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Mind-boggling ‘trick-art' gallery ArtVo arrives on the Gold Coast
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Mind-boggling ‘trick-art’ gallery ArtVo arrives on the Gold Coast

It's been boggling minds, capturing imaginations and jazzing up Instagram feeds down in Melbourne, and now immersive 'trick-art' gallery ArtVo has arrived on the Gold Coast! Featuring a kaleidoscope of optical illusions that extend from the ceiling to the floor, this unique visual playground is now open at Robina Town Centre – and it's set to turn the traditional art gallery on its head.  more

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From transcendent requiems to ARIA Award-winning performers – five unmissable events at Bleach* Festival this year
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From transcendent requiems to ARIA Award-winning performers – five unmissable events at Bleach* Festival this year

Bleach* Festival is back again with a thrilling site-specific contemporary arts and culture program, featuring everything from incredible art installations to breathtaking live productions and goosebump-worthy music performances. From April 17–28, the Gold Coast will be fully immersed in all-things Bleach*, and while the entire festival program is worthy of the spotlight, we’ve picked out our top five events not to miss. From huge choral ensembles through to live theatre performances witnessed from the comfort of your own car, take a look below to see our favourites for this year’s festival. more

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Strut & Fret reveals a star-studded program for The Spiegeltent Gold Coast
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Strut & Fret reveals a star-studded program for The Spiegeltent Gold Coast

From April 17 to May 12, the city will be graced with the presence of The Spiegeltent Gold Coast – a spectacular entertainment venue that will be erected in the heart of Broadbeach, playing host to a star-studded program of performances. Renowned production house Strut & Fret (the insanely talented team who brought us Blanc de Blanc) has just dropped the line-up of acts, featuring some of the biggest names in music, cabaret, comedy and theatre. Here's what you need to know. more

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Bleach* Festival celebrates the Gold Coast's unique artistic culture with a jam-packed 2019 program
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Bleach* Festival celebrates the Gold Coast’s unique artistic culture with a jam-packed 2019 program

Giving us something truly awesome to look forward to, the crew behind Bleach* Festival have unveiled a 2019 program that promises to be the premier arts and cultural event’s most captivating yet. The eighth annual festival runs from April 17–28 and celebrates the Gold Coast's unique culture with a schedule that spans 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 – and it doesn't stop there! more

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Let's rage –  HOTA's new Let there be rock! exhibition kicks off a summer of rock'n'roll
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Let’s rage –  HOTA’s new Let there be rock! exhibition kicks off a summer of rock’n’roll

An eclectic exhibition celebrating three decades of rock music and culture is kicking off at HOTA this summer, and you'll definitely want a piece of the action. The exhibition, Let there be rock!, opens true to style on Saturday December 8 with a beer garden, free rock anthems, and a Q&A with those who lived through the Gold Coast's heyday of live and loud rock music. more

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Step outside the square – the coast's best events and foodie experiences to fill your weekends with
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Step outside the square – the coast’s best events and foodie experiences to fill your weekends with

Live your best life. Now, that's a set of words that are thrown around a lot these days, but how many of us actually do live our best lives? When the time comes that you stumble across your significant other, you're kind of expected to settle down, buy a house, save whatever little money is left after mortgage repayments and, you know, just generally scale back our lives completely to prepare for the future. Sound familiar? Well, the folks at Smith Collective, the coast's revolutionary new rental community, want to flip the script on 'adulting' for couples. We're in the know (it's our job), so Smith Collective teamed up with yours truly to let you know all about the best upcoming events and must-do foodie experiences across the Gold Coast. Forget Netflix and toasties on the couch – this is how you do it. more


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The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award showcases the best of the best a HOTA
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The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award showcases the best of the best a HOTA

The exhibition to showcase the finalists in the coveted Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2018 will officially launch at HOTA this weekend. The winner of the prestigious award, considered one of the most important accolades for contemporary Australian photographic practice, will be announced at the exhibition's launch on Friday October 19. You've got until November 25 to experience this visual feast. more

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Currumbin gets set to transform into an open-air art gallery with SWELL Sculpture Festival
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Currumbin gets set to transform into an open-air art gallery with SWELL Sculpture Festival

