Festival + family = fun!
If you’re like us your heads are still spinning after last night’s opening night events, but shake it off - there’s no time to rest! Gather the family and hit Festival 2018 for a day of family-friendly entertaining events and performances.
For the youngest family members, Kurrawa Park is the scene for Our Corka Bubs, the first contemporary Aboriginal dance work for babies and their parents. There’s no standing still here, as the work’s performers use music and play to get the tiny tots transfixed. For primary school kids check out Especially on Birthdays - a visual-theatre experience set on every child’s favourite day of the year.
The nearby Arboria is also an immersive experience. It’s a giant, inflatable walk-in sculpture that you really can’t miss - and the only thing more impressive than its scale, is what’s inside. Step into an illuminated riot of colour, tunnels and soaring domes that will transport you into a dazzling world of wonder.
Ever wondered what kids are really thinking? Head to Surfers Paradise Esplanade for Future Postal Service, where the little ones deliver their big ideas to adults passing by in the form of a physical game they’ll love to play.
Nearby, The Owl and the Pussycat brings the traditional children’s poem to the Surfers Paradise beach, adding interactive theatre, puppetry and … wait for it … musical puffins for a whole new flavour.
What about a detective story that is literally smoke and mirrors? Back at Broadbeach’s Kurrawa Park, catch Emil and The Detectives (above), a theatrical whodunnit for pre-teens that explores ideas of using friendship and teamwork to combat the tricksters among us.
Then enter a story circle, with SAND SONG, where the ancient Dreaming story of the sun’s origins comes to life through elements of dance and song. The show is set literally on top of a giant artwork and is set among a range of other traditional artefacts.
As the sun goes down over Surfers Paradise, the kids (or kids at heart) will want to take a ride on Impulse (below) - an installation of 15 seesaws with a few added extras! Riding the seesaws triggers their lights and sounds, which turns this work from playground equipment into a giant collaborative instrument and light show.
At the Main Stage at Surfers Paradise Beach, The Great Australian Songbook kicks off a massive night of music at 7pm. Headlined by Peaches, Nadine Shah and African Boy, artists from across the Commonwealth will have you dancing the night away with their take on Australia’s greatest musical anthems to bring fresh perspective to the songs we all know and love.
At Broadbeach’s Queensland Music Stage the Gold Coast’s own Paces, along with Lastlings and Austen, will kick the vibe up a notch, with enough floor-filling electronic beats to keep the crowd jumping till late.
Whew! Can you believe it’s only Day 2?