The final days of Woodford Folk Festival are an adventure, an experience like no other. The festival comes to life on New Year’s Eve with a programme full of unique and awe-inspiring performances and activities. The New Year is welcomed with a hilltop ceremony and another day packed full of wonder. The Fire Event is a showstopper, a ceremony to top all ceremonies and a tradition that is certainly one to fit into your jammed packed schedule.
Here is just some of the highlights to see on the 30th & 1st January.
WFF DAY 5: 31 DECEMBER 2016
6:00am –7:00am Thai Flow Unplugged, Hilltop
Join Zen Thai Flow founder Gwyn as he takes you on a partner yoga therapy session, accompanied by live music as you stretch, move and develop new skills for healing your body.
10:30am –11:30am Nei Gong for Emotional Distress, Small Hall
12:50pm – 1:40pm Steve Poltz, Garland
The former singer from The Rugburns is best known for his hilarious storytelling and witty personality, defying all traditional definitions in the songwriting genre.
5:30pm – 7:00pm Indian Sunset Concert, Hilltop
Continuing the series of Indian sunset concerts in the superb Hilltop location, sarangi violinist, Sangeet Mishra and magnificent vocalist, Supriya Dutta present a concert of music written to accompany the setting sun.
6:15pm – 7:45pm A Very Beautiful Cabaret: Brendan Maclean & Amanda Palmer, Garland
Two of our time’s most gorgeous and gut-wrenching artists, Amanda Palmer and Brendan Maclean farewell the old year and usher in the new in solo performances stitched together in duet wherever they feel the urge. Vulnerability, power, sweat, joy and glitter herald a very different rite of passage, in a very beautiful cabaret.
11:30pm 3 Minutes of Silence, All around the festival
At the tolling of the bell at 11:30pm, the site and all that are held within fall silent. Faces are bathed in the golden glow of handheld candles. It is at this time that we wrap our loved ones in our minds, embrace and reflect on our journeys – past, present and future; we take a moment to pay respect to our absent friends and cast our minds to the mysteries of what the future may hold.
10:00pm – 12:30am NYE in the Amphi: vieux Farka Toure, BULLHORN, Mission Songs, Hot Potato Band, Injinoo Dance Group and Special Guests.
Ring in the new year with an Amphitheatre packed full of incredible performances.
WFF DAY 6: 1 JANUARY 2017
4:15am – 5:00am Calligraphy Yoga, Blue Lotus
Greeting the first rays of the New Year’s sun is an age-old tradition. At Woodfordia, this has continued since the turn of the Millennium. Tenzin Choegyal, Tashi Lhunpo Monks of Tibet, Velvet Pesu and guest musicians accompany the rising sun with ceremony, ritual and music.
10:00am – 11:30am Start As You mean To Go, Garland
Wallis Bird, Karl S Williams, Kirsty Bromley, Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan, The Mae Trio, Jackie Marshall, The Little Stevies, FourWinds, Shellie Morris and Gregory Page.
11:00am – 12:00pm Dr Karl Coffee & Cocaine, Greenhouse
A fund manager’s breakfast and a disaster for society?
12:30pm –1:20pm Learn to Loop with Mr Percival & Josh Lovegrove, Singing Space
The Singing Space is back this year or all to enjoy daily gatherings of the voice and heart.
1:00pm – 1:50pm Sharon Shannon Band, Grande
A button accordion player from County Clare, Sharon is a genre-defying artist who augments her traditional Irish roots with a groundbreaking mix of reggae, country, Native American, bluegrass, Cajun, rap, dance, African and French-Canadian styles.
2:00pm – 3:30pm Grow and Nurture Your Dreams for the New Year, Labyrinth
2:30pm – 3:20pm Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton, Grande
Although only in his 20s, multi-instrumentalist Paxton has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the jazz and blues scene of the 1920s, and making them wish they could stay there for good.
4:30pm – 5:20pm Music of the Spirit, Gospel Hour, Bluestown
Music can be a way of encountering the divine – uplifting, expansive and mystical, or earthy, conversational and immediate. Hat Fitz and Cara host Suzannah Espie and guests from the Fiona Boyes Band and the Lachy Doley Group in a session to make your soul sing.
6:00pm – 7:00pm Dave Callan: A Little Less Conversation, Grande
Dave is the Irish born star of Triple J radio and an original Rove cast member, also recognizable from appearances on Spicks and Specks, The Comedy Festival Gala and The Adventures of the Good News Week. He is currently a regular on Good Game ABC 2.
7:45pm The Fire Event, Amphi
A great comet burns across an empty sky. Down below, Astrid and Naut fall in love across a vast ocean, sending messages to each other with beacons and on the wings of birds. They are from two worlds of stark contrast, a summer seaside town with an ancient beacon, and a winter stronghold lit by stars and fire. As peace becomes chaos in the wake of the comet, cracks start to appear. Naut and Astrid float closer together as their people drift further apart – but in the darkest hours we might find the best of humanity.
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