The glorious Currumbin Beach will again act as the backdrop for one of the city's most iconic and impressive displays of public art when SWELL Sculpture Festival rolls into town from Friday September 14. The internationally acclaimed festival, now in its sweet 16th year, will run through until Sunday September 23, featuring a huge line-up of installations, events and live music. more

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Adults-only circus show Infamous announces an extended season in a new location
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Adults-only circus show Infamous announces an extended season in a new location

After a wildly popular five-weeks wowing the crowds in Southport, saucy stage show Infamous has announced a season extension – and it's relocating. Following its final show at Broadwater Parklands last Sunday, the Spiegel Big Top is currently being relocated to its new home – the Italo-Australian Club in Clear Island Waters – with shows to commence from Friday August 24. more

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Witness the city's evolution at HOTA's We are Gold Coast exhibition
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Witness the city’s evolution at HOTA’s We are Gold Coast exhibition

The Gold Coast oft gets a pretty crummy wrap from uninformed out-of-towners who still scoff into their soy latte at the very mention of the Gold Coast, believing the city is nothing more than surf, Schoolies and theme parks. But the truth is that we, its residents, know that those outdated stereotypes couldn't be further from the truth. We are Gold Coast: works from the Gallery at HOTA is a brand-new exhibition that shines a light on the city's evolution. more

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Visual feast – witness one of the city's largest art installations at the DETOUR Street Art Festival
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Visual feast – witness one of the city’s largest art installations at the DETOUR Street Art Festival

Back in the day, graffiti in public spaces was labelled as vandalism. Let's be honest though – there was a time when there was a lot of Bart Simpson-style 'eat my shorts' tagging going on around the place, which kind of gave street art a bit of a bad reputation. Thankfully, society was quick to realise that when a paint brush or spray can gets into the right set of hands, magical things can happen. While we've seen plenty of colourful works pop up across town, one of the city's biggest art installations is about to unfold – it's all happening as part of the DETOUR Street Art Festival from April 3–15 and you (yes, you) are invited to witness the wizardry firsthand. more

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Get your culture hit by the coast with our top picks from Bleach* Festival 2018's stellar line-up
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Get your culture hit by the coast with our top picks from Bleach* Festival 2018’s stellar line-up

That's it – the countdown to Bleach* Festival 2018 is well and truly underway. The renowned arts and culture festival has grown to become of the most significant events on the city's calendar, and this year it's being taken to dizzying new levels. From March 29 to April 15, the festival will fill the Gold Coast with an incredible series of events, live music, immersive theatre performances, activations, installations and everything in between. We're getting pretty darn excited for what's to come, so thought we'd share our top five picks from the impressive program. more

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Bleach* Festival unveils its ambitious 18-day city-wide program for 2018
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Bleach* Festival unveils its ambitious 18-day city-wide program for 2018

With the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games just around the corner, our fine city is gearing up for one the most pivotal years in its history. Just when we thought we couldn't cram any more excitement into the first half of 2018, the talented crew behind Bleach* Festival drops its most genre-bending and ambitious program ever. The 18 days of action kicks off on Thursday March 29 – here's what's in store. more

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Introducing HOTA – the Gold Coast's new Home of the Arts
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Introducing HOTA – the Gold Coast’s new Home of the Arts

Gold Coast, we'd like you to meet HOTA (Home of the Arts). You've actually met before – HOTA was formerly known as The Arts Centre Gold Coast and as of today (Tuesday February 6) will be officially named Home of the Arts. This is way more than just a shiny new name – the announcement also marks the unveiling of the cultural precinct's $37.5-million outdoor theatre, which is underscored by a spectacular program of events that will take the city's arts and culture scene to dizzying new heights. more

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The Festival 2018 line-up has been revealed and holy heck, it's BIG
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The Festival 2018 line-up has been revealed and holy heck, it’s BIG

Hold on to your hats folks, things are about to get next-level across our fine city. With the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games just around the corner (April 4–15, in case you've been living under a giant rock), excitement is buzzing, and it just went up a notch with the announcement of the Festival 2018 program, which will feature a spectacular line-up of more than 1000 arts and cultural experiences in more than 28 locations across the city for 12 action-packed days. more