Film
Grab the popcorn – the Gold Coast Film Festival is going virtual with a six-day movie marathon this Easter
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Grab the popcorn – the Gold Coast Film Festival is going virtual with a six-day movie marathon this Easter

Film buffs, strap yourselves in, ditch Netflix and get those snacks ready – organisers of the annual Gold Coast Film Festival are shaking things up and have moved the major event online for 2020. Despite the unfortunate cancellation of the festival's 18th year (which was due to feature more than 300 films in 12 days across 14 Gold Coast locations this April), two of the key events will still be going ahead virtually – and it's all kicking off this weekend! Consider your Easter in isolation, sorted. more

Community
Coffee hacks, live theatre and spicy celeb feasts – how to stay occupied on the Gold Coast this weekend
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Coffee hacks, live theatre and spicy celeb feasts – how to stay occupied on the Gold Coast this weekend

Now, we know things are very different right now, but one thing is for damn sure – Easter is not cancelled! We're just going to have to change the way we do things this year. You can still have a seafood feast (just have it in your backyard or on your lounge room floor), you can still enjoy an easter egg hunt, and you can absolutely eat your bodyweight in hot cross buns. We're right here with you, folks, and we're going to keep bringing you goodness so you can maximise your weekends and nail this temporary life in isolation. Here are a few ways to stay occupied (and well fed) this weekend. Enjoy! more

Art
Make like Picasso – the paint-and-sip studios going digital
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Make like Picasso – the paint-and-sip studios going digital

Due to the new government legislations stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the entertainment and creative industries have had to adapt and make changes to help them weather the storm. Included in this resilient bunch are some local paint-and-sip studios that have adjusted their usual routines and have moved their classes online. That means you can now create your version of an artistic masterpiece with help from the experts in the comfort of your sweatpants. We've rounded up a few of the studios that are offering live streamed art sessions so instead of trying to teach yourself how to paint during self-isolation, you can consult the experts – wine in hand, of course. Before you break out the pinot, read on ... more

Music
Keep listening – QMusic Connect goes live to help Queensland's music industry navigate change
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Keep listening – QMusic Connect goes live to help Queensland’s music industry navigate change

The live-music industry has been forced into an unimaginable period of change. The combination of cancelled performances, venue closures and the air of uncertainty circling future shows has been more than enough to bring much of the industry to its knees. This week, QMusic Connect, a series of free online workshops and masterclasses, went live in a bid to support, connect and upskill Queensland’s contemporary music community during this unprecedented climate. more

Current Events
Look up! When you can see the April supermoon on the Gold Coast
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Look up! When you can see the April supermoon on the Gold Coast

In these times of uncertainty and distress, you can always count on Mother Nature to provide some relief – or at the very least, something damn pretty to look at. On Wednesday April 8, the world is being treated to one of the lunar calendar’s most spectacular events … we’re talking supermoon, baby! Rather than making you check tides or try to decode an online almanac, we’ve got an easy run-down of exactly when you can see the April supermoon on the Gold Coast. more

Current Events
Breaking down the $130-billion coronavirus wage-subsidy stimulus package – what it is and how it applies to you
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Breaking down the $130-billion coronavirus wage-subsidy stimulus package – what it is and how it applies to you

The Federal Government has today, Monday March 30, announced an unprecedented $130-billion stimulus package in response to the coronavirus crisis, the third and largest package so far. The package targets businesses who have been forced or were due to stand down staff due to the pandemic, in a bid to prevent millions of Australians losing their jobs. The 'JobKeeper payment' will see businesses receiving a fortnightly wage subsidy of $1500 per employee. more

Current Events
The government's new home-confinement requirements – and what it means for Queensland residents
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The government’s new home-confinement requirements – and what it means for Queensland residents

With rules differing from state to state, the ongoing government announcements and restrictions can be tricky to navigate. On Sunday March 29, Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young established new directions under the state's home-confinement requirements for residents of Queensland to help slow the spread of COVID-19. What does it mean? Can you leave your house? Should you be working? Who can you visit? Here's a breakdown of the state-specific directions and how it relates to you, as a resident and member of the workforce.  more


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Current Events
Quick quarantine updates – the coronavirus news you need to know
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Quick quarantine updates – the coronavirus news you need to know

With everything that's happening at the moment, our social-media feeds and news websites are becoming inundated with waves of coronavirus-related information – almost too much to keep up with! To help you stay on top of the most-important announcements, we've put together a regularly updated rundown of the day's top stories – some lighthearted, some a bit more serious, but all worthy pieces of information. more

Current Events
Federal Government launches official coronavirus app and WhatsApp channel to keep Aussies informed
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Federal Government launches official coronavirus app and WhatsApp channel to keep Aussies informed

Now more than ever, we're glued to our phones in a bid to keep up with and decipher rapidly changing government advice, announcements and restrictions – not to mention the time we're spending scrolling through the surplus of jovial (yet highly relevant) isolation memes for a brief hit of positivity. To cut through the noise and make things a little easer, the Federal Government has launched an official coronavirus app and has joined the WhatsApp messaging service to give Australians instant access to the information they need to know. more

Community
Put those thinking caps on – test your knowledge from home with Isolation Trivia
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Put those thinking caps on – test your knowledge from home with Isolation Trivia

