MON 11 SEP | SWELL Fringe | Altered Tides: Custodians of our Ocean | Free

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Altered Tides: Custodians of our Ocean

Altered Tides: Creative coastal recreation in a climate changed future series hosted by Climate Action Beacon, Griffith University. These events bring Indigenous knowledge, climate and coastal sciences, beach cultures and the arts together to support people and their communities in responding to climate changes.  

One dusky evening during SWELL an epic combo of surfers, artists and environmentalists will take over the SWELL Fringe Pavilion, for conversations about being authentic custodians of our ocean and creative solutions in a changing climate.

When| Monday 11th September 
Time| 6.00pm – 8.00pm (6.00pm arrival for a 6.30pm start) 
Where| Fringe Pavilion, Wallace Nicoll Park, Currumbin Beach 
Cost | FREE – drop in or register

Are you an ocean lover, beach goer, fisher, diver, or board rider? The ocean, surf and beaches are somewhere we love, part of our identity and how we live, whatever our style of recreation. Altered Tides – a panel and film event – reflects on these relations, our custodianship with the ocean and some of the creative solutions we can explore in a changing climate. 

Join the interactive discussion with our panel of inspiring and thought-provoking speakers, including:

  • MC Ms Naomi Edwards, Griffith University alumni and coastal advocate.
  • Campaign manager, cChange Communications for Good
    First Nations educator, artist and more, Glenn Barry
  • SWELL artist Nadine Schmoll
  • Oceanographer Lorena Woortmann
    Surfrider Foundation on local solutions Surfers for Climate, and City of Gold Coast on their Surf Management Plan.

Altered Tides: Creative coastal recreation in a climate changed future events are a partnership between Griffith University, Gecko Environment Council and SWELL Sculpture Festival, supported by Griffith’s Climate Action Beacon. In 2023 the Altered Tides team are collaborating with Surfers for Climate and Surfrider Foundation.  Altered Tides is part of a broader series of events at SWELL and elsewhere under the banner of ‘Creative Solutions’ which seek creative thinking and/or creative arts to foster innovation in climate action.

For more about Altered Tides and SWELL Sculpture Festival visit the event website: SWELL Fringe @ SWELL Sculpture Festival

To contact us about Altered Tides email Sara Hicks, Gecko Environment Council:

For more information about the Griffith Climate Action Beacon, go to
or email

More about the SWELL Fringe Pavilion at Wallace Nicoll Park, Pacific Parade, Currumbin. 

The Fringe Pavilion is home of the SWELL Fringe and bar, located in Wallace Nicoll Park, Currumbin Beach. The Fringe Pavilion will come alive each evening with artistic programming such as live music, performance and masterclasses, plus the bar will be open to the public daily from 12 – 8pm. Our wonderful food vendors will be open to satisfy all of your cravings. Please note the Fringe Pavilion is a large tent, so if it’s chilly make sure you rug up. 

IMAGE: Mitchell Peddigrew