Edit Woodford closing ceremony

Posted on Sat 1st Jan 2011

Every year on the final night, January the 1st, Woodlford closes with a closing ceremony - the Fire Event. This time it was quite modest compared to previous years I've been, but still wonderful. I made a lantern and was in the lantern parade - look for the lantern shaped like a fat coin with a square hole through the middle - some called it a holy dollar, kids insisted it was a lucky coin. We were asked to make lanterns that expressed the events theme of questioning wealth and greed.

 

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Edit Woodford street scenes

Posted on Sat 1st Jan 2011

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Edit New Years Eve 2010

Posted on Fri 31st Dec 2010

There is traditionally a New Years Eve concert at the Hilltop stage above the Woodford Festival village. We were blessed with the best sky of the festival - no rain! Dya Sing and friends treated us to a delightful performance. I recorded it and will post it here once I have worked out how to do it.

I went to the sunrise concert also (sleep schmeep). That began at 4am in drizzle in the dark and ended an hour or so later in the drizzle with a grey sky but no evidence of the actual sun. The performance finished with Kacey Patrick (of Stringman Sassy) doing an amazing impersonation of a Magpie's Dawn Chorus - wow just wow - I deeply regret missing see them perform at the festival!

 

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Edit Rumpold the Fool

Posted on Fri 31st Dec 2010

Each night in the wee hours of the morning as I headed back to my tent from the festival village I would pass by the Circadalia tent where Rumpold would be doing his thing. It's a bit hard to describe. He just foolishly faffs around, doing random tricks, many of which he fails to pull off, pulling random toys and gismos from his bag, talking about his travels and whatever pops into his head. He's a lovable dill who puts a smile on you face as you head off to kip.

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Edit The Woodford Festival Village from the Hilltop Stage Track

Posted on Sun 26th Dec 2010

I went to the Woodford Folk Festival over Christmas - New Year. The festival runs from Boxing day through to New Years Day and is an extravaganza of music, street performance, vaudeville, circus, magic, art, philosophy and over the top wierdness. The festival village is nestled in a valley on a property owned by the Queensland Folk Federation. It is surrounded by forest and the camping areas outside of the valley are progressively being planted with eucalyptus, rainforest species and a fruit trees. The village has everything you need, all in tents. A supermarket, medical centre, cafes, bars and restaurants representing dozens of cuisines, shops selling everything from beautiful clothing to trinkets, toys, musical instruments etc. And of course there are several dozen venues are various sizes and configurations some huge, others small and cozy, some outdoors and on grand scales.

 

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