year.”

Indigenous representation has always been a foundation of the Woodford Folk Festival, and the ‘Talks and Ideas’ programme is evidence of this.

This programme showcases powerful speakers and presenters, including Noel Pearson, Lyndon Murphy and Mary Graham who are raising their voices in conversation and debate.

Among the incredible music and speakers, Woodford Folk Festival comprises of many workshops, spaces and special performances.

Some of the programmes include arts and crafts, circus and dance workshops, ceremonies, meditation, comedy and children’s spaces.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch says the festival is an integral part of celebrating the community’s culture.

“The much-loved Woodford Folk Festival is a highlight on our state’s cultural calendar, showcasing the exceptional work of local, national and international artists and inviting audiences to participate in rich conversations, workshops and ceremonies,” Leeanne says.

“The Queensland Government supports Woodfordia to realise the key priorities of our ‘Creative Together’ 2020-2030 roadmap, including elevating First Nations arts, sharing our stories and celebrating our storytellers, and activating local spaces and places.”

Tickets start at $135 per person.

Find out more information by visiting the website.

Woodford Folk Festival is at 87 Woodrow Rd, Woodford.

Win a double season pass

Thanks to the City of Moreton Bay, What's On Moreton Bay and Woodford Folk Festival, you could win one of two double season passes to this year's Woodford Folk Festival.

The prize includes:

  • One double season adult pass to Woodford Folk Festival 2023/24
  • Season camping at Woodfordia (season campsite is closer to the precinct than overnight camping)
  • Vehicle pass in long-term parking
  • Access to festival on December 26, 2023 (before the festival starts) to January 2, 2024 (day after festival ends)

Each prize is worth $735 + $20 (car park) per ticket. The competition closes on December 10, 2023.

To enter, head to What’s On Moreton Bay

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