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Beach bars, contortionists and theatre in abandoned houses – BLEACH* Festival's 2020 program is here!
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Beach bars, contortionists and theatre in abandoned houses – BLEACH* Festival’s 2020 program is here!

In a huge boost for the city's arts and culture industry, Placemakers* Gold Coast – the team behind the iconic BLEACH* Festival – has officially revealed a new and reimagined program for the highly anticipated 2020 version of the annual event. Kicking off on Thursday November 12, BLEACH* will run for 11 action-packed days, with audiences invited to experience the best of the city through one-of-a-kind contemporary art, live music, cabaret, theatre, dance and storytelling, with the magic to unfold across three key precincts – Burleigh Heads, Chevron Island and the Botanic Gardens. more

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Get a little handsy at Crockd's Hot n’ Pottered life sculpting event
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Get a little handsy at Crockd’s Hot n’ Pottered life sculpting event

A wise man (okay, Nelly, it was Nelly) once said 'it's getting hot in here' except this time, you won't be the one taking off all of your clothes. Intrigued? Good! Allow us to elaborate. Local pottery legends Crockd are hosting a cheeky life sculpting event that promises to lure you out of your comfort zone to take part in a collective art experience. It's guaranteed to be a real eye-opener, in more ways than one. more

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Roadtrip north for the Noosa Open Studios annual art trail
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Roadtrip north for the Noosa Open Studios annual art trail

Spring has sprung and so has our wanderlust. If you're in need of a weekend getaway and some cultural goodness, take a roadtrip north for Noosa Open Studios, an annual art trail where gifted local artists open the doors to their studios so you can get a behind-the-scenes look into their work. more

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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

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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

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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


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Roots festivals to pop-up dance parties – HOTA drops a summer series of 20 events over 15 days
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Roots festivals to pop-up dance parties – HOTA drops a summer series of 20 events over 15 days

When summer rolls around, an air of excitement always hits. There's a little extra spring in your step and the cheer stretches from ear to ear – and it's all in anticipation of the year's end and being able to spend time with family and friends. From December 1–15, HOTA is capturing the thrill of spending summer 'at home' on the Gold Coast by hosting one of the biggest event series' the arts and culture precinct has ever seen. Staying put this summer? You'll be glad you did. more

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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