Uluru Comes To Woodford
The history, argument and iconography supporting Indigenous Constitutional Recognition Reform will be in the spotlight at the 2017/18 Woodford Folk Festival, Australia’s largest gathering of performers, when Uluru Comes to Woodford at the end of the year.
As part of an extensive Speakers Programme featuring expert insight and commentary on a wide range of topics and social issues, the festival will play host to some of the pre-eminent thinkers from the Australian Indigenous community as well as the historical Uluru Statement from the Heart.
High profile Indigenous advocate Noel Pearson returns to Woodfordia on the opening day of the festival to detail the history of Indigenous people seeking a say in their affairs, providing an ideal introduction to understanding the Uluru Statement from the Heart and its purpose.
Noel will again join respected journalist Kerry O’Brien for the second instalment of a two-part interview started in 2015, to talk on events since, and the ongoing campaign ahead.
On display at the festival for the iconic event’s 6-day duration, the Uluru Statement from the Heart is a powerful visual articulation of the long and difficult road to Indigenous Constitutional Recognition Reform and the hopes of securing a constituently guaranteed Indigenous voice to Parliament.
Darwin-based Thomas Mayor, who has been touring around the country with the Uluru Statement from the Heart canvas since it was created earlier this year, will bring the statement to Woodfordia.
He says the Uluru Statement from the Heart is life changing for all who behold it.
“When people see it they become spiritually connected,” he says.
“It is more than an invaluable piece of art, and it is more than a historical set of moving words; the ancient art and the powerful words combined with the signatures of those who endorsed it represents Indigenous aspirations for a Voice that is powerful, and for Treaty and Truth Telling.
“Being in its presence motivates people to join us on the walk, especially when they are given the opportunity to sign the additional canvas’ that have been far and wide.
“It’s the artefact that sets a Nation on course together toward reconciliation.”
Woodford Folk Festival founder and Festival Director Bill Hauritz says the importance of the Uluru Statement shouldn’t be underestimated.
“I believe this painting captures a story that’s vital for all Australians,” he says.
“That this brilliant art is on show at our Woodford Folk Festival this year is an absolute honour for us and a privilege for our patrons.”
Also speaking as part of the Uluru Comes To Woodford series at this year’s festival are Professor of Law Megan Davis, recently named as one of the most influential people in Australian culture in 2017, Cape York Institute’s Shireen Morris and David Allinson from Uphold & Recognise.
These speakers will all contribute to conversations exploring the roadblocks currently preventing Indigenous constitutional recognition reform and the evolution of the current Voice To Parliament Reform.
These are ideal conversations for anyone seeking to gain a greater understanding of where we are at in Australia with Indigenous constitutional reform, and for analysis on how recognising each other will complete our nation.
Along with the Uluru Statement From The Heart, a companion canvas will also be on display at this year’s Woodford Folk Festival; a separate roll of fabric, which provides an opportunity and space for anyone who agrees with the Uluru Statement to sign.
The Woodford Folk Festival is held between 27 December, 2017 – 1 January, 2018.
The full programme is available online here at woodfordfolkfestival.com.
Tickets sales are capped, only available online and must be purchased before arrival.
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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.