Dose of Coast cul­ture

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE -

AMOUS for its glitz and glam­our, hol­i­day vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike may be sur­prised just how much cul­ture is on the Coast.

The city’s cul­tural cas­tle, the Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, is cur­rently cel­e­brat­ing its 25th an­niver­sary and gen­eral man­ager Destry Puia said it was won­der­ful to see the at­trac­tion of the arts grow­ing ev­ery year.

Mr Puia said while the cen­tre’s year of cel­e­bra­tions would cul­mi­nate on Novem­ber 25 with an out­door party in the park at the Bun­dall grounds, there were plenty of other cel­e­bra­tions this win­ter sea­son.

The Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Road­show will per­form from this week­end, a film Q&A event with spe­cial guest speaker will be held in the cin­ema on Mon­day, the Sydney Dance Com­pany’s first Gold Coast show will de­but on July 25 with The Land of Yes and No, while the 25th birthday Fundrais­ing Event on Au­gust 25 will raise money for a new spe­cial piece of art.

Mr Puia said as well as the cen­tre’s own sched­ule of vis­ual and performing arts events, the city’s cul­tural draw­cards had ex­panded over the years to in­clude the likes of the Swell Sculp­ture Festival in the Septem­ber school hol­i­days and the In the Bin Film Festival.

“If you look beyond the surface of the Coast I think you can see a city that’s re­ally reach­ing maturity in terms of its ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the arts,” Mr Puia said. “I don’t mean that ev­ery res­i­dent adores the bal­let or opera, but it is in­ter­ested in cul­ture beyond the main­stream.

“You can see that in the pop­u­lar­ity of our cin­ema at the Arts Cen­tre as well as all of the local mar­kets that are spring­ing up across the Coast which are a hot­bed for new artis­tic tal­ent.

“Even the cafe cul­ture is re­sem­bling that of the tra­di­tional sa­lon, with mu­sic and po­etry en­cour­aged and a real in­de­pen­dent spirit.”

Mr Puia said the 25th an­niver­sary of the Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast was a great op­por­tu­nity to look back, ap­pre­ci­ate and ap­plaud its in­cred­i­ble legacy.

But he said the cen­tre con­tin­ued to look for­ward in terms of ce­ment­ing it­self as the city’s cul­tural cor­ner­stone.

“We are one of the old­est re­gional the­atres in Queens­land and with that man­tle comes a his­tory steeped in sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments,” he said.

“We are the cus­to­di­ans of an art col­lec­tion worth more than $15 mil­lion – although much of it is in stor­age due to space re­stric­tions… some­thing we aim to rem­edy dur­ing the next 25 years.

“We have also been the breed­ing ground for a num­ber of now in­ter­na­tional per­form­ers in the­atre and dance.”

Mr Puia said he was de­ter­mined the Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast would re­main rel­e­vant to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

He said the cen­tre sought in­spi­ra­tion from the pub­lic.

“We see our role as lis­ten­ing to the com­mu­nity and artists: what are they do­ing, what do they want, what do they need? It’s not our job to say ‘ you must love bal­let’ and only pro­vide clas­si­cal dance per­for­mances.

“Art is or­ganic and we want to re­flect what is hap­pen­ing in that brave, new world.”

Gold Coast­ers can ex­pe­ri­ence a va­ri­ety of treats. FAR RIGHT: Beth Col­lier (3) en­joy­ing the 2011 Swell festival.

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