The escalating South-east Queensland Covid outbreak and lockdown is wreaking havoc on the Gold Coast’s events calendar.
A number of events due to take place in the coming weeks have already been cancelled or postponed, with more expected to follow.
Surprisingly this week has also seen the announcement of some exciting new events for the city.
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See below a list of cancelled and postponed events, as well as the details of ones we can look forward to!
Due to kick off on August 12, the Gold Coast’s biggest arts and culture celebration has sadly been cancelled. Bleach* Festival organisers made the unfortunate decision on Thursday to not proceed with this year’s event. In a statement released this afternoon, Festival Director Rosie Dennis said, “While today’s announcement is devastating for our community and industry, we find ourselves operating within a challenging set of circumstances at an improbable time.”
The adults-only circus cabaret show has been forced to cancel all of this week’s performances. At this stage, the cast and crew are hopeful the show will go on for their last Gold Coast performance on August 8 at 6:30pm.
The new music festival experience, due to hit the sands of Surfers Paradise from 3-5 September, will no longer take place. In a statement released on Wednesday afternoon, organisers said “The current situation unfolding around Australia has made it increasingly challenging to put on a live music festival experience, with artists that we had planned to perform this year coming from around Australia.”
Olympic Live Site presented by Westpac
With stay at home orders in place until Sunday afternoon, the Gold Coast Olympic Live Site at Kurrawa Park has been packed down for the remainder of the Olympics.
AusCycling Schools National Championships
Students from across Australia were due to come together on the Gold Coast from 13-15 August to compete in three fun-filled days of Mountain Biking events and activities. Unfortunately in response to the developing situation nationally, this event has now been cancelled. In a statement on the AusCyclcing website, organisers said “This is obviously very disappointing for all involved however out of anyone’s control.”
Safety Sunday – Rail Safety Week
A family-friendly celebration planned at Broadbeach South Station for the commencement of Rail Safety Week will no longer take place this Sunday, 8 August. A new date will be advised for the Safety Sunday event, where locals can learn about how to stay safe on and around the G:link network while having some fun with the whole family.
Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert
While the show can’t go on this week, Spotlight Theatre is hoping to reschedule the missed musical performances for Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert. A statement on social media reads: “Our teams are working remotely around the clock to come up with a rescheduled plan based on the government lockdown scheduled to finish at 4pm this Sunday.”
YP Gold Coast HOTA Gallery cocktail event
A YP Gold Coast networking event scheduled to take place at the HOTA Gallery on Thursday evening has been postponed until September. The advocacy group has confirmed a new event date of 2 September, and said they are “excited to welcome guests back under safer conditions”.
Institute for Glycomics 21st Birthday Grand Ball
The black-tie event was due to take place on August 14, but has now been postponed due to the current COVID situation. The Grand Ball, which raises funds for the Institute’s ground-breaking research, will instead take place on Saturday 13 November. The Institute for Glycomics Public Forum has also been postponed and will now be held on Friday 12 November.
TSS Old Boys’ Weekend
Due to take place on 2 – 4 of September, all events planned for the TSS Old Boys’ Weekend hav been postponed, with a new dates to be announced soon.
Paralympic Live Site
Gold Coasters will be able to enjoy Paralympic events live on a giant screen in Kurrawa Park as they unfold in Tokyo, from 24 August to 5 September. The Paralympic Live Site is set to open daily to give locals the chance to experience all the fun of Games.
Gold Coast Beer & Cider Festival
A new festival celebrating Australia’s best golden brews is coming to the Gold Coast for the first time ever on October 23. Announced this week, the Gold Coast Beer & Cider Festival will take over Broadwater Parklands, with over 40 premium craft beer and cider producers expected to participate.
Good Love Festival
Australia’s biggest reggae festival is set to make a return to the Gold Coast next year! Good Love Festival (formally known as One Love) will feature a line-up of top-shelf talent from America, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands at Doug Jennings Park on 5 February, 2022.
2022 WSL Challenger Series
The World Surf League have announced Snapper Rocks will play host to the opening event of the WSL Challenger Series from 2022 to 2024, thanks to a new three year deal between the WSL and Major Events Gold Coast. The event will see 160 of the world’s best surfers descending on Coolangatta from 7 -15 May, 2022.