The eighth annual Bleach* festival is set for April 17-28 and is aiming to herald a new era for the Gold Coast, by celebrating its unique rituals and culture with a jam-packed program that has large-scale opera, award-winning dance, eye-popping cabaret, free live music and a thought-provoking political swimming carnival and a drive-in with a difference.
The event certainly cements itself as the Gold Coast Festival in 2019 with a program that promises to be the best Bleach* festival yet.
The festival is set to run over 12 days, The Gold Coast’s beaches waterways, parks and gathering places are transformed to playgrounds for performance and installation with Bleach* Artistic Director and CEO Louise Bezzina sending an invitation for everyone to come out and play.
” The Gold Coast has experienced a cultural revolution over the past few years with Bleach8 at the helm and as the Gold Coast continues to evolve so does Bleach*.
In 2019, we’ll turn the city on with a program of incredible art experiences that will inspire and invigorate the locals and visitors to the Gold Coast. “
This year’s festival is set to be the most significant event to date with 28 unique productions and 132 performances including four world premieres, and three Queensland premiers, headlined by its centrepiece event, Verdi’s Requiem, on April 27.
The blockbuster music concert, directed by Opera Queensland Artistic Director Patrick Nolan and featuring more than 150 musicians and singers, is performed under the stars, with Hota’s outdoor stage transformed into a fiery ceremonial sanctuary.
The event will also see the return of long-time collaborators The Farm, a Helpmann Award-winning and Gold Coast-based dance theatre company, to present newly commissioned work, Throttle.
Billed as a “drive-in, live action movie with a difference” Throttle is a B-grade thriller that plays out in front of the audience who are safely ensconced in their cars.
Also premiering in 2019 is Water Songs, a musical concert series that will travel through the Gold Coast’s waterways.
Travelling minstrels’ will perform from the waterfront into backyards and public parks along the Gold Coast’s network of canals, creeks and channels.