Home' QFF Publications : Lore Society No1 Dec 2016 Contents Popularity of people queuing at The Planting has raised issues of how
to manage The Treehouse at the Woodford Folk Festival.
Long queues up to 70 metres long at The Planting was a feature
causing some concerns.
“It isn’t the safety issues, although it really can be a physical
challenge for some older and less agile people, it’s the comfort levels of
people waiting a long time “ said Site Manager Richard Middleditch.
“Somehow we have to get people moving fairly quickly through. It’s
not a hang around space as much as we’d like it to be” he said.
The Treehouse was designed and built by Taiwanese artist Wen
Chi in partnership with Cave Urban from Sydney. It was the first of a
masterclass project at Woodfordia as part of The Planting programme.
The popularity of The Treehouse caught organisers by surprise.
“We heard people say it took them back to their childhood or the Swiss
Family Robinson movie” said Richard.
“Wen Chi and Nici Long from Cave Urban always deliver way above
expectations” said General Manager Amanda Jackes. “The Treehouse
will be around for at least three years and it won’t be overly difficult to
replace the bamboo after that if that’s what we want.” she said.
Organisers have looked at extending the Treehouse with walkways
through the trees at some stage in the future.
The search for a festival application for The Treehouse continues.
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Committee of Woodfordia
has adopted a new logo for
The logo drawn by
resident artist Gavin Ryan
represents a bunya tree,
endemic to the region, a
symbol of the Indigenous
festivals and connected
to Woodford township.
It features the Aboriginal
colours in its roots with
the black merging into
green to represent the
environment. The red
vein and the acacia gold
The boomerang shape
disconnected at the bottom
of the logo represents
Indigenous lore not able
to be accessed by all but
remains ever present.
Can you see the face
and notice the obvious bird
The logo will be trialled
for 12 months before
a motion will be put to
for permanent adoption.
Rose Broe, President
of Woodfordia said “All of
us on the Committee loved
this and we hope everyone
else will. It’s been a long
time in the making”.
By almost any measure, The Planting
festival has been a great success however
organisers are looking carefully at the
trends and feedback from patrons.
For some, The Planting is replacing the
Woodford Folk Festival (WFF) as an annual
Woodfordia experience. Organisers are
mindful that The Planting mustn’t become
a competitor to the bigger festival fearing
both a too rapid growth of numbers for The
Planting and a reduction in WFF attendance
because of it.
Because The Planting is basically a two
day three night experience, income earned
against the cost of infrastructure can only
ever be half that of WFF.
Feedback from some patrons indicate
they would prefer more music while others
wanted the opportunity to donate their
time to working on the site - a tradition
born from the Planting’s original purpose.
The ever growing enlarging workshop
programme is popular with 90% sold out
earlier this year.
Organisers envisage The Planting would
develop as a festival very differently than
WFF. That it would be driven by educational
workshops in arts, crafts and environment.
According to Planting Programme
Manager Mandi McIntyre, “We can’t deliver
another mini-Woodford - instead, we want
to build engagement for Woodfordians that
delivers an education ethos in environment and
“We imagine The Planting’s programme
to develop really exciting learning
experiences and because of the popularity
of our growing workshop programme,
Woodfordians can expect a larger number
of these in the future”. said Mandi.
As the festival grows, the music venues
would get larger rather than grow in
The Community tree-planting and
environmental contributions remain and
will be re-adjusted on the programme
reflecting the event’s wonderful history of
contribution to Woodfordia and to meet the
demands of so many people who want to
The Management Committee are aiming
that The Planting becomes a financial
contributor to Woodfordia rather than an
event sponsored by WFF patrons. It is
planned that the cost of tickets will increase
by 20% next year.
General Manager Amanda Jackes said
“unless The Planting becomes a profitable
event in it’s own right, it’s going to be difficult
to see it in our calender for the long term, such
is the nature of our dilemma”.
The Planting Puzzle
The introduction of new washable cups has long
been imagined at the Woodford Folk Festival.
The cups will replace at least 270,000 single
use plastic cups at the festival. They will be washed
on site with eco friendly detergents in sustainable
commercial grade dishwashers that use 60L water to
wash 5000 cups.
Organisers hope this innovation will encourage
patrons to think about single use items beyond the
festival and encourage patrons to use reusable cups
and reusable water
Patrons will be
able to keep a cup
as a memento.
All drinks at
the festival are
guaranteed to taste
New Cups Reduce Waste
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