We’ve had a couple of teaser announcements for the 2017 Bleach* Festival, with both Frank Enstein and Blanc de Blanc looking to provide Bleach* Festival fans with the kind of wow factor that they’ve come to expect. We’ve got ants in our pants though, and 1 February and the full program announcement can’t come fast enough, as far as we’re concerned! We figured our Blank readers were feeling similarly impatient, so we twisted Festival Director Louise Bezzina’s arm (gently) to get a bit more insight about this year’s event. And she caved! Well, sort of…
Can you expand on the theme of this year’s Bleach* Festival for us?
In 2017, we explore and interrogate the relationship between sport and art, and the playful moments of collaboration where these experiences collide, merge, interact, conflict and complement.
With much of the Gold Coast’s daily life and identity closely related to the outdoors, active lifestyles, sport and recreation, these expressions already form strong associations for the people of the City.
In 2017, in the lead up to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Bleach* Festival and many of our collaborating artists will take inspiration from these concepts, with a highly physical and highly visual program that encourages celebration and expression, as the city comes alive over three weeks.
Each year Bleach* seems to outdo itself; with content diversity, thrills, quality, world premieres. Is 2017 the best Bleach* yet and why? Is it your aim and the aim of the team to top the previous year, every time?
Thank you!! That is very nice to say. It is certainly our vision to go one better each year. It is really important to continue to evolve and push ourselves, our audiences and our artists to go further. I really am super excited about the 2017 program and think there is something for everyone and it is a festival that is packed with energy. I can say that there are more ‘spectacles’ than ever before so stay tuned for the full program reveal.
What kind of hints can you drop for eager Gold Coasters about what to expect in the program announcement?
Frank Enstein and Blanc de Blanc have already been announced which we are really thrilled to be presenting as part of the 2017 Festival. I can say that the rest of the program features an ambitious collection of works across contemporary performance, dance, music, installation and spectacle. In true Bleach* style, the festival will enliven and animate public spaces and natural environments right across the Gold Coast.
Let’s not forget music – an integral part of the festival. This year, Bleach* heads to NightQuarter for the first time, featuring The Sama-Blisstass and a headliner yet to be announced.
Varsity Lakes will host The Ruiins, Th’Fika and Austen on 31 March. Bobby Alu will kickstart the Live At Bond series for 2017 on Sunday 2 April and Palm Beach will host the Coolangatta Ukulele Players, Jackson James Smith, Wet Fish and Yes Sir Noceur on Saturday 8 April.
Canada’s The East Pointers also make a special trip to the Gold Coast for Bleach*. They’ll be at Mudgeeraba on Sunday 9 April and Benny D Williams and Slip-on Stereo will get things started for the beachfront gig on Burleigh Headland on Sunday 16 April (with a headliner yet to be announced).
And one of the grooviest lineups we’ve seen for a long time is coming to Coolangatta on Saturday 1 April, but you’re going to have to wait until the full Bleach* program announcement for that.
Blank Gold Coast is a proud media partner for Bleach* Festival which runs 31 March – 16 April. 1 February is D Day for the full program announcement. Stay tuned to bleachfestival.com.au and blankgc.com.au for all your fabulous up to date Bleach* news.