Woodford Folk Festival

The Woodford Folk Festival was originally held in Maleny from 1987 until it was moved to Woodford in 1994, having outgrown the Maleny Showgrounds.  The Woodford Folk Festival usually operates for six days and nights between December 27 and January 1 and offers a diverse and eclectic arrange of entertainment from concerts, dances and street theatre to talks, debates and art and craft workshops. Over the years many high profile recording artists have performed, such as Kate Miller-Heidke, The Cat Empire, Archie Roach, John Butler Trio, Pete Murray, Tim Finn, The Saints, Katie Noonan and Christine Anu.

The following video provides a brief history of the Woodford Folk Festival. It was produced by Fiona Mohr for State Library of Queensland's Storylines Q150 project in 2009.

State Library has collected a number of items related to past Woodford Folk Festivals, such as posters, flyers and photographs. You can peruse a list of these resources via our One Search catalogue.

In 2000, former State Library of Queensland photographer Reina Irmer documented the festival with her camera. These images can be viewed via One Search.

New Year's Eve lantern parade at the Woodford Folk Festival 2000. (In copyright). John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 27430-0001-0014

Crowd at the Woodford Folk Festival 2000. (In copyright). John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 27430-0001-0004

Papua New Guinea performers in traditional dress on stage at the Woodford Folk Festival 2000. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 27430-0001-0005

Marchers carrying an illuminated dove at the Woodford Folk Festival 2000. (In copyright). John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 27430-0001-0016

Float at the Woodford Folk Festival 2000. (In copyright). John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 27430-0001-0015

Painting class at the Woodford Folk Festival 2000. (In copyright). John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 27430-0001-0002

ABC News (Queensland)

Myles Sinnamon - Project Coordinator, State Library of Queensland

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