Thursday, 6 December 2012

Rainwire : Floating Land Festival 2013

Floating Land is a biennial 10-day environmental art festival held on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia that brings together international, national and local artists to explore environmental themes through art and dialogue.

The principal activity site for Floating Land is Boreen Point at Lake Cootharaba. This is in the UNESCO-listed biosphere of Noosa.

Floating Land 2013 is in partnership with Balance-Unbalance 2013, a major international conference designed to use art as a catalyst to explore intersections between nature, science, technology and society as we move into an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities.


The festival includes several satellite locations across the Sunshine Coast region including events at: Kin Kin, Cooroy, Tewantin and Noosaville.

Floating Land was conceived in 2001 as an outdoor sculpture exhibition, and has since firmly established itself as one of Australia’s leading ‘green art’ events. As the first environmental art event program of its kind in Australia, the event has championed environmental awareness through the arts.

This initiative has been supported by the following partners:

Noosa Biosphere
Sustainable Event Alliance
Noosa Regional Gallery

The Floating Land management team values the special ecological sites in which it is situated and also the distinctive and vibrant local community with whom the event is delivered.  The management team is committed to the principles of sustainable event production, improvement and creative sector leadership. Floating Land acknowledges this land and its Aboriginal people and recognises their physical and spiritual relationship reaching back thousands of years, and into the future.

The festival is an initiative of Sunshine Coast Council, hosting workshops, performances, installations and presentations that use creativity as a means for generating discussion and awareness about the environment to promote learning and change.

Date: May 31 - June 9, 2013

Venue: Boreen Point at Lake Cootharaba on the Sunshine Coast with satellite locations around the region

Theme: The 2013 theme of 'Nature's Dialogue' explores the intersection between artistic perspectives, the principles of natural design and community dynamics. This thematic framework is drawn from biomimicry; using the inspiration of nature for innovation in the creative industries, science, technology and culture.

Floating Land stands for a future of mutual respect, harmony and sustainability.

The 2013 Floating Land lead artists and community groups are:

Angie Dunbavan – Public Orchestra – Sunshine Coast
Bianca Beetson – Installation – Brisbane
David Burraston – Rainwire – NSW
Elizabeth Poole – BIRD iView – Queensland
Artmakers Noosa – APIS – Sunshine Coast
Gail Robinson and Mia Hacker – In SITE – Sunshine Coast
Judy Barrass – Converging Realities – Sunshine Coast
Kris Martin – Julara – Sunshine Coast
Linsey Pollak – Cries Across the Water – Sunshine Coast
Pauline Casely-Hayford – Greed is always Greener on the Other Side – Sunshine Coast
Bark Lab – Growth – Sunshine Coast
Common Threads – Aqua Dermis – Sunshine Coast
Tamara Kirby and Corrie Wright – Niche – Sunshine Coast
Jehan Kanga – The Dam(N) Project - India
James Muller – Reading Clouds – Sunshine Coast
Maryann Talia Pau – O is for Circle – Victoria
Peter Ward – Bundle of Sticks – UK
Kari and Stephen Roberts – Ark – Sunshine Coast
Leweton Womens Music – Performance and Weaving – Vanauatu
Simon McVerry – A Tale of a Fish – Sunshine Coast
Kevin McMahon – Visual Arts - Sunshine Coast
Mimburi Association – Endangered Weaving Project – Sunshine Coast
QUT – Workshops – Brisbane
DASSI – Lessons and Dialogue with Nature – Sunshine Coast
Noel Bird – Earthwalks – Sunshine Coast
Gerry Hillier and Kathryn Shewring – Emerging Elements – Sunshine Coast
Kendra Naderi – Greening the Colour of Heaven – Sunshine Coast
Kastom Kollectiv – Performing and Visual Arts – Sunshine Coast and Vanuatu
Steve Weis – The Hive – Sunshine Coast
Anywhere Theatre – Performance – Brisbane
Kin Kin Community Group – Guta – Sunshine Coast
NICA – TBC – Sunshine Coast
Noosa Library and Writers Group – Tribute to Judith Wright – Sunshine Coast
Cooroora Institute – Sunshine Coast
Lyndon Davies and NRG – The Canoe Project – Sunshine Coast
Quixotica – Korean Potters Residency – Sunshine Coast
Noosa and District Landcare – Weyba Creek Bushland Walk – Sunshine Coast
Noosa Biosphere – Balance Unbalance Conference – International
Fee Plumley – Reallybigroadtrip – National
Daniel Blinkhorn – BioScapes – National
Lenni Semmelink – Earth Songs – Sunshine Coast