Sand Safari Arts Festival 2020

Once upon a time in the city of the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise was transformed into Sand Safari Arts Festival, an award-winning wonderful place of discovery with captivating and gigantic sand sculptures and larger than life art pieces.

In the year 2020, this FREE festival will see your imagination come to life across 17 days, containing over 270 tonne of sand themed to your favourite fairy tale classic. Families, friends and, art lovers alike will be captivated by larger than life sand sculptures, breathtaking art installations, sand sculpting demonstrations, live entertainment, art exhibitions and interactive workshops that will be sure to charm people of all ages from dawn to dusk, Friday 14 February to Sunday 1 March.

Prepare to experience the largest and greatest sand sculpt competition that ever was, The Australian Sand Sculpting Championships (ASSC). Be amazed when 15 world-renowned sculptors, go head-to-head to take out the highly acclaimed title by creating 10-tonne sand sculpts revealing your favourite fairy tale classics. Witness an integral part of the festival happening over an intensifying three days - Friday 14 February to Sunday 16 February, with the official ASSC Award presentation taking place on Sunday 16 February at 5:30pm. During the course of the festival get involved and have your say by collecting a golden coin to vote for your favourite sculpt in the People’s Choice Award, the winner will take home the crown on Saturday 29 February.

As seen at VIVID Sydney 2019, “The Harp of the City”, six giant public instrumental harps, will be placed along the beachfront produces unique sounds along with an interactive light show. Designed by Artists Joseph Burgess and Joshua Wilkinson, each harp is completely unique, carved by hand out of wood, giving each instrument its own character, reflecting in both form and sound.

Internationally-acclaimed local artist Clayton Blake, will showcase two of his extraordinary works of art across the duration of Sand Safari Arts Festival. A cast of over 500 electric blue “Migration” solider crabs will converge on Surfers Paradise beach – a true testament to Clayton’s contemporary installation ability. This year, in collaboration with local mixed media artist, Courtenay McCue (CTR DESIGNS) a thicket of eight large scale tentacles will ignite Cavill Mall – reflecting the beings of fairy tale dreams.

The vibrant fabric of the buoyant art culture in South East Queensland can be seen for your viewing pleasures, The Artist Plaza in Cavill Mall - spotlighting new, emerging and established artists work in a dynamic outdoor exhibit. Discover a diverse display of artwork in a range of mediums, from paintings to Sand Safari‐themed masterpieces. You’ll not only see art come alive, but have the option to purchase your favourite piece as well.

Mirror, Mirror on the wall - who's the selfie king or queen of them all? Photo opportunities will be flowing throughout the festival to capture memories that will stay with you forever and ever. Like in Snow White, a magic mirror will surface along the beachfront teamed with the not so small seven dwarf sand sculpts standing at whopping five tonne. Jack can also be seen climbing the beanstalk for your viewing pleasures on Friday 14 February and beyond. Staggering at an astonishing 45 tonne of sand, the world famous Surfers Paradise sign will set the stage for young Jack that is one artwork that will be hard to miss.

Ever dreamt of taking a seat at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party or riding the carpet with Aladdin’s Genie of the Lamp? From Monday 17 February to Friday 21 February see 35 tonne sand sculpts be carved from scratch and on Saturday 22 February – your wish is our command! Immerse yourself within the interactive sand sculpts and capture the perfect picture that will have others in awe.

The mythical adventures will continue as you step into The Castle of Ever After, the home where fantasy meets inspiration. Behold the enchanting array of fairy tale book readings, performances, games, live music and the Storyfest pop-up beach library like no other. You will even have the chance to get up close and personal as the sand sculptors answer all your bubbling questions, all the while demonstrating their extraordinary talents in speed carving happening on Saturday 22, Sunday 23, Saturday 29 February and Sunday 1 March.

What’s #YourStory? Like in fairy tales each story is unique, some may convey great hardship and the ultimate triumph, while others are still looking for their ending. Register to be a part of something great, Sand TalkWe invite you to stand together as a community as we spark conversation around the importance of mental health and well-being. Learn more about Sand Talk below.

To celebrate the little Hansels and Gretel’s that “Dare to Dream”, Surfers Paradise State School will be showcases breathtaking works of art, including entries from the prep to grade three colouring‐in competition. A talented art teacher will be viewing all entries on display, with the winner announced in March 2020.

Surfers Paradise becomes a land of plenty with so much to do, see and enjoy. Take a trip around the wonderful setting and enjoy the many restaurants, shopping experiences, and attractions. It’s best to start making your travel arrangements today, as we can assure it will leave you happily ever after.

Check out the in-venue events happening during Sand Safari Arts Festival.


Check out Sand Safari 2019 in the video below.

This event takes place in public space, as such your image may be photographed or may be included within video content by an employee of Surfers Paradise Alliance and may be included within future promotional or marketing material.
  • Date: 14 Feb - 1 March 2020
  • Price: FREE
  • Address: Surfers Paradise

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