Wo o d f o r d F o l k F e s t i v a l by abstraks


									The Dreaming – Australia’s International Indigenous Festival
9 – 12 June 2006, Woodford QLD

Media Kit – May 2006
When the Queensland Folk Federation‟s vision of an international indigenous
festival transmuted into a rich and rare reality on the Woodford Folk Festival site
last year, a team of hundreds of organisers, performers and volunteers were
buoyed by its amazing success and instant popularity. No one was prouder than
Festival Director Rhoda Roberts, who gained much-deserved kudos as creative
director of the indigenous segment of the Sydney Olympics opening ceremony.

It was the beginning of The Dreaming, a festival born of hope, hard work and
much goodwill. It was also a festival that drew together not only performers from
many of Australia‟s indigenous peoples, but also from ancient traditional cultures

The success of the four-day inaugural Dreaming was, in fact, beyond the
organisers‟ wildest dreams. It attracted more than 10,000 visitors to a program of
events that showcased dance, music, theatre, storytelling, comedy, film and art a
wonderful heritage dating back many millennia.

Ancient lore from other countries was also embraced, bringing into focus a
colourful collage of knowledge and entertainment handed down through many
generations of human existence.

Such was the quality of performance, such was the spirit of friendship and mutual
respect, such was the warmth of everyone‟s welcome, and such was the depth of
interest, that our traditional cultural custodians have been easily persuaded to do
it all again at the second Festival of The Dreaming. Rhoda Roberts promises an
even wider and more wonderful program this year at Woodford.

This second production of The Dreaming once again takes place on The Queen‟s
Birthday long weekend from 9-12 June at the superbly-appointed Woodford Folk
Festival site in South East Queensland, just an hour‟s drive north-west of

The program is diverse and features several icons of Australia‟s indigenous
community and music industry. Australia‟s golden girl Cathy Freeman will be
there to talk at a breakfast show about her life, while country singer John
Williamson will have two gigs sharing the stage with Warren H Williams on their
Mates on the Road tour. As a duo they found mutual fame with the haunting song
„Raining on the Rock‟.

With over 8 venues, 7 galleries, 10 restaurants, 4 bars and speciality stalls, the
festival offers a great diversity of experience for audiences. The programme
includes ceremony, traditional and contemporary dance, interactive workshops
and talks, national and international theatre, film festival, comedy programme,
seven art exhibitions including national and international works, and much more.

Situated just 5kms from the picturesque town of Woodford in Queensland, The
Dreaming will be held on the 360 acre Woodford Folk Festival site, only one hour
north west of Brisbane, or 45 minutes south west of the Sunshine Coast.

“The Dreaming will set benchmarks for contemporary collaborative works,
creating an iconic event on the Australian calendar and attracting new audiences
to Queensland by creating an Indigenous experience with a programme that
observes Indigenous protocol and reflects integrity and authenticity. The
Dreaming offers all this while remaining true to its vision as a premier quality
cultural event,” said executive director Bill Hauritz.

Immerse yourself in true cultural expression - come to The Dreaming.

For ticket enquires, programme details and further information go to the website:

For media interviews please contact:
Festival Director Rhoda Roberts 0419 492 164 rhoda@woodfordfolkfestival.com,
Executive Director Bill Hauritz 0418 188 080 bill@woodfordfolkfestival.com or
General Manager Amanda Jackes 0419 798 958

Excellent print quality downloadable images are available

The Dreaming Festival Program
Indigenous culture from Australia and around the world will be celebrated through
song, dance, theatre, artworks, discussions and film. Hosting the largest
expression of Indigenous culture in Australia, The Dreaming is a celebration of
cultural endurance and community spirit.

From the ancient to the awe-inspiring, the Opening Ceremony is a time for all to
come together to honour custodians, clan groups, ancestral creators and our
visitors from some 160 clans across the nation and around the world gathering
on Jinibara land. As the women dance up the sand circle, cleansing and
welcoming us, the sound of the stomps of the men break the silence for the
procession of performers bearing witness to our ancestral spirits. The ritual of
exchange begins as nations dance in the ancient steps from the saltwater,
freshwater, desert and rainforest. The opening ceremony for The Dreaming is on
Friday 9 June at 7.45pm.
The Closing Ceremony on the night of Monday 12 June at 7.30pm promises
many surprises. While honouring country and inviting our international brothers
and sisters to join in the stomp, this gathering will bring the celebrations to a
close and honour those custodians and performers that have given so much over
the four days.

