As part of the grand scale celebrations and events taking place around the Commonwealth Games, the NightQuarter at Helensvale are hosting a massive 10 day music, food and culture festival to celebrate GC2018. And best of all, the events are all free!
Billed as ‘the destination for authentic local flavours during the Commonwealth Games’ NightQuarter are going all-out to surprise and delight with a bunch of workshops, events, artists, musicians and performers from 5 – 14 April, during which time the NightQuarter precinct will be open every day between midday and 9pm.
Delicious Eats and Food Demonstrations
If you’re a foodie you’ll be in culinary heaven, with the Festival curating 14 separate food-centric events. The line-up exhibits a distinctly Australian flavour, focusing both on exotic permutations of tried and true favourites (from a Barbeque and Beer Masterclass through to Demystifying Seafood on the Barbie) through to a workshop on Kupmurri Bush Tucker, an indigenous underground oven cooking method similar to a Maori hangi. There’s also cheese, chocolate and champagne themed workshops, as well as permaculture, urban gardening and an exploration of food science – hello molecular gastronomy and fruit spaghetti!
You can check out the full food-centric line up here.
A truckload of amazing Music and Performance
On the music and performance side of things, the whole 10 days of the Festival is bursting at the seams with a dazzling array of eclectic Aussie talent.
If home-grown hip hop is your thing, then the prodigious talents of Fijian born, Brisbane dynamo Jesswar is sure to knock your socks off.
And indigenous hip hop artist Baker Boy, hailing from the Northern Territory, (where they call him the ‘fresh new prince’), is renowned for his groundbreaking, multi-lingual take on rap, dance, acting and graffiti.
Both artists have received plenty of love and exposure over the past 12 months, being featured on Triple J and as part of BIGSOUND.
Emily Wurramara is another indigenous artist whose passionate and personal take on the roots and indie-pop genres sees her singing in both English and Anindilyakwa, the traditional language of her home on Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory. She’ll be her releasing her debut album, Milyakburra, later this year, teaming up with award winning producer David Bridie. Catch her on the evening of Friday, 13th April to find out what all the fuss is about.
If traditional musical strains such as folk, bluegrass, country and blues are more your thing, be sure to check out Colt Seavers Band, The Mojo Webb Band, Devils Kiosk and Haystack Hermits.
Face painted maestros Kaillidad create a high energy, one of a kind fusion of flamenco, mariachi, rock and metal.
Saturday, 7 April sees an electrifying amalgamation of dare-devil street and circus performance, featuring The Space Cowboy, Deja Voodoo, Ablazing Grace and Zoe L’Amore.
And there’ll be dancing in the aisles (and probably down the street) when brass big-band ensembles Bullhorn and Horns Of Leroy blow a rapturous swathe through the assembled festival throngs in a big-horned brass off on Saturday 14 April.
There’s a stack of amazing Gold Coast talent on display as well, including eclectic funksters Electrik Lemonade, virtuoso songstress Felicity Lawless and the dazzling 42 Band.
For a full run down on the NightQuarter Festival musical line-up, go here.
So be sure to get along and celebrate The Games fortnight in style, every night at NightQuarter in Helensvale from 5 – 14 April.