Woodford Folk Festival
Hold onto your felt fedoras folks, Woodford Folk Festival has dropped its 2019/20 program and it’s big. This year’s line-up features first-time Woodford performer Kasey Chambers alongside Emma Louise, Amanda Palmer, Lior and Horrorshow and The Herd. Patrons can also enjoy much-loved returnees Kate Miller-Heidke, Harry Manx, Electric Fields and Archie Roach in his first shows with Paul Grabrowsky.
As always, Woodford Folk Festival is so much more than music with an incredible line-up of speakers and panel discussions to engage and inspire. This year, the festival theme is Imagining a Beautiful Future, and 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. The Speakers and Ideas programme features 100+ inspiring, witty and downright remarkable people, covering everything from the environment, politics and government, social justice, health, death, business, education, music and matters concerning Indigenous Australia. Of particular note is internationally recognised leader in bridging science and spirit, stem cell biologist, bestselling author of The Biology of Belief and recipient of the 2009 Goi Peace Award, Bruce Lipton, who will fly in from the USA to provide millennials with information, inspiration and an invitation to participate in the greatest adventure in human history – conscious evolution.
For patrons with a penchant for the wonderfully weird, the Festival presents a Circus and Cabaret programme full of delicious debauchery and dizzying theatrics. Amongst this glittering line-up is Australia’s favourite trash glamour disco circus, Briefs Factory; surreal showgirl, obscene beauty queen and sex clown, Betty Grumble; Woodfordian regular, Mario Queen of the Circus; Australia’s premier Indigenous showgirl, Constantina Bush, who will take patrons on a humorous journey filled with songs that have shaped her life; and Amanda Palmer’s Weep Fest, where she invites the audience to join her in crying away the troubles of the old year, until they become tears of joy, gratitude and hope for the new.
The Children’s Festival for the first time hosts the ever engaging and inspirational, dirtgirl, playing her hit songs of hope and love for the planet, alongside workshops such as, ‘Wind Chimes from Waste’ and talks about reusing, recycling, natural building and sustainability.
Woodford Folk Festival is the largest gathering of artists and performers of its kind in Australia and is held over six inspiring days and nights from December 27 through to January 1. More than 2,000 local, national and international artists, musicians and presenters put on over 438 acts to an audience of 132,000 people. If you’ve not yet had the pleasure, the Woodford Festival experience is deep, rich and colourful. It is based on a vision of inclusive and creative community, culture and tradition passed through generations, expressed through story and ceremony.
To check out the full line-up and nab some tickets, visit the Woodford Folk Festival website.