The Gold Coast’s Bleach* Festival has been recognised nationally, receiving four nominations in the 18th annual Helpmann Awards, including two ‘best production’ nods.
Founding Artistic Director and CEO Louise Bezzina said the Bleach* Festival team were beyond thrilled to receive four nominations.
“What an absolute honour,” Bezzina said. “We are pinching ourselves that this festival that began in a shipping container in Coolangatta just seven years ago is now commissioning and presenting bold Australian works that are recognised amongst the best in the country.”
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The four Helpmann Award nominations for Bleach* include Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production for TIDE by acclaimed Gold Coast dance company The Farm, which also received a Best Male Dancer nomination for Joshua Thomson; Best Dance Production for Intimate Space by Restless Dance Theatre; and Best Music Direction for Brian Ritchie for Bleach* Festival’s 2018 celebrated centrepiece event The Spirit of Churaki.
Ms Bezzina said the diverse nominations highlighted Bleach* Festival’s unique position on the national festival landscape.
“From 49hr durational work TIDE, which was set on a sandbar in the middle of the Currumbin Estuary, to Intimate Space inside the Hilton Hotel and The Spirit of Churaki on Surfers Paradise beach, these diverse works epitomise Bleach* Festival’s pride and passion for the Gold Coast and our deep connection to place,” Bezzina said.
“As the Gold Coast’s preeminent annual cultural event, we are proud to showcase the many layers of the city that exist and the beautiful nuances in the numerous villages across the coast.
“We’re motivated to share with the world what our city has to offer: the natural beauty, the storytelling, the history, the palpable sense of invitation and fun, and the locals’ generosity of spirit.”
The Helpmann Award winners will be announced over two nights on Sunday 15 July at Sydney Town Hall, and Monday 16 July at the Capitol Theatre.
Bleach* Festival will return in 2019 from 17 – 28 April.