This Free Arts Festival Will Turn Surfers Paradise Into A Botanical Wonderland

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This Free Arts Festival Will Turn Surfers Paradise Into A Botanical Wonderland

Beyond The Sand will feature a world premiere.

Amanda Parer’s larger-than-life installation Lost will be the star attraction at Beyond The Sand—the Gold Coast’s arts festival transforming Surfers Paradise into a gallery of colour, movement and music. (Featured image: beyondthesandgc)

The free, multi-medium arts festival featuring Parer’s never-before-seen installation will convert the beachfront into a floral-inspired wonderland for nine days and nights this March.

Lost is Parer’s attempt to celebrate and preserve nature. By using oversized and extinct botanicals made from Nylon 210D and illuminated from the inside by stunning LED lights while inflated by air blowers, attendees are dwarfed by the installation and forced to explore their own relationship with the natural world while at the same time showcasing its wonder in all of its beautiful forms.

”I raise questions about our relationship with the natural world. I communicate this by use of; scale, drama, light, and humour. I aim to entice my audience with beautiful, mostly invasive (including us) or endangered species, standing prominent in their given habitats.” Amanda Parer

However, Lost won’t be the only large-scale installation taking over the esplanade with another seven large installations planned to go up as well. Joining these will be a couple of massive sand sculptures including Luna Park’s Mr Moon face and a Merry-Go-Round carved from 80 tonnes of sand.


The Australian Sand Sculpting Championships, where ten world-renowned sculptors will battle it out head-to-head to take home the main prize, will also form part of the circus-themed arts festival with DJs and circus performances daily at 3:30, 5 and 6:30pm.

Formerly known as Sand Safari, Beyond The Sand is free for everyone and takes place from 13 March to 21 March.

For more information, head to the Beyond The Sand festival page.

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