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FREE Pacific Tides Festival - PROGRAM OUT NOW
Redland Performing Arts Centre in association with Redland City Council
Pacific Tides Festival is a day and night festival – the peak of a multi-faceted/multi-age cultural initiative, a ‘coming together’ in Cleveland of saltwater peoples and regional ‘neighbours’ from many island (and mainland) communities.

The Pacific Tides Festival is a celebration of Pacific culture – from Australian Indigenous, Australian South Sea Islander, Pacific Islander, New Zealand and mainstream communities – united by cultural and/or geographical background and the shared experiences of daily life in the same environment joined by the saltwater of the Pacific Ocean.

There will be dancing and singing, traditional and contemporary Indigenous and Pacific Islander entertainment, family activities, eco fair, digital media space and visual art throughout Redland Performing Arts Centre.
Audiences from near and far will also be able to enjoy performances on the outdoor Island stage, Islander food and a craft market. 
The Saturday night ticketed event, PACIFIC SOUND, features international, national and local profile musicians from the Indigenous and Pacific Islander musical community. Headlining the PACIFIC SOUND concert will be one of the hottest young Pacific artists, SWISS and The Voice semi-finalist Fatai. The line-up also features high-powered and energetic nine-piece tour-de-force Dubmarine, TSI band CKNU, fusion artist Mark Lowndes and Reggae/RnB/soul artist JSQZE. This will be a phenomenal line up international, national and local profile musicians from the Indigenous and Pacific Islander musical community not to be missed! For more information about PACIFIC SOUND or to purchase tickets click on the following link PACIFIC SOUND more info>
Join us for a celebration of diverse saltwater culture and a deep recognition of the resilience of Island communities – the sites of contemporary and future unique environmental and cultural challenges.

The full program for the festival is now available and can be downloaded from the following links or a text vesrion of the events in each of the areas can be found at the bottom of this page.

 FULL PROGRAM  [PDF 4.7 Mb]                  


Performance Times:
Saturday 8 August
FREE Festival: 10am - 10pm
Ticketed PACIFIC SOUND concert starts: 6.30pm
RPAC Concert Hall, Auditorium and Gallery Foyer
A day and night festival
Festival is FREE
Tickets for the PACIFIC SOUND concert are $40 - $55
Suit Children:
Booking Information:
No bookings required for the FREE Pacific Tides Festival.
Tickets for PACIFIC SOUND can be booked :
  • in person at RPAC Box Office, 2–16 Middle Street, Cleveland
  • by phone – 3829 8131 (a $3.50 booking fee per transaction applies)
  • online 24/7 using the Buy Now link below (a $2.50 booking fee per ticket applies)

If you require mobility assistance please contact Redland Performing Arts Centre Box Office so that we can accommodate your needs.


Pacific Tides Festival is FREE


To purchase tickets for PACIFIC SOUND concert use the following link

For full details on the PACIFIC SOUND CONCERT visit  PACIFIC SOUND more info>



Island Stage
Performance Lawn

11.00am Official Opening and Welcome ceremony
Mayor Karen Williams
Aunty Joan Hendriks
Yulu-Burri-Ba traditional dance
12.45pm One Salt Water (Indigenous dance group)
1.20pm Black Smoke (Indigenous music trio)
1.50pm Torres Strait Islands performers (dance group)
2.10pm Kairos Academy (Hip Hop dance crew)
2.20pm Cook Islands performers (dance group)
2.35pm Stradbroke Q Crew (traditional and contemporary dance group)
2.55pm Mainland crew (Victoria Point SHS and Cleveland District SHS)
3.05pm Redlands Ukulele group (Fijian)
3.25pm Valaree Reekers (Hip Hop Factory and Island dance)
3.35pm Sisters Unknown (dance crew)
3.45pm Tradstep dance crew (Indigenous contemporary)
4.00pm Tongan Association (Tongan traditional song/dance)
4.35pm UQ South Pacific Association (dance group)
4.50pm WhichWay Uncle (Indigenous traditional/contemporary music)
5.25pm South Pacific Island Dance Group (Polynesian)
6.05pm until late    Heilani Polynesian School of Arts (Polynesian fire/dancing)
Redlands South Sea Islander History
Concert Hall Foyer Level 2
10.30am  Exhibition opening by Aunty Valda Coolwell, Australian South Sea Islander Elder
This festival exhibition and accompanying booklet explore some of the South Sea Islander heritage sites in the Redlands. Do you know the history and heritage ruins of your suburb?

