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Gold Coast arts festival goes Beyond The Sand for 10th anniversary

Nick Nichols | December 3, 2020

The annual Sand Safari Arts Festival will return to the Gold Coast next March 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” said Mr 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. In a sign of the times, voting will go digital in 2021 to crown the People’s Choice Award.

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” said Mr Parker.

Supporting our local accommodation providers, Beyond the Sand seeks to drive overnight visitation providing a significant boost for the local Gold Coast economy. Visitors and local residents are invited to come in early and stay late to take in all the Gold Coast arts community has to offer at this free event for the whole family.

Beyond the Sand

Date: 13 – 21 March 2021
Time: 10:00am – 9:00pm daily
Where: Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217

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