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newgabe
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

newgabe

what goes around comes around. unless you're into stalls.
Location: Bali

Total posts: 4030
Posted:Hello lovelies
It's that time again...
WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL time!

Which means Circadia, our lovely join-in-and-have-some-fun-with-the-spinny-juggley-circussy-crew is on again, for the fourth fabulous year.

This year we are having a walk in and play UV garden and reggae dance party at night, as well as our usual open cabaret and fireplay. And balloon modelling (from puppies to party hats....) and card tricks classes and all sorts.

We are in a slightly different site this year.. closer to the front gate, where Klownsville was last year. But still should be airy and spacious for summer play.

Tickets and volunteer spots are available through the website.

(but sorry... all vol spots in Circadia are long gone...)


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Eveish
GOLD Member since Jul 2004

Eveish

*Tickles pretty strangers*
Location: Australia

Total posts: 610
Posted:Wahhhooooo!
Another woodford creeps up! Can't wait Gabe, its going to rock!


What if I should fall right through the centre of the Earth and come out the other side where people walk upside-down?!

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keyarghah
PLATINUM Member since Jun 2007

keyarghah

Woodford is Goodford..!
Location: Sydney at heart.

Total posts: 241
Posted:yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah circadia smile i am so SO soo keen for woodford this year bounce2 bounce2 bounce2
who else is volunteering in circadia ps?


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keyarghah
PLATINUM Member since Jun 2007

keyarghah

Woodford is Goodford..!
Location: Sydney at heart.

Total posts: 241
Posted:oooh its also my FIRST woodford EVER

and and ps ps WOODFORD IS GOODFORD grin (...see what i did there..yeah)


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The Misguided Oracle
GOLD Member since Aug 2005

The Misguided Oracle

the floor is a sea of tigers...
Location: Brisvegas

Total posts: 404
Posted:It's kinda scary how a year has almost come and gone.
But yay! Woodford!


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Basstones
GOLD Member since Mar 2006

Basstones

Do you do the poiz?
Location: Brisbane

Total posts: 530
Posted:Not long now! Programme arrived in the mail yesterday, looks like its going to be a good year!

"In the end there is only fire and a waterfall"

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newgabe
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

newgabe

what goes around comes around. unless you're into stalls.
Location: Bali

Total posts: 4030
Posted:Well, I reckon it's going to be a good year too!
If anyone wants a Circadia program, which is like a festival within a festival... let me know and I'll email one.

ALSO after the intense rain/mud of last year, + the other woes of the world, ticket sales have actually been a bit crappy this year which is a concern. Woodford is a very established festival but as vulnerable as anywhere else to going under if the $$ equation doesn;t balance.
SO if ya love it and want to help promote it, get the word out there... I can e/snail-mail you great flyers and promo stuff.
Thanks!


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pineapple pete
SILVER Member since Sep 2004

pineapple pete

water based
Location: melbourne

Total posts: 5125
Posted:bugger, i was under the impression circadia wasnt happening this year, otherwise i wouldve enquired about a volunteer spot *long* ago..

ah well, maybe ill make it next time

hug


"you know there are no trophys for doing silly things in real life yeah pete?" said ant "you wont get a 'listened to ride of the valkyries all the way to vietnam' trophy"

*proud owner of the very cute fire_spinning_angel, birgit and neon shaolin*

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newgabe
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

newgabe

what goes around comes around. unless you're into stalls.
Location: Bali

Total posts: 4030
Posted:What gave you that impression, Pete? Is that a rumour around the place or just a random wrong 'un?

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The Misguided Oracle
GOLD Member since Aug 2005

The Misguided Oracle

the floor is a sea of tigers...
Location: Brisvegas

Total posts: 404
Posted:you can still come and play at circadia pete smile

btw gabe, I'd love an electronic copy of the circadia program. Thanks! btw, if you don't have my email address, I can pm it to you (i'm somewhat paranoid about posting addresses on forums tongue2 hehehe).


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pineapple pete
SILVER Member since Sep 2004

pineapple pete

water based
Location: melbourne

Total posts: 5125
Posted:i cant remember exactly.. couldve quite easily been a rumor, me misinterpreting something, or, just lies i guess

id love to be there joel, but with i cant really justify spending $400 on tix after ive made my way all the way from melbourne

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"you know there are no trophys for doing silly things in real life yeah pete?" said ant "you wont get a 'listened to ride of the valkyries all the way to vietnam' trophy"

*proud owner of the very cute fire_spinning_angel, birgit and neon shaolin*

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newgabe
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

newgabe

what goes around comes around. unless you're into stalls.
Location: Bali

Total posts: 4030
Posted:There are plenty of other volunteer spots still available, Pete. Ya work 5 hrs a day and have 19 to play...