Langafonua Exhibition
Concert Hall Foyer Ground Floor
2.00pm  Exhibition opening by Marcelina Cox
Langafonua – Agricultural Life of the Pacific Islanders in Redland Shire (re-mount) is a local story told in photographic images taken by Charles Zuber in collaboration with Marcelina Cox and the region's Tongan community.
Pacific Sound
Concert Hall
6.30pm (doors open 6.00pm) Featuring SWISS, Fatai, Dubmarine, Mark Lowndes, CKNU and JSQZE. Tickets from $35. Tickets available from the RPAC Box Office in the Concert Hall Foyer.
FREE LATE FERRY TO NSI 11.00pm Stradbroke Flyer (Gold Cats) ferry to North Stradbroke Island from Toondah Harbour. Bus to harbour will leave the Pacific Tides Festival at 10.30pm.
Gallery Foyer

Session One
10.00am  Welcome to presentations by Green Peace, Sea Shepherd, the Australian Marine Conservation Society and Fin Free Brisbane
10.50am  SUBMERGED co-ordinator Lisa Jameson, of the Brisbane arm of 350 Pacific, will introduce the Shark Girl short film
11.00am - 12.20pm     Kids Activities!
Designing Polynesian inspired ‘tattoos’, crafts and colouring-in and learning about South Pacific cultures at the 350 Pacific stall. 
Weaving Workshop with Turning Tides artist Tricia Dobson.
Session Two
12.30pm 350 Pacific Canoe Blockade – short film
12.45pm Climate change in Tuvalu - Liveti Liveti (350 Pacific/UQSPIA Representative)
12.50pm Oma Tafua Whale Research in Niue - Fiafia Rex
1.00pm   Dr. Wade L. Hadwen, of the Australian Rivers Institute and International Water Centre, shares the challenges of getting water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services to communities in remote places in the Pacific, especially those particularly vulnerable to climate change impact.
1.15pm    Forever Swarm - using creativity to spread awareness of environmental issues - Kaiya Ferguson
Turning Tides Art Exhibition – speaker Tricia Dobson
1.45 - 2.45pm     Kids Activities!
Designing Polynesian inspired ‘tattoos’, crafts and colouring-in and learning about South Pacific cultures at the 350 Pacific stall.
Weaving Workshop with Turning Tides artist Tricia Dobson.
Session Three
2.30pm Stella Miria-Robinson, of the Pacific Islands Reference Group, will introduce the short film Dear Matafele Peinem by Marshallese poet Kathy Jetnil Kijiner
2.45 – 4.00pm Mama’s Bones Production
Mama's Bones tells the story of a Pacific Islander family who are forced to relocate their Mama's bones when rising seas threaten their island. Using live performance, dance and song, Mama's Bones exposes the reality of climate change for Pacific Islander communities at home and abroad.
Mama's Bones was created by Playabout Productions (Therese Collie and Tim Mullooly)
Workshops & Activities
Various Venues
10.30am – 4.00pm Children’s reading tent – The Smith Family Let’s Read Program 
Sundial Café on the Piazza
The Smith Family’s Let’s Read program invites parents with pre-school aged children to drop in and get cosy or just chill out with a book.  Story sessions and quiet reading time will be on offer during the day.
10.30am – 4.00pm Kids – make the Reef!
Gallery Foyer
As part of the SUBMERGED: Eco Fair, kids can come and make a piece of a healthy reef installation to decorate the ocean wall of the submerged space. Come try your hand at craft with local artist Carly Kotynski.
10.30am – 4.00pm Pop-Up Library – Kuril Dhagun
Side Lawn
Come in and take a seat inside Kuril’s Pop-Up Library. Read a story, learn Aboriginal language words, make your own story book or simply colour in a kuril at our craft tables! There is plenty to do so pop on down to the pop up provided by the State Library of Queensland.
12.00pm – 4.00pm  Come together: workshops with Aboriginal weavers and fibre artists
Concert Hall Foyer: Ground Floor
A variety of techniques and skills will be shared, including string making, basket and grass skirt weaving. Choose from a selection of natural, recycled and other fibres to make your own woven creations.
