In an announcement which has been highly anticipated by the festival’s fans, the annual Sand Safari Arts Festival will return to the Gold Coast in 2021 as Beyond the Sand for its 10th anniversary.
Beyond the Sand will transform Surfers Paradise into a captivating beachfront gallery of colour, movement and music with larger-than-life artworks. The reimagined festival is putting a modern spin on the loved local classic.
The free multi-medium arts festival will be held across nine spectacular days and nights from the 13th to 21st of March 2021.
The event will not only see a name change, but evolve beyond just ‘sandcastles’, showcasing eight large-scale installations as well as artworks that will travel from showrooms to Beyond the Sand’s beachside artist gallery.
The 2021 event will be circus-themed offering entertainment for the entire family. Featuring the annual Australian Sand Sculpting Championships, installations from local and nationally acclaimed artists, as well as circus performances, roving entertainment and workshops, attendees will be able to ‘step right up’ and learn new skills from performers and artists.
Major Events Gold Coast Director of Events and Festivals, Mark Duckworth, said the rebrand will provide room for the festival to grow and evolve as it forges ahead.
This rebrand is the perfect way to represent the art community on the Gold Coast and further afield. Having the festival at the start of the year allows us to highlight the artistic flair and creativity that the Gold Coast has to offer year-round. We are excited to showcase a high calibre of talented artists exhibiting works at Beyond the Sand and continue to celebrate the cultural hub that is the Gold Coast.Mark Duckworth
The festival will still offer the best in sand sculptures, bringing 10 artists to compete in the annual Australian Sand Sculpting Championships and feature two large-scale circus-themed sculptures along the beachfront.
Iconic sculptor Dion Parker will return to the sand, as one of the local artists showcasing a range of work at the festival’s Artist Gallery. The Gold Coast local is thrilled to bring his multidisciplinary visual art to the foreshore once again.
I’m really looking forward to taking part in the Beyond the Sand festival in 2021 for the 10th anniversary. The Australian art scene is often overlooked, so to be contributing to such a vibrant festival at the iconic Surfers Paradise beach, is an honour.Dion Parker