Dancestry was one of the most popular programmes at The Dreaming last year.
Once again, Indigenous people from across Australia and throughout the world
will gather at the heart of the festival to celebrate the powerful artform that is

For Arnhem Dhawu, representing the Yolngu of East Arnhem Land, the Sea and
the Land of their country merge and are the basis of their spiritual existence. For
the Dhawu and Yirritja, the ritual of ceremonies continues their link to country.
Ancestral creation spirits, which took the form of humans and animals, are
danced and sung to the chants of Elders, Songmen, and Yidaki players, allowing
the stories and spiritual knowledge of the Mitwag region to pass on to the next

One of Australia‟s acclaimed international groups. Doonooch, under the
direction of Bobby McLeod, is based in Nowra, NSW. Songman Cecil McLeod
chants the stories of the South, from the Monaro peoples of NSW. Established as
part of the Doonooch healing centre, a self-healing program for the community,
the Doonooch Dancers have transformed the representation of their people,
revitalised language and are now the keepers of many stories from their country.

Jamaica Irie present a celebration of Jamaica‟s first culture, enriched by its
African roots and diverse ethnic influences, from slavery to present day. With her
exciting, colourful and informative performance, Jigzie Campbell invites her
audiences to interact and capture some of the spirit that motivates the people of
this spirited island. Percussionists Rueben Campbell aka RuCL, and Salvador
Castro from EL Salvador, provide a rich sound of traditional Jamaican riddims.

The Mornington Island Dancers are comprised of the Lardil and Gayardilt
language peoples from Mornington Island, in the south east of the Gulf of
Carpentaria. The dancer‟s spectacular traditional headdresses are made from
paper bark and human hair. Formed over thirty-three years ago the troupe is one
of our oldest performing professional dance companies, making one of their first
appearances at the Opening of the Sydney Opera House. They have travelled
the world exchanging knowledge and will depart The Dreaming Festival to work
with the Ainu of Japan.

Ngintaka Tjukurrpa, Senior Pintubi Lore Women of the Perente dreaming at
Walungurru (Kintore) Central Australia, will take you to the heart of desert
country. The women, who carry a deep ancient knowledge of the land, traditional
songlines, dances and the unique lore of their ancestors, will be celebrating their
dance, which has rarely been shared. The Pintubi were the last Indigenous
nation in Australia to be introduced to Western ways. They were bought in from
the desert in the mid 1980s.

Dance Theatre
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre hail from Canada, under the artistic direction of Santee
Smith, a member of the Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan from Six Nations.
Their production, Here On Earth is an exploration of spiritual connection to the
land: Earth as living organism, Earth as Mother, Earth as sacred.

Baru Kadal is a unique contemporary collaborative dance piece, choreographed
by Gary Lang with artistic direction by Juliette Hubbard. This sensual and
evocative work presents the best of contemporary dance rooted in the traditions
of an Indigenous Australian tale of spiritual interaction and retribution. Gary
Lang‟s choreography and dance technique have seen him perform with the
internationally acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre and Dance North.

The Kukatha people once lived in Maralinga. Their „promenade performance
piece‟ Petroglyphs - Signs of Life is being staged amongst dozens of art works
about Petroglyphs. Gina Rings, a former dancer with the acclaimed Bangarra
Dance Theatre, performs with The Leigh Warren Dancers to ignite life onto the
stage combining stories from the ravaged soil of traditional country at Maralinga
to the urban life of its descendants. This production, choreographed by Gina and
Kukatha women, is a timeless dance performance. Signs of Life was a winner of
a 2005 Adelaide Critics‟ Circle Award,.

