Southern Gold Coast is to become the thriving hub of activity due to the return of Bleach* Festival from Friday 7 to Sunday 23 March 2014.
Celebrating arts, music and beach culture, this year's Festival is filled to the brim with a huge line-up of contemporary live music, art installations and exhibitions, street parties, theatre and heaps more. Over three super weekends, there will be plenty for everyone to enjoy.
The following pages outline just some of the best events on offer. You should go to the Bleach* Festival website to check out their full list of happenings to ensure you don't miss out on anything and start marking your calendar. In the meantime, read on and enjoy!
Bleach* Boulevard is a must go event. Suitable for the whole family, come out and play wherever you are on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 March. Join in the celebrations at the Street Party, feast your senses on the best live entertainment, and be amazed at the Film Festival.
Unlike your usual indoor theatre experience, Opera on the Beach offers you a unique chance to have a night at the opera with Mozart's The Magic Flute. With sand between your toes, ocean breeze in your hair and stars twinkling above you while watching one of the world's favourite opera, there's no better way to spend your evening. Produced and directed by Michael Gow, this show features some of Opera Australia's top singers accompanied by community choirs.
For something fun, slippery and wildly colourful, head to Queen Elizabeth Park for The Big Bleach* Slide. Come and join in the fun; climb up this 15 metre high giant slide; and glide down this slippery slide. It's guaranteed to be lots of fun I promise.
Coming to the shores of Currumbin is Stradbroke Dreamtime presented by Queensland Theatre Company and Bond University. This adaptation of the book, Stradbroke Dreamtime by Oodgeroo will captivate audiences with tales about the Noonuccal tribe as well as Oodgeroo's stories about growing up in Stradbroke Island.
If you have a youngster aged between 3 and 8, then you must take them along to The Treasure of Captain Curlylocks. This is a brand new music comedy with music, puppetry and audience participation. You must come and see what's inside Captain Curlylocks' treasure chest, boys and girls.
Surfies and non-surfies, don't miss out on the Century of Surf at SurfWorld Gold Coast. Between Friday 7 and Sunday 23 March, come and surf through the interesting history of surfing. Pop by this wonderful exhibition curated by Tim Baker and take a look at the symbolic surfboards, rare photos and memorabilia.
You can't forget to take a look at Something Concrete and see artist Claudio Kirac's personal memories of Gold Coast history. The installations and photography on display allow the attendee to discover what life on the Gold Coast was like. Think skate boarding, corner stores, and arcade games.
Have a chat with artists, curators and staff about site-specific and site-responsive work at Sunset BBQ #1 and find out about the process in creating these projects. And Sunset BBQ #3 encourages attendees to eat, drink and share ideas and inspirations about art, music and surf.
Are you ready for a huge night of the best musical acts? Featuring three of the hottest Australian artists in one big night, the Bleach* Opening Party is where you should be on Friday 7 March. Allow Sydneysider Elizabeth Rose, The Trouble with Templeton, and up-tempo Hey Geronimo to pump up the crowd. Get ready for one of the best nights of your life!
Bleach* at Soundlounge features the return of showstoppers Violent Soho, who brought the house down last year. Don't worry, they'll be doing it again this year. In addition, newbie rock 'n' roll band Bad//Dreems from Adelaide will be showcasing their garage rock; and the punk rock band, The Sinking Teeth, from Melbourne will become many people's new favourite band.