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5 acts not to miss at the 2016 Bleach* Festival

Melanie Hoad

Bleach* Festival illuminates the Gold Coast with a three week program of contemporary music, arts, dance, theatre and performance

Bleach* Festival is the Gold Coast's signature art and culture festival. Bleach* hits the Gold Coast from 4-20 March, 2016. Bleach* will push the boundaries of what is physically, creatively and logistically possible as this much loved multi-arts festival launches its most audacious and visionary program in its five year history.

Bleach* Festival has always shone a light on the unique creativity and culture of the Gold Coast by presenting the City in new ways and to new audiences. This year's program will definitely not disappoint!

Across three huge weekends of Bleach*, hundreds of Gold Coast artists, along with a formidable team of renowned Australian and international artists, will present eight world premieres and a blockbuster line-up of easily accessible and mostly free events. To view the full program and ensure you don't miss out visit

Without any further ado, five acts not to be missed at this year's Bleach* Festival are… (drum roll please):

Horizon with Angels – World Premiere

As the sun sets, the shores of Evandale Lake will become a playground of performances; acrobats and singers will amaze as bodies fly and voices soar. Set to a moving soundtrack, which includes the music of the legendary Leonard Cohen, Horizon with Angels is a spectacular event that can be enjoyed from the water or by taking a stroll around the lake's edge.

Horizon with Angels has been created by Preposterous, the brainchild of Artistic Director Yaron Lifschtiz and the creative team behind Circa: Australia's leading contemporary circus company. Renowned for their innovative, genre-melding blend of acrobatics and movement, Preposterous signifies a new direction for Circa and Yaron Lifschitz.

Horizon with Angels showcases Circa's acrobats and celebrates 'The local', the lake, the dazzling Surfers Paradise skyline, a cast of over 200 young Gold Coast voices, and The Farm's youth dance ensemble.

Horizon with Angels takes place on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 March at the Evandale Lake, alongside The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Tickets are $16.60 + booking fee or $54 + booking fee for a family of four. Go to to book.

Shifting Sands - World Premiere

Currumbin Estuary will become the stage for another world premiere at Bleach* Festival, Shifting Sands, which entertains as well as challenging your perceptions of what art is and where art should be performed!

Shifting Sands will see 100 artists, musicians, kids, SUP boarders, dragon boat rowers, circus performers and dancers from Queensland Ballet Company assemble to present an historical story of celebration of cultures, community and characters tied to Currumbin Estuary. Joining the mammoth cast will be performers from Palm Beach Currumbin High School and dancers from Queensland Ballet's Jette Parker Young Artists who will dance on a floating stage on the estuary.

This is contemporary performance art the likes of which has never been seen before on the Gold Coast. The water of the estuary becomes the stage, the sand of the creek banks are the'stalls', and the surrounding vantage points are the grandstand in this picture-perfect beachside auditorium. Accompaniment will be narration by local voices and Gold Coast's musical pin up, Bobby Alu.

Shifting Sands is a free event and will take place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March 2016 from 5pm. Pack a picnic and the rug or purchase food and beverages onsite.

The Last Blast - World Premiere

Surfers Paradise Beach sets the stage for The Last Blast, a newly commissioned, world premiere 'collision' of body and beach.

Dancers from the internationally acclaimed Gold Coast Dance Company, The Farm, will send their bodies flying into the sky in this brilliant display of contemporary dance and physical theatre, cleverly interwoven with The Farm's trademark sense of humour.

Emerging at dusk to mark the end of the world with a party to end all bourgeois parties, these happy idiots revel into oblivion amidst a cataclysmic cacophony of lights, sand and sounds, set to a score by multi-ARIA award winning musician Ben Ely (Regurgitator).

Fascinated by danger, perceived or real, The Farm engages their audience in a visceral way. They don't perform on a screen you can turn off. They're in your world and sometimes, taking physicality to the extreme, they're thrust right into your lap.

