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Dear Friends of Woodfordia, First, thank you all for the tremendous support thousands of you have given.
No festival organisers anywhere could be blessed with a such an incredible citizenry.


Immerse yourself in a world away from 'reality' where each day is dedicated to learning and building new skills. Nestled amongst the foliage of Woodfordia is our Artisan Camp, featuring a diverse offering of classes facilitated by passionate artists.
From building large-scale bamboo structures to polishing your one-liners, these 7 sessions are tailored for folks at any skill level. In this Autumn series, these intensive retreats are priced between $470–$620 for 3–7 day masterclasses with food and accommodation available at an additional cost. See our website for more information.



The 31st Woodford Folk Festival closed in spectacular fashion last night, however record crowds are causing organisers to ponder the festival’s future. Audience growth in excess of 5%, and an aggregate number of 132,000 patrons over six days, have put pressure on Woodfordia’s hard infrastructure.
According to Festival Director, Bill Hauritz, "It has been a most beautiful festival in almost every way but our future is unclear."
"Raw water storage, and dusty and broken roads took the edge off what was a truly wonderful event," said Hauritz.
"Dust was a big problem we have to fix, and the roads – they’re just not up to required standards. That’s just the beginning of our infrastructure issues," he said.
"But it’s been an amazing event this year," said Hauritz, "This festival is becoming a hub for creativity attracting some great minds. It's been an inspiration for many of us."
"This festival attracts over 2000 diverse artists and performers, as well as prominent speakers and creative projects."
Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said he had witnessed first-hand the incredible development of Woodfordia and with it the growth of one of Australia’s national award winning major events.
"Woodford Folk Festival has continued to grow and grow over its 31 year life and this year the festival recorded a five percent growth in attendance from last year," Mayor Sutherland said.
"With such a successful year of festival attendance and camping numbers – it has never been more important for all levels of Government to provide funding support and certainty to Woodfordia Inc. to turn Woodfordia into a destination worthy of ongoing national and international acclaim."
"Funding will be vital to ensure this site receives much needed infrastructure upgrades including permanent staging, toilets and amenities, dust control, roads, and camping space for this iconic Australian festival and Woodfordia itself to grow and flourish."
Photo highlights from the festival can be found here: www.flickr.com

For more information on the festival including earlybird tickets and camping options please visit www.woodfordfolkfestival.com



Friday 4 - Sun morning 6 AUGUST     

VISIT: Facebook: Recent Mulgowie Weekend for more details. (You will need to log in.)

See you Friday 4th or Saturday 5th or both! Some arrive on Thursday. Tell all your friends and encourage those who may have missed this event in their calendar.
The gathering is held at the Mulgowie Hotel in the beautiful Lockyer Valley.
This bi-annual event is organised by acoustic music lovers and hosted by Publicans Kevin and Kylie.

Friday evening will start with a jam in the pub after dinner. Saturday morning there is a farmers market near the community hall and sports ground. Indulge yourself and purchase home-made body cleansing products, food, coffee, new plants for your garden and all manner of wonderful things.

There are NO blackboard concerts, and NO sound gear. It is purely an acoustic music jam weekend. You are free to jam in the pub, on the front verandah of the pub, on the cabin verandahs and under the garden rotundas. All styles of music welcome, though remember this is a 'community event'.

Camping is provided behind the pub and a limited number of cabin rooms/beds are available at each gathering - call, SMS 0437-736-799 or email Michael (editor).

Fee: $10 per head for the whole weekend for all who camp in the Pub grounds. Fees are collected to cover the costs of hiring the cabin facilities (including a kitchen and two bathrooms for use by all – open from Friday lunchtime). Those who secured a bed may be asked to donate a little extra. (Usually $5.)

STRICTLY NO PUBLIC BYO – please purchase your alcohol from the pub!

Laidley is a small historic country town only 80k west of Brisbane, between Ipswich and Toowoomba on the Cobb & Co Tourist Drive. Mulgowie is 10k south of Laidley. Laidley is only a short drive away with pubs, supermarkets and coffee shops, as well as a newsagent, so if you forget to bring anything, you can get it there.

If you need more information please contact Michael (folkrag ed) at

See you all at Mulgowie!




