World Premiere | Commissioned by Bleach* Festival

Before the written word defined history, storytelling – be it dance (the movements), music (the sounds), geography (the environment) or customs (the practices), provided the connection between communities and their past, their people and their sense of place.

Newly commissioned by Bleach* Festival in 2016, Shifting Sands presents a momentous celebration of the cultures, the communities and the characters of Currumbin Estuary.

The world premiere of Shifting Sands is a free, outdoor extravaganza, unlike anything the Gold Coast has seen before.

The water of the estuary itself will provide the stage, the sand of the creek banks will form the seating and the surrounding vantage points are the perfect natural auditorium for large audiences.

With a stunning performance by the Queensland Ballet’s Jette Parker Young Artists, subtle soundscapes, stand up paddle boards, kayaks, life savers, dragon boats, circus and dance, accompanied by narration from local voices and the sounds of the Gold Coast’s Bobby Alu, Shifting Sands will evoke an emotional sense of pride in an undoubtedly praiseworthy place.

Original Concept: Artistic Director, Bleach* Festival, Louise Bezzina
Creative Director: Donna Jackson, Hubcap Productions
Choreographer of Queensland Ballet’s commissioned work: Amy Hollingsworth, Queensland Ballet, Ballet Mistress and Creative Associate
Music and Sound: Guy Webster (featuring the music of Bobby Alu)
Researcher/Story Collection: Mick Angus
Producer: Kate McDonald
Production Manager: Chris Paget
Featuring: Sam Foster, Tammy Zarb, Gold Coast SUP, Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club, Currumbin Dragons Paddling Club, Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club and Palm Beach Currumbin High School.

Duration: 60 minutes | Site Opens: 5.00pm

Image: Darcy Grant


Event Site: Performance site opens at 5.00pm for a 5.45pm – 6.45pm performance. Please note this is an outdoor, open- air performance. The performance takes place on the water and we ask for the safety of the performers that you please stay out of water for the duration of the show. Please note the performance includes the use of pyrotechnics.

Access: Entry via Palm Beach Parklands, Gold Coast HWY Palm Beach. 

Seating: Audience viewing will be on the sand areas surrounding the Estuary inlet, both the park and beach side, as well as sections within the parklands next to Dune Café. Chairs will be contained to designated viewing areas. Picnic blankets are encouraged.

Public Transport: Parking is limited and Public transport encouraged. Visitwww.translink.com.au or call 13 12 30 for G :link trams, Surfside buslines and Queensland Rail information.

Parking: Parking available at Palm Beach Parklands carpark, along Thrower Dive, Palm Beach Currumbin High School and adjacent streets. Please note that this area can become congested and we suggest leaving plenty of time to find a park and walk to the performance.

Please note: The service road on the western side of the Highway will be closed for the duration of the event.

Food + Beverage: No BYO Alcohol is permitted. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase on site.

Creative partner of Bleach* Festival since 2011