The Dhalinbuy Dancers performance will combine the ancient with the modern
as internationally acclaimed dancers Djakapurra Munyarryun and Rachel Wallis
recreate the fusion of the Dhawu. The stories of the creation time are explored as
the spirit women weave a journey through country. Several generations of the
Miwatg region including Aaron Burarrwanga and Yidaki (didgeridoo) player
Jonathan Munyarryun link the stories, songs and country of Arnhem Land.

The Wiradjuri people‟s lands of NSW changed dramatically as the pastoralists
began farming. Based on the true life of Florence Johnson (Nanny Cotton), the
evocative production, Broken, depicts the many emotions of love, the heartache
of loss, the need for family and the power of identity. Sydney based company
Blacqceed, together with choreographer Kerry Johnson, acclaimed dancers
Rayma Johnson and Maria Randal, and vocalist Elaine Crombie, weaves a
personal tale of an amazing Wiradjuri lady Nanny Cotton, who saw the changes
and adapted.

The Movement Hip Hop Crew is a diverse group of professional contemporary
dancers who introduce you to the poppin‟, lockin‟ and breakin‟ world of hip hop
culture through dance. Returning to The Dreaming after rave reviews, their
spontaneous moves and original routines will have you dancing in your seats.
Confessions of an Indian Cowboy, a Full Circle First Nation Performance, is a
probing, endearing and sometimes amusing look at the history of contact
between Indigenous and non-Indigenous, people and at the communities that
exist in Canada as a result of this contact. As storyteller, singer and dancer,
Margo Kane (Cree, Objibaway) plays the roles of several characters: she
explores how they reconciled the apparent contradictions inherent in being both
an Indian and a Cowboy. From pathos to humour to rousing music and song,
Kane is perfectly matched with three musicians: guitarist Barrie Nighswander,
percussionist Joseph Pepe Danza, and fiddler Doug Thordarson.

Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo struck comedy gold with his masterpiece,
Accidental Death of an Anarchist. A satirical response to serious events –
Italy‟s politically turbulent 1960s – the play is a side-splittingly funny send-up of
dodgy police and official „spindoctoring‟ that seems suspiciously fresh and
relevant today. This new adaptation by Black Swan Theatre, one of Australia's
leading theatre companies, gives Fo‟s wonderful gag-fest a strongly Australian
accent. Directed by Tom Gutteridge, featuring compositions by Ash Gibson
Greig, and starring Aaron Pedersen [MDA, Water Rats] as Maniac (our
accidental hero) this production is sure to be a Festival hit.

Born to a fiery Torres Strait Islander mother and a Dutch immigrant father, Diat
Alferink‟s Wakaid Girl Lyndhurst Kid takes a journey from a childhood living in
the desert country to discovery of her family roots on Badu Island in the Torres
Straits. Vitalstatistix Theatre Company presents this very funny and moving story,
written and performed by Diat and accompanied by music composed and sung
by Lou Bennett. This is a story about nationhood, identity and reconciliation.

Hearts and spirits will soar as some of Australia‟s most talented singers,
songwriters and storytellers create their own Dreaming magic.

Yothu Yindi, has long been recognised as one of Australia's groundbreaking
bands. Combining the sounds and instrumentation of western rock 'n' roll with
songs and performances that date back tens of thousands of years, they create
an exciting and inspiring musical meeting of two diverse cultures.

By the early 1960s, Uncle Jimmy Little was Australian Pop Star of the Year.
From country tunes to a duet with Kylie Minogue, this Deadlies and ARIA award-
winning performer is the gentleman of the industry. Come and see why he is the
elder of Australia‟s Music Industry.
Troy Cassar Daly is a Bundjalung man and one of Australia‟s most popular,
talented and successful artists, winning multiple Golden Guitar awards for
country music. An Aria and Deadly‟s award winner, he has produced a number of
albums over the last few years, including the acclaimed Long Way Home.

Independent Aboriginal singer and songwriter, Kerrianne Cox, has a passionate
and forthright musical style that captivates local and international audiences.
Kerrianne was named National NAIDOC Artist of the Year in 2005 and will be
accompanied by acclaimed guitarist Mark Punch.

