Wednesday at Woodford
|The entrance to the Woodford Folkfest.|
As soon as I walked in through the amazing entrance to the festival I knew that I was in for a treat.
And just after walking into the grounds I came across a pineapple and I just love the symbology of the pineapple.
The Upside-Down Pineapple
The thing that appeals to me about the folkfest is the spritual aspect of it all, and as much as I love the Byron Bay Bluesfest, it's this spiritual aspect that makes Woodford magical for me, not that the
Byron Bay Bluesfest doesn't weave it's own special magic though, but you feel like that you have stepped into some special little spiritual kingdom as soon as you walk into the folkfest.
I even purchased a metal singing bowl from the tent pictured above where a Tibetan monk was making a sand mandala.
There is something quite mystical in the sound of vibrating metal to me.
And on the subject of the mystical, check out this structure made from bamboo.
|Looking up out of the bamboo structure.|
|Tiptoe through the tulips?|
|Liz Stringer singing her Butterfly song at Woodford.|
|A tent inside Bill's Bar.|
|Catherine Deveny, Melissa Lucashenko, Michelle Law and Chris Endrey at Bill's Bar.|
Now, the funny thing here was that I had penciled in this talk on the programe, but there was no mention of Melissa Lucashenko being involved in this talk.
There was another author (Krissy Kneen) instead of Melissa printed on the programe, so it was a pleasant surprise for me to see Melissa there, as I had already read her book Mullumbimby.
BUDDA-BAH...or Buddha Bear?
The only author on the programe that I was familiar with was
Michelle Law, as I had bought a copy of the book she had co-authored with her brother Ben, Sh*t Asian Mothers Say, at the
Byron Bay Writer's Festival a few years back and ran into her there and asked her to sign my copy.
It might be time to finally bring it to the top of my "To Do Posts" and finish it then.
No offense intended here to Krissy Kneen, but I'm glad she cancelled for whatever reason leaving for Melissa Lucashenko to take her place, as it gave me some deeper insights into the writing of Mullumbimby.
|The Labyrinth Walk.|
|Melissa Lucashenko, Rhoda Roberts, Richard Frankland|
Great talk and probably deserves a post of it's own later.
|"The Lucky Country, Re-inventing Australia", a talk by Professor Ian Lowe at Woodford.|
Then while crossing a bridge I looked down to see this strange sight.
A guy in a frog suit.
Well, what you see...or nearly don't see at the Woodford Folkfest.
About the only full musical act I saw at Woodford were
Hat Fitz and Cara, one of my old favourites, as you would know if you have been following this blog for a while.
|Hat Fitz and Cara performing at Woodford.|
I would have liked to spent another day, or two up there this year, but such is life.
I wasn't even going to go at all until I had seen the Woodford Folkfest poster in a few magazine ads and noticed the flying fish with a key in it's mouth, and took it as a sign that maybe I should go this year, even if only once.
Lifeboats, Flying Fish and the Sea of the Subconscious
And I'm glad now that I did.
Until next year hopefully.