Get your body moving and jump into today's activities
Need a healthy dose of movement and physical theatre to get over the mid-week hump? Festival 2018 has got you covered.
Movement doesn’t get much bigger than a mob of two-metre bouncing kangaroos. A favourite of festivals around the world, the marsupial steampunk performers of Roo’d will be bounding through venues right across the Gold Coast. Their motto: always Roo'd but never offensive! If you catch them out and about make sure you snap a photo and share it with us using #festival2018
On the Roundabout Stage at Broadbeach, eight local circus artists take the aerial route to face our culture’s universal flood myths in The Rising. Watch bodies fly through the air as the performers tackle the question, “What are the costs of survival?”
In a totally different type of movement, keep an eye out for Skryf pottering along the Surfers Paradise Esplanade. Skyrf is a small robotic poet that leaves trails of sand verse on the footpath in an ever-changing transitory text installation.
While in Surfers Paradise, hit the beach and keep those toes tapping in the Giant Sing Along. Sprouting from the sand, a crop of microphones is equipped with autotune and a huge lyrics screen to provide the ultimate karaoke experience. Bond with friends and strangers alike as you belt out some of the world’s most popular tunes in an addictive group experience.
At Kurrawa Park in Broadbeach, kids get to flex their political muscles and imagine their own country in The Children's Republic (above) workshop. If you were in charge, what laws would you create, what would life be like and what would you be known for? Kids will even get help to design their new nation’s flag and coat of arms in sewing workshops on site.
Mid-week partying always feels that little bit naughtier, and on the Queensland Music Stage Bobby Alu is the perfect man to bring the spicy beats. Supported by the Hanlon Brothers and Electric Lemonade, this conga line of local party bands specialises in helping crowds thumb their nose at weekday responsibility and dance well into the night.
On the Main Stage at Surfers Paradise, the night is all about celebrating change and unity through the power of African music. Nelson Mandela’s grandson Kweku (above) will celebrate his grandfather’s 100th birthday by hosting the Young African Commonwealth program - an evening of trailblazing African DJs, vocalists and bands. Kweku and friends will show how African music is now leading a global revolution started by his grandfather Nelson.