THE tents are up, the forecast is spectacular, the site is abuzz with hundreds of volunteers and Woodford is preparing for what is expected to be a huge 2013/14 festival.

The only thing missing is the thousands of patrons who will stream through the gates in less than a week, and over 2000 artists and presenters who will take the stage at one of the 28 venues.

With 28 years of impressive history under its belt, Woodford Folk Festival organizers still challenge themselves to keep changing and keep improving.

"We know that if we aren't masters of change, we will be the victim of it.  If something was right last year, good chance it will be wrong this year.  2013 has been a year to really push the envelope with fresh projects and new ideas", Festival Director Bill Hauritz said.

Spectacular Bamboo Tunnel

A spectacular new feature on site is a specially commissioned tunnel entrance to the Amphitheatre, perfectly crafted from bamboo and local materials by Taiwanese master sculptor, Wang Wen-Chih. Many of the performances will take place in the Amphitheatre against the backdrop of this spectacular installation, designed to create a place of peaceful reflection, blending into the Woodfordia landscape.

In a joint project with Cave Urban, and architect, Nici Long, Wang Wen-Chih has been building with a team of 30 people for the last two weeks to create a 100 metre bamboo tunnel and tower in the final stages of the walk into the festival's largest venue. 

The world renowned artist and his team are building the entire structure out of bamboo poles that have been split into four pieces by a device Wen-Chih himself created.

Organisers hope the installation, entitled "Woven Sky" will stand for three years and become a symbol of inspired transition.

 

New watering holes for the festival

Another major project on-site has been the development of bar spaces which will come to life this year with exquisite themes and décor.  The new home of cider, The Orchard Bar, has been designed and constructed by Steve Argo, to resemble a giant apple crate, opened up with a farmer's market beer garden.

New sponsors, Cooper's will be constructing an Australian backyard beer garden in the new Cooper's Bar, and a giant barn will form the home of the new Brewed & Crafted Bar, home to some curious flavours.

The eclectic Bill's Bar will not disappoint and the newly inspired Bohemia Bar is expected to be another thirst quenching pit-stop with its flamboyant vaudeville nightclub vibe.

For more information on the festival ticket pricing and camping options please visit www.woodfordfolkfestival.com


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