We all know that Festival 2018 is providing an awesome opportunity to show off some of our best Australian culture, music and art to a large international audience. But there will also be a plethora of stunning and exciting Commonwealth-wide artists and culture on display. Here are seven of our faves from the program.
ECSTATIC | INDIA , PAKISTAN, BANGLADESH AND SRI LANKA
World music stars from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka unite to bring you unforgettable melodic and rhythmic fireworks. Experience the music of love, spirit and transcendence, with exquisite folk and spiritual trance music from Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist traditions. This concert is curated by and features prolific artist Susheela Raman, and will feature acclaimed Indian musicians including Sambit Chatterjee , Kalpana Patowary, and Embar Kannan.
Fri 13 Apr, 7pm – 11pm, Main Stage, Surfers Paradise Beach
FRESH VOICES OF THE COMMONWEALTH | GHANA, INDIA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Experience the kaleidoscopic perspectives of the Commonwealth in a night bursting with African hip hop beats, danceable ska rhythms and hauntingly beautiful voices. Join legendary Ghanaian rapper M’Anifest, India’s energetic, internationally charting The Ska Vengers and award-winning musician and composer David Bridie in collaboration with Papua New Guinean songman George Telek and other Papuan artists.
Fri 6 Apr, 7pm – 11pm, Main Stage, Surfers Paradise Beach
BIG BANG | BELIZE
Witness an explosion of energy, beats, drums and rhythms from across the Commonwealth. Performing in Australia for the first time are headliners Garifuna Collective featuring Umalali (Belize). Experience a hypnotic blend of ancient and modern sounds, soulful melodies and irresistible grooves. The lineup also features Woodford Folk Festival favourites Circle of Rhythm (Greg Sheehan, Ben Walsh, Bobby Singh), Indigenous super group Yarwah, international Didjeridu performer Tjupurru, Torres Strait Islander songman Chris Tamwoy, and global beatboxing sensation Thom Thum. (IMAGE (c) Peter Rakossy)
Sat 14 Apr, 7pm – 11pm, Main Stage, Surfers Paradise Beach
YOUNG AFRICAN COMMONWEALTH: Celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 100th Birthday | AFRICA
Kweku Mandela is your host for you to an incredible evening of African music – a live tour de force of the power of change, the power of music, and the power of unity. An exciting lineup of young music trailblazers – DJs, bands and vocalists – demonstrate loud and live why Africa has come to lead the evolution of music across the globe, and how Mandela made that possible.
Wed 11 Apr, 7pm – 11pm, Main Stage, Surfers Paradise Beach
MAGNIFIKA PACIFIKA | NEW ZEALAND
Get ready to party as Salmonella Dub celebrates its 25th anniversary with an iconic back-catalogue mash-up. Salmonella Dub has toured the world, performed over 200 festival shows and blazed a trail for the likes of Fat Freddy’s Drop and Shapeshifter. Dance to jungle grooves and thumping bass anthems – compete with special guests, NZ’s ‘King of the Dubs’ Tiki Taane and Maori songstress Whirimako Black. The night will finish with Mike Cooper performing the evocative film soundtrack, ‘White Shadows in the South Seas’.
Sun 8 Apr, 7pm – 11pm, Main Stage, Surfers Paradise Beach
PRIVACY SETTINGS | PACIFIC ISLANDS
Delve into a world where the screen consumes our lives; where snooping is an everyday activity and the lines of public vs private are indistinct. Polytoxic teams up with internationally acclaimed design duo Craig & Karl and animator Pete Foley to bring you this spectacular new site-specific work. Expect an intoxicating blend of dance, theatre, costume design and colour-saturated pop-graphic visuals as Privacy Settings explores the seduction and lure of a surveillance-soaked society. Polytoxic is one of the most prominent contemporary Pacific theatre companies in Australia, known for creating hyper-visual, pop-inspired performance works. (IMAGE Illustration by Pete Foley inset design by Craig Karl)
Thu 12 – Sun 15 Apr, 06:30pm, Surfers Paradise Beach
MUSEUM OF THE MOON | UK
After mesmerising millions of people across the globe, this glorious silvery moon journeys to Australia for the first time. Museum of the Moon is an incredible seven-metre-wide, floating moon sculpture with detailed NASA imagery on its surface. Each centimetre of the replica equals 5 kms of the lunar surface. While you bathe in the moonlight, listen to a surround-sound composition, featuring archive audio from the moon landings, by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones. As the sculpture travels around the globe, it highlights the latest moon science and gathers new musical compositions, personal responses, stories and mythologies from each stop. (IMAGE (c) Luke Jerram)
Wed 4 – Sun 15 April, 10am-10pm, Southport
For full program details, visit gc2018.com/festival2018