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. Looking for more inspiration? Check out the cultural highlights of the Gold Coast hinterland.
arts & culture
06 Apr 2024
Autumn Markets - Summer Land Camels
Experience the best of a boutique country market! Come and support local Scenic Rim producers and businesses, as well as others from around Southeast Queensland. Eat, shop, have a great time with friends, enjoy the stunning views from our property, and relax to the sounds of a local entertainer while you browse through the stalls. Summer Land Camels are also running a competition with fantastic prizes up for grabs. Entry will be free - look out for the posters with the QR codes at the entry and around the farm! Camel rides - book on the day Sorry No Dogs Allowed (Certified Assistance Dogs excepted)
17 Apr 2024 - 28 Apr 2024
Gold Coast Film Festival
The Gold Coast Film Festival is a celebration of film and filmmaking hosted in Queensland’s most dynamic screen destination, the Gold Coast. Now in its 23rd year, Gold Coast Film Festival 2024 will showcase amazing films, inspirational panels, outdoor screenings and special events at Home of the Arts (HOTA), including the incredible SIPFest (Shorts in Paradise) that sees thousands gather under the stars - and other iconic Gold Coast locations - presenting the best of Australian and International cinema along with profiling local and independent films over 12 incredible days. The Gold Coast Film Festival 2024 will explore diverse stories and unique perspectives on-screen through its short and feature film program and will award a range of prizes across various festival competition strands. Several free-to-attend industry education events provide inspiring and incredible opportunities for emerging and established screen creatives to learn, connect and grow. The Gold Coast Film Festival is supported by the Queensland State Government through Screen Queensland, Tourism and Events Queensland along with Major Events Gold Coast and the City of Gold Coast.
04 May 2024 - 12 May 2024
Queensland Arts & Fashion Festival
Get ready for an electrifying celebration of style and creativity at the Queensland Arts & Fashion Festival (QLDAFF)! Embark on a fashion journey that transcends boundaries, embracing diversity, inclusivity, and sustainability in every glamorous stride. In its spectacular fifth year, QLDAFF has transformed into a pulsating powerhouse, revolutionising the fashion scene in Queensland. Partnering with Indigenous, local, and national creatives, QAFF is not just a festival – it's a movement that redefines the very essence of style. Brought to you by the dynamic trio – Gold Coast Fashion Project, a trailblazing non-profit First Nations-led organisation; The Bella Styling Co; and Rise to the Runway – QLDAFF promises a spectacle that marries tradition with trendsetting innovation. Join us as we weave together a tapestry of fashion that echoes with cultural richness and contemporary flair. Experience the fusion of creativity, community, and couture at QLDAFF, where fashion takes centre stage, and inclusivity is the headline act. Don't miss your chance to be part of this groundbreaking event that is shaping the future of fashion in Queensland!
06 May 2024
Michelle Le Plastrier: Dopamine Days
Michelle Le Plastrier: Dopamine DaysInfused with the spirit of the 1980s, Michelle Le Plastrier’s Dopamine Days is the artist’s own unique vision of the Gold Coast. Join us as this local artist takes us to a bright, bold world of contemporary ceramics. Using precariously balanced geometric shapes, Michelle creates everything from a phone-gazing self-portrait to a riotous palm tree; from a perfectly poised kitty-kat to an abstract view of the Gold Coast Skyline from rolling ocean to mountainous hinterland. Displayed on Level 5 of HOTA Gallery these spectacular works embrace the city around us with a new and fresh take on the Gold Coast and the artists that call it home. ARTIST BIOMichelle Le Plastrier is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on hand built ceramics exploring identity, socio-political and environmental issues all in her signature candy coloured style. Michelle teaches introductory ceramics across South-East Queensland. She has completed residencies, produced workshops and exhibited across Australia for businesses, galleries and councils such as Gold Coast Arts and Culture, Pacific Fair, HOTA, Side Gallery and Honey Bones Gallery. She was recently a finalist in the 2022 North QLD Ceramic Awards at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.Image credit: Ellamay Fitzgerald
From now until 18 May 2024
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and JulietJoin us for an enchanting evening filled with passion, tragedy and world-class ballet under the starlit sky on HOTA’s Outdoor Stage. Following its sold-out 2023 Season, BIG Live is making a triumphant return to Australia, bringing to life Shakespeare’s most magnificent love story, Romeo & Juliet. Immerse yourself in the moonlit streets of Verona as artists from some of the world’s leading ballet companies guide you through Shakespeare’s captivating realm of love, rivalry and destiny. With its iconic score, captivating sets, and exquisite costumes, BIG Live invites you to experience ballet like never before. BIG Live, in association with HOTA and United Airlines, are honoured to present this spellbinding tale of star-crossed lovers. Presented by BIG Live and HOTA, Home of the Arts.