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pineapple pete
SILVER Member since Sep 2004

pineapple pete

water based
Location: melbourne

Total posts: 5125
Posted:honestly i dont really feel motivated enough to drive 3 or 4 days to pick up rubbish or wave a bright stick in a carpark for 5hrs a day, then get the circadia experience. id be more than happy to volunteer for circadia, i can imagine that would be a great experience, but evidently, not meant to be..

put me on the list for next year?

hug


"you know there are no trophys for doing silly things in real life yeah pete?" said ant "you wont get a 'listened to ride of the valkyries all the way to vietnam' trophy"

*proud owner of the very cute fire_spinning_angel, birgit and neon shaolin*

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Basstones
GOLD Member since Mar 2006

Basstones

Do you do the poiz?
Location: Brisbane

Total posts: 530
Posted:Originally Posted By: newgabeWell, I reckon it's going to be a good year too!
If anyone wants a Circadia program, which is like a festival within a festival... let me know and I'll email one.

ALSO after the intense rain/mud of last year, + the other woes of the world, ticket sales have actually been a bit crappy this year which is a concern. Woodford is a very established festival but as vulnerable as anywhere else to going under if the $$ equation doesn;t balance.
SO if ya love it and want to help promote it, get the word out there... I can e/snail-mail you great flyers and promo stuff.
Thanks!
Gabe, I was reading that in the intro of the programme, is it as dire as they made it appear? I admit the idea of a less crowded and more intimate festival sounds fantastic, but not at the expense of the future of the festival eek


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Pogo69
SILVER Member since Apr 2006

Pogo69

there's no charge for awesomeness... or attractiveness
Location: limbo

Total posts: 3764
Posted:*still wants to go to woodford this year, but can't make up mind*

--pogo (pat) [forever and always]

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keyarghah
PLATINUM Member since Jun 2007

keyarghah

Woodford is Goodford..!
Location: Sydney at heart.

Total posts: 241
Posted:come to woodford pat! joel are you volunteering?
and gabe can i have an electronic program? grin ciarathorburn at gmail dot com


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Pyrolific
BRONZE Member since Jan 2001

Returning to a unique state of Equilibrium
Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Total posts: 3289
Posted:why does downsizing threaten the whole festival? are there ongoing costs that cant be cut down? eg long term contracts for 300 marquees that must be honoured and cant be re-negotiated?

I think a smaller Woodford would be a better woodford!

J


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newgabe
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

newgabe

what goes around comes around. unless you're into stalls.
Location: Bali

Total posts: 4030
Posted:Originally Posted By: Pyrolificwhy does downsizing threaten the whole festival? are there ongoing costs that cant be cut down? eg long term contracts for 300 marquees that must be honoured and cant be re-negotiated?

Well ya it is a bit more complex that having a few marquees in a field! (We don't use many marquees actually, too fragile for our weather. Have to use metal framed structures called Hoeckers, a lot more expensive.)

But more than that there are indeed large ongoing costs, many connected with actually owning the land. The first and most obvious is and paying mortgage and the rates. Then essential infrastructure costs like water purification and sewage treatment (we are not on town water/waste systems), electrical infrastructure(ditto, we don't just 'plug in' to existing 3phase systems (though we are putting lots of money into developing large scale solar that will feed back to the grid), drainage (we get big storms up here). Then things like road and land maintenance, weed eradication. Lately, legal fees to do with getting our zoning changed so we can have multiple smaller and community events rather than trying to manage everything from just big one we run ourselves.

For current expenses, we are contracted to pay thousands of performers and production people. A large event like this is like steering a tanker.. ya can't just slam the brakes on or phone a few hundred acts up and say 'oh we're a bit down on ticket sales so don't bother coming!"

When you have suppliers and people booked months in advance on projections from previous years, that you have to pay out no matter what happens, a sudden and unprecedented downturn in sales will catch any enterprise out. And yes, we do have a 5 year contract with a major hire company for structures, chairs, rigging, tables, staging, scaffolding.. more stuff than we need to run bubby juggling events, that's for sure!

Having said all that, 'downsizing' of itself isn't necessarily a threat ..in fact the festival has been smaller the last few years than the peak of (will check exact date, somewhere around 2005). The problem is cash flow deficit ... meaning that an organisation has to either beg for credit or sell assets to cover the gap. Yeah, credit is what we are currently relying on. But the climate is not good for that and the figures are not small.. not like CG or Uberoz... 120 people x a few bucks. The figures are in the millions and percentage slides on that are the sort of figures that banks can feel inclined to foreclose on.

If it got dire, we could of course sell assets... which means the land. Depending on the figures and the urgency factor of who is foreclosing, part or all of it. Which is not the end of the universe but would be a great shame and waste of energy and potential.

As someone who has been to 16 Woodford festivals, been part of the growth and felt the power of that land, and the 100000 odd trees we have planted, the imagination and effort that has gone into it, I would rather keep it in trust as the most extraordinary asset for future generations, for all sorts of wonderful uses we can't even imagine yet.


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The Misguided Oracle
GOLD Member since Aug 2005

The Misguided Oracle

the floor is a sea of tigers...
Location: Brisvegas

Total posts: 404
Posted:Originally Posted By: keyarghahjoel are you volunteering? Nope, but i'll be spinning fire with eve's troupe of lovelies.

"My body is a well tuned machine... It just needs a competent driver." - ?

