Sand Safari Arts Festival 2017

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the Gold Coast is now set to come alive with Mermaids and Mythical creatures for the 2017 Sand Safari Arts Festival from February 10 to 26.

The golden shores of Surfers Paradise will become center stage for the celebration of sand and sea-inspired art, drawing thousands of bemused onlookers to marvel at the intricately carved life-sized masterpieces made entirely of sand – 10 tonnes of it to be precise!

The Sand Safari kicks off with the annual Sand Trail. Explore the sandy sculptures with your squad by downloading a Sand Trail map. X marks the spot as sand art pops-up in hotel lobbies, shopping centers, libraries and restaurants (for a timely pit stop).

But it’s not just the sand varietal of sculptures on display either.

UK’s renowned “inflatablist” Luke Egan (aka Filthy Luker) returns to exhibit his bold, playful and clever inflatable art interventions throughout Surfers Paradise – a must see for locals and visitors alike.

Moving from the foreshore to the swimming pool, the festival will also feature a Mermaid School for the kids. An interactive swimming class and storytelling session will take place at QT Gold Coast’s very own tropical pool on Friday 10th and Friday 17th February from 3 – 5 pm.

All events at the 2017 Sand Safari Arts Festival are free to attend. So get ready to venture into the deep with Mermaids and Mythical Creatures this February.

Presented by Streets Ice Cream, the popular free event features the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships, drawing thousands of spectators to admire the country’s most talented sculptors, as they intricately carve life-sized masterpieces inspired by the theme ‘Mermaids and Mythical Creatures’ over three days from February 10 to 12.

Visitors can vote for their favourite creation, with the “king or queen of the castles” announced at 4pm on February 12. The awe-inspiring creations – each carved from 10 tonnes of sand – will then remain on display on the iconic foreshore until Sunday February 26.

2017 Australian Sand Sculpting Championships:

Dates: February 10 – 12, 2017

(Live sculpting February 10-12, winner announced February 12, works displayed until February 26)

Location: Surfers Paradise foreshore

Cost: Free

2017 Sand Trail:

Dates: February 3 – 26, 2017

Location: Various locations from Tweed Heads to Loganholme

Cost: Free

Inflatable Sea Sculptures by Luke Egan (Filthy Luker):

Dates: February 10 – 26, 2017

Location: Multiple locations throughout Surfers Paradise

Cost: Free

Sand and Sea Sculptures:

Dates: February 10 – 26, 2017

Location: Multiple locations throughout Surfers Paradise, including riverside at the end of Cavill Mall

Cost: Free

Sand Art Activities and Workshops:

Dates: February 10 – 26, 2017

Location: Surfers Paradise Foreshore

Cost: Free

This is a free event.

Who should attend:
This event is open to everyone.

How to get there:
Please visit Translink as your guide to public transport timetables, fares and accessible transport.

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