animation introduction minus the voice over.
The Queensland Folk Federation is a not-for-profit organisation with a vision of inclusive, creative and inspiring community growth of cultures and traditions. Over the years the organisation has become a symbol of environmental stability, de-urbanisation, diversity and human rights. The Queensland Folk Federation is aware of earth's ever-growing issues and believes that sustainability is more than improving the environmental quality of an area, it’s about community development, decision-making processes, awareness, involvement and engagement. Its about reaching a common goal and maintaining a balance between economic development and environmental protection. The federation's past history, committed volunteers, sustainable beliefs and future goals will and has aided in creating a benchmark for communities and cities elsewhere.
In 1987 (Friday March 13) the federation held a small event dedicated to the arts, humanities and lore in Maleny at the local showgrounds that attracted 900 people. Over the next 8 years, the festival grew rapidly and was receiving attendances of more than 50,000 people. By 1993 the Folk Festival outgrew this site and organisers went in search of a new home.
Once degraded pastures, Woodfordia began in 1994 as a 500 acre landscaped cultural parkland. The commitment of the Queensland Folk Federation over the years to environmental restoration of habitats, biodiversity and eco-systems has become integral to the festival. The organisers always had big dreams of what the site could become and developed a 500 year plan that assisted in Woodfordia's evolution and helped the site become what it is and stands for today.
The Woodford Folk Festival is one of the only major festivals in the world to have a permanent home. Late 2012, organisers decided it was time to fully utilise and expand on Woodfordia’s facilities to cater for an array of festivals and educational programs held throughout the year in addition to the folk festival. The dream was simple; provide the facilities to promote sustainable sharing and environmental education. The main purpose is to give those who live in built-up cities a chance to escape; so these individuals can experience, learn, work, celebrate and build up an appreciation and understanding of the importance of rural living, community development, resource sharing, environmental restoration, protection and stability. The organisers are aware that sustainability is more than improving the environmental quality of an area. It’s about community development, decision-making processes, awareness, involvement and engagement. About reaching a common goal and maintaining a balance between economic development and environmental protection through various collective sustainable education, socialised sharing and community lifestyle factors.
Organisers believe that sustainable community development will lead by example and set a benchmark for communities and cities elsewhere to adapt their social trends routines and lifestyles to those that are environmentally aware. They began by developing teaching programs and sharing implementation strategies that involve patrons to dedicate themselves to Woodfordia’s new Learning and Development Retreat, to leave the city behind for a desired period of time. Patrons will learn to live in collaboration with a number of sustainable economic, social and environmental requirements and services. Individuals will work on site for their board and have a choice of helping the farmers harvest, packaging and re-planting produce; assist Woodfordia’s chief carpenter with various building and furniture-making jobs all from locally sourced and on-site building materials. Or individuals may wish to support the craft-making and cooking ladies, who produce jams, soaps and craft items to sell from the various shops within the village...