The Gold Coast’s premier arts and cultural event, Bleach*, has launched its 2019 program and it promises to be the most captivating yet.
The eighth annual festival, which will take place from April 17-28, will feature a jam-packed schedule of events including 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.
Over 12 days, the Gold Coast’s beaches, waterways, parklands and civic gathering places will become playgrounds for contemporary performance and installations with Bleach* Artistic Director and CEO Louise Bezzina calling on everyone to come and play.
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“The Gold Coast has experienced a cultural revolution over the past few years with Bleach* at the helm and, as the Gold Coast continues to evolve, so too does Bleach*,” she said.
“In 2019, we’ll turn the city on with a program of incredible arts experiences that will inspire and invigorate citizens and visitors to the Gold Coast.”
Watch below to learn more about the Bleach* 2019 program:
Bleach* is set to present its largest event to date in 2019 with 28 unique productions and 132 performance including four world premieres, and three Queensland premieres, headlined by its centrepiece event, Verdi’s Requiem, on April 27.
The blockbuster music concert, directed by Opera Queensland Artistic Director Patrick Nolan will feature more than 150 musicians and singers, and will be performed under the stars, with HOTA’s outdoor stage transformed into a fiery ceremonial sanctuary.
Bleach* will again welcome 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 an audience 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.
Bleach* will again welcome back production powerhouse Strut ‘n’ Fret in 2019, who will stage a show called Limbo Unhinged in a Spiegeltent at Broadbeach from April 17.
Also returning in 2019 is the oceanfront Bleach* at Burleigh entertainment precinct, a dedicated festival hub hosting free live music and entertainment across the 12 days including a concert headlined by ARIA-winning songstress Montaigne, Pub Choir at the pop-up Burleigh Bleach* Club (a bar on the beach) and sets by Mama Kin Spender and Kira Puru.
“Broadbeach’s Centenary Park, the state-of-the-art HOTA and the new Bleach* at Burleigh arts hub will become the Festival’s major hotspots in 2019,” Ms Bezzina said.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate applauded the Bleach* team on designing another thought provoking program.
“Bleach* is renowned for its surprises and for pushing the boundaries – 2019 will be no different,’’ he said. “I’m delighted so many local artists and companies get to take centre stage, alongside some of the country’s most daring contemporary art-makers.”
For the full bleach program and more information, visit: bleachfestival.com.au