As if there weren’t already a load of exciting events to look forward to in 2015, the Bleach Festival is back! And it will soon be sweeping the Gold Coast as one of the largest arts and culture festivals this side of paradise. In true artistic genius fashion, there will be more sights, sounds, smells, exhibitions, concerts, parties and food than your brain will be able to handle.
The sheer amount of activities and events will leave you feeling happily exhausted as the unexpected and amazing continues to happen for the duration of the fun, which this year lasts from 6 – 22 March.
Here we’ve compiled just a few of the many things happening during this time.
Sequins and Sinew
From Friday 6 – Sunday 8, Roughton Park will be featuring the dance and acrobatics show of Sequins and Sinew. Along the Kirra beach foreshore, the aerial performance will present former circus performer Darcy Grant’s vision of pushing bodies to their physical limit through exploration of bone, muscle, and femininity.
This gravity-defying show is not to be missed, and best of all it’s FREE to the public.
9pm, 6 March
6pm, 7pm & 8pm, 7 March
6pm, 7pm & 8pm, 8 March
Roughton Park, Musgrave Street, Kirra
Toolona Street Festival
From 3pm – 7pm on Saturday 7 March, the streets of Tugun will overflow with music, food, and colour as artists, foodies, performers, and partiers revel in pure frivolity. From giant parading puppets for the kids, to treasure hunting at the Suitcase Rummage and dance parties, free workshops, and concerts featuring Nadia Sunde, Karl S Williams, Good Oak, and more, this free event promises to be a kick back good time.
3pm-7pm, 7 March
Opera at Paradise Point
Amidst the Broadwater backdrop, The Adventures of Figaro will dazzle with riotous colour and energy as performers put a new and exciting spin on the old opera classic, The Barber of Seville. In addition to this re-mastered performance brought to us by Opera Queensland, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra will accompany the new adaptation with a new and vivacious musical score.
This event is one that seasoned opera lovers will appreciate and opera newcomers will delight in, and will become a must-see. And did we mention it’s free to attend?
Sunday 15 March 5:00pm – 9pm
Paradise Point Esplanade, Paradise Point
In The Bin Film Festival
The largest touring film festival in Australia returns to its origins in Currumbin to present a range of local and international short films. Spanning the genres of comedy, action, drama, and more, this all-ages show is the perfect event for a picnic blanket and some street food. Hosted in the Village Green at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, the cinema will unfold in the open air where movie-goers can enjoy the beautiful weather while watching some seriously good flicks.
6pm – 9pm, 14 March
Currumbin and Coolangatta
With live music, lovely food, and learning experiences, the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary will be hosting a free festival from 1:00pm – 7:00pm on Sunday 15 March. Featuring musical artists Creature Kind, Tom Dodd and Shooty, Jake Whittaker, and many more local independent artists, the concerts promise to be smashing and the food promises to be sensational.
1pm-7pm, 15 March
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin
Of course Australia’s most famous one man band will be performing, but this show will be especially epic as it’s the official launch party of his new album Rise and Shine as well as the first stop on his largest international tour yet. It all goes down on Thursday 19 March at the Soundlounge in Currumbin, so get your tickets early, because they will sell out!
Currumbin RSL, 165 Duringan St, Currumbin
Bleach at Burleigh
Saturday 21 March is sure to be stuffed to the gills with music, art, and entertainment for those who attend Bleach at Burleigh. The festivities kick off with International Students Day from 11:00am – 3:30pm, and features workshops, performances, and games, as well as a guest appearance by Fish-out-of-Water.
From 3:30pm – 6:00pm is the groundbreaking (m)Ocean live performance combining surfing and music. This experiment showcases for the first time surfing as performance art rather than sport. Watch a real-life surf movie play before your eyes as world-renowned surfers from the Gold Coast and Australia perform to a live, improvised soundtrack by surfing musicians Band of Frequencies and other surprise special guests.
From 6:00pm – 8:00pm Fish-out-of-Water will be hosting Beachside Flicks, with films featuring the likes of the Cooly Kids, Kong’s Island, Bunyip Dreaming, and others.
Come celebrate and honour Australia’s love affair and history with surfing at this all-day free event.
11am – 8pm, 21 March
Burleigh Beach at The Esplanade