The stunning Swell Sculpture Festival is back for 2020

SWELL Festival 2020 (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

In some of the absolute greatest news of 2020, the Swell Sculpture Festival is happening across the city starting Friday 11th September.

It has obviously been quite some time since we’ve had a festival, or any kind of cultural event to attend and we are absolutely thrilled.

No doubt you’ve had the pleasure of visiting the festival before but in case you’re new to the Coast (welcome, good choice) here’s a little rundown.

Swell Sculpture Festival is a free, 10 day outdoor sculpture festival created by the people, for the people. And we, the people, love it very much.

It’s a celebration of narratives and stories spoken through the artworks produced by local, national and international artists and we’re all encouraged to immerse ourselves within the sculptures set amongst the natural landscape of Currumbin Beach.

SWELL Festival 2020 (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

The 2020 festival (not a thing we thought we’d type) showcases 50+ works of art by nationally and internationally renowned artists with pop-up exhibitions presented as westerlySWELL in The Village Green, Mudgeeraba, northerlySWELL in the Cultural Precinct, Helensvale and the SWELL Smalls Gallery at Dust Temple, Currumbin Waters.

Free art everywhere. What a revelation.

The SWELL Smalls Gallery is already running at Dust Temple, so you can get started there if you can’t wait until Friday.

Speaking of, there are a number of workshops and live music events you can get involved in throughout the festival including life drawing and a poetry evening.

You can also choose to go on a guided twilight sculpture walk or listen to one of the free artist talks throughout the festival.

Of course, there’s plenty for the kiddies too including the popup Storyfest library with live storytelling events, online workshops and film nights.

SWELL Festival 2020 (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Check out the entire program here.

Throughout this years’ festival you can expect to see plenty of new artists faces and some absolutely mind-blowing creations and honestly, what could be better than strolling around barefoot on the sand marvelling at life-size art installations? Not much we think.

Get down to Currumbin Beach from Friday September 11th until Sunday September 20th.

A festival, what a treat.

WHEN: September 11th to 20th, 2020

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

SWELL Festival 2020 (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)



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