Song to the Ocean – July 29-30, 2021.

Seafront Oval, Pialba | 6pm – 7:15pm each night | Free Event

Join acclaimed Australian string ensemble DeepBlue, master percussionist & Southeast Asia gong expert Michael Askill, Maori Sonic Weaver WHAIA, and Persian violinist Greta Kelly for an euphoric musical experience under the night sky.

Take a walk through an ocean of musicians, illuminated by awe-inspiring light installations with original contemporary classical music by Australian composer Dr Corrina Bonshek that is inspired by cycles and patterns of nature. 

This extraordinary collaboration on Butchulla country features 30 young local musicians, visual designs by local artists, dialogue with Elders, and sounds and footage of the extraordinary diverse marina life along the Fraser Coast. 

View Song to the Ocean Light Sculptures here. 

Song to the Ocean is co-commissioned by Fraser Coast Tourism & Events and Fraser Coast Regional Council, with assistance of the Australian Government through the Festivals Australia program and the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a partnership between the Queensland Government and Fraser Coast Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

The work is an adaptation of Song to the Earth which was co-commissioned by City of Gold Coast, Bleach*Festival and the Queensland Government through the Regional Arts Development Fund and the Office of the Commonwealth Games and other funding sources, and premiered at Bleach* at Festival 2018.


Create your own miniature illuminated and wearable art inspired by the ocean. Bring your illuminated creation to the evening performance of Song to the Ocean and play with light alongside the performers. Workshop led by visual artist Tiffany Beckwith-Skinner, the creator of wearable & small-scale lighting installations and facilitator ofbacklit installation art workshops with professional artists on the Fraser Coast for Hervey Bay Whale Festival. 

The workshop suits ages 6-17. Parental/carer assistance is required for younger children. 

Capacity: 30 | Duration: 60 mins 

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Journey the oceanic songlines with First Nations Maori Woman WHAIA and experience  traditional stories, language, and songs of ancestral lineage.  

Celebrating the Tohora Niho (whale’s tooth flute), conch shell, and other ancient native instruments we dive into a world of sound and story that embodies the element of Tangaroa (God of the Sea). See WHAIA perform on these instruments in the orchestral setting of Song to the Ocean at Hervey Bay Whale Festival. 

This workshop is for all ages 6 and up. Parental/carer support is required for children. 

Duration: 45 minutes | Location: Seafront Oval 

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We firstly acknowledge the Butchulla Peoples, Custodians of the land, waters and culture, where we bring our creative dreams alive.  

Music Composition & Artistic Direction: Dr Corrina Bonshek 

Performers: DeepBlue, Dr Michael Askill, WHAIA, Greta Kelly and Skylar Sansome leading a team of remarkable young local musicians 

Vocal/instrumental improvisation & creative cultural consultant: WHAIA 

Sound design: Dr Corrina Bonshek with spatialisation by Anna Whitaker, marine recordings by The Oceania Project

Large-scale light sculptures: Mimi Dennett 

Audio & visual footage: Mark Francis Franklin, Technical Director, The Oceania Project, Brett Vercoe, Pacific Whale Foundation

Wearable & small scale light installations: Tiffany Beckwith-Skinner 

Prototyping and facilitation for backlit art: Tiffany Beckwith-Skinner 

Cultural consultant: Aunty Karen Hall

Welcome to Country: Aunty Joy Bonner  

Lighting design: Jonathon Heeley  

Live sound: Marco Foxlee 

Live feed direction: Selwyn Connoll 

Technical crew: Robert Haigh & Brolga Theatre 

Choreography: DeepBlue 

Movement consultant: Aunty Karen Hall

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