Rebuilding the Woodford Folk Festival

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Tickets on sale for new-look Woodford Folk Festival.

Singer performing at Woodford Folk Festival.

The 35th Woodford Folk Festival returns to its traditional Christmas/New Year dates after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

General Manager Amanda Jackes said there would be changes for this year’s event.

“We are not going back to what our festival looked like in 2019, we are looking into the future and crafting a festival that will accompany us there,” Ms Jackes said.

“While we have been overwhelmed by the response from people to the news of the return of the festival, we know that the pandemic continues to have an impact and we must be realistic about the challenges ahead.”

Woodford Folk Festival is known for its diverse program which includes music, circus, cabaret, comedy, talks, workshops, ceremonies, yoga, dance, street theatre, installations and a dedicated children’s festival.

Festival Founder and Director Bill Hauritz said the amphitheatre venue would not be used this year with the Grande venue expanded to accommodate the evening acts and a full program of concerts.

“There will be other changes to the layout of the festival, however this is the most significant and we thought it important to publish this news at ticket launch,” Mr Hauritz said.

“Of course, there are some benefits, including that this popular program will have better protection from inclement weather and more easily accessible.”

The program will include more than 1,200 performances across 20 venues over six days.

“It’s a canvass of many colours painting our stories, our music, and our expression in many of its forms,” Mr Hauritz said.

“The diversity of its programme is nothing less than astonishing, almost matching the diversity of the thousands who attend.”

Tickets will be capped this year to ensure the right level of comfort for patrons. 

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