In July 2003 John Williamson began a True Blue Reunion Tour with special
guests including Arrente man Warren H Williams. It was such a success they
started yet another tour, this time writing more songs together (their famous duet
Raining on the Rock was released in1998). One of Australia‟s loved musicians
John recently won three golden guitars he joins Warren on stage as they
celebrate their Mates on the Road Tour.

Neil Murray and George Rrurrambu, original founding members of the
pioneering rock outfit, The Warumpi Band, return to the stage with award-
winning hits such as My Island Home and Blackfella Whitefella.

Crowds from Edinburgh to Auckland have enjoyed Bunna Lawrie and Coloured
Stone’s blend of rock, ska, reggae and funk for 25 years. They have reached
legendary status with timeless hits like Black Boy and Dancing in the Moonlight.

It is the beats and groove combined with powerful lyrics that mark Blue King
Brown as one of the best new bands around. Blue King Brown is a distinctly
original sound fusing heavy percussion with soul, Afro beat, roots, rock and

Emma Donovan presents a mix of live band fused with electronica, featuring
songs sung in English and traditional languages of the Gumbainggir and Gadigal
Peoples of NSW.

From the Arrernte lands of the Northern Territory, NoKTuRNL are 3-time winners
of the prestigious „Band of the Year‟ award at the Deadly‟s Music Awards. Their
original lyrics and pride of culture, mixing melody with menace and a message,
make you see the Alice in a very different light.

Gundjitmara man, Richard Frankland, is a celebrated singer/songwriter
performer, playwright, filmmaker and raconteur. Along with his band, The
Charcoal Club, he will have you laughing while stamping your feet.

Victorian jazz ensemble, the Liz Cavanagh Quintet, crosses musical boundaries
using jazz interpretations and cultural influences that provide a refreshing
musical insight into contemporary music.
Toni Janke is a Wuthathi/Meriam woman who came to the attention of the
Australian music industry when she released her debut album, Hearts Speak
Out. Writing her own material since age 8, Toni‟s latest album, Jewel of the
North, captures the essence of North Queensland.

Combining Taonga Puoro (Maori flutes), ukuleles, guitars, percussion and body
percussion the moving and energetic group Pacific Curls is symbolic of the
growing blends of tradition and contemporary Indigenous sounds coming out of
Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Troy ‘n’ Trevelyn and The Tribe present a fusion of both Aboriginal and
Zimbabwean cultures and music, with modern-day soul, reggae and pop.

DJ Blitz feat. MC_S & DVS will be going off into realms of dub and electro but
bringing on the funk at any given moment, and DJ Silver B and Jazzy C
will be playing high energy dance music and old school funk, RnB, soul, acid jazz
and hip hop down at the Dreaming‟s Mish‟n House every night .

Sean Choolburra, a Gidamay man, is already carving his niche as one of
Australia‟s black comedians after winning Raw Comedy 2002 State Final for
NSW. A respected dancer, Sean has worked with Ngaru Company and the
Bangarra Dance Company. His rendition of Michael Jackson‟s dance moves are
hilarious, mixing catwalking, didge playing and black fella yarns. Charismatic and
cheeky, what can‟t the man do?

They‟re proud, they‟re Blak and they‟re Strikin‟ back, aiming right at ya
funnybone. Ilbijerri Theatre‟s latest commission, Natives Strikin’ Blak once
again encourages six local Blak Comics: Lou Bennett, Coen Brown, Dennis
Fisher. John Harding, Max McGuire and Maria Tusa to stand-up and revolt,
oops, be funnier.

Roy Ah-See, from the Wiradjuri nation of New South Wales, is one of our
emerging comedians. His material is based on the many stories, influences and
issues facing the mob back home.

Check out www.thedreamingfestival.com for the detailed program of events and
artists bio‟s.

Many Dreaming visitors last year leapt at the opportunity to view the works of
some of Australia‟s leading artists. This year eight galleries will present another
diverse array of unique artworks.
The ANKAAA Gallery hosts an exhibition of works from various Art Centres
representing 37 Indigenous owned and operated Art Centres and individual
artists from the Top End including the Tiwi Islands, Darwin/Katherine, Arnhem
Land regions of the NT and the Kimberley region of WA. Features daily
workshops with artists and arts workers‟ talks and artform demonstrations.

The Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre is the artists co-operative for North East
Arnhem land, producing limited edition screenprints, linos and etchings in its own
workshop since 1996. The Gan’yu Gallery (Starlight) will present 12-20 limited
edition prints made at Yirrkala for sale.

Nice Coloured Boys is a photographic exhibition of colour photographs of Hindu
male beauty by Larrakia man Gary Mura Lee.

Girringun Gallery presents an exhibition of Artworks by Nywaigi, Girramay,
Gulnay, Warrgamay, Warungnu, Djiru, Jirrbal, Gugu Badhun and Bandjin groups
from North Queensland. Artworks include traditional rainforest weavings, wooden
artefacts, paintings, batiks, and jewellery. Features workshops teaching weaving

A very hands on and interactive process at the East Kwaio Gallery Exhibition
will include interpreters and stories from a remote village that still operates in a
cashless society. Learn the carving of pan flutes and different weaves for
ceremonial dress and tapu designs.

Perente Dreaming Gallery presents some of the famed art works of the
Papunya Tula movement and Kintore. Women artists including: Yuyuya
Nampitjinpa, Josephine Naparulla and Nanuyma Napanati. Ngintaka Tjukurrpa
take you to the sacred songlines and dance of the powerful Pintubi women of
Central Australia. These senior women will also give daily demonstrations in
weaving, Bush Medicine and conduct women‟s paint up and dance workshops.

Kaawirn Kunnawarn Gallery hosts an exhibition of possum cloaks, photo/slide
projection and oral presentation in the form of storytelling about a collective
journey in the reclamation, regeneration and revitalisation of possum skin cloaks
in Victoria.

The culture of the Torres Strait Islands will feature in the Lagau Gidthal Torres
Strait Island Gallery exhibition. Though drawn from traditional knowledge and
skills, the result is a display of complex and unique contemporary visual art styles
representative of Torres Strait art today. Witness, first hand, professional visual
artists breaking new ground.

Forums and Talks
The Dreaming programme includes a series of forums and talks that tackle major
issues facing Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Australia. Some of
Australia‟s leading community leaders, writers, visual artists, poets and
custodians will speak and discuss these issues, helping others to see a different
perspective on some subjects.

Dreaming Festival forum guests and speakers include Cathy Freeman, Chris
Sarra, Richard Franklin, Gary Foley, Bunna Lawrie, Aaron Pederson, Gina
Rings, Margo Kane, Tony Briggs, Sam Wagan Watson Jr and Alexis Wright,
Marilyn Miller, Julie Nimmo, Daniel Browning, Ruth Shinn, Michael
Williams, Raymond D Blanco, Anton Carter, Denise Bolduc, Cedar Sherbet,
Paul Dominiko, Gary Lang, Bobby McLeod, Jim George, Kari Kristiansen
and Adrian Willis.

The Dreaming Film Festival features an outstanding line-up of Australian and
International short films and full length features including Plains Empty (Aus),
selected for the Sundance Film Festival ‟05; The Djarn Djarns (Aus) directed by
Wayne Blair and a winner at the Berlin International Film Festival; David Page‟s
big-screen debut Green Bush (Aus); Yellow Fella (Aus) starring Tom Lewis,
Forest Mountain Voices (Cambodia) - the first films made by Indigenous people
in Cambodia, and Gesture Down (I Don’t Sing) (USA) by Festival guest,
director Cedar Sherbert; and Harry’s War (Aus) directed by Richard Franklin.

See the programme for full details of the feast of film showing at The Dreaming.

Get involved in The Dreaming – take part in some of the fascinating interactive
workshops and activities happening over the three days of the festival. Hip-hop
fans can get it together with BlitZ and MC_S and DVS and DJ Brett Caporn, or
spend time with master yidaki (didgeridoo) player and founding member of Yothu
Yindi, Milkayngu Mununggurr. Check out the Digital Songlines or learn more
about Maori culture with Pacific Curls who will share with you the subtle sounds
of the Maori flute, or teach you a traditional Maori short stick dance. Meet Te
Kopere O Raehina, a Traditional Maori Rongoa (Maori Medicines and Healing)
group who are visiting the Dreaming from New Zealand, or experience the art of
weaving in very special workshops with the Yolngu Women Weavers from the
Dhalinbuy homelands of East Arnhem Land.

