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Artist & puppeteer Daniele Poidomani (pictured above), and a select
crew of Volunteers and QUT Creative Industry students have been
formally appointed, by The Elders of Woodfordia, to facilitate their
attendance at Woodford Folk Festival this year.
Organisers of Woodford Folk Festival are thrilled that Daniele has
been able to create the necessary conditions for an unprecedented
number of Elders to appear at this year’s festival - 12 in fact. He has
been hard at work, attending many consultative meetings with The
Elders, including full moon gatherings on the Hilltop of Woodfordia.
Producer Kate McDonald said “This is not a simple task. Daniele and his
Volunteers have been working day and night to gather and assemble the
materials requested by The Elders to best represent them”.
News from the streets suggests that twelve Elders will weave their
wise and quiet presence through the festival streets this year, and an
unnamed source has advised that they will hold some important rituals
after the sun goes down.
The Elders, according to Daniele, will be trying to solve an
intergalactic problem that could effect us all.
Under instruction from The Elders, Daniele has reported to Lore
Society that the Elders are aware that a visitor called Naut is desperate
to find another visitor - Astrid, and stop her from returning to her
homeland, as Naut is fearing for both their lives. The Elders are hoping
to find Naut and sit with him to listen to his concerns and help him make
the right decision for his people and his homeland.
QUT Creative Industry students have been working on the Elder’s
costume and apparatus in preparation of the event as part of their
summer scholastic program.
Watch for them at the festival this year.
The Elders Have Spoken
Become a Citizen of
Woodfordia - The Notion State
Long after we’re all gone, our descendants
will have got around to marking our homework.
We will be judged by the decisions we make
today, what we leave behind - both the built
environment and the cultural institutions we
It is my hope that one of those enduring
legacies will be our commitment to establishing
here at Woodfordia, a sense of place and
community, that navigates smartly through
new technologies, natural disasters and curved
balls; and that survives in a world being dealt
a misère hand when we were all hoping for NO
Apart from the idea that we all think
we’re above-average drivers, one thing unites
humanity. It’s a yearning that transverses all
the institutions we create in order to get along
with one another. It’s that desire to belong to
a group, what we think of as our tribe - be it
family, a church, an arts community, a secret
bondage sect, and for those desperates who
don’t belong anywhere else – accordionists.
Many groups we’re born into – we’ve
had no say – our country of birth, our family,
religion, straight or gay, straight or rounded
earlobes (yes that’s a thing). Over our lifetime
we might question the relevance of each of
these alliances. Some we accept, stick with for
life, through thick and thin, some we rail against
- even use as leverage against outsiders.
Others we might choose to join along the
way. We pay subscription, periodic donations,
encourage people to join, discourage some.
Why do we join? They provide a framework
for us to get together, to experience a shared
joy, ownership, meaningfulness, or force for
change. Whatever our reasoning, there’s an
unconscious checklist we make that satisfies
our sense of self, of community, place, of
Good instead of evil? (yeah, no brainer) Will
there be free stuff?
But more seriously, does it contain the right
mix of traditions, longevity, diversity, rites of
passage, whimsy, cultural richness. Is it bigger
than the sum of its parts? Does it satisfy our
desire to be part of something bigger – like our
Will I be welcomed? Can I choose my level
of participation, of rights and responsibilities?
Will my contribution be meaningful? Will there
be young people there who can show us stuff
on our smart-phones?
Whatever the case, we hope the children
of those eye-rolling-but-helpful young folk will
give us the thumbs-up. We hope they’ll treasure
the concepts of 3 precious minutes of silence,
the 500 year Plan, the dissemination and
evolution of our Folk Lore.
Earlier this year the Australian Conservation
Foundation surveyed its members with a
question “what would you want to be part of – a
movement, a network, or a community” The
overwhelming answer was “a community”.
So, why become a Citizen of Woodfordia,
I hear you ask? We do feel now with a new
name “Woodfordia Inc” that it’s the right time
to invite/set up/gather the Woodfordians up
into a new era of participation. While being on
the back burner for some time, this journal has
been waiting for its time in the sun. It’s had to
give priority to other distractions like floods,
famine, pestilence, and changes to world order.
Consider this an invitation to come over
and play at our place. We hope you’ll like our
first edition of Lore Society and will sign up to
be Citizens of Woodfordia in one of the many
categories. (I will be personally heading up the
special accordion category).
We promise you’ll know the outcome of
Come on, you know you want to.
Rose Broe AW
from the presidential palace
Players of The Game, Woodfordia’s festival-
wide, immersive theatrical adventure, are
increasingly influencing the outcomes, story
and even the history of the game world.
Last year, players resolved conflicts
between game characters, found lost loves
and even killed the concept of Time itself.
The Game’s team of writers have had to
incorporate all of these developments as
they construct eight new scene-by-scene
adventures for this year’s game.
To further acknowledge the contribution
of player stories each faction in the game
world will be writing its own history book,
recording the deeds and adventures of its
players. Those worthy of history will be given
their own page that will live on in game lore.
With the number of game citizens
reaching 432 last year, the game designers
had to invent new player roles for people
to take The Game into their own hands. In
addition to merely playing the adventures,
the introduction of a new prestige system
within The Game’s five factions will also allow
players to climb their way up the ranks to
stand alongside their kings, queens, captains
and other leaders.
Those who cannot wait until December
27th should keep a look out for secrets and
clues and can always start working on an
excellent costume. To work out this first one
you’ll need to know where go to use your
To stay up to date with The Game, find us
Players Rewrite History Books of The Game
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