Gold Coast gets a boost with major arts festival to run in September

The Gold Coast visitor economy will get a much-needed boost with a major arts festival set to run in September.

The annual SWELL Sculpture Festival will run at Currumbin Beach on September 11-20 with 50 installations planned to exhibit on the beach.

“With the border closures, we are working with the interstate artists,” SWELL executive director Dee Steinfort told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

“Some will be able to set their work up. If this isn’t possible, we’re completely understanding. We just have to work with the conditions and make sure everyone’s safe.”

While SWELL usually attracts 265,000 visitors, the border closures make attendees numbers uncertain this year.

“We’re fortunate SWELL is an outdoor event so there’s plenty of room to be covid-safe,” Steinfort said. “No one really knows what will happen this year. It will depend on what will happen at the time.

“We won’t be focused on crowd counts, we’ll be focusing on everyone having a safe and wonderful time.”