3 December, 2020

Beyond the Sand is another welcome addition to the Gold Coast arts calendar.

Colourful tentacles Art Installation lit up with LED lights - Beyond the Sand

What was formerly known as the Sand Safari Arts Festival has today announced it will return to the Gold Coast in 2021 as Beyond the Sand.

Beyond the Sand will transform Surfers Paradise into a captivating beachfront gallery of colour, movement and music with larger-than-life artworks across nine days and nights from the 13th to 21st of March 2021.

The free Surfers Paradise Event, owned and produced by Major Events Gold Coast delivers a significant cultural tourism impact to the Gold Coast with visitors travelling from around Australia to wander through the beautifully curated festival, providing a significant boost for the local Gold Coast economy. Beyond the Sand will become a cultural hub that reflects the lifestyle and creativity of the Gold Coasts thriving art scene.

The reimagined festival is putting a modern spin on the loved local classic to 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.

For further information on the Festival including updates and programming, visit the Beyond the Sand website.