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HOTA, Home of the Arts

Arts & Culture

Find Your Perspective

There's a rumour that we're not a very "artsy" place. Good thing it's just a rumour. Galleries, theatre groups, nostalgia museums, sculpture festivals and indigenous performances just brush the surface of a cultural canvas that goes far deeper. As they say - art is purely a matter of perspective after all.

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  • 11 Jun 2023

    Pick Your Own and Meet the Farmer

    Have you ever wanted to pick your own vegetables at a working vegetable farm? Here's your chance! Come and experience picking your own vegetables at Valley Pride Produce Farm. Meet these 5th-generation farmers and have your questions answered. A great day out for the whole family. Please dress for the weather. Enclosed shoes are essential and please bring a hat. Pick your Own and Meet the Farmer is deliciously presented as part of 2023 Scenic Rim Eat Local Month. To view the full program of Eat Local Month events visit the website.

  • From now until 14 Jun 2023

    The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry

    ​The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry (M)THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY is the story of an unremarkable man who sets off on a remarkable journey. Harold lives a life without purpose until he learns an old friend is dying and vows that in walking across England to see her, his journey can keep her alive. Based on the 2012 New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller of the same name, this heartfelt and original take on the coming-of-age narrative will resonate with audiences of all ages.  Recently retired, Harold Fry is well into his 60s and content to fade quietly into the background of life. Harold’s life with his wife Maureen is uneventful and their marriage frozen, due to an unspeakable conflict relating to the absence of their son, until one day, Harold learns his old friend Queenie is dying. He sets off to the post office to send her a letter and decides to keep walking: all the way to her hospice, 450 miles away. A story of rediscovery and transformation, HAROLD FRY is an uplifting reminder that you’re never too old to take a chance, and that kindness is less rare than you think. 

  • From now until 14 Jun 2023

    Bank Of Dave

    Bank Of DaveBased on the true-life experiences of Dave Fishwick; 'Bank of Dave' tells the story of how a working class Burnley man and self-made millionaire fought to set up a community bank to support local businesses."Roy Kinnear is brilliant in this warming comedy about a small-town businessman who took on London's elite and won" The Guardian

  • From now until 14 Jun 2023

    Maybe I Do

    Maybe I Do (M)In New York City’s splendour, Michelle and Allen’s romance is at the point where it is time for the parents to finally meet. But now face-to-face, the dinner quickly spirals out of control as the parents realise each spouse is sleeping with the other. Trying to hide the affairs from the kids, their antics turn the night into comedic chaos.

  • From now until 14 Jun 2023

    John Farnham: Finding The Voice

    John Farnham: Finding The Voice (M)JOHN FARNHAM: FINDING THE VOICE tells the untold story of an Australian music icon. In this first authorised biopic, we follow Farnham’s life from the quiet suburbs of Melbourne to ‘60s pop fame, through incredible highs and lows, and ultimately to record-breaking success as ‘Australia’s Voice’. John Farnham was 38 years old when Whispering Jack was released. Nobody ever questioned that Farnham could sing -- but the challenge to find his artistic voice and become Australia’s most trusted and beloved performer took half a lifetime. Whispering Jack is still the highest selling Australian album of all time, and this powerful documentary tracks the personal and public journey that has made Farnham Australia’s greatest and most beloved musical artist.

  • From now until 11 Jun 2023

    Thin Ice

    In 1914, polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton led the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Regarded as the last major expedition of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, it was to be the first to cross Antarctica coast-to-coast. Shackleton failed in his attempt, but the events that transpired form one of history’s greatest stories of leadership and survival. Over a century on, modern day adventurer Tim Jarvis AM recreated the famous events of Shackleton’s voyage, where he discovered that climate change had drastically impacted the region. In a world-first virtual reality project, produced by award-winning studio Monkeystack, Thin Ice VR offers an unrivalled immersive experience to follow in the footsteps of Shackleton and Jarvis that will leave viewers in no doubt about the devastating effects of climate change. Equal parts catastrophic and transcendent, Thin Ice VR presents a uniquely affecting account of how humanity asserts its will over the extremes of nature — often in unforeseen ways.

