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The Ground Beneath Us 2023

Our culture evolving through sound

Performance | New Music | Improvisation | Singing | Meditation | Discussion

Beneath us pulses a sonic force that energises and shapes our lives.


The Ground Beneath Us brings together a diverse collective of artists to harness this force and explore new possibilities in sound.


Through improvised music, meditation and community discussion the festival provides a platform to share new music and fresh ideas around music and wellbeing.

Chiho-KagawaThe Healing Power of Music

Friday 26 May, 10am – 12.30pm | Queensland Conservatorium of Music

Free; book now

This community event will bring together artists, academics & creatives to share through sound & discussion ancient & contemporary perspectives on the role & purpose of music in our society, particularly in relation to mental health & wellbeing.

heartOceans of Love

Saturday 27 May, 7.30pm – 9pm | SunPAC Theatre, Sunnybank

$10 – $25; book now

An immersive concert experience combining live music, dance, digital art & poetry. This sensorial provocation explores our disconnection from nature & one another & maps a path from fear to bliss & fearlessness.


face looking at riverSinging to the River

Sunday 28 May, 8am – 10am | Newstead Park

Free; book now

A ritual musical experience of guided meditations, sound healing & group chanting, led by Indian fusion singer, yoga & meditation teacher Menaka & supported by First Nations artist & didgeridoo player Glenn Barry, percussionist Tsoof Barras & keyboard player Meg Burstow.


Hannah MacklinWaves

Sunday 28 May, 4pm – 6pm | BEMAC, Kangaroo Point

$15 – $20; book now

A rare concert featuring master improvisers from diverse cultures & traditions exploring improvised sound-making through traditional & contemporary forms. The program will morph between solos, duos & larger groups culminating in a transcendental cascade of sound.




ACF logoWould you like to show your support for The Ground Beneath Us?


Tax deductible donations can be made via the festival’s Australian Cultural Fund platform. Your donation will assist with cost across a range of areas, including production, marketing & administration, and research & documentation.


In 2023, The Ground Beneath Us will:

  • employ over 20 artists, 12 arts workers, an assistant producer & documentary film maker
  • generate new music, musical forms & stories, multimode artworks, disseminate ancient wisdom & contemporary research
  • link artists from across cultures & genres with researchers, community leaders & the public to develop & promote ideas & perspectives that will nurture our culture.


We are grateful for all contributions, small & large. 🙏



The Ground Beneath Us Festival is produced by Sounds Across Oceans and curated by Artistic Director Dr Anthony Garcia.


The festival is made possible by the support of Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government.

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Thank you to our venue partners BEMAC, SunPAC and the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

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