Posted on November 11, 2011 by Xavier Toby

Binge Thinking at the Woodford Folk Festival 2011-2012

So my first solo show at the Melbourne Fringe Festival went well. So well, that I’ve been invited to do a few performances at Woodford 2011-2012. They’ll be specially tailored performances of 20mins in bars around Woodford. Very last minute, so underground and cool (or unorganised) that I’m not even in the program.

So what’s Woodford? Well I’ve been there before. That’s another reason I’m going again this year. It’s a music and fringe festival all in one, with only one ticket. Well there are day or season passes, but the idea is that one ticket gets you access to everything. So no messy ticket decisions.

With over 580 events and 2000 performers, from December 27 to January 1st. That’s why there’s two years in the date. Oh and it’s being held on a dedicated site in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, one hour north of Brisbane.

So what to expect? Musical acts include: Gotye, Xavier Rudd, Eagle and the Worm, Jordie Lane, Husky, a heap of international acts, as well as many, many others.

There’s also Burlesque (as pictured and hot girl = awesome), a great green debate titled, “The Plutocrats Now Run The Country,” as well as comedians, folk musicians, workshops, and a host of insightful lectures. I’m going to stop crapping on, it’s best just to check out the program at the website. It looks really pretty.

Also included is The Dreaming festival, which involves the planets’ oldest cultures sharing their timeless traditions and contemporary performing arts, all at The Dreaming’s dedicated venue, BlakDramatics. The Dreaming Gallery will then be offering workshops and exhibitions, while The Dingo Café hosts discussions and the Village Green dance performances.

The theme this year is “Pieces of the Puzzle”. Festival Director Bill Hauritz said, “Our beautiful planet is in need of some nurture and, like the festival, our people are the custodians. … If everyone can bring their little piece of the puzzle, the collective contribution would be special. It’s sort of like saving the world, one fantastic party at a time.”

You don’t even have to be a hippy to enjoy it. Promise

http://www.woodfordfolkfestival.com/

Oh and who’s the girl in the picture? It’s Lola La Belle. She’s one of the many performers doing Burlesque at Woodford.

http://www.lolalabelle.com/