One of the colourful characters at Woodford Folk Festival
One of the colourful characters at Woodford Folk Festival

Butterflies and pirates at Woodford Folk Festival

A BLACK-and-white butterfly flits past, flapping its giant wings; the woman dressed as the butterfly is wearing a straw hat and carrying an umbrella. In fact, almost everyone is carrying an umbrella or wearing a hat of some sort. 

There are giant Balinese umbrellas festooned with tassels, colourful paper umbrellas and embroidered umbrellas studded with sequins. 

The few minutes it takes me to walk between the Concert Stage and Folklorica tent at Woodford Folk Festival has my mind spinning. I'm lost in a phantasmagoria of psychedelic t-shirts, flowery kaftans, flowing sun dresses and an eye-popping display of costumes.  

It is also one of the hottest days of the year and my brain feels like it's slowly melting.   

I stop to talk to the band of pirates stationed on a pirate ship, which is lodged beneath a shady tree at a busy junction on the festival grounds. Claiming to have been caught in a time travelling vortex, the pirates are an entertaining diversion from the heat.

Here's a fun video of pirates lost in a time vortex filmed at Woodford Folk Festival


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