Coast Festival set to launch
  • Thursday 19 May 2011

One of Australia’s leading Green Art projects, Floating Land, is set to launch its 10-day festival with a Welcome to Country at its central site of Boreen Point at 5.30pm Friday May 27. This spectacular start to the festival will involve the Gubbi Gubbi people formally welcoming all participants and visitors with a dance at dusk on the shores of Lake Cootharaba.

The festival will bring people together from across the Asia Pacific region, including visual and performance artists, cultural practitioners, writers and educators along with the local community.

Community Policy and Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Floating Land offers a platform for creative responses, provocations and interactive experiences that can underpin new ways of thinking and inspire change.

"This year, Floating Land will expand from its traditional elements to incorporate ephemeral art, light and sound performances and installations, as well as social media, to engage the digital community," Cr McKay said.

Floating Land guest curator, Leah Barclay – a multi-award winning Australian artist – said the program’s aim was to inspire solutions to challenge water issues.

"The diverse creative responses are embedded in a program of community workshops, forums and interactive labs designed to confront and challenge a spectrum of water issues across disciplines," she said.

In addition to Boreen Point in the UNESCO-listed Noosa Biosphere region, satellite locations at the Coolum Boardwalk and the Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy will also hold official openings of exhibitions in the festival’s first week. For full program details please visit council’s website.