In exactly one month’s time, we’ll release the poster for this year’s Woodford Folk Festival.
The release of the poster is an exciting milestone each year as it’s a visual statement of our intentions, ideas and hopes for the festival ahead.
It also marks the beginning of our countdown to the big event.
Last year’s poster was the first in a new triptych. And while each poster is an individual, stand-alone work of art in its own right, a bigger picture will emerge with the final instalment in the 3-part series next year.
Designed by Woodfordia Inc.’s Artist in Residence Gavin Ryan, the 2016/17 festival poster (which also forms the cover artwork of the festival experience booklet) was all about celebrating our connection to each other.
The poster tells the story of two people from different worlds, Astrid and Naut, who in the wake of a comet, fall in love across a vast cosmic ocean. Surrounded by jellyfish, stars, planets and their people, they send messages to each other via beacons.
Beacons appear across the world as a means of communication, guiding us through dangerous waters, rekindling hope and alleviating our fears. The Beacon was one of the primary motifs of last year’s festival poster.
At the 2016/17 Woodford Folk Festival, we used the Beacon to represent Woodfordia’s message to the rest of the world, and our attempt to contribute to the creation of respectful, compassionate communities of people from every possible background.
A giant timber Beacon was the symbolic icon of the 2016/17 Fire Event and as always was filled with messages festivillians had committed to paper over the course of the 6-day festival.
On the evening of January 1, the first day of the New Year, the Fire Event Beacon was lit and as it burned those messages contained within shone out to the world.
Artist Gavin Ryan says while he’s pleased with last year’s festival poster, the artwork for the 2017/18 Woodford Folk Festival poster is some of the most detailed he’s ever worked on.
“There’ll be thematic links with last year’s poster and elements which will appear in all 3 [posters], which may or may not be obvious at the time,” he says.
“It’ll be nice seeing people respond to some little tasters of this year’s artwork before it’s out.
“It’s a bit like watching a movie preview. You don’t notice those moments you’ve already seen and when you see the final poster it will be the same.”
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be releasing a few sneak peeks at some of the imagery from this year’s poster before it’s revealed in it’s entirety during our Winter Warmer weekend on Saturday, 12th August.
Tickets to the 2017/18 festival are currently on sale at Early Bird prices
Other dates to put in your diary:
Payment Plans close Monday 31st July, 2017
Stallholder Applications close Tuesday 1st August, 2017
New Volunteer Applications open Sunday 1st October, 2017
Programme Launch Saturday 14th October, 2017