1-11 AUGUST 2024 View all 2023 events

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Presented by BLEACH*

Presented by BLEACH*

Sink your toes into the sand of Burleigh Beach and watch the first rays bounce off the sea to celebrate the opening of BLEACH* Festival.

Led by Kalkadunga man William Barton and violinist Véronique Serret, Heartland is a moving blend of traditional songlines, poetry and didgeridoo. The musical duo transport you to their meditative sound world, inspired by the Australian landscape. With soaring vocals and featuring poetry by William’s mother, Aunty Delmae Barton, Heartland leaves you with a deep connection to country.

“It is a work of deep spirit … In it, one can hear echoes across mountainous canyons and desert swales. There are the sounds of wind, fire, rain, animals and birds.” — Limelight Magazine

Véronique Serret

Véronique is a violinist, vocalist and composer effortlessly bridging the divide between classical and contemporary art forms. Folk, rock, experimental jazz, dance and improvisation all contribute to her musical palette.

One of Australias most versatile musicians, Véronique is equally at home on the concert hall platform and the rock n roll stage. The ‘Girl from Guildford’ carving a niche for herself directing string sections for rock bands, indie artists, feature films and studio sessions.

A soloist and collaborative artist, Véronique has deep gratitude for her early rigorous classical training and her many teachers and mentors along the way. Over many decades she has been fortunate to work extensively with Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Dance Company and as concertmaster of the Darwin Symphony She has directed live string sections for the likes of Gurrumul, Jonsi, Fleet Foxes, Neil Finn, Sarah Blasko, Amanda Palmer, Cinematic Orchestra, Neil Gaiman, Damon Albarn, Kate Miller-Heidke, Ed Kuepper, Martha Marlow, Mike Patton, Tim Minchin.

William Barton

Composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, William is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading didgeridoo players and composers.

For two decades, William Barton has forged a peerless profile as a performer and composer in the classical musical world, from the Philharmonic Orchestras of London and Berlin to historic events at Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day 2019, Anzac Cove and the Beijing Olympics. His awards include Winner of Best Original Score for a Mainstage Production at the 2018 Sydney Theatre Awards and Winner of Best Classical Album with ARIA for Birdsong At Dusk in 2012. With his prodigious musicality and the quiet conviction of his Kalkadunga heritage, he has vastly expanded the horizons of the didgeridoo — and the culture and landscape that it represents.

  • Wheelchair access
  • Accessible toilet
  • Primarily Audio based content

The performance will contain visual (dance, music and cultural practices) and auditory (music and speech) elements. The work will be performed in both traditional language/song and English.

The work will have fire elements, which will be administered by professionals – it may not be suitable for those who find fire, smoke or ash uncomfortable.

This event will take place on the sand at North Burleigh Beach. There will be limited seating available on the beach. Patrons will be welcome to stand or sit to watch the performance.

The pathway to the sand will be flattened and a temporary surface added (such as plastic flooring or beach mobility matting). This path will extend to a small viewing area on the sand. We encourage audience members with mobility challenges who would like to traverse down to the sand to contact us, so we can discuss your particular requirements.

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Didgeridoo / Guitar / VoiceWilliam Barton
Violins / VocalsVéronique Serret
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North Burleigh Beach at Love Your Local North Burleigh Hub

Ed Hardy Park, The EsplanadeNorth Burleigh QLD 4220

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Thursday 03 Aug6:00 AM
All times are QLD AEST
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  • Food & beverage available on site
  • Transport options available
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Parking
  • Limited seating available, bring beach chair or blanket
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  • Family
  • Music

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