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Be spellbound by BIG CITY LIGHTS* – an immersive visual spectacle coming to the Gold Coast this winter
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Be spellbound by BIG CITY LIGHTS* – an immersive visual spectacle coming to the Gold Coast this winter

You might find it hard to believe, but there was once a time when the Gold Coast was considered void of culture. Crazy, right?! Thankfully, the times have changed, perceptions have been challenged and the Gold Coast is continuing to thrive, attracting events from all around the world. After a triumphant debut in 2022, BIG CITY LIGHTS* – an immersive festival that brings together light, design, installation and live performance – is making a comeback. Here's everything you need to know ... more

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Art ATMs, first-time buys and live painting – your guide to Affordable Art Fair Brisbane
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Art ATMs, first-time buys and live painting – your guide to Affordable Art Fair Brisbane

Affordable Art Fair was born out of the desire to democratise art and nearly 25 years later, this mission has spread all the way from London to Brisbane. The four-day festival is set to transform the Showgrounds Exhibition Building into an epicentre of culture and creativity this May 9–12. Local art lovers are invited to explore a curated collection of works from more than 40 independent galleries – and snag a piece or two for their own collection. Here’s all to expect from this Brisbane-first art festival … more

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See the Mona Lisa come to life in the interactive art exhibition Italian Renaissance Alive
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See the Mona Lisa come to life in the interactive art exhibition Italian Renaissance Alive

Ah, Italy. The magical boot of sun-drenched land, the birthplace of pizza and the home of many famous artists. We’d love nothing more than to jet off to Europe every other weekend to eat exceptional food and stand in awe of extraordinary artworks. While we wait (and wait) for someone to invent a quicker way to get over there from our sunny shores, HOTA is bringing the masterpieces to us in an interactive exhibition called Italian Renaissance Alive, which officially opens this weekend. more

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Australian art icon Lindy Lee AO is coming to The Calile Hotel in new partnership with the National Gallery of Australia
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Australian art icon Lindy Lee AO is coming to The Calile Hotel in new partnership with the National Gallery of Australia

It looks like you won’t have to take a trip to Canberra to experience the National Gallery of Australia's (NGA) revered collection of art and events. Artist Lindy Lee AO is coming to Brisbane this month for an evening with hosted by The Calile Hotel to mark the start of its exciting new partnership with the NGA. This new collaboration is set to bring unprecedented access to internationally renowned artists – beyond the traditional gallery walls. Here’s what you need to know … more

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Browse and buy original artworks without breaking the bank at Brisbane’s first-ever Affordable Art Fair
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Browse and buy original artworks without breaking the bank at Brisbane’s first-ever Affordable Art Fair

In case you missed the memo – globally renowned accessible-art phenomenon Affordable Art Fair is heading to Brisbane for the very first time from May 9–12. Tickets are now on sale for the fun-filled four-day art fiesta, which will give Queensland art aficionados and budding collectors the chance to explore and purchase original works from some of Australia's most exciting artists in a relaxed and convivial setting, with prices starting from as little as $100. Thought an original piece was completely out of reach? Think again! more


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The Mona Lisa goes digital, a rockin' Elvis musical and chaotic ballet – what's on at HOTA this year
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The Mona Lisa goes digital, a rockin’ Elvis musical and chaotic ballet – what’s on at HOTA this year

HOTA has lifted the lid on a stellar 2024 program, with its gallery walls, theatres and outdoor stage to host a stacked series of events across the year, from grand productions and futuristic art exhibitions to intimate dance performances, soul-stirring orchestra concerts and high-octane musicals. Ready to colour your calendar with arts and culture? Take a peek at these highlights. more

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Magical light show The Enchanted Garden is returning to Roma Street Parkland
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Magical light show The Enchanted Garden is returning to Roma Street Parkland

Lasers, possums and mesmerising lights across 22,000-sqm of inner-city parklands is just a taste of what you can expect to find at this year's The Enchanted Garden, which is set to light up Brisbane once more. Returning from November 23 to December 20, the family-friendly showcase sees the lush grounds of Roma Street Parkland light up in a spectacular technicolour display that is sure to take your breath away. more

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Psychic readings, tequila roulette and Sunday services – come out of your shell at Mo's Desert Clubhouse
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Psychic readings, tequila roulette and Sunday services – come out of your shell at Mo’s Desert Clubhouse

Mo's Desert Clubhouse is arguably the most happening place on the Gold Coast. With live tunes, sipping and snacking sessions and wildcard events happening on the regular, patrons are never bored. However, Mo's recently discovered that some of its regulars were struggling to make connections, so a whole bounty of new events have been born with the intention to help locals, no matter where they are from, have fun and be sociable. In true Mo's style, you can expect the unexpected – think sermons from heavy metal bands and tarot-card readings to tequila roulette and shot glass-making classes. more

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Unbox the magic of sneakers at HOTA's new exhibition
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Unbox the magic of sneakers at HOTA’s new exhibition

Whether you're crazy for Converses, line up for every new-release Nike or you're more of an Adidas enthusiast, one thing we can all agree on is the importance of sneakers. This summer, step into HOTA Gallery as Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street charts the design and cultural journey of some of our favourite pumped-up kicks. more

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Kids Take Over HOTA these school holidays with picnic parties, Lego battles and movies under the stars
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Kids Take Over HOTA these school holidays with picnic parties, Lego battles and movies under the stars

If you can believe it, the end of this week welcomes another edition of school holidays. If you're a parent, this means that you have two weeks to fill with fun activities to keep the kids entertained. Thankfully, HOTA has your back this September with the return of mini-festival Kids Take Over from September 27 to October 1. Here are all of the whimsical activities in store ... more

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One night only – HOTA is celebrating a century of Australian art and culture at Archie 100: Up Late
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One night only – HOTA is celebrating a century of Australian art and culture at Archie 100: Up Late

HOTA Gallery’s newest exhibition, Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize, is the bucket-list-worthy activity for Gold Coast adventurers at the moment. To celebrate the eye-catching exhibition, HOTA Gallery has just announced that it will be opening up a little later than usual this September for its newest instalment of Up Late. Night owls and curious culture seekers can expect tasty treats, terrific tunes and interactive workshops. It’s a history hit with a cheeky twist! more

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Rollerskating adventures and Katie Noonan plays Blue in the Botanic Gardens – our top five BLEACH* Festival events
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Rollerskating adventures and Katie Noonan plays Blue in the Botanic Gardens – our top five BLEACH* Festival events

Hold on to your horses Gold Coast, as BLEACH* Festival is just around the corner! Taking over our beautiful beachside city from August 3–13, this year's BLEACH* is showcasing 300 artists, 218 performances and 38 events including two world premieres across five hubs. We've rounded up some of the most exciting events happening at this year's festival – from tributes to Jodi Mitchell's iconic album and LGBTQIA+ discos to shed gigs in the hinterland and huge rollerskating shows. Dive in for our top picks ... more