Woodford Folk Festival confirms dates for 2022

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Woodford Folk Festival has confirmed it will go ahead this year, with dates set for December 27 to January 1 following a two-day gathering of 400 organisers at Woodfordia.

It marks the return of the festival after a two-year hiatus during which time it hosted smaller gatherings.

Founder and director Bill Hauritz said this year’s festival “will be one not to be missed”.

“Scaling up to the logistics of the large-scale Woodford Folk Festival will be a challenge however the enthusiasm of the hundreds of organisers involved is overwhelming,” he said

“In the past we have spent a lot of time planning, sometimes 2 and 3 years ahead which we’ve been unable to do during Covid times. Instead, we’ve been creative in the space and using the time to both restructure our organisation, always making improvements to our considerable systems.

“This year will see the festival built from the ground up with new ideas, new programming, a new layout but always maintaining the festival tradition of the key corner stones of what has made it so successful for a long period of time.

“We have to concentrate on rebuilding our community of organisers and volunteers, merchants, contractors and suppliers of which there are many.

“Governments have been a great support with the Queensland Government especially keen to help us, recently announcing through its agency Arts Queensland a $4 million operational grant over four years which will help see the festival returned.”

The Queensland Government also provided a grant of $1.2 million towards the installation of 20 permanent Glamping Tents at Woodfordia currently under construction.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said Woodford Folk Festival is a unique event.

“It’s a great festival that has delivered ongoing social, cultural and economic benefits,” Miles said.

“It’s important we continue to support Woodford and see that it reaches its full potential.”

Tickets will go on sale for the festival in mid-June.