Everybody has a story, especially when it comes to the Woodford Folk Festival. When I think about my own festival experience, it’s hard to pick just one share-worthy story. There are so many.
There was that time I picked up a hitchhiker with a rainbow-coloured mohawk in Byron Bay. He was mad about the Festival, but I’d never heard of it before.
Then there was the time that Jon Williamson autographed my three-year-old son’s cap. We still have that cap.
Then there was that time my then-14-year-old discovered the joys of live music and playing the bongo drums. He is now playing the drums everyday in our backyard shed, much to my neighbour’s annoyance.
Then there was the time the sultry sounds of Joni Mitchell’s song Clouds wafted over the amphitheatre as we sat there enjoying the Fire Event. All of a sudden, the clouds parted and the moon lit the night sky, as if by magic.
You get the picture!
Now celebrating its 30th year, it’s clear that Woodford has transformed many lives, and there are many untold stories of triumph, tragedy, hope, inspiration, generosity, kindness, love, family and joy. We want to hear them all!
To celebrate our 30th anniversary and honour your memories, moments and stories, we are delighted to announce a brand new project, People of Woodford.
About People of Woodford
At this year’s festival the People of Woodford vollie crew will photograph and gather stories from at least 150 festival goers. These stories and images will be featured on the People of Woodford page on our brand new blog and released throughout 2016.
How You Can Be Part of the Story
If you want to get involved, just send us your story via this handy online form: http://bit.ly/peoplewff. If selected to be photographed for this year’s event, you’ll be invited to book in a session time with one our our talented People of Woodford photographers via email or a quick phone call. We promise to make it fun and you’ll have a beautiful photo of yourself at the event to share with friends and family once it’s published on the blog.
Please note, if we were superhuman we’d photograph everyone who sends us a story, but as we’re only human and occasionally need sleep, we can only photograph about 150 people at this year’s festival. We’ll be looking for a variety of stories from a variety of festival goers to feature on the blog. The good news is, if you miss out this year, you’ll remain on our contact list for future events.
How to Share Your Stories During the Festival
In addition to stories you send us in advance of this year’s Woodford Folk Festival, we’ll also be looking for spontaneous stories on the ground. If you feel led to share your story during the event, you can fill out a story form at the Lettering House and post it in the People of Woodford box. If you’d prefer to share your story with one of our interviewers rather than write it down, we can arrange a time to scribe or record your story over a cuppa during the festival. Interviewers will be roaming the streets of Woodfordia collecting stories between 2:15 and 6.45pm every day and we’ll check the Lettering House box every morning and afternoon.
You’re Not Coming This Year? No Problem!
If you’re not attending this year, but would like to share your story, please still fill in the form and we’ll let you know about future opportunities to participate. If you are undecided about attending, please select “no” on the attendance question and contact us if that changes.
We’ve already started collecting stories and they have touched our hearts and lightened our spirits. We can’t wait to hear/see yours. See you soon!
Contributed by Cas McCullough, author of Amazon bestselling book Your Brilliant Un-Career: Women, Entrepreneurship and Making the Leap, a marketing strategist and podcaster. Cas is heading up the People of Woodford team at the 2015/16 Festival.