Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Connect with Woodford; Folk Festival Opening Ceremony Theme Celebrates Togetherness

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Connect with Woodford; Folk Festival Opening Ceremony Theme Celebrates Togetherness

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Byline: Josie Morris

IF YOU'RE heading along to the Woodford Folk Festival, you'll have the chance to get connected, meet new friends and embrace old ones.

The theme for the opening ceremony this year is based on celebrating togetherness and the fact that we are all connected - whether it be biomolecularly or intergalactically.

It is so true: we are all connected by something, someone or somewhere. The whole ecosystem is connected as well, and we need to place huge importance on the impact we have - small and large - on our ever-changing world.

Alex Podger has written the opening and closing ceremonies this year, with the emphasis on connections.

The end of festival closing ceremony is one based on many elements, with the main story being from the ancient mythical tale of Plateau from 385BC, where the tale talks of separation and re-connection - not letting differences set you apart but more bringing you closer together to embrace differences, and celebrating all of our special individual traits, hobbies and personal gifts.

The ceremony will have fire elements, and pyrotechnics, while also using bamboo and recycled paper elements to create the masterpiece and wonder. The event will showcase musicians from Woodford who would like to participate, and practise throughout the festival. The original song piece will play for more than 60 minutes.

The full-piece orchestra and choir will be sure to make this event - along with the other artists and actors - a wonderful evening to remember forever.

Nights On Ocean

HINTERLAND residents enjoy heading towards Maroochydore for Nights on Ocean, which is on again tonight, full of festive cheer.

The evening out will have plenty of market fare for Christmas presents and for the family home. Market stalls include artworks, homewares, clothing, and locally made and designed jewellery. …

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