Countdown to Floating Land – a celebration of nature
  • Tuesday 21 May 2013

With preparations for Floating Land 2013 almost complete, festival-goers can look forward to a smorgasbord of environmental art experiences when the festival launches at Boreen Point next week.

The award-winning 10-day event, hosted by Sunshine Coast Council from 31 May to 9 June, has attracted a diverse range of international and national artists who will collaborate with local artists to celebrate nature in the lakeside haven and across the region.

Division 12 Councillor Tony Wellington said the festival merged arts and culture with science and environment providing something of interest for everyone within the extensive program of over 150 free events.

“Whether you’re interested in natural fibre weaving workshops, dancers from Bangalore, poetry readings, Tai Chi classes, orchestral performances, site specific installations or exhibitions, the festival offers great experiences for the whole family,” Cr Wellington said.

“It gives us all an opportunity to appreciate the beautiful natural environment we have in the region and reminds us of the importance of protecting and sustaining it for future generations.”

All are welcome to attend the Wunya (Welcome) Ceremony from 4pm to 7pm on Saturday 1 June which promises to be one of the festival highlights. Featuring Lyndon Davis and the Gubbi Gubbi Dancers, the Attakkalari Dance Company from India and stirring projections by renowned artists, James Muller and Michael Tuffery. The Floating Land Orchestra will deliver an original score based on the theme of nature’s dialogue, composed by Andrew Veivers.

One highlight not to miss in the program includes the Judith Wright Tribute Evening on Friday 31 May at the Apollonian Hotel to honour the much-celebrated Australian poet who had a holiday home in Boreen Point. Also Linsey Pollak’s ‘Cries Across the Water’ will see the popular performer present a concert experience using the sounds of extinct and endangered animal species through live looping at sunset on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday throughout the festival.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Floating Land, celebrating its 7th iteration, brings those who share a love for nature and art together.

“Having over 300 artists converging at this year’s festival is testament to how highly the event is regarded,” Cr McKay said.

“We look forward to another inspiring event and encourage those interested, not only in the arts but also in the sustainability of our environment, to come down to the foreshore or to visit one of the satellite locations across the region during the 10-day festival.”

For more information please visit the website for the Floating Land program.