This year the festival theme, “Imagining a Beautiful Future”, aims to encourage organisers, artists and patrons alike to explore the ways in which we might counteract some of the negative rhetoric surrounding the future of the world.
Woodfordia will play host to the likes of modern-day troubadours, Kasey Chambers, playing the festival for the first time; Emma Louise playing from her ‘Lilac Everything’ album; Amanda Palmer on her ground-breaking, ‘There Will Be No Intermission’ tour; Lior playing his full ‘Autumn Flow’ album with band and strings; and Horrorshow and The Herd heading up a 21st birthday bash for the Elefant Traks label.
Though 65% of the program is completely new-to-the-festival artists and presenters, patrons will enjoy much-loved returnees including Kate Miller-Heidke, Harry Manx, Electric Fields and Archie Roach in his first shows with Paul Grabrowsky for his ‘Tell Me Why’ memoir and accompanying album.
Circus & Cabaret too
As always, the program offers the equivalent of a full festival program of speakers and panel discussions but for those patrons with a penchant for the wonderfully weird, Woodford Folk Festival presents a Circus & Cabaret program full of delicious debauchery and dizzying theatrics.
Flicking through the 145 page program quickly confirms what those who have attended the festival before will tell you – you won’t be able to see it all. Organisers strive to create a sensetingling and immersive festival experience, liking it to exploring a new town – park up, settle into base camp and go for a wander.
Festival Director Bill Hauritz believes that, no matter your age, festivals are critical to the robust development of all people and all communities, explaining that, “All festivals depend on artists to deliver us from the humdrum, bring us into a plane where we can appreciate our very existence and celebrate all that’s positive in our lives.”
Tickets available online now at woodfordfolkfestival.com/tickets
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