THE SPIRIT OF CHURAKI

commissioned and produced by bleach* festival, presented by festival 2018

April 12, 2018  7pm

Festival 2018 Main Stage Surfers Paradise Beach

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This event is free!

The Spirit of Churaki is part of Festival 2018's Main Stage program — 12 nights of specially curated, free concerts at Surfers Paradise for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

DATE & TIME

April 12, 2018  7pm

LOCATION

Festival 2018 Main Stage Surfers Paradise Beach

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COST

This event is free!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The Spirit of Churaki is part of Festival 2018's Main Stage program — 12 nights of specially curated, free concerts at Surfers Paradise for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Description

An epic music production inspired by the story of Churaki; an Aboriginal man heralded as the Gold Coast’s first surf lifesaver.

Churaki, a Goodjingburra man, performed the first documented act of lifesaving on the Gold Coast in 1911. This was one of many daring rescues he carried out in the early 1900’s as the surf bathing craze took hold. A heroic story, largely unknown, The Spirit of Churaki honours a rich lineage of saltwater people, a spirit of generosity, a deep connection to country and cultural obligation.

Starring an extraordinary line up of legendary Australian musicians under the musical direction of Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes) and cultural collaborator Kyle Slabb (Banaam) with evocative visuals by renowned artist Vernon Ah Kee, this production is a musical collaboration united by the spirit of the surf.

Presented as a full night of entertainment, The Spirit of Churaki rides the perfect wave between traditional ceremony, the ancient sounds of Aboriginal language and compelling music theatre, closing with a cyclonic set by Australian surf rock legends, The Break.

CREATIVE CREDITS

Lead Artistic Collaborator & Cultural Advisor: Kyle Slabb
Musical Director: Brian Ritchie
Visual Artist: Vernon Ah Kee
Dramaturg and Rehearsal Director: Rhoda Roberts AO
Writer and Researcher: Tim Baker
Sound Design: Lawrence English
Costume Design: Libby McDonnell
Lighting Designer: Dan Black
Photography and Film: Claudio Kirac

FEATURING

Brian Ritchie, Colin Usher, Fred Leone, Greg Sheehan, Josh Slabb,
Jarulah Slabb, Kaleb Slabb, Kyle Slabb, Leah Flanagan,
Sam Pankhurst, Veronique Serret

The Break,

Starring Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie, Martin Rotsey
(Midnight Oil), and Jack Howard (Hunters & Collectors)
Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes).

Performance Times

FREE EVENT

When:  12 April 

Where:  Festival 2018 Main Stage | Surfers Paradise Beach

7pm By the Beach

7.50pm Mixing of the Waters

8.10 pm The Spirit of Churaki

9.30pm The Break

Event Info

 

 

Thank you to the Elders and community who participated in the project, so generously making extraordinary cultural and artistic contributions to the work.

Creative partner of Bleach* Festival since 2011