If you are after a bit of action, join in the Traditional Games. Try Kee’an, a
throwing skill game from North Queensland. Give Kai, a ball game from the
Torres Strait a go, or play Taktyerrain – a game of mocked combat. Wana (a bit
like a cricket game) is played mostly by girls in WA and Gorri – a hunting skills
game - should get the boys moving.

Check out www.thedreamingfestival.com for the detailed program of events.
Around the Festival
Take a walk on the silly side with the‟ Bigotbri CWA Ladies’ as they roam the
festival site „meeting and greeting‟ festival participants, but beware of the
mysterious creatures at the Snuff Puppet‟s Nyet Nyet’s Picnic. Grab your
friends, form a team and test your Indigenous knowledge at VIBE Spin Out with
Gavin Jones. Come Back Home with Urban Theatre Project‟s powerful new
theatre work or go bush with Bundjalung man Clarence Stockee as he takes
participants on a walk and for a bit of a yarn while discovering the many edible
foods and bush medicines growing on the Woodford site. How about an
awesome hour of yoga incorporating Indigenous intent with Gidja woman
Samantha Martin and Amy Corcoran or getting into the groove with students
from the Gandhi School South Korea performing Salmul Nori, ancient
traditional Korean percussion ensemble pieces. There are many ways to wend
your way through The Dreaming.

What is The Dreaming?
The Dreaming is a festival that showcases the diversity and excellence of the
Indigenous cultures throughout Australia and around the world. The Dreaming is
a vibrant and exciting international event that incorporates the ancient and the
contemporary, spirituality and culture.

The Dreaming is a multi-art form festival celebrating Indigenous culture through dance,
ceremony, theatre, music and song, comedy, visual arts, spoken word and film.

The Dreaming aims to challenge certain stereotypes of Indigenous arts and
culture through the broad and contemporary expression of Indigenous people
and their voice.

Festival Location
Situated just 5kms from the picturesque township of Woodford in Queensland,
the festival is only one hour north west of Brisbane or 45 minutes south west of
the Sunshine Coast. The Dreaming is held on a 360 acre site featuring a very
beautiful hidden valley, which forms the central Festival precinct. The valley
adjoins open grasslands ideally suited for camping, which is available for either
season or overnight Festival patrons.
Who is performing at The Dreaming 2006
Arnhem Dhawu
Doonooch Dancers
Kwaio Sango Dancers
Jamaica Irie
Mornington Island Dancers
Ngintaka Tjukurrpa

Dance Theatre
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre: Here On Earth
Baru Kadal
Gina Rings and The Leigh Warren Dancers: Petroglyphs - Signs of Life
Dhalinbuy Dancers
Blacqceed: Broken
The Movement Hip Hop Crew

Full Circle First Nation Performance: Confessions of an Indian Cowboy
Vitalstatistix Theatre Company: Wakaid Girl Lyndhurst Kid
Black Swan Theatre Company: Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Blue King Brown
Brolga Boys (Band)
Bunna Lawrie and Coloured Stone
DJ Blitz feat. MC_S & DVS
DJ Silver B and Jazzy C
Emma Donovan
Jimmy Little
John Williamson
Jurithm and Dewaynne Everettsmith
Kerrianne Cox
Lexine Solomon
Liz Cavanagh Quintet
Local Knowledge
Max Judo
Pacific Curls
Richard Frankland/The Charcoal Club
Shellie Morris
Sweet Cheeks
The Black Turtles
Toni Janke
Troy „n‟ Trevelyn
Troy Cassar Daly
Vic Simms
Warren H Williams
Warumpi Band
Yothu Yindi

