Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | ESCAPE -

The idea came out of a chance meet­ing at the Burn­ing Man fes­ti­val in Ne­vada.

Emilia Lorena had a dream of run­ning a com­mu­nity hub for artists and mu­si­cians and to­day that dream has be­come a re­al­ity, in the shape of Mo’s Desert Club­house.

Lo­cated on an in­dus­trial es­tate in Burleigh Heads, the creative zone draws creative minds from all over the Gold Coast who are keen to make use of the re­hearsal rooms and stages where they can hone their craft.

“This is the cul­mi­na­tion of a heap of ideas com­ing to­gether as one,” Emilia said.

“We wanted a big shell of a space to make our own. We’ve been open for two years and we’ve been work­ing with the Gold Coast City to come up with a zone to do what we do.

“One night we can have a death me­tal show, then the next morn­ing I’m host­ing a hen’s party or a yoga class, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less.

“We have a lot of young artists on the coast who need a space to re­hearse and there’s a huge range, a big va­ri­ety of mu­si­cians.

“It’s been a long dream and I think we’re at the point now where it’s all about to hap­pen.”

Emilia thinks that as a city, the Gold Coast draws creative peo­ple from all around.

“I get emails all the time ask­ing where there are more spa­ces like this, be­cause there is a need for places like this and I think that’s the fu­ture of the Gold Coast,” she said.

“Artists want to play live and peo­ple are look­ing for some­where to go on a week­end to hear them. I’ve been told by coun­cil that we are paving the way for live mu­sic with this project.”

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