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until the 2018 Commonwealth Games commence.
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April 4 to 15 2018
Sand song
  • Thu 5 Apr 2018

    Sun 8 Apr 2018
  • Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach, Gold Coast
  • Festival 2018
  • Free
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SAND SONG | Walbira Murray and Insite Arts (AUS)

SAND SONG, an uplifting contemporary Aboriginal dance and theatre performance and workshop that inspires Dreaming.

Created by visual artist Walbira Murray and director Elena Vereker and produced by Insite Arts, SAND SONG explores the power of light, dreams and fire. The vibrant performance tells the story of 'Cheeky Brolga stealing Emu's egg', which is the Goomeroi Dreaming story of the 'First Sun' - the first time the suns light shone on Australia. The story also represents the dawn of understanding, growing up, and gaining wisdom.

Aboriginal artist and storyteller Rick Roser and four dancers perform on a large artwork of red sand, white ochre, emu feathers and five towering ancestor poles. Roser tells the captivating story using traditional Aboriginal bush craft techniques such as fire-making, ochre-spraying and net-weaving.

"This show must tour!" Cate Blanchet, Artistic Director Sydney Theatre Company.

"SAND SONG is a unique and inspiring Aboriginal culture experience for children aged 5-12 and their parents or carers." Murray, a Goomeroi woman from Dirranbandi. 

Want to get more involved with the show? Attend free workshop sessions before each of the shows.

About the creators: 
Murray Walbira is a Goomeroi woman, from Dirranbandi. Walbira's earliest memories are of living in the fringe dwellers camp on the banks of the Ballone River in a shack her father had built. Walbira is a traditional dancer, Artistic Director, Arts Facilitator, Art Maker and Events Coordinator. She combines traditional and contemporary practices, crafting spaces and experiences that reflect a connection to spirituality and allow for an interface between Indigenous and non Indigenous people.

Murray has worked on a local, state, national and international level. She has toured internationally to Europe, North America, and Asia numerous times to showcase Indigenous arts and culture through performance and exhibitions. Her work is influenced by connection to country and her culture. The colours and textures of the ghost gums, flat plains, slow rivers and deep earth colours of her country are often experienced in her work.This connection to country drives her to create spaces and experiences where Indigenous and non Indigenous people can interface on a level that encourages exploring mutual connection to place and the spiritual base of country.

Thu 5 Apr 2018 — Sun 8 Apr 2018
Thu 5 Apr, 06:00pm - 07:00pm
Fri 6 Apr, 06:00pm - 07:00pm
Sat 7 Apr, 06:00pm - 07:00pm
Sun 8 Apr, 06:00pm - 07:00pm
Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach, Gold Coast

-28.028072, 153.4343613

Old Burleigh Road
Broadbeach QLD 4218

Accessibility information

Wheelchair accessible.

Please refer to the detailed event information on the left for event-specific details on performances for The Whale’s Tale, The Lost Lending Library, Welcome to Sameville, Emil and the Detectives and The Listies Go For Bronze with Auslan translation.


Walbira Murray and Elena Vereker, Co-creators
Deon Hastie, Choreographer
James Henry and Lou Bennet, Composers
Walbira Murray, Designer
Elena Vereker, Director 
David Walters, Lighting 

Josh McIntosh, Costume Designer

Sani Townson, Caleena Sansbury, Jesse Martin, Hannah Scanlon, Rick Roser 

Prudence Upton, Photographer

Insite Arts is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Plus Australia Council.


Presenting partner of Broadbeach