ANKAAA Gallery
Gan‟yu Gallery (Starlight)
Nice Coloured Boys Photographic Exhibtion
Girringun Gallery
East Kwaio Gallery
Perente Dreaming Gallery
Kaawirn Kunnawarn Gallery
Lagau Gidthal Torres Strait Island Gallery

Sean Choolburra
Roy Ah-See
Natives Strikin‟ Blak

Aaron Pederson
Adrian Willis
Alexis Wright
Anton Carter
Barry McGuire
Bilawara Lee
Bobby McLeod
Bunna Lawrie
Cathy Freeman
Cedar Sherbert
Chris Sarra
Daniel Browning
Denise Bolduc
Esau Kekeubata‟a
Gary Foley
Gary Lang
Gary Lee
Gina Rings
Jenny Fraser
Jim George
Julie Nimmo
Kari Kristiansen
Kylie Belling
Lockie McDonald
Lou Glover
Margo Kane
Marilyn Miller
Michael Williams
Paul Dominiko
Raymond D Blanco
Richard Frankland
Ruth Shinn
Sam Wagan Watson Jr
Samia Goudie
Toby Adams
Tony Briggs
Tracey Rigney
Yvette Holt

The Dreaming Venues
8 performance venues, 7 galleries and 4 workshop spaces run concurrently and
offer concerts, talks, theatre, forums, films, workshops, displays, exhibitions,
debates, comedy, dance, acoustic music sessions and more.

These venues include
• Dancestry (1,500 uncovered seating) - Traditional and contemporary dancers
• Blaktracks (1,200) - Music program
• Blakdramatics (700) - Theatre program
• Kula Films (250) - Film program
• Alternative Lounge (150) – Talks program, concerts and licensed bar
• The Little Blak Duck (200) – Comedy, cabaret and licensed food and bar
• The Mish‟n House (120) – Debates and forums, cabarets and licensed bar
• The Dig (120) – Open theatre space
• East Kwaio Gallery – Visual Arts Exhibition
• Lagau Gallery – Visual Arts Exhibition
• Perente Dreaming Gallery – Visual Arts Exhibition
• ANKAAA Gallery – Visual Arts Exhibition
• Girringun Gallery – Visual Arts Exhibition
• Kaawirn Gallery – Visual Arts Exhibition
• Gan‟yu Gallery – Open Air Visual Arts Exhibition
• Barbadu (100) – Licensed Bar and Visual Arts Exhibition
• Palawa Shell – Workshop space
• Yolngu Weaving Workshop – Workshop space
• Yidaki – Workshop space
• Traditional Healers – Workshop space
• Digital Songlines – Workshop space
• Traditional Games – Activities space
There are 4 undercover licensed bars, 10 restaurant and take away venues, 40
information, craft and merchandise stalls, a general store, a festival shop for all
your performer and festival merchandise as well as huge camping grounds and
car parking facilities in bush land settings.

Putting the Festival together with an army of volunteers
During the festival over 500 volunteers work in 50 different departments to
ensure the Festival runs smoothly and the patrons are well looked after. From
phone answering to lighting lanterns, the volunteers provide much of the Festival
atmosphere and many smiles to Festival patrons.

Thank You
The Dreaming 2005 is only made possible through the generous support of:

Commonwealth Government
Queensland Government
Australia Council for the Arts
Clarke and Kann, Lawyers
The Christensen Fund
Northern Territory Government
Arts Western Australia

Patrons pay a very reasonable one-off entrance fee online or at the gate, after
which they freely wander into any venue they choose. To buy and download you
tickets go to www.thedreamingfestival.com/tickets. Early discounts are available.

The Dreaming, PMB 2 Woodford QLD 4514
phone: 07 5496 1066 fax: 07 5496 3196 email: info@thedreamingfestival.com

MEDIA: Excellent print quality downloadable images, digital print information and
media festival registration forms are available www.thedreamingfestival.com. For
media enquiries please contact QFF General Manager Amanda Jackes 0419 798
958 or amanda@woodfordfolkfestival.com

For media interviews please contact Festival Director Rhoda Roberts 0419 492
164 rhoda@woodfordfolkfestival.com

For media interviews please contact Executive Director Bill Hauritz 0418 188 080

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