Organisers of The Planting festival say they are welcoming a new era for the long running event with an ambitious programme released on Saturday featuring two acclaimed international artists.
Taiwanese master bamboo artist Wang Wen-Chih will return to Woodfordia in partnership with Sydney arts collective Cave Urban to host the first of The Planting's new Masterclass series. In the Masterclass in Bamboo Artistry participants will have the opportunity to co-create a large scale bamboo artwork using a traditional weaving method admired in two sculptures at Woodfordia, Woven Sky and Woven Cloud constructed for Woodford Folk Festivals 2013/14 and 2014/15.
Canadian troubadour, Old Man Luedecke is a well-anticipated feature of The Planting's evening concert and entertainment series. The recent Juno award nominee will be joined in the evenings by Melbourne darlings All our Exes Live in Texas, The Crooked Fiddle Band and harmonic duo Winterbourne as well as a host of comedy, films, ceremony and The Great Planting Bushdance keeping the Woodfordia streets alive each evening.
Deputy Festival Director, Amanda Jackes says audiences have driven the evolution of the Festival:
"The decision to expand The Planting festival a couple of years ago has been met with the most positive support we could have imagined" enthused Jackes.
"We know that our audiences are seeking authentic experiences. We've listened and created a programme which offers people access to learn skills and trades that are no longer easy to find in our fast-paced lives. It's an exciting direction and we think we've allowed the event to grow, while retaining its intimacy. This festival is a lot of fun." She said.
Taking cues from the past two years, where enthusiastic audiences sold out 45 workshops, The Planting will now host over 80 workshops where participants can try their hand in skills from textile making to bushfoods, scientific drawing to bee-hive construction and this year a new second kitchen venue is offered for the popular cooking workshops, featuring celebrated chefs Clayton Donovan and Matt Golinski.
Attendees looking forward to quality talks and discussions will not be disappointed. This year's presenter highlights include Richard Dennis, Chief Economist of the Australia Institute who will speak on the economics of climate change, National Geographic Adventurer of the year and author, Tim Cope and Urban Transport Planner and author Rachel Smith on personal spending and the Australian economy.
Festival Programmer, Mandi McIntyre promises while there is something for everyone to keep hands and heads engaged throughout the weekend, The Planting is still very much connected to its tradition of being an outdoor event, gathering to help plant trees and contribute to environmental projects on the festival property Woodfordia.
"There are dedicated folks who come to Woodfordia regularly to maintain the land, study species and encourage our trees to grow. The Planting is a weekend to get out and breathe some fresh air and learn alongside each other. It's a festival that celebrates sharing knowledge in good company." She said.
The newly released programme book is available for viewing online.
For more information on ticket pricing and camping options please visit\ http://theplantingfestival.com/