Woodford Folk Festival to return after State Government invests $4m
The future of the ever-popular Woodford Folk Festival has been secured after the State Government invested $4 million into the yearly event that draws crowds of more than 120,000.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles says the government will invest $4 million over four years into the Woodford Folk Festival.
“At its peak, Woodfordia creates over 2,500 employment opportunities for artists and arts workers and contributes $29 million in economic impact to the Queensland economy each year.
“Our $4 million investment will support Woodfordia in its commitment to re-establish the full-sized annual festival in 2022, following impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Woodford Folk Festival is one of Queensland’s most iconic arts and tourism events.— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) December 28, 2021
At its peak, it employs more than 2,500 artists and art workers and attracts 120,000 attendees each year.
That’s why we’re investing $4 million to bring it back in 2022 and beyond. pic.twitter.com/n6glg2zqnJ
Sadly, the festival has been cancelled for the past two years due to the pandemic.
This year, the organisers lined up a smaller scale ‘Bushtime event’ from December 27 until January 1.
Woodford Festival founder and director Bill Hauritz AM says the impact of this funding on the organisation and its events, primarily the Woodford Folk Festival, is beyond significant.
“This funding will enable the Woodford Folk Festival to be rebuilt after two years' absence and to flourish over the coming years, giving thousands of artists and arts workers vital employment and tens of thousands of patrons an opportunity to embrace and engage with the magic of our cultural expression,” Mr Hauritz says.
“Our gratitude to the Queensland Government for recognising Woodfordia’s contribution is immense.”
Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said the new investment would ensure the homegrown event, first established in 1987, could again present an expansive program with key economic and employment outcomes.
“As one of the nation’s signature arts and cultural events, Woodford attracted more than 120,000 attendees and participants each year,” Minister Enoch said.
“The annual festival presents more than 2000 individual events in more than 30 venues set up across the Woodfordia site, supporting local jobs, boosting tourist expenditure and offering an authentic Queensland experience.”