Folk Festival celebrates 25 years

A FULL moon was out, 300 people in attendance and the vision still very much fixed on the future as the Woodford Folk Festival launched its 25th annual program on Saturday night.

While the progress made on the 200ha site at Woodford that is now the festival’s home is clearly evident, founding father Bill Hauritz said yesterday that his committee considered the event only at the half-way stage of its journey.

Founded at a meeting in the Royal George Hotel in Nambour, the festival was first held at Maleny showground, a venue it quickly outgrew.

“We were always pretty ambitious from the start,” Mr Hauritz said. “It’s been a fantastic journey.”

He is excited about the program and the long-range weather forecast which predicts a dry, fine festival with maximum daytime temperatures of 30 degrees.

The line-up includes Tim Freedman, Archie Roach, Mama Kin, Jeff Lang, Lior, Microwave Jenny, Dubmarine, Felix and The Phoenix, Hermitude, Marshall and The Fro, Cumbia Cosmonauts, The Barons of Tang, Basement Birds, The Break, TinPan Orange, Jackie Marshall, That 1 Guy, The Little Stevies, Shane Howard and his Band, Yeshe and You Am I.

“This is easily the strongest and most expensive line-up we have ever produced,” Mr Hauritz said. “We remain madly ambitious.”

International guests include The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, Baskery, Daara J Family, Tom Fun Orchestra, Jill Barber, Dan Mangan and Matthew Barber, Love in the Circus, Stevie Salas and Bernard Fowler.

In all, 3000 performers and artists, thinkers and cultural activists, environmentalists and comedians along with two former Australian prime ministers will be in attendance from December 27 to January 1.

They will make up the 620 acts performing across 22 all-weather venues except for the large amphitheatre.

Streets will come alive with roving street theatre, parades, art and spontaneous performances.

The Great Green Debate at the concert stage will argue that The Spirit of Resistance (still) Lives. Programs and tickets are available on or call 5496 1066.

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