Get Dancing on the Green

Every month, get your groove on at a series of free sunset events hosted on the lawn at HOTA. Good vibes, fine tunes, perfect weather and the chance to dance.

From swing to salsa, Bollywood to booty beats to ballroom – each month will bring a new flavour with a complementing live band or DJ.

Gather your friends, kick off your shoes, learn the rhythms of the day, then dance the evening away under the stars. For friends and families, left feet and professionals.

BOLLYWOOD – Saturday 28 April

4pm – Join Brisbane’s leading Bollywood Dance Company, Dance Masala, for a vibrant, energetic and lively fusion of Indian and Western dance! Not only is it an excellent workout, it can be done by absolutely anybody.

6pm – Tek Tek Ensemble
Melbourne’s TekTek Ensemble are an anthropological mini-orchestra performing an eclectic musical fusion inspired by bollywood, surf, the tropical jungle, late night Balkan weddings, 1960s chic and shamanistic desert rituals.

SWING – Saturday 19 May

4pm – Swing dance workshop with Swing On In

6pm – Rhydian Lewis and the Residuals
A swinging big band with a hot blend of jazz, swing, blues & boogie. Rhydion brings the kind of energy that will bring you to your feet and onto the dance floor before you even quite know what is happening.

AN AFRO BEAT – Saturday 9 June

4 – 9pm
From dancehall to street style afro beats, SK Simeon of Uganda takes over with a union of dancers and African rhythms, roots, reggae and soul.

Dancing on the Green is proudly supported by G:link

For more information visit the HOTA website.

Australia’s largest comedy festival is packing up and ready to roll

Join the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow as it journeys around Australia, home-delivering hot and tasty comic treats to audiences near and far.

Featuring fantastic funny makers Brennan Reece (UK), Dane Simpson, Gillian Cosgriff, Sam Tauton and more from Australia and beyond, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival will deliver an evening of laughs at HOTA Arts Theatre on Sunday 13 May.

It’s stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song – all in one side-splitting show! For nearly 20 years this roving tour-de-comedy has visited towns and cities around Australia, from Mildura to Mt Isa and everywhere in between.

There’s nowhere our exceptional entertainers fear to tread, so we’re bound to be heading your way. You won’t want to miss it when this bounty of belly laughs rolls into town. Come on Australia – pack your laughing gear and get on board the Roadshow!

‘It is a wonder how the roaring auditorium found any time to remember to breathe.’ 9 Inch Tales (Malaysia)

Comedy roadshow acts include


One of Australia’s most charming comedians. He is proving that the best comedy can be found in the most genuine human experiences.

In 2017, he featured in the hit comedy show “Aborigi-LOL” which had a sell out season at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and he also appeared on televisions ABC Comedy Up Late.

In 2018, Dane Simpson continues to grow and will be performing his sell out show at the Australian Commonwealth Games.

Definitely one to watch out for’ – Wil Anderson


Gillian graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music Theatre. Theatre credits include: Vivid White (Melbourne
Theatre Company), Company (Watch This), Loving Repeating (Vic Theatre Company), Soi Cowboy (Brisbane Powerhouse) and The Pirates of Penzance (The Production Company). Television credits: Offspring, House Husbands, Fat Tony & Co., Ricketts Lane and Get Krack!n. She was a backing vocalist for Kate Miller- Heidke’s 2012 album Nightflight and is currently writing a new work for the Victorian Opera with Casey Bennetto (Keating! The Musical) and composer Julian Langdon.

She has toured extensively with her solo shows as a comedy and cabaret performer, most notably at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Leicester Square Theatre in London. Gillian has released three CDs of original songs from her cabaret shows Waitressing…and Other Things I Do Well, This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things and Whelmed.

Awards: Best Cabaret (Melbourne Fringe), The West Australian Arts Editor Award (Fringeworld Perth), Original Songs (Green Room Award).


One of the most exciting new voices in Australian comedy.

Bursting onto the scene in the 2015 Triple J RAW Comedy National Final, he received the judges’ ‘Special Mention’ award and has since gone on to play venues all over the world. Juggling stand up and various media projects including being MTV Australia’s newest VJ, his captive storytelling and quickfire punchlines have seen him emerge as one of the most in-demand acts in the country.

Still a fresh face in the comedy world, he was handpicked for the prestigious ‘Comedy Zone’, toured with MICF Roadshow, and was nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’ at the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

As seen and heard on ABC’s Comedy Up Late, MTV, SBS, Channel [V], ABC Radio, NOVA and Triple J.

