Consider yourself a Woodfordian expert? Or would you love to hazard a guess at just how much toilet paper 132,000 visitors go through in six days?
Here are a few fun facts and figures that may surprise you about this year’s Woodford Folk Festival.
Now in its 32nd year, the Woodford Folk Festival has grown and evolved drastically. While the number of attendees at the first festival was 900 attendees, it quickly rose to 50,000 in just eight years, and the number of festivillians making the trip to Woodfordia has almost tripled from that figure in the years’ since.
The culmination of attendees, land size, and amenity makes the Woodford Folk Festival the 67th largest town in Australia for the duration of the festival.
This year we have 2051 individual artists, musicians & presenters performing across almost 400 distinct acts.
If every act was played back to back, it would take 2233 hours and 36 minutes – that’s 93 continuous days of performances! (And A LOT of dancing)
These acts are announced in the annual festival programme (Read it here!).
Each programme features the beautiful and distinct artworks of our Artist in Residence, Gavin Ryan and is printed on 100% recycled paper.
The 2017/18 programme covers plenty of territory, featuring artists and performers from a total of 35 countries.
The largest group of performers comes from Australia, however there are significant number of performers from the USA, Canada, Indonesia, the UK, and even Japan.
This year 332 Australians will perform across music, dance, meditation, talks, cabaret, street performance, art & craft, ceremonial performance, and the Children’s Festival – there’s no denying the incredible talent coming from our very own backyard.
Volunteers put in a mammoth effort to build and install all 25 festival venues in just 16 days prior to the festive, and dismount the entire site in a mere 10 days.
They also erect around 2500 signs throughout the site, including signage for the 223 named streets in Season and Overnight camping.
In fact, much of the festival is built from the hard work of volunteers. Before, during and after the festival, there are 300 different volunteer positions in 162 departments, which are filled by over 2600 volunteers. It’s safe to say we love our Vollies!
The Woodford Folk Festival is dedicated to minimising environmental impact and keeping Woodfordia green. More than 120,000 trees and 600 species have been planted on the festival site since 1994.
The precinct also has a closed loop water system, meaning all water for the festival is collected on site and treated in a revolutionary wastewater treatment plant. The recycled water is then used for irrigation.
Well-considered waste management sees 6.76 tonnes of cardboard recycled and 43.38 tonnes of co-mingled recyclable waste.
Reusable cups will also be used at this year’s festival, saving up to 250,000 disposable cups from ending up in landfill.
Throughout the festival, we’ll go through 50,368 recycled toilet rolls (that’s more than 1000kms!) across 466 toilets.
There are also 335 water saving shower nozzles installed across campgrounds.
These facts should help you squeeze as much in to your festival experience, or at least impress your friends in a game of trivia.
Unfortunately, we can’t quite measure the level of happiness from everyone who visits, it’s just something you’ll have to experience for yourself!
Gates open in just 3 days – we’ll see you there!
If you’re planning on joining us at the Woodford Folk Festival, make sure you book your tickets online – there’ll be no opportunity to buy them at the gate this year.
Ticket allocation will be capped and all vehicles require a Vehicle Pass.