See acts that dance to the beat of a different drum
It’s Day 11 and Festival 2018 has truly developed a rhythm all its own, so now is the time to move your body to its cultural beat.
No-one knows more about rhythm than the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and here’s your chance to connect with the ancient traditions of the Gold Coast region through the Yugambeh Youth Choir (below) Performing at Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach, under the guidance of Kombumerri woman Candace Kruger, the choir delivers local stories and modern pieces through traditional language and song.
The youthful theme continues at Surfers Paradise Beach in Fitter. Faster. Better. This is no ordinary boot camp - it’s a play-based program that sees participants of all ages paired with a gung-ho personal trainer aged 9-12. A fitness class event run entirely by children is just the thing to reignite your child-like love of exercise.
It’s never too early to start moving, even if you can’t yet walk. Kids under two should bring their significant adults to Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach, and Touch and Go (below) - a performance space for the very young. Friendly dance facilitators help tots play with shapes, pathways and movement to expand their physical world with the help of a live guitarist.
Still in Kurrawa Park, the worlds of fashion, diversity and song meet in Intertwined, a multicultural celebration of the positive change possible when worlds collide. Through extensive community collaboration artist and designer Grace Lillian Lee celebrates local Indigenous culture through a carefully curated fashion and performance show featuring local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers and models.
On the Queensland Music Stage at Broadbeach a night of indie pop stretches out before you. Gold Coast product Ella Fence leads the charge, followed by ’90s electro-pop darlings Regurgitator. When the 'Gurge have blown out the crowd’s cobwebs, it’s on to the headline act - award-winning songwriter and vocalist Kate Miller-Heidke. Returning from slaying around the world, the blonde songstress will front a string quartet to bring a classical edge to what is sure to be an incredible set.
With time running out on Festival 2018, it’s a great time to end the day with a bang - The Big Bang, in fact. This percussive music experience hits the Surfers Paradise Main Stage from 7pm, featuring rhythm artists from across the Commonwealth. Belize’s Garifuna Collective (above) adds Creole grooves to the multicultural drumming styles of Australia’s Circle of Rhythm, then it’s time for Indigenous supergroup Yarwah. This time around the Yarwah musical collective includes didjeridu master Tjupurru, the Torres Strait’s Chris Tamway and beatboxing guru Tom Thum.
The result is a seriously diverse mix of percussive talent to cap off a thumping good day of experiences and entertainment.