Song to the Ocean - Hervey Bay Whale Festival


2 magical nights - 29 & 30 July - A euphoric musical experience under the night sky, featuring 30 young local musicians and awe inspiring light installations.

JULY 29 - 30 - Song to the Ocean

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. 
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.

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.


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  



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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