2017 Festival preparations begin!

September 1st – 3rd  2017.

Planning is progressing for our 6th Festival which will be on 1st - 3rd September this year. This is one week later than the past few years and has been forced on us by bookings at The Showgrounds so apologies if this inconveniences anyone who were locked into past years dates.

This means we won’t clash with The Gympie Muster which will make it easier for many punters who wanted to go to both festivals. ((ed) Though it did clash with the 17 year traditional Mulgowie event; now moved to early August to accomodate.)
The Festival should be a great one this year as we are combining with The Sunshine Coast Council’s, Horizons Festival Of Arts And Culture which will be held on the same weekend in Maleny.
Details are still being worked out but Maleny will certainly be a vibrant place to be that weekend.
After suffering our first financial loss in 2015 the Festival recovered last year to come out ahead, but thanks must go to our major sponsor The Maleny Hotel plus Woodfordia who provided some of our infrastructure for the Festival.
Special thanks also go out to our hardworking committee for such a huge effort last year to pull us back from the brink. Sadly we are losing some of them this year and they will be missed very much. So thank you Brett, Lisa & Ian as the Festival would not have happened without all your fantastic efforts.
Malcolm Fraser once famously said  ‘Life Wasn’t Meant To Be Easy ‘ and it certainly could be applied to Festival Organising as a volunteer with a day job.
Please note if there are performers out there waiting to apply for this year the deadline is fast approaching this weekend.
We have some great application this year so decisions won’t be easy.
For people wanting to volunteer and previous volunteers our new Co-ordinator will be in touch soon.
Also we are working to get Early Bird Tickets up on the Website so once we sort out a new ticketing system we will be  onwards and upwards,
Noel Gardner
Maleny Music Festival Director

Programme and Details

Neurum Creek


This year the festival will be held on the 8th, 9th, and 10th of September

Keep up with all the News, Don't forget, you can like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay abreast of all the latest festival news.

Visit: www.neurumcreekfestival.com



NEXT event: Queen's Birthday long weekend Friday 30 September to Monday 3 October, 2017.

Facebook: Maidenwell Folk Gathering 2017 for details of the recent gathering.
Tell all your friends and encourage those who may have missed this event in their calendar. The gathering is held at the Maidenwell Hotel, Maidenwell which is a small township at the gateway to the Bunya Mountains.

This bi-annual event is organised by acoustic music lovers and hosted by Hotel Publicans Alan and Debbie.

Camping is provided FREE behind the pub and there are toilets and showers available to campers. The camping area is spacious and you do not need to book, just turn up and set up. It is recommended that you bring your own drinking water.

The pub does excellent meals (lunch and dinner) and has EFTPOS facilities.

There is also limited accommodation available at the pub – ring Alan or Debbie for more details 07 4164 6133.

Breakfast is available at the Maidenwell Trading Post, across the road. The Trading Post also sells fuel and has basic food and toiletry supplies, newspapers, ice-creams, cold drinks etcetera.

The event officially starts Friday evening with a jam in the pub after dinner. Saturday there is jamming in and around the pub and the camping grounds and Saturday night there is an unplugged blackboard concert starting at around 6:30pm – see one of the organisers to put your name down! All styles of acoustic music are welcome but remember this is a community event.

Strictly no BYO – please purchase your alcohol from the pub.  

This event, begun by Glen Donald over a decade ago, has been growing in recent years and is truly a wonderful, musically diverse acoustic gathering. The event has the full support of the publicans, the local community and local musicians.


Maidenwell, gateway to the Bunya Mountains is on the Kingaroy-Cooyar Road.

From Toowoomba or Warwick, go straight up the New England Hwy. About 5 or 6 km past Cooyar,
there's a sign for MAIDENWELL. Turn left - about 10km.

Gympie/North Coast: a very nice one-and-a-half hour run through Nanango.

Brisbane: come up the Brisbane Valley either through Ipswich/Esk
or Caboolture/Kilcoy as far as Yarraman, then take the
Toowoomba turn-off south onto the New England Highway.

Photos and videos of past events: Maidenwell Folk Gathering are available on Facebook
and search Youtube for "Maidenwell Folk Gathering" videos.

( See Dateclaims )
See you there!


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