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DaG
GOLD Member since Jun 2005

DaG

Golf buggie driving instructor
Location: Brisvegas

Total posts: 156
Posted:Originally Posted By: The Misguided OracleOriginally Posted By: keyarghahjoel are you volunteering? Nope, but i'll be spinning fire with eve's troupe of lovelies.

YEAH!!
we are gonna kick some ass Joel! grin




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newgabe
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

newgabe

what goes around comes around. unless you're into stalls.
Location: Bali

Total posts: 4030
Posted:Oh dear, here comes trouble wink
I just wrote out a rough list of the crew and the main things they are doing with us (not everything they CAN do!) and it is pretty exciting seeing it all there. There will be some changes/additions, but so far it goes:

Alli Wilde (TopChick) aerials
Angie Truyens (Fenfire) manip/cabaret
Chinta King manip
Chris Bennett UV garden
Christian Parr manip/cabaret
Ciara Thorburn manip/cabaret
Claire Gardner hoops/acro
Dave Knox cabaret
David Eccles acro/cabaret
Dehora Erinn hoops
Daniel Gunthorpe manip
Eve Everard hoops
Gabe Monson office
Jane King office
Janet Skinner balloons
Jo Vitkovitch office
Joe May cabaret
Joel Chia staff/dart
Josh Lazarevski diabolo
Julien Rochat juggling
Kat The acro
Kausalya Rogers manip/office
Kyle Mclean vj
Leonie Darling office
Luna Rowe manip/ofice
Mark Douglass card magic/juggling
Meghan Pike manip/cabaret
Morgyn Quinn DJ
Noah manip
Rob Horner manip
Ruben de Waal cabaret
Sacha Fawkes manip/cabaret
Sam Stabler UV garden
Shaun Andre manip/office
Sonja Apfler (Fenfire) manip/cabaret
Trish May office
Vicky Crosby hoops/acro

I'm trying t figure out where/how I can post a .pdf of the program somewhere people can read it.


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The Misguided Oracle
GOLD Member since Aug 2005

The Misguided Oracle

the floor is a sea of tigers...
Location: Brisvegas

Total posts: 404
Posted:omg! so much skill!

btw gabe, you can host pdfs at http://www.scribd.com/
br>it's like the youtude for documents.


"My body is a well tuned machine... It just needs a competent driver." - ?

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Pogo69
SILVER Member since Apr 2006

Pogo69

there's no charge for awesomeness... or attractiveness
Location: limbo

Total posts: 3764
Posted:wow... if that can't convince me to drag my arse along to woodford this year; along with the already quite sufficient music programme... what can?

--pogo (pat) [forever and always]

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keyarghah
PLATINUM Member since Jun 2007

keyarghah

Woodford is Goodford..!
Location: Sydney at heart.

Total posts: 241
Posted:AAAH I JUST GOT REALLY EXCITED

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The Misguided Oracle
GOLD Member since Aug 2005

The Misguided Oracle

the floor is a sea of tigers...
Location: Brisvegas

Total posts: 404
Posted:Originally Posted By: Pogo69wow... if that can't convince me to drag my arse along to woodford this year; along with the already quite sufficient music programme... what can? how about a couple of burly men in a black van? well, there'll be less convincing and more dragging in that case.

"My body is a well tuned machine... It just needs a competent driver." - ?

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Pogo69
SILVER Member since Apr 2006

Pogo69

there's no charge for awesomeness... or attractiveness
Location: limbo

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Posted:oooh... sounds like more fun your way, joel...!! grin

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Basstones
GOLD Member since Mar 2006

Basstones

Do you do the poiz?
Location: Brisbane

Total posts: 530
Posted:whistle

"In the end there is only fire and a waterfall"

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newgabe
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

newgabe

what goes around comes around. unless you're into stalls.
Location: Bali

Total posts: 4030
Posted:Went up on site yesterday and it looked AMAZING!!! So much stuff set up, everything green and glowing.. and a decent weather report for the festival clap
(though rain forecast for the days before). (Bleh. Had enough bloody rain for a while. Though it IS good to settle the dust).

I am starting to feel quite excited!

See lots you all up there I hope...


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Pogo69
SILVER Member since Apr 2006

Pogo69

there's no charge for awesomeness... or attractiveness
Location: limbo

Total posts: 3764
Posted:oooh, YAY!! well, you'll be seeing me, that's for sure... dunno why I had to convince myself to come along, when I already had the week off work and kiddie-free to boot...

but... all I have to do now, is pack... and knowing me, I should prolly start now, cos I'll no doubt procrastinate my way out of doing anything about it, till boxing day...


--pogo (pat) [forever and always]

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clarence_quack
SILVER Member since Feb 2005

clarence_quack

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Location: over your left shoulder

Total posts: 1927
Posted:I have 3 tickets to sell if anyone hasn't got theirs yet..
Friends have pulled out so now I have spares. PM me if you're interested.


Nutella Brigade Unite!

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newgabe
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

newgabe

what goes around comes around. unless you're into stalls.
Location: Bali

Total posts: 4030
Posted:OK It's official.
we are GOING OFF!!!!


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