‘He’s a natural’ – Chortle UK


Former English Comedian Of The Year and Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee has established himself as one of the hottest new stars on the UK comedy scene.

Racking up 5 star reviews from his sold out tour, Brennan’s energetic charm is ‘powerfully entertaining’, definitely making him one to watch.

‘Hilarious rubber faced bright young talent’ – The Stage

New York Film Academy

Explore the state-of-the-art Gold Coast New York Film Academy campus

Find out why Variety named New York Film Academy as one of the ‘top stellar Film schools in 2017’ at their upcoming Mega Open Day.

New York Film Academy Australia (NYFA-AU) invites prospective students to learn more about our Visual and Performing Arts programs with an all-access VIP pass to their Mega Open Day on Saturday, 21 April from 10am – 12pm.

Do not miss your chance to explore our brand new, state of the art facilities; get up close with cutting edge film equipment; network with award-winning, industry professionals; learn more about our exclusive studio located at Village Roadshow Studios where our students study in the heart of major Hollywood productions. You’ll have the opportunity to book an exclusive student VIP tour to see first-hand the NYFAAU studio experience.

Discover pathways to the US through our accredited programs. Hear Alumni share their own success in the local and international market. Learn about our current programs in Filmmaking, Acting for Film, Screenwriting, 3D Animation & VFX, Producing and Documentary Filmmaking.

New York Film Academy Australia’s innovative ‘learning by doing’ approach is aligned with the philosophy of our renowned headquarters in the US (New York, Los Angeles and Miami) as well as satellite locations all over the world. Our project based curriculum is designed to reflect the real-world environment while encouraging
students to explore their own creativity and passion.

The aim of the Academy is to help students better appreciate the art and craft of visual storytelling so that they may develop as artists and better express their personal artistic visions.

Applications for May 2018 enrolments are now open!

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HOTA’s Concert for the Planet, a moment in musical time not to be missed

In celebration of Earth Hour on Saturday March 24, HOTA, Home of the Arts will present an evening of discovery and symphonic experience.

A free musical event, Concert for the Planet will transform the parkland into a live music soundscape, with musicians from all over the world taking part via a worldwide livestream.

The Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra, extended to include over 100 local musicians, will perform Holst’s The Planets under the baton of conductor Lachlan Snow. Fittingly, the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra is the first full orchestra to perform on the recently launched state-of-the-art $37.5 million outdoor stage.

This spectacular concert will be live-streamed globally and with the help of innovative technology, such as the Conductor-Cam, musicians and communities will be able to join in and play along during the performance.

Following the free Tim Minchin concert this Saturday March 17 which officially launches the HOTA Outdoor Program, the performance on March 24 is the second-ever Concert for the Planet following the first in 2015 in Sydney.

“This is going to be a brilliant moment in musical time, with an extraordinary repertoire in Holst’s The Planets,” said HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke.

“We’re inviting music lovers of all ages to bring a picnic to enjoy a truly memorable evening under the stars!”

Activity begins from 5pm with sustainable and environmentally focused community and art stalls, visual art installations by Gold Coast favourites Clayton Blake and Guy Cooper, and performance and interactive art activities including dancing, drumming, children’s activities and more.

HOTA has partnered with the Global Orchestra Foundation in a commitment to make positive change for the future.

In response to Earth Hour attendees are asked to bring reusable water bottles and make use of the free water stations around the venue, carpool or use public transport to get to the event and to use the recycling services available on-site or take rubbish home for appropriate disposal.

The main concert will start at 7.30pm (AEST) and the performance will conclude at the start of Earth Hour 2018 in Queensland.

The lights will be turned down, and guests are asked to bring a torch to assist in exiting the venue safely.

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Holiday cheer and Happy New Year

2017 has been a huge year for us and we thank you for your continued support.

There’s plenty to do at The Arts Centre over the Christmas and holiday break with Summer family fun and Christmas cheer.

Make sure you paws a while on your next visit to see the playful, festive Christmas Commission from local artist Dion Parker. How many times can you spot Lil Dusty around the venue?

And if you’re stuck for ideas for Christmas gifts, why not share the festive love and give the gift of art and memories with our gift vouchers!

Whether it be a dash of dance, a drop of drama, a healthy dose of laughs or a sprinkle of risqué, our gift vouchers can be used anywhere at The Arts Centre. It can even be used at our Café or cinema.

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