Who doesn't enjoy a good game of trivia? Whether your knowledge is in movies, sport, music, geography or those out-of-the-box math questions that almost no one can ever answer correctly, a mid-week round of head-scratching questions is fun for the whole gang. Unfortunately, with many venues forced into closure and everyone advised to self distance, your mid-week cogitating congregation has most likely been canned. Never ones to say no to a challenge, the crew from Man vs Bear have come up with a solution in the form of Isolation Trivia – Live Streamed from Lockdown, so you can now get your quiz on from home (for free!). All you have to do is virtually gather your quick-thinking team mates, tune in and get ready to dominate. more

Film
Delve into classic cinema with ACMI's weekly movie program Virtual Cinémathèque
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Delve into classic cinema with ACMI’s weekly movie program Virtual Cinémathèque

The joy of seeing a movie in a crowded cinema will not be felt for a little while, but that doesn't mean the cinema experience is no more. After not-for-profit film society, The Melbourne Cinémathèque had to cancel its weekly film program, the team knew that they wanted to keep the spirit of cinema alive. To make this happen, they teamed up with Australia’s national museum of all things creative, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) to establish a dedicated weekly movie night that will be streamed right to your living room. Grab the microwave popcorn, nab yourself a blanket and get ready to watch some flicks – ACMI's Virtual Cinémathèque kicks off on Wednesday March 25. more

Music
Weekend plans, sorted – homegrown musicians are banding together for live-streamed music festival Isol-Aid
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Weekend plans, sorted – homegrown musicians are banding together for live-streamed music festival Isol-Aid

UPDATE Tuesday March 24: Following a successful first weekend of live-streamed tunes from some of our favourite homegrown musos, Isol-aid is back this Saturday March 28 with the likes of Jen Cloher, EGOISM, Loose Toot and Emily Wurramara all making an appearance. Follow the Isol-aid Facebook page for up-to-date info on performing artists and set times. With the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling a bunch of concerts and putting live gigs on ice for the foreseeable future, artists and the music industry as a whole have been left to pick up the pieces. Embodying the typical Aussie spirit of helping each other out in tough times, some of your favourite local artists are coming together to live stream gigs straight to your lounge room for Isol-Aid, a two-day Instagram Live musical festival. If you plan to stay in this weekend you're in for a treat, as Isol-Aid will be taking over some of your… more

Art
HOTA announces Rage Against The V(irus) Artist Fund for Gold Coast creatives
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HOTA announces Rage Against The V(irus) Artist Fund for Gold Coast creatives

While HOTA – the Gold Coast's own Home of the Arts – may be temporarily closed, the team is still working tirelessly to help the city's arts industry and creative communities navigate their way through these challenging times. This week, HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke announced Rage Against The V(irus) Artist Fund – an initiative designed to turn downtime into a spark for innovation, using digital technology as the medium. more

Art
Where to get your cultural fix in Brisbane and beyond – the museums and galleries to explore IRL and online
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Where to get your cultural fix in Brisbane and beyond – the museums and galleries to explore IRL and online

UPDATE March 23, 2020: As of Monday March 23, Museum of Brisbane is temporarily closed. Follow MoB feed or the MoB Facebook page for updates and exciting content to enjoy from home. The MoB Shop remains open for all postal orders. Look, no one is in denial at this point — the world is a strange place at the moment. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought almost everything in our usual routine to a halt, shutting down some of our favourite places to go and forcing a lot of us into self-distance mode or even self isolation. In this time more than ever, we long for distraction in the form entertainment and Brisbane's vibrant arts and culture scene is still here to help. Whether you want a dose of modern history, contemporary art or a mix of both, there's still a bunch of places open around Brisbane for you to explore. For those who can't make it out of the house (and boredom is slowly taking… more

Film
Enjoy the ultimate under-the-stars cinema experience at Yatala Drive-In
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Enjoy the ultimate under-the-stars cinema experience at Yatala Drive-In

UPDATE Tuesday March 24: Yatala Drive-In Theatre has temporarily closed until further notice. Stay up to date by following the theatre on Facebook. With many of us practising social distancing to help flatten the curve of COVID-19, finding some form of entertainment-based escape during these trying times has become somewhat of a challenge. Well fear not, leisure seekers! An evening of wholesome throwback fun in the form of a trip to the beloved Yalata Drive-In will cure your case of cabin fever. Located just off the M1 in Stapylton (between Brisbane and the Gold Coast), this well-loved theatre boasts three fields with huge outdoor screens showing everything from the latest blockbusters to retro classics – all to be enjoyed from the comfort of your cosy car. more

Theatre
MAMMA MIA! Here we go again – smash hit musical coming to the Gold Coast
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MAMMA MIA! Here we go again – smash hit musical coming to the Gold Coast

Please note that this event has been postponed. We will do our best to keep you updated with the most current information. The global phenomenon that is MAMMA MIA! The Musical is (finally!) coming to the Gold Coast and be still our ABBA-loving hearts. Presented by renowned Australian production company Matt Ward Entertainment, this exciting rendition of Catherine Johnson’s classic tale invites you to fall in love all over again and get swept up in the romance, heartbreak and drama of this much-loved musical. more

Festival
Real to reel – Murwillumbah to host international Craft Film Festival this March
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Real to reel – Murwillumbah to host international Craft Film Festival this March

Those of us who aren't involved in the hands-on aspect of craft making probably rarely consider the human relationship between the maker and materials – more often than not, it's simply a process of identifying an appealing aesthetic, then making a purchase. Though, if you're interested in digging deeper into wonderful world of crafts and making, don't miss Murwillumbah's Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival on Saturday March 21. more