Storytelling runs deep with Chasing Smoke

Lara Croydon of Casus Circus. (Photograph by Meg Williams-Dell @dead_milk_photography) By Isaac Gregor Storytelling is as foundational an aspect to community as a rigger is to a circus act, and only at Woodford Folk Festival, in an evocative … [Read more...]

Removing the taboo of mental illness

by Jade McGarry REMI drawing an enthusiastic crowd at the GrandePhoto cred: Dylan Crawford Finally, it feels like we can talk about mental illness and it’s about bloody time. The struggles faced by people silently enduring the pain of … [Read more...]

Step in to the world of “The Game”

Snuffles - Death's Assistant. (Dylan Crawford @seewhatdsees) By Isaac Gregor There’s a world within a world here at the Woodford Folk Festival – it’s called The Game. A fantastical journey through time and space, where factions compete and … [Read more...]

The Menstrual Revolution

by Jade McGarry “Half the world menstruates, so we may as well talk about it.” So says Fiona McKeague, member of the ‘Menstru-Revolutionaries,’ a team of women working to innovate the menstrual process and eradicate the internalised shame … [Read more...]

REVIEW – The art of body percussion with Junkyard Beats at Woodford Folk Festival

by Haley Smith Junkyard Beats show the art of body percussion - WFF stock photo “Skimdadaboo!” Oded Prior seduces the audience in a made-up language, waving to the crowd gathering under the Parlour tent at Woodford Folk Festival. He begins … [Read more...]

Chris Tamwoy taps and strums his way in to the hearts of Woodford

by Isaac Gregor Chris Tamwoy captivating the audience at the event 'Always Has, Always Will Be' - The Grande, Woodford Folk Festival. An undeniable aspect of Woodford Folk Festival's ethos is connectivity, and that theme has acted as a catalyst … [Read more...]

The 33-Year Long Woodfordian tradition

by Jade McGarry John Emmett sets up for another busy day at Woodford Folk Festival Woodford's everchanging ethos of connection and understanding, has people coming back time and time again, to learn, grow and share ideas among likeminded … [Read more...]

Mu’ooz – the little food stall with a big story

by Jade McGarry Saba Abrahams, founder of Mu'ooz, prepares the morning's Eritrean coffee More than 20-thousand refugees come to Australia every year, leaving many women, men and children experiencing unemployment, trauma and social isolation … [Read more...]

Country musician trades tools for touring

Brad Butcher

DANICA STREADER Mackay-born singer-songwriter Brad Butcher is turning heads in the country music industry. Butcher, who has been making music for most of his life, was the winner of the Golden Guitar for New Talent of the Year at the 2018 … [Read more...]

Music helps people with a disability

Music therapy with children

MICAELA ABOODY Music is a powerful thing. It can make your happy when you’re sad and arouse memories of particular times, places and moments that you thought you’d forgotten. But, for people living with physical and intellectual disabilities, … [Read more...]