Woodford Folk Festival will return to the small Queensland town for its 32nd year on Thursday 27 December, bringing with it the special Children’s Festival, open to its youngest punters, those aged from six months to 12 years old.

The mini festival will be held across eight venues at 500 acre site Woodfordia. Young festival-goers can enjoy a list of activities and performances. Ranging from arts and crafts, like origami, and recycled material art, circus workshops, to learning about insects, native wildlife, and musical techniques, the festival is sure to keep little ones busy.

For the first time, The Children’s Festival will also offer workshops teaching local Indigenous language.

Traditional Custodians Uncle Noel and Uncle Kenny will be teaching the children the language of the Jinibara people.

Performance workshops will include the Juggling JamboreeBollywood Dance, Let’s Make a Song and Bellydance Time. At the end of the festival, parents are welcome to view a farewell performance. This will allow them to view how their young performers’ skills have blossomed over the new year.

Sunshine Coast duo Kirsty and Kester will be bringing Kirsty’s mother, Judit’s story of escaping Hungary during the failed revolution in 1956. The pair will bring the story back to life through a dance performance that will be easily digested for a young audience.

For those who might be more interested in testing their brains, rather than their performance skills, a number of activities, including a chess tournament will be available.

Dynamic Theatre Drama Games, Circus Moves, Breakdance and Hip-Hop, will challenge the performer in everyone.

From 8am till 5pm, children can be entertained with activities that range from 20 minutes long, to four hour open sessions.

More information about the children’s festival is available on pages 98 to 103 of the event programme.

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