Release of the Woodford Folk Festival 2017/18 Poster
Featuring a vivid display of cosmic corals, rusting relics and naughty nudibranchs, our connection to the environment lays at the heart of the 2017/18 Woodford Folk Festival poster released Saturday, 12 August, 2017.
The highly anticipated release of the festival poster each year marks an important milestone in the life of Australia’s largest gathering of performers; it’s a visual statement of the intentions, ideas and hopes for the festival ahead.
The poster incorporates tantalising visual references which inform some of the key narrative elements of the Woodford Folk Festival programme, culminating in the theatrics of the closing ceremony’s spectacular Fire Event
This year’s theme builds on the over-arching concept of interconnectedness.
Designed exclusively by Woodfordia Inc.’s Artist in Residence Gavin Ryan, this is the second instalment in a triptych started with the release of last year’s festival poster highlighting our connection to each other.
The 2017/18 Woodford Folk Festival poster is a powerful illustration of the relationship we have with nature, represented by the life surrounding a coral ecosystem.
The focus on underwater imagery was a natural fit for Ryan, a former marine life illustrator who has previously worked for the Australian Institute of Marine Science, JCU, the CSIRO and Australia Post. Some of his hundreds of stamp designs are still in production today.
Much like the seascape which inspired it, there are many layers of intricate details hidden within the 2017/18 Woodford Folk Festival poster, the result of more than four months work for the artist.
Ryan says the process allowed him to reflect on his own connection with nature.
“It reminded me very much of an idyllic time I spent living on Magnetic Island and sailing the Great Barrier Reef, painting pictures of fish and coral,” he says.
“Different species, even classes of animals will pick up on the same patterns, the same repeating motifs even though they’re not closely related. There are similarities in form, colour and pattern.
“The entire reef is made up of tiny pieces that all interact and depend on each other for their survival; they all fit together like a jigsaw.
“It’s a perfect metaphor for the themes we are talking about for the festival. We are all connected.”
Managing the health and survival of the Great Barrier Reef has emerged as one of the peak environmental issues of our time.
This year, the Woodford Folk Festival will host a series of presentations and forums on the State of the Reef.
For the first time in the history of the festival, the 2017/18 Woodford Folk Festival Speakers Programme will be released before the full programme is revealed in it’s entirety on Saturday 14 October.
Now in its 33rd year, the Woodford Folk Festival is Australia’s largest outdoor festival held during the last 6 days of every year between December 27 and January 1. The 500-acre site, one hour north of Brisbane, plays host to more than 400 performers, artists and speakers from 17 different countries performing across 35 venues.
Early-bird tickets at discount rates are on sale now at www.woodfordfolkfestival.com
The Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, is proud to support the Woodford Folk Festival as part of the It’s Live! In Queensland events calendar, highlighting Australia’s best events in spectacular destinations.
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