The lure of the city's natural landscapes combined with their passion for creating work that immerses both the performers and the audience in a very real setting, formed an intoxicating allure during The Farm's 48-hour epic improvisation TIDE during Bleach* Festival 2015.

Put The Last Blast in the diary and join the party on Surfers Paradise beach as The Farm says good-bye to the world as we know it!

The Last Blast is a free event and takes place on 18, 19 and 20 March on Surfers Paradise Beach (Trickett Street) with the performance commencing at 7pm; (site opens at 6:30pm).

Photo: Darcy Grant


Bleach at Burleigh - with Ben Lee and more

Burleigh Heads, renowned as one of the world's most iconic surf beaches will be the stage for Bleach* at Burleigh, a beachside mini-festival featuring a killer live music line-up...for free!

You will not want to miss this event, which is one of the last events that will close this years' Bleach* Festival. The line-up features Bleach* Festivals 2016 featured artist, ARIA award-winning singer songwriter Ben Lee as the headline act! Supporting Ben Lee will be the percussive and persuasive Sahara Beck, primal punk and gritty blues act We All Want To and Black Rabbit George, a solo blues and roots incarnation by Paul George of Tijuana Cartel fame who will open Bleach* at Burleigh at 1.30pm!

Grab the family and a group of friends, pack a picnic and rug and claim your place on the head land for Bleach* at Burleigh!

Bleach at Burleigh featuring Ben Lee + Sahara Beck + We All Want To + Black Rabbit George is a free event and takes place on Sunday 20 March at Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads from 1.30pm to 5.30pm.

Luminaries light up the Gold Coast at Bleach* Festival

As Bleach* Festival spreads it cultural wings across the city this March, trees in parklands at Griffith University, Mudgeeraba and Coolangatta will become unconventional outdoor canvases for Luminaries, a captivating display of digital portraiture that will shine a light on ten inspirational Gold Coasters.

Over recent months, Bleach* organisers have worked with world-renowned Australian artist Craig Walsh on the Luminaries project which will create a visually stunning artistic celebration of some of the City's unsung heroes. Craig Walsh is highly regarded internationally for his site-specific projects and his exploration of alternative contexts for contemporary art. Craig's work has appeared at some of Australia's and the world's most esteemed galleries, public art commissions, exhibitions, music festivals, theatres and multi-disciplinary events. Craig works across photography, sculpture, performance and digital media and is known for his meticulously crafted art displays in unconventional environments.

The public were asked to nominate Gold Coast citizens via the Gold Coast Bulletin; people they believed deserved the recognition of being included in the Luminaries line-up.

The ten final Luminaries are people that have shaped the character of the City of Gold Coast through outstanding community contribution, volunteering, or championing of major initiatives or projects that have benefitted the City and its community in some way.

Their faces will feature in an outdoor gallery; a projected digital lightshow at the three sites across the Gold Coast during Bleach* Festival. These stunning displays of visual art are free. The Luminaries is art that is truly for the people and by the people.

See Luminaries at these Bleach* festival locations:

  • 10 March from 6.30pm: Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus
  • 12 March from 6.30pm: Bleach* at Mudgeeraba, Hinterland Regional Park
  • 19 and 20 March from 6.30pm: The Strand to the Sand; along Marine Pde to Greenmount Headland, Coolangatta

Melanie Hoad

Publicist + Event Manager

Chronic traveller, passionate music lover, entertainment aficionado and event specialist.  These are several of Melanie’s skills which have been honed as she carved a career path firmly in the entertainment industry.  Her specialised expertise in entertainment affords her the luxury of speaking with authority about events of all kinds, be they ordinary or outrageous, indoor or outdoor, local or abroad, miniscule or monumental.  Chances are she’s worked on one or many of them at some stage…  Having travelled the world, Melanie proudly calls the Gold Coast home where she lives with her husband and children.  The Gold Coast lifestyle is beyond compare and creative and artistic pursuits emerge constantly, leading to new and established entertainment opportunities as the coast grows in vibrancy and creativity.  It’s only going to get better!

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