TOAST OF THE COAST

It changes per­cep­tions, pushes bound­aries and tells in­cred­i­ble sto­ries, but above all, Bleach* Fes­ti­val is a cel­e­bra­tion of our com­mu­nity

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - OFFICIAL BLEACH PROGRAM -

LOUISE BEZZINA, BLEACH* ARTIS­TIC DI­REC­TOR

Bleach* Fes­ti­val is a fes­ti­val of place – it is in­spired by the peo­ple, its en­vi­ron­ment and the vi­brancy and en­ergy of the Gold Coast.

The vi­sion for Bleach* is to cre­ate a cel­e­bra­tion for the city that makes the lo­cal com­mu­nity proud and leaves vis­i­tors in awe of our distinc­tive, di­verse arts scene. Bleach* is such a big part of my life and it has been a jour­ney that has pro­vided me with the great priv­i­lege of work­ing with hun­dreds of artists and cre­atives across the city.

To learn such ex­tra­or­di­nary sto­ries about in­cred­i­ble peo­ple from the Gold Coast and then be trusted to tell them through works such as Shift­ing Sands in 2016 and Chu­raki Hill in 2017 is a great hon­our. Through Bleach* we can am­plify these sto­ries of such great­ness to the rest of the coun­try.

We have pushed the bound­aries about how art can be made and ex­pe­ri­enced in what a lot of peo­ple would see as one of the most un­likely places in Aus­tralia. The fes­ti­val has brought an in­cred­i­ble mix of artists to the city from around Aus­tralia and over­seas.

The amaz­ing thing about great fes­ti­vals is their power to make a city shine. It is the one time each year that you can go out ev­ery night of the week and see some­thing new.

You can take a chance on some­thing you wouldn’t nor­mally see or do and meet new peo­ple.

I have been as­ton­ished to see the re­sponse from the Gold Coast com­mu­nity each year.

They come out and sup­port us and take a risk.

In 2017 we have put to­gether an am­bi­tious col­lec­tion of works that ex­plore and in­ter­ro­gate the re­la­tion­ship between sport and art and the play­ful mo­ments of col­lab­o­ra­tion where these ex­pe­ri­ences col­lide, merge, in­ter­act, con­flict and com­pli­ment. You will get a taste of this across the en­tire pro­gram, but in par­tic­u­lar with works such as Fun Run, The For­wards (by Gold Coast’s own Shock Ther­apy) and Highly Sprung.

As we lead up to the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games, we show our sense of de­ter­mi­na­tion, pas­sion and strength through new projects cre­ated es­pe­cially for Bleach*: Frank En­stein, Salt­wa­ter Ses­sions, Wired at Par­adise Point and Here I Am!

Come and join us and en­joy your fes­ti­val – Bleach* Fes­ti­val!

Pic­ture: Richard Gosling

Bleach* Fes­ti­val artis­tic di­rec­tor Louise Bezzina wants to make lo­cals proud of our arts scene.

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