Bleach* Festival and Festival 2018 joining forces represents top news for Gold Coast arts lovers, with a breathtaking program of events on offer
The Commonwealth Games will bring athletes from all over the world to our city, but it will also bring international artists from 50 countries, cultivating a bubbling cultural cauldron unlike anything we’ve seen before.
When Bleach* Festival and Festival 2018 join forces, incredible things can happen – and it all begins in one week today.
“Bleach* is a wonderful local festival – obviously I don’t need to tell locals about that though,” Festival 2018 creative co-ordinator Kate Fells says.
“From day one when we were planning the arts festival component of the Comm Games, Bleach* has always been there as local festival partner.
“We’ve certainly really drawn on them for local knowledge and what they’ve done before but also things they wanted to do in this special year.”
While Bleach* will be championing events such as The Spirit Churakai, The Ninth Wave and Yes We Dance, both parties will collaborate on acts from all over the Coast, combining Bleach* Festival’s insider knowledge and GC2018’s international reach.
The result is a hugely diverse line-up of entertainment and culture.
“People have to come to Main Stage at Surfers Paradise,” Kate says.
“There are different shows every night and people just need to look at the program and see what they love.
“It might be Meg Mac and great female artists in Electric Lady, or get a bit adventurous and see African artists you’ve never heard of from the Young African Commonwealth, dance to massive percussion at The Big Bang – and that’s just one stage. It totally depends on what you love, but I’d really encourage people to look at the program.”
With more than 100 free acts and thousands of artists, and performances taking place all over the Coast, there are no excuses not to get involved – from NightQuarter at Helensvale to the main Surfers and Broadbeach stages down to Burleigh Heads and Palm Beach.
“This is a once-in-alifetime opportunity for all of us working on the festival and Comm Games,” Kate says.
“It’s a really major sporting event but also it’s a major international arts festival right here on the GC.
“In particular the way that the GC has really embraced the festival, everyone is creating unique shows and artworks that are special to this place.
“It’s not in theatres it’s in waterways, parks, beaches.
“This is the time to celebrate, to party, to enjoy and to experience all the different cultures.”
But even after the final day on April 15, Kate is confident the cultural residue will stick to the Gold Coast and help it grow even more.
“I really hope it will have a big impact,” she says.
“There’s a growing impact in the shift of culture on the GC, it’s slowly becoming somewhere artists want to live.
“Audiences are open to things.” For the full program visit gc2018.com.au/festival2018
Festival 2018 co-creative director Kate Fell is urging arts fans to check out the big program.