The inaugural Surfers Paradise Festival is here, a celebration of music, fashion, film and the arts, showcasing international and local talent within the streets of Surfers Paradise.
To be held on Saturday 5th June, oneway project is one of the core events of the Festival, a dynamic, interactive street party that will transform the laneways of Surfers Paradise around Appel and Allison St’s (running parallel to Surfers Paradise Blvd from the Pancake Parlour to Nicolini’s Restaurant) into a vibrant, engaging space.
oneway project will offer culture lovers the chance to absorb artistic creations, listen to some of the hottest local bands around and spend an afternoon wandering in and around market stalls and alfresco dining areas.
According to Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Rowena Howe the oneway project is a groundbreaking initiative, unlike anything seen before on the Gold Coast and is part of the Surfers Paradise Festival’s key promises to promote and celebrate the city’s grassroots culture. "oneway project is an innovative event, that will transform Appel and Allison St's into a miscellaneous mix of arts, music and food in a daylong festival that celebrates and showcases the Gold Coast’s amazing grassroots cultural scene- a key aim of the Surfers Paradise Festival," said Ms Howe.
SPA Surfers Paradise Festival event coordinator Jolie Hertzberg sees the oneway project as an opportunity for the incredible young talent on the Gold Coast to be provided a space to showcase their abilities as well as an opportunity for natives to take some time out and explore the creative enclave that will be created for them to explore. "oneway project will offer Gold Coasters a chance to take a detour from the mainstream and to soak up the flourishing local cultural scene in the region,"said Ms Hertzberg.
"Surfers Paradise Alliance has worked in tandem with galleries such as 19Karen and art collectives such as Trailer Trash – brought to you by Joshua Levi Galleries- to put together an innovative program of art that will showcase this talent. Trailer Trash will be creating an actual trailer park within the laneways which they will then proceed to use as a live installation piece." Mariam Arcilla, Gallery Director at the iconic 19Karen – based in Mermaid Beach- is excited about being part of the oneway project and the opportunity it will provide for local artists.
“The opportunity to be involved in such an event that will expose the wider community to a broad variety of incredible local artists including those whose work is displayed through 19Karen is something I am really excited to be part of, “said Mariam. “19Karen has also brought to the Gold Coast acclaimed international artist Mymo from Germany for oneway, where she will be creating one of her trademark pieces.”
Music and art are the perfect match and in-line with its local focus oneway will feature as headliners Gold Coast group Rogerthat supported by Cool Calm Collective, Anarchist Duck, Pam Pam Pam and Brothers, a set list that according to Jolie Hertzberg represents some of the city’s best up and coming bands. “oneway’s music line-up represents some of the Gold Coast’s best new acts and it will be great to have them providing the soundtrack to what will be an incredible afternoon and evening out,” said Ms Hertzberg.
Produced by Surfers Paradise Alliance, in conjunction with the Gold Coast City Council and the Queensland Government, the inaugural Surfers Paradise Festival will see the beach, streets, parks, venues & eateries of Surfers filled with energetic live performances, engaging art displays, vibrant outdoor festivals and foodie events throughout May and June.