Inclusion at the heart of Woodford Folk Festival

Posted on 22 December 2017
Inclusion  at the heart of Woodford Folk Festival

Every year, Queensland's Woodford Folk Festival strives to remove barriers to inclusion to make the event a place where everyone can escape from reality and immerse themselves in the "Woodfordia" culture and community.

Held annually, in the semi-rural town of Woodford, 72 km from Brisbane, the popular music and cultural festival runs over six days and six nights, from 27 December 2017 to 1 January  2018.

Woodford Folk Festival Access Manager, Amanda Edwardson said organisers welcome a diverse audience of all ages and nationalities, and strive to assist people who have a disability and/or access needs to enjoy a safe and inspiring festival experience.

"People who identify as having a disability, or access needs, are intertwined in the fabric of what makes the Woodford Folk Festival so great," she said.

"With the provision of accessible parking and camping options; Auslan interpreters at selected events and an option for carers or companions to come along for free, everyone can share, enjoy and immerse themselves in the music and culture."

The Festival is also offering a personalised interpreting booking service, where you can book an Auslan interpreter for a specific event or performance.

This year, the 31st Woodford Folk Festival includes more than 2000 performers and 438 events, featuring local, national and international guests.

"An army of performers, stallholders, volunteers, organisers and over 20,000 patrons, many with disability or access needs, power this event," Amanda said. "Woodford is a place for everyone!"

"We want people to know Woodford Folk Festival values inclusion. We are here to assist anyone with a disability or with access needs so they can enjoy the experience.

"We are very proud of Woodford because it's a festival where artists inspire; community spirit engulfs and life memories are made," Amanda said.

For more information, visit the Woodford Folk Festival's web page (external).