Gold Coast’s new Cultural Precinct officially came to life today with a new name and the revelation of the first big names to grace its amphitheatre stage.
Tim Minchin, Neil Finn and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra are just some of the artists who will christen the new outdoor stage. And in a major coup for the Gold Coast, multi-award winner and pioneer, musician and film director, Laurie Anderson will leave her home in New York to take up residency at HOTA.
But kicking off the 2018 outdoor season at Home Of The Arts – otherwise known as HOTA – is none other than Australia’s brilliant showman and provocateur, the internationally acclaimed Tim Minchin. This special free concert to officially launch the HOTA outdoor program for 2018 will be held on 17 March; Minchin’s first in Australia for years. While tickets are free, you must secure one to be able to attend.
We’ve already had early glimpses of the outdoor stage, surrounded by a grassy amphitheatre and newly landscaped gardens and with the skyline of Surfers Paradise as its backdrop.
HOTA Chair Robyn Archer AO said the new name and new venue as well as an energised new program comes as the result of many years of planning and hard work by the precinct’s teams as well as a huge commitment from the City of Gold Coast.
“This moment is the inspirational beginning of a new era for the Gold Coast, for both its residents and its millions of visitors. At last, the sixth largest city in Australia has created a brilliant state-of-the-art platform for the commissioning, producing and presenting of the most exciting artists from the region, the nation and the world,” she said.
“That HOTA has been able to attract artists of the quality of Tim Minchin, Laurie Anderson and Neil Finn to its opening program is a testimony to a starry future: the instinct to set them alongside a wholly local new work like The Spirit of Churaki, the musical richness of the QSO, and grand-scale community participation shows that HOTA is welcoming to one and all. HOTA unapologetically embraces the broadest sense of culture and at the same time insists on excellence every step of the way.”
Also unveiled today was a spectacular new mural by New York based street artist MOMO on the walls of the tower at HOTA. Best known for his huge, playful, complex and brightly coloured abstract murals, the internationally famed MOMO was chosen from more than 120 submissions to create a spectacular piece that heralded the coming of HOTA.
While the creative community is excited to see early programming for the space, it’s not yet complete. The next stage of construction, which begins in the middle of this year, will focus on a new pedestrian bridge from Chevron Island to HOTA. And in 2019 work on a new art gallery starts – once built, it will be the largest regional art gallery in Australia.
HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said Home Of The Arts presented a once-in-a-generation transformative program for the cultural life of the Gold Coast.
“Surrounded by parkland and lake with Surfers Paradise as the backdrop, HOTA, Home of the Arts is a place for live performances, lake-side strolls, star-gazing, farmers markets, cinema-watching, art and new-ideas, gathering, dance, creation and more. We are now home to the Gold Coast Film Festival, and are working with The Farm, Bleached Arts and The Walls,” she said.
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TIM MINCHIN in Concert on the Gold Coast
17 MARCH. FREE (tickets required)
To reserve Tim Minchin limited pre-release tickets:
- Sign up to HOTA News before 2.00am Thursday 8 February.
- (tick to receive emails from HOTA and tick to receive HOTA News)
- At 9.00am on Thursday 8 February subscribers will be sent an email with a link to reserve tickets.
All other shows on sale Friday 9 February at 9.00am
Full Home Of The Arts outdoor program:
- TIM MINCHIN IN CONCERT, 17 MARCH. FREE (tickets required)
- CONCERT FOR THE PLANET, 24 MARCH. FREE
- DANCING ON THE GREEN, 21 APRIL (then monthly). FREE
- CLASSIC FLOW LIVE: YOGA BY THE LAKE, 12 & 13 May. FREE (registration required)
- THE SPIRIT OF CHURAKI, 26 MAY.FREE
- LAURIE ANDERSON IN RESIDENCE, 18 – 24 JUNE.
- QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – FROM JAWS TO JURASSIC THE MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS, 16 JUNE.
- NEIL FINN WITH ORCHESTRA: OUT OF SILENCE, 30 JUNE. TICKETS Adult $59 / Child $49 + booking fee
- CORROBOREE, ON THE FIRST DAY OF EVERY MONTH. FREE