12.00pm  – 2.00pm Pacific Island Weaving Workshop
Concert Hall Foyer, Ground Floor
Weaving facilitators Wendy and Taane will share different techniques using a selection of natural fibres, recycled materials and poly-strapping. In the space you will also have the opportunity to contribute to woven matting pieces.
1.00pm – 4.00pm  Redlands Spinners and Weavers ‘Knit and Knatter’ Circle
Concert Hall Foyer, Ground Floor
For anyone interested in knitting, crochet, spinning and other handicrafts, come along and learn about these fascinating crafts.
Shore to Shore – Stories Sent by Sea Digital Media Space
10.00am – 12.00pm  Short Films
- Quandamooka Stories  - An extract from the documentary series about the Traditional Owners of Quandamooka Country (the islands and coastal mainland of Southern Moreton Bay)  made by Elders, community leaders and film maker Marcia Machado.
- Music videos from Skinnyfish Music: Land Down Under - Nabarlek Band and Parlingarri - B2M
- Shorts from Tropic Productions: Crocodile Sorcerer – Sid Bruce Shortjoe, Short and Sweet, Norr Moderr – Erub Arts and Through Our Eyes – Semah Mokak
12.30pm  John Parke - talk and Q&A session. Our very own local film maker and historian presents snippets from recent work with Minjerrabah Indigenous fishing families
1.00pm  Childrens’ Film Festival featuring
Skinnyfish Music: Turtle & Echidna  - Wildflower and Spear Dodging - short clip about dodging illness
Tropic Productions: Everyday Counts and Dauma and Garon
1.20pm  Music Dance and Documentary – during 2015 the Pacific Tides team has been working with students in three local high schools – here is a short film about what they have been doing!
1.30pm  Forgotten Bird of Paradise – Dancing Turtle Films (27minutes)
2.00pm  Short films continue
3.00pm  Straddie  Audio Visual Show 
Quandamooka kids have been busy experimenting and capturing video from their home on North Stradbroke Island. See accomplished VJ artist, Andrew Gibbs aka Simulcast, work alongside Straddie youth and get a rare glimpse at the technology behind the creation of this new age digital artform.  Come and experience the beauty of the island in an immersive live audio visual display of the people, sand and sea of Minjerribah.
3:30pm Childrens’ Film Festival (repeat)
4.00pm  Va Tapuia (Sacred Spaces) – Tusi Tamasese
This is the first short film shot in the village of Manunu and Fagaloa Bay in Upolu, Samoa. Written and directed by Samoan-born and raised Tusi Tamasese.
4.15pm  Two short films from Australian South Sea Islander (ASSI) Stories presented by film maker Amie Batalibasi
4.30pm  People of the Volcano - Lon Marum (48mins)
5:30 pm Whale Rider, South Pacific Pictures NZ 2002. This feature film tells the story of a young Maori girl’s journey towards adulthood and the fulfilling of her destiny. Adapted from the novel by Witi Ihimaera by director  Niki Caro (101 mins) (Looped throughout the evening)

Performance Lawn
10.00am – 9.00pm
Enjoy a feast of Pacific flavours from a range of Island nations (and of course the old favourites) in the outdoor markets. Bring a mat and picnic on the lawns while exquisite dancing and singing on the Island Stage fills your Festival day. Why not bring your own plates and cups for a greener approach to eco-friendly munching! Visit the craft market for a wonderful selection of the homemade and the handmade from local artists and craftspeople from diverse cultural backgrounds. Find a gift or a treat for yourself!
Sundial Café
10.00am – 10.00pm Coffee, tea, soft drinks and a range of cakes and sandwiches available.
Kava Circle  
Gallery Foyer  
5.30 - 10:00 pm Join us in the evening to enjoy glorious harmonies from the Tongan men’s circle
Concert Hall Foyer
5.30pm till late Fully licensed bar. For Bledisloe Cup fanatics head to the RPAC Bar where all the action will be live on the TV.

Original artwork: Poly Gone Cowboy