With just one month to go until we gather at North Byron Parklands for one almighty splendid reunion, we’re back with more Splendour in the Grass for you to explore!
There’s an alternate universe of Splendour in the Grass beyond the main stages, where world music and wellness reigns, where mesmerised mates dance amongst Tipis and where punters, pollies and panellists collide to debate, deliberate, speculate and contemplate. Prepare to be astounded by interactive and immersive visual arts, stunned by science and tickled by Australia’s funniest comedians.
Splendour in the Grass presents the 2022 edition of Global Village, Tipi Forest, Splendour Forum, Science Tent, Splendour Arts, Splendour Comedy and Little Splendour. Go forth and explore!
WELCOME TO COUNTRY
Splendour in the Grass takes place on Minjungbal Country. The Welcome to Country is an ancient protocol, that can only be shared by the Traditional Owners of the land, to ensure the safety of all visitors. The 2022 Welcome to Country will feature Minyungbal dance group Mirrigingi Ngari showcasing the Minyungbal way of life through storytelling, dance, language and culture alongside internationally acclaimed former Bangarra member, Waangeenga Blanco who will choreograph and perform a unique piece of work to honour his own experience of connecting to Country.
Music will be composed by Greg Sinclair featuring a prayer spoken by Ella Bancroft in Bundjalung language with traditional instrumentation including Yidaki, clap sticks, WARUP (long drum from the torres strait ) and the GOR (a seed shaker also from the Torres Strait Islands).
We urge all Splendour’s patrons to pause and focus on the Welcome to Country, take a moment to connect to the land and to pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
Splendour’s cultural melting pot returns bigger and better in 2022! More transcendental than ever, Global Village is an inspiring oasis, home to The Bohemian Lounge, The World Stage, Healing Sanctuary, and the Village Green. This year Global Village is excited to introduce two brand-new destinations – the Minjungbul Yarn Space and Wellness Workshop Pod – presenting a great mix of culture, sound healing, workshops and performance.
Connect to Country with Traditional custodians, learn healthy habits and tap into your inner clairvoyant. Embrace your inner burlesque, dial up your confidence and enjoy performances as varied as cabaret, circus arts, music, drum, dance and more. Get ready to free your mind, body and soul! The rest will follow. Full program here.
Get set to play hard and get loose at The Tipi Forest, Splendour’s beating heart. Ever evolving and transforming, this legendary outdoor dance stage continues to amaze. Catch original music producers and DJ’s playing fresh beats and a range of genre bending sounds. Step into its immersive creative environment and enjoy luminous light shows, intricate lasers, otherworldly projections and inspiring performance art. Kick off the festival on Thursday evening, dance your way through the day or kick on late after the main stages close. Get ready for a sonic manifestation of pure underground sounds, including Bass, Breaks, Disco, Drum & Bass, Dub, Funk, Glitch, Hip-Hop, House, Soul, Techno, Trap, Trance and everything in between. Full program here.
Take a seat, relax and flex some serious mental muscle at Splendour Forum. Join a bevy of our most prominent and interesting thinkers, politicians and musicians of the moment, as they raise the vibrations with lively discussion, panels, debates, documentaries, trivia, Q&A sessions, philosophical talks and more.
The Forum’s 2022 guest list includes journalists Hamish McDonald (The Project), Jo Lauder (triple j Hack) and Zara Seidler (The Daily Aus); science aficionados Adam Spencer and Dr Karl Kruszelnicki; musicians Patience Hodgson (The Grates), Holly Rankin (Jack River), BC Michaels (Dune Rats), Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon) and Jake Taylor (In Hearts Wake); politicians Dr Sophie Scamps, Max Chandler-Mather, Angie Bell and Peter Whish-Wilson; comedians Dan Illic, Gen Fricker and Paul McDermott; and activists Sally Scales, Anjali Sharma, Tarang Chawla and Grace Tame amongst many others.
Check out Q&A Live, climate action documentary GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK, brush up on your music trivia at cult favourite Not On Your Rider and expand your mind at one of the panels discussing topics such as the climate, war in the modern age, the changing face of Australia and much more. Full program here.
Splendour Arts returns to North Byron Parklands with a whole new suite of artworks. Prepare to interact, create, immerse yourself and maybe snap the odd selfie or ten!
From large scale light sculptures by Sam Songailo and IKONIX to bizarre interactive photo opportunities with the legendary Andy Forbes. Take a break, make a contribution and immerse yourself in the second instalment of the Hiromi Hotel Trilogy – Hiromi Hotel – Heartbeat. You won’t miss Lucy Dysons large scale mural at the entrance to the festival and, this year, Splendour is also launching a new project in partnership with local arts organizations to support Northern Rivers artists to make new work for the festival, titled OUT THERE FROM HERE. Xanthe Dobbie has been selected as the inaugural OUT THERE FROM HERE commission. She will attend the festival, cook up ideas and develop a new work for Splendour 2023. Full program here.