- THE FESTIVAL
The festival is held on a 500-acre environmental parkland located on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, on Jinibara Country, which is just over 1 hour north of Brisbane.
Our traditional Custodians are members of the Jinibara Nation. The Jinibara people are the registered Native Title Claimants for the Woodford area and are comprised of the descendents of Fanny Mason known as Jowalmel who was born in the 1840’s at Woodford and Johnny McKenzie known as Wangiramu born in 1826 near Kilcoy.
Our Custodians Uncle Noel Blair and Uncle Kenny Murphy have been elected by the elders of the Jinibara to act as their spokespeople and representatives.
The world of the Jinibara is rich in Dreaming places and ceremonial grounds including Bora rings, stone arrangements, camping places, food resource areas and story places. The Jinibara Peoples have many stories that connect them with country and ancestors.
Today, the land is managed by the Queensland Folk Federation (QFF), a not-for-profit organisation which presents the Woodford Folk Festival, The Dreaming Festival and The Planting on the site annually. The land is dedicated to the arts and humanities and is underpinned by a strong commitment to the environment. The QFF is also an Incorporated Association and a recognised charity.
Since 1994 the QFF has been investing in the land and developing it into a festival site. To date, in excess of $14M has been invested in site facilities. The major achievements include: