The organisers of the Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland have cancelled the event planned to run from December 27 to January 1.
Instead they will host Bushtime, two five-night camping experiences in September across Woodfordia’s 500 acre site featuring concerts, science talks, bush walking, yoga workshops and other arts and culture-based activities.
“Our team have spent a lot of this year hopeful that we could do a scaled down version of Woodford, but the more we studied, the more impossible it became,” executive director Bill Hauritz said.
“We can never meet reasonable guidelines rightly imposed by authorities to make it safe in this Covid-19 world”.
Hauritz and his team received $170,000 in government funding, through Arts Queensland, to put towards Bushtime.
“The Woodford Folk Festival team have found an innovative way to activate the festival site, provide unique experiences for locals and visitors, and provide jobs for Queenslanders working in the arts and cultural sector,” said State Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch.
Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones said Bushtime will “deliver a great boost for local businesses at a time when everyone is doing it tough.”
“Woodfordia is one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit and Bushtime gives visitors another reason to book a trip to the region,” she said.