  • 11 Jun 2023

    Cooly Rocks On

    Each year, Cooly Rocks On packs a punch with an incredible lineup of some of the best rock ‘n’ roll, swing, rockabilly and tribute artists from around the world. In a unique offering, Cooly Rocks On is one out of ten festivals held around the world to host an official preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, an Elvis Presley Enterprises event, with the winner heading straight to Elvis Week, in Memphis, USA to represent Australia. So much more than just the music, the festival offers a strong motors element, with an impressive collection of vehicles on display in what is renowned as one of Australia’s best Show ‘N’ Shine displays. Festivalgoers can also wander through a Kustom Kulture precinct showcasing hot rods, kustom vehicles, lowbrow art, and partake in several Car Runs taking off from Coolangatta. Cooly Rocks On wouldn’t be the festival it is without celebrating the lifestyle of yesteryear. The festival hosts its very own Pin-up Pageant celebrating the classic and rockabilly styles, and the Harvest Moon Swing Ball, a 1940s style shindig that provides plenty of time for attendees to dance the night away. But that’s not all! You’ll have the chance to shop the largest range of retro goods, vintage finds, nostalgia and memorabilia from the eras gone by with a huge number of markets along the beachfront.

  • 15 Jun 2023 - 25 Jun 2023

    The Doyles Art Award and Exhibition

    COST: Free Step into the world of art at the Doyles Art Award, an annual exhibition that has become a national icon and a prominent fixture on Australia’s cultural calendar. The main exhibition will be held at Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall, 62 Railway St Mudgeeraba QLD, from 15 June to 25 June. Established to honour d’Arcy Doyle, one of Australia’s most well-known artists who lived locally in Mudgeeraba, Queensland, this award has grown into a celebration of creativity and artistic excellence. Come and experience some of the finest artistic expressions from across the country, with over 500 artworks on display during the opening night. It’s an event not to be missed, as artists and art enthusiasts from far and wide come together to celebrate the passion and dedication that goes into creating beautiful works of art. Since its inception in 2004, the Doyles Art Award has attracted high-calibre sponsors such as Bond University, Attwood Marshall Lawyers and SkyRidge Living. Their support has helped increase the prize money and recognition for artists who participate in the award. Join us at the Doyles Art Award and be part of an unforgettable celebration of creativity, talent, and inspiration. It’s a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of art and witness the amazing talents of Australian artists. Come along and experience the magic of the Doyles Art Award! For further details, visit

  • 16 Jun 2023 - 02 Mar 2024

    Dreamworld Night Market

    The northern Gold Coast’s newest night market is here, and it is all about serving up good food and even better times! The Dreamworld Night Market is Serving up good food & good times from 5:00–9:00 pm every Friday and Saturday. Entry is $2 or FREE for kids under 13 and Passholders. With food trucks, live tunes, Friday markets, family entertainment & ticketed events … We’re serving up the good times the Northern Gold Coast deserves every weekend! Whether you’re heading for after-work drinks or taking the kids out for dinner, there’s something for everyone to enjoy eating, drinking, and listening to at Dreamworld Night Market!

  • 18 Jun 2023

    Frockarama 2023

    Frockarama is the Gold Coast's biggest buy and sell fashion preloved fashion event and the ultimate girls shopping day out! With over 100 frocker sellers, it's a one-day fashion sale where you can buy new and preloved clothing, shoes and accessories all under the one big roof. Grab your girlfriends and frock till you drop with a live DJ, wine bar and of course racks and racks of fashion bargains! Frock til' you drop!