23 May 2024 - 26 May 2024
2024 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Welcome to Australia’s must-see boating blockbuster! The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is the greatest show afloat! The Southern Hemisphere’s marquee marine event with a superstar lineup of more than 330 exhibitors across everything from the latest marine gadgets and must-have technology to a massive display of trailer boats, sail boats, motor yachts and superyachts plus a raft of exciting new product launches. The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show promises plenty of showstopping moments from exclusive VIP experiences in The Lagoon Lounge to boatloads of activities, including live entertainment stages, fishing demonstrations, street performers and a fun-filled kids activities. Get along to the biggest and best boating lifestyle show with over 600 boats and thousands of marine products. Don’t miss this full-on, four-day, action-packed event of all things aquatic. Save the Date - May 23-26, 2024
07 Jun 2024 - 08 Jun 2024
Gold Coast Disability Expo
The Gold Coast Disability Expo brings together a wide range of products and services to help people live their best life, including government and advocacy organisation, aids and equipment providers, financial and legal services, education, training and employment providers, social and leisure options, transport and vehicles, health and medical products and services, allied health professionals and support services, including in-home care providers The expo will also feature a range of informative and interactive presentations delivered by industry experts, all-abilities adult and children’s entertainment, and food vendors.
27 Jun 2024 - 07 Jul 2024
The Doyles Art Award
The Doyles is held annually in the historical village of Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast, Queensland. The exhibition will run from the 27th June 2024 until 7th July 2024. (Entries open 1 March and close 24 May 2024.) The Doyles is a prestigious event on a nationally competitive art calendar. With a first prize of $20,000 cash to the winning landscape entry, the award attracts well over 600 entries from artists across Australia. Our entry categories are Landscape, Figurative, Still Life, Junior and All Ability. By exhibiting in excess of 300 finalist artworks we promote a large body of artists at various stages of their careers. The exhibit is always relatable, inspirational and visually dynamic. It is free to enter and view the artworks. All adult work is for sale. A selection of art workshops will also be held in Mudgeeraba during the exhibition.
07 Jul 2024
HOTA Collects: Made in Surfers Paradise
HOTA Collects: Made in Surfers ParadiseThis HOTA Collects exhibition explores the vibrant fashions of Surfers Paradise in the 1950s and 60s. There through a newly commissioned film, we discover the story of six incredible women who brought fashion to the Gold Coast and, in doing so, turned a laid-back seaside town into a cavalcade of golden girls in bikinis, fabulous resort wear and glamorous evening wear fit for poolside cocktail parties.
23 Oct 2024
Waru - Journey of the Small Turtle
WARU - JOURNEY OF THE SMALL TURTLEUnder the star-illuminated skies of the Torres Strait, a green turtle navigates her way back to the beach where she was born. The season has started, the turtles are returning to nest, and soon the island will welcome a new generation of hatchlings - amongst them, our small turtle friend, Migi! In Bangarra’s first dedicated work for children, join our heroine Migi as she undertakes a journey of discovery and survival. A contemporary saltwater Lagaw Kazil (Island Children) story inspired by the totemic system of the green turtle, Waru - journey of the small turtle is an interactive and immersive introduction to Torres Strait Islander culture and dance for 3-7-year-olds. Created by Stephen Page, together with Hunter Page-Lochard and Bangarra alumni Dancers and Choreographers Sani Townson and Elma Kris, Waru provides teachers, parents and caregivers with a unique opportunity to open up conversations about climate change, caring for the environment, and the traditional cultural values of respect and reciprocity. Links to Curriculum The Arts: F-4 Dance, Drama, Media, MusicFoundation: explore how and why the arts are important for people and communitiesExplore where, why and how Dance/Drama/Music/Media is created and/or performed across cultures, times, places and/or other contexts. HASS F-6:Year 4 HistoryThe diversity of First Nations Australians, their social organisation and their continuous connection to Country/Place Year 3 GeographyThe ways First Nations Australians in different parts of Australia are interconnected with Country/Place Year 5 GeographyThe influence of people, including First Nations Australians and people in other countries, on the characteristics of a place General Capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social. Cross-Curriculum Priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, Recommended for grades 3-7. Waru has been generously supported by the Girgensohn Foundation and the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
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.