There was a festive spirit in the air around the Arts Centre Gold Coast, as they celebrated their 25th birthday with a public party.
Supporters, volunteers and employees of the Centre stood alongside members of the Gold Coast community for the hour of entertainment, fun and cake cutting.
The Centre's General Manager, Destry Puia, formally opened the festivities with a bit of humour and a few useful facts.
"There are very few organisations let alone art organisations here within Australia that can lay claim to (a 25 year) milestone and over that period we've achieved a great deal more together," Mr Destry said.
"We've had over 14 million people come through those doors. We've had almost a million artists grace our stage and our gallery and we've played host to almost two million events during that time and we've served enough popcorn to nearly fill Q1. That's a lot of popcorn!"
Popcorn aside, Mr Destry was quick to talk about the milestones reached by the Arts Centre after a mammoth quarter of a century. These included the leadership shown by the original manager and the path he led the Centre down to get where it is today and the support from the Gold Coast City Council.
"Gold Coast City Council has maintained true to the vision that was shown by our forefathers when they created this place," explained Mr Destry who added this legacy is "so we can pass on a vibrant artistic organisation to our children and to our grandchildren."
And vibrant indeed!
Showcasing the types of entertainment the Arts Centre has become renown for were performances by singer Christine Taylor and dramatic group - Soapbox Theatre Productions were there with their take on 'arts'. To top it all off - a chocolate mud cake in the shape of the Gold Coast Arts Centre topped off a wonderful morning that was had by all.
The Mayor, Ron Clarke summed up the festivities during his speech.
"When we think back to our 25th birthday we realise the trials and tribulations of growing up of actually maturing to that 25 years of age and looking forward to that 25 years of age," philosophised Cr Clarke.
"I think this organisation has reached that stage. We've got to that prime maturity that comes with those years with all the people that made the contribution.
"Good luck at what you're doing. May you have many more celebrations of your 25th birthday and let this one be a great one...may you become bigger and better than ever."