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The Gold Coast’s con­tem­po­rary arts fes­ti­val is set to re­turn next month for one of its most cre­ative and di­verse years yet.

Bleach Fes­ti­val CEO Louise Bezzina said the 2019 pro­gram was jam-packed with a large-scale opera, award-win­ning dance, eye-pop­ping cabaret, free live mu­sic, a thought- pro­vok­ing po­lit­i­cal swim­ming car­ni­val and a thrilling drive-in with a dif­fer­ence.

“2019’s Bleach Fes­ti­val sig­nals a new chap­ter for the city,” Ms Bezzina said.

“In 2019, we’ll turn the city on with a pro­gram of in­cred­i­ble arts ex­pe­ri­ences that will in­spire and in­vig­o­rate cit­i­zens and vis­i­tors to the Gold Coast.”

The high­light of the 2019 pro­gram is the block­buster per­for­mance of Verdi’s Re­quiem.

Di­rected by Opera Queens­land artis­tic di­rec­tor Patrick Nolan and fea­tur­ing about 150 mu­si­cians and singers, the clas­si­cal Catholic funeral piece by Giuseppe Verdi will be per­formed at the HOTA out­door stage on April 27 at 7.30pm.

“Verdi’s score is all-con­sum­ing and is one of the most beau­ti­ful pieces of mu­sic ever com­posed so this will be a very spe­cial, one-off con­cert for the city,” Ms Bezzina said.

“Re­quiem has soar­ing voices, the might and force of Queens­land Con­ser­va­to­rium Sym­phony Or­ches­tra, a spec­tac­u­lar out­door stage and a few other vis­ual treats to gen­er­ate no end of goose­bump mo­ments.”

Also pre­mier­ing at the 2019 is Wa­ter Songs, where trav­el­ling mu­si­cians will per­form from the water­front into back­yards and pub­lic parks along the Gold Coast’s net­work of canals, creeks and chan­nels.

“There is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for Gold Coast lo­cals to host or watch th­ese in­ti­mate con­certs, fea­tur­ing newly com­posed mu­sic as well as clas­sic cov­ers, on their pon­toons or from their lo­cal park,” Ms Bezzina said.

There will also be per­for­mances from the likes of Mon­taigne and Kira Puru at the fes­ti­val, which is held all through­out the Gold Coast from April 17 to 28.

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