ABC x WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL
Joining forces with Australia’s national broadcaster, the Woodford Folk Festival will share some of Australia’s best yarns at the approaching 2017/18 festival.
Presenters from Local Radio, Radio National and ABC’s most popular podcast series will take to the stage between December 27 and January 1 to impart knowledge, wisdom and amusing insights into the human experience.
Woodford Speakers Programme Producer Mandi McIntyre says both organisations are similarly aligned in their respective missions.
“It’s a natural fit for Woodford and ABC to work together on this kind of future-forward programming,” said Ms McIntyre.
“The Woodford Folk Festival has always pushed beyond where we think popular culture sits, and the ABC is leading the way in Australia with digital radio and podcasting.
“We’ve been watching the evolution in digital radio, and very pleased to be a part of it.”
Well-known ABC Brisbane presenter Rebecca Levingston will lead a celebration of the best in Australian storytelling, acting as Master of Ceremonies for a live New Year’s Eve recording of one of Australia’s most popular podcasts, Tall Tales and True.
Tall Tales and True is an adventure in getting to know your neighbour as everyday – albeit courageous – Aussies share the funny, excruciating, thought provoking and always captivating tales from their own lives.
Continuing the search for the beating heart of Australia, committed audiophiles Timothy Nicastri and Mike Williams from Radio National explore the essence of our national character through their podcast The Real Thing.
Best-selling writer, historian and podcaster David Hunt will share his extensive knowledge of Australia’s bushrangers, bastards, beards, rum, rebels and ratbags from the Greenhouse at this year’s Woodford Folk Festival, while award-winning broadcaster Geoff Woods will present a series ofWisdom Talks and the ABC Rhythm Divine NYE concert from the Folklorica stage, a venue known for an emphasis on multicultural celebration and engagement.
Introducing you to some of the weirdest sounds to be heard in Australia not made by humans, Ann Jones, producer and presenter of the ABC’s nature podcast Off Track, will share with Woodfordians the voices of Australia’s unique animals.
The collaboration is a rare opportunity for some of the presenters, usually behind the microphone in a studio, to share the experience with a live audience.
“We are so excited to be putting some of our most popular, quintessentially Australian podcasts on stage at Woodford,” says Kellie Riordan, Manager of ABC Audio Studios.
“Podcasters don’t usually get to meet their listeners face to face, and vice versa. This is a great opportunity for us to showcase some of our excellent and diverse podcasts to a new audience.
“And it’s live, so expect the unexpected.”
Much-loved science communicator Dr Karl, whose long association with the ABC has helped propel popular science into the mainstream, returns to Woodfordia to helm conversation around the Great Barrier Reef and deliver more Great Moments in Science including the big questions – gravitational waves, breaking the seal and why you forget stuff whenever you walk through a doorway.
Former Powderfinger drummer Jon Coghill, now an ABC Sunshine Coast radio presenter, will join one of Australia’s best loved FM radio presenters, Sheridan Stewart, to record the ABC’s national New Year’s Eve broadcast from the Pineapple Lounge.
Aired across Australia on the Local Radio network over two hours on the night of December 31, this popular broadcast connects listeners with just some of the musicians, performers, speakers and thinkers who make up what is an exhaustive Woodford Folk Festival programme.
Listeners of ABC Sunshine Coast and ABC Brisbane will have several chances to win tickets to this year’s Woodford Folk Festival during the first week in December, as breakfast presenters give away double day passes to the event, along with a personalised festival experience.
The full programme for this year’s Woodford Folk Festival will be released on Saturday, 14 October 2017.
Now in its 32nd year, the Woodford Folk Festival has become known around Australia and internationally as a leader in contemporary and traditional arts programming.
The Woodford Folk Festival plays host to an aggregate audience of 132,000 at a dedicated 500-acre festival site known as Woodfordia, one hour’s drive north of Brisbane. Held every year between 27 December and 1 January, the 6-day festival is Australia’s largest gathering of performers and presenters.
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