The Woodfordia Planting Festival will be held on a 500-acre parkland in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in Jinibara Country over the Queensland Labour Day long weekend from 28 April until 30 April, 2017.

The programme for the festival launched on Saturday, 25 March, featuring talks, forums, musical performances, workshops, masterclasses, food, and films.

Speaker at the 2015 Planting FestivalBill Hauritz, said the event had truly come of age in recent years and had almost doubled in participation from 2014 to 2015.

“When we booked all those workshops we thought it might take a couple of years to get going but people have adapted to the changes immediately and are really enjoying it,” he said.

“It’s about people coming together, getting their hands dirty, making things, cooking things, singing together, and participating in the event.”

The Planting Festival has also announced a three-way partnership with the Environmental Bamboo Foundation based in Indonesia, Sydney-based artists collective Cave Urban, and the Arris Water’s festival site wastewater treatment plant.

This partnership will see the development of a two-hectare experimental bamboo forest, which will harness organic, disinfected wastewater from the world-first water preservation facility on the Woodfordia site.

Since 1994, Woodfordia Incorporated has been investing in the land and developing it into a festival site. Major achievements have included a 25,000 capacity amphitheatre, a visual arts studio, an onsite wastewater treatment plant, and 57 amenity blocks.

Early bird tickets are on sale now for the Planting Festival are selling for $145 for adults, $72 for adolescents, and $26 for children 12 and under.