Otto and Astrid (Die Roten Punkte), who will be appearing at Woodford Folk Festival.
Otto and Astrid (Die Roten Punkte), who will be appearing at Woodford Folk Festival. ANDREW WUTTKE

World-class Woodford festival attracts 2000 performers

WOODFORD Folk Festival - an event of international standing - continues until Sunday, January 1.

More than 2000 performers and 438 events are programmed, featuring local, national and international guests.

This year will be the 31st Woodford Folk Festival and the 23rd held at Woodfordia.

The festival program features concerts, dances, street theatre, writers' panels, film festival, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, social dialogue and debate, folk medicine, an entire children's festival, an environmental program with talks, debates and films, art and craft workshops, circus performances and workshops, late-night cabarets, parades and special highlights including a spectacular fire event.

Within the festival village, you can find 35 performance venues, of which 18 are all-weather.

The festival streets are lined with restaurants, cafes, stalls, bars, street theatre and parades.

Tree-filled campgrounds, butterfly walks, ponds and wildlife complete the picturesque site.

The festival appeals to a diverse audience with all ages and many nationalities attracted each year.

The event is powered by an army of volunteers whose numbers are now in excess of 2300.

Hot picks this year are Amanda Palmer, Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen, Adalita, Meow Meow, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Hot Potato Band, Half Moon Run, Monsieur Camembert, Viex Farka Toure, Judith Lucy, Dave Callan, Company 2 and the self-proclaimed best band in the world: Otto and Astrid (Die Roten Punkte).

To view the program and buy tickets, go to www.woodfordfolkfestival.com

Cinderella

NOOSA Arts Theatre presents Cinderella, the traditional pantomime, in which Cinders is treated cruelly by her stepmother and stepsisters until her Fairy Godmother comes to her rescue.

She sends Cinderella to the Palace Ball where she meets the prince and they fall in love. But her midnight curfew comes before the prince finds out who she is and he must search the kingdom to find her again.

Directed by Susan Dearnley, Cinderella is a firm family favourite and it will sell out so don't wait to book.

Shows are at Noosa Arts Theatre from January 7-22. Book at www.livetheatre.com.au or call 5449 9343.

Little Red Riding Hood

BATS Theatre Company presents Little Red Riding Hood, the classic panto with a twist.

The pantomime, by John Croker and Eric Gilder, is directed by the Sunshine Coast's much-loved Mary Newton.

Enjoy the adventures of Red Riding Hood and her granny, The Wolf, The Fairy and the wicked Squire and his comical sons.

This is fun for the whole family this holiday season at Buderim War Memorial Hall from January 7-22 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Book at www.livetheatre.com.au or call 5445 2515.

Lennon: Through A Glass Onion

LENNON: Through a Glass Onion returns in January to Australia, following a sensational 16-week season in New York.

The internationally acclaimed theatrical event celebrating the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon was re-produced and rebranded for its Off-Broadway debut at the Union Square Theatre.

Created and performed by renowned Australian actor-musician John Waters and esteemed singer-pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion is part-concert and part-biography.

It , reveals the essence of the life and astonishing talent of one of the most-admired entertainers of the past century with a story and 31 songs including Imagine, Strawberry Fields Forever, Revolution, Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds, All You Need is Love, Come Together, Help and more.

Lennon: Through A Glass Onion is either an emotional trip down memory lane or a wonderful introduction to the life and times of one of the most fascinating men of our time.

The show is on at The Events Centre, Caloundra, on Thursday, January 12, at 7.30pm.

Book at www.scvenuesandevents.com.au