  • 18 Jun 2023 - 16 Jun 2024

    The Village Markets

    The Village Markets (established in 2008) trades every month, on the first and third Sunday at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30am to 1pm. This creative hub for emerging entrepreneurs (the likes of Peony Swimwear, F+H Jewellery, Grace Bijoux, Olas Supply Co, Sacred Bundle, Mr Consistent, Zulu & Zephyr, Children of the Tribe and Kivari have all traded there) plays host to 100 plus incredible boutique market stalls in fashion, vintage, art and lifestyle, as well as street food, live tunes and a monthly pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sale. Affectionately known as TVM, The Village Markets is the go-to destination for good vibes of a Sunday morning on the Gold Coast. The Village Markets was named the Gold Coast's top 3 site by Lonely Planet in 2019 and has featured in The Collective Hub Magazine, along with Qantas, Scoot, Voyeur and Jetstar Magazines.

  • 24 Jun 2023 - 16 Jul 2023

    Winterfest at Dreamworld!

    Shake up your winter holidays as your favourite theme park turns into a magical winter wonderland and food lover's haven for Winterfest - back & better than ever! From the magic of falling snow through Main Street, to the unique experiences available for the whole family, let the magic of Winterfest take you away to a cooler climate! From ice skating to toboganing, themed entertainment and even European eats, visit Dreamworld as it transforms into a winter wonderland.

  • 24 Jun 2023 - 01 Jul 2023

    Paradice Ice Skating Show

    Get your tickets to Parad-Ice, a one-of-a-kind variety show, featuring fierce ice-skating that will dazzle with acrobatics, spins, and clown antics. Fun for the whole family. Located at Planet Chill Ice-Skating Rink, inside Paradise Resort Gold Coast.

  • 24 Jun 2023 - 09 Jul 2023

    Celebrating 90 Years of Blinky Bill

    Join Blinky Bill’s 90th birthday celebrations, sing and dance with two Blinky Bill Birthday shows daily! And that’s just the beginning, there will also be colouring in, special meet and greets and daily prizes to be won. Kids can write their own birthday cards for Blinky Bill, wishing him a Happy Birthday – Blinky Bill is a true Australian Icon. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary will also be celebrating NAIDOC week during the school holidays with free workshops being held Monday to Friday. Visitors can learn more about First Nations Culture, with traditional food, art, and dancing. Make a day of it and don’t forget to step back in time through Lost Valley. Immerse yourself in an environment that existed millions of years ago. Get up close with some of the World's most unique wildlife, including friendly Lemurs, Cotton-top tamarins, Red Pandas, Capybaras and free flying birds. Also included in your entry ticket, Extinction Trail has been 100 million years in the making. Visit the land of Dinosaurs and Megafauna! An immersive outdoor adventure, with special effects and lifelike Dinosaurs. Have fun and support wildlife conservation in the process, at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary these school holidays!

  • 30 Jun 2023 (Monthly)

    Fierce and Fabulous - A night of Burlesque

    Fierce and Fabulous - A night of BurlesqueSass and Soul Dance is a company based around empowerment, body positivity and inclusivity. Join us for our 2023 annual show, Fierce and Fabulous where we transport you into the mysterious world of Burlesque Cabaret, where anything is possible.Hosted by the fabulous Terry Daktyl, Australia’s Gender Flipping Drag Artist on the Gold Coast, Terry opens an infinite world of drag for you to indulge yourself in. Perfect for ladies night, date night, or a group night out! Be prepared to be entranced by an evening filled with tasteful and costumed dances, comedy, captivating music and more!

  • 30 Jun 2023 (Monthly)

    Fierce and Fabulous - A Night of Burlesque

    Fierce and Fabulous - A Night of BurlesqueSass and Soul Dance is a company based around empowerment, body positivity and inclusivity. Join us for our 2023 annual show, Fierce and Fabulous where we transport you into the mysterious world of Burlesque Cabaret, where anything is possible.Hosted by the fabulous Terry Daktyl, Australia’s Gender Flipping Drag Artist on the Gold Coast, Terry opens an infinite world of drag for you to indulge yourself in. Perfect for ladies night, date night, or a group night out! Be prepared to be entranced by an evening filled with tasteful and costumed dances, comedy, captivating music and more!

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Destination Gold Coast acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. 
We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout Southeast Queensland.