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Flotsam Festival

Flotsam Festival, the Gold Coast’s premier surf film and ocean photography celebration, is gearing up to deliver a dynamic cultural experience with a line-up of innovative events in the pipeline for this year’s program.

Flotsam Arts Inc is proud to announce that the 2024 program will be supported by the festival’s foundation partners, the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Experience Gold Coast, when the festival returns for a third consecutive year from May 1 to May 12, 2024.

Flotsam Festival 2024 will also expand free community programming and youth mentoring opportunities thanks to camera and projection equipment acquired as a recipient of funding support from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF). GCBF allocates grants to enhance their capacity, to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.

Flotsam’s two-week arts and culture festival showcases the Gold Coast’s rich surf heritage and world-class waves through photo and film, and was designed to foster and spotlight individual artists, creators and talent alike, amplify the flourishing arts and cultural industry, and serve as a place of community connection.

With an extensive calendar of events designed to captivate audiences of all interests, the 2024 edition will continue to offer a multi-venue arts trail that highlights the vibrant spirit of surf culture and artistic expression through ocean-inspired film and photographic arts.

Among the highlighted events set to make a return are Flotsam’s innovative outdoor photography exhibitions, curated film nights including Flotsam’s female creator showcase (Surf) Girls on Film, popular local film and photography competition awards night Homegrown, and an International Surf Flick Fest. New events set to be announced include a youth film and photography initiative partnering visuals with live performances by up-and-coming musicians.

The festival will also feature dedicated amateur and youth programs, photography workshops, environmentally-focussed community photography initiatives, as well as several new film and photography competitions.  The program for Flotsam Festival 2024 will be announced late March, 2024.

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