Festival 2018 brings the art to you
Who likes surprises?
Festival 2018 isn’t limited to its major sites in Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise - keep an eye out for art in surprising places and surprising art in familiar places from Coomera to Coolangatta.
We call it the Across the Coast program, also known as a 70km coastal sprinkling of art installations and events to surprise and delight Games visitors and locals.
Early risers should start their day of discovery at Sea Stories (below) - a meditative audio journey of first-person stories that link the mental side of human performance to the spectacular seascape at Broadbeach. Grab a free coffee, a deckchair and a pair of headphones and wash away the stress as the sun rises on the golden coast.
At Coolangatta beach The Language of the Wind is a collaboration between Aboriginal elders from South East Queensland and north-west NSW and sound artist Kyle Slabb. This experience turns ancient calls to country into an evocative soundscape of spoken and sung Indigenous language, creating an interwoven narrative of ancient knowledge.
From ancient wisdom to the exploration of a modern global threat, Holoscenes examines the experience of a human race faced with rising seas triggered by climate change. Staged at Surfers Paradise in a giant fishtank, performers must adapt to the quickly changing water level to complete a series of mundane daily tasks. Performers stay underwater for up to three minutes at a time busily making a bed or getting dressed in this incredible five-hour performance. Crowds at New York’s Times Square were transfixed by this aquatic installation and you’ll be no different.
When hunger hits, get to NightQuarter, Helensvale’s hedonistic hub of food and fun. Choose from a huge range of food vendors, then jump into a cooking workshop, take in a food demonstration or just kick back and enjoy the nearest performance.
Are you prepared for the end of the world? Neither are the performers in The Ninth Wave. This theatrical dance work by the Gold Coast’s contemporary dance company The Farm follows a group of champagne-quaffing dunderheads as they ignore their reality and party their way to the apocalypse, accompanied by an original live score by Regurgitator’s Ben Ely. Set on Surfers Paradise main beach this party to end all parties explores themes of consequences, destruction and hope.
On the Roundabout Stage at Broadbeach, contemporary dance performance SURGE (above) explores the fine line between beauty and violence. Watch as five dancers oscillate between perfect harmony and dramatic conflict in a perfect mix of athleticism and lyricism.
Music time! From 7pm the Queensland Music Stage at Broadbeach showcases a head-turning line-up of local country artists, headlined by the ARIA-nominated alt-country outfit Wilson Pickers. At the Surfers Paradise Main Stage world music rules supreme, with everything from Indian ska to African hip-hop forming part of the Fresh Voices of the Commonwealth event.
With the day drawing to a close, make sure you’ve got a swag or sleeping bag and a ticket to Wave Fields. This immersive experience opposite Mick Schamburg Park at Burleigh Heads sees visitors spend the night on the beach enveloped in a mesmerising soundscape created by renowned artist Lawrence English. Sweet dreams.