Surface Festival takes over the streets of Miami

Marketta wall by PHILB (image supplied)
Marketta wall by PHILB (image supplied)

We know we bang on about it a bit, but how awesome is it that the Gold Coast is now experiencing a booming arts scene? Everywhere you look, we seem to have impressive murals, new artsy spaces, galleries, and associated events.

One such little neighbourhood people have noticed simmering away is Miami. And it just so happens this unassuming suburb has just scored itself something to capture the imagination of all Gold Coasters! We present to you —the inaugural Miami Street Art Festival, Surface.

The SURFACE Festival is about heralding the artists and community that have supported Marketta and allowed the whole of Miami to become the creative melting pot that it is. What the suburb has blossomed into is a place where an array of small businesses, creatives, dining nooks, distilleries & breweries, co-working spaces, paint shops and more amalgamate together. The festival stretches across the suburb from Hillcrest Parade to Lemana Lane; where audiences are encouraged to walk, ride, push prams and explore the creative side of Miami.

Kelly Drake at Surface Festival (image supplied)
Kelly Drake at Surface Festival (image supplied)

Organisers behind the festival are non-other than much-loved food and music venue Miami Marketta. This year they wanted to celebrate their 10th anniversary (wow, that went fast) in a special way. Back in 2011, local artists and creatives took over the Marketta laneway, bringing the blank walls alive to create the vibrant space we now all know and love. So, what better way to celebrate a birthday than with a fresh lick of paint?

11 major surfaces will be painted around Miami, including walls within Miami Marketta, Fenech Guitars new showroom and the Burleigh Gold Coast Motels iconic highway wall. Artists designated paint times and locations will be published on the festival website, so audiences are most welcome to come go watch and/or interrupt them!

30+ artists including, Christine Slabb, Kiel Tillman, Dion Parker, and Steve Nowland, will have their work featured along a 2km Fence Line Exhibition from Hillcrest Parade all the way down to Lemana Lane.

If that wasn’t impressive enough, other events include the artist breakfasts, secret music event Sofar Sounds, and Sip + Paint workshops.

Marketta Wall by Steve Nowland (image supplied)
Marketta Wall by Steve Nowland (image supplied)

For those already in the know, you may have already seen or heard about some exciting gigs coming to Marketta which were part of Surface. Unfortunately, COVID restrictions have forced organisers to postpone the three major music events. However, don’t be dismayed! The festival will still push ahead to deliver free and eye-catching art activations to the streets of Miami.

It’s a vibrant all-ages program where audiences can see artists at work and get to know the visual gems of Miami. So go on – walk, ride, roll & stroll through the streets of Miami this winter!

SURFACE is presented by Miami Marketta and supported by the City of Gold Coast, Young Henrys, Dave’s Discount Paints and LONDON Estate Agents.   

Free event
When: Sunday 4th – Sunday 11th July 2021
Where: Across Miami.

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Kiel Tillman at work (image supplied)
Kiel Tillman at work (image supplied)



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