For those seeking a cultural experience throughout March and April, look no further than the eclectic program of music, comedy, art and theatre, being hosted by The Arts Centre Gold Coast. We’ve chosen six of our faves for you to check out:
The humble souvenir: made in Queensland
Gold Coast City Gallery celebrates the humble souvenir with Made in QLD: Ode to the souvenir which is running now until 16 March. From our theme parks and golden beaches and carefree lifestyle, Gold Coast is a tourist’s dream. And with tourism comes the souvenir. Made in QLD: Ode to the souvenir exhibition Co-Curator’s Stephen Baxter and Emma Collerton have been inspired by the Gallery’s eclectic souvenir collection. “It has been a lot of fun going through the souvenir collection – seeing what was made and what has survived, icons past and present. Looking at the gems in the collection you can see how the Gold Coast has changed,” reflected Collerton. On show is the work of emerging artists Byron Coathup, Kymberley McElroy and Monique Montfroy, alongside established artists Dean Cogle, Tony Dowers, Fred Luddite and Michaela Kloeckner.
Musica brings monthly delights
Fiesta de la Musica returns in 2016 to delight Gold Coast music lovers after successfully building audiences over the past two seasons. Celebrating the best of classical music from around the world, this year’s festival will take on a new form, offering a series of free lunchtime performances on the first Thursday of every month in the lead-up to the main festival. Celtic Journey is the first cab off the rank, taking place 3 March from 1.00pm, offering a journey through Scotland and Ireland with mezzo-soprano Kathleen More. More information here.
Aboriginal Allstars at Arts Centre
From the oldest culture on earth comes the freshest and funniest standup comedy around. It’s the all-original Aboriginal Comedy Allstars showcase – featuring four of the brightest comedy stars under the Milky Way. It doesn’t get more Aussie than this! The Aboriginal Comedy Allstars is cheeky, playful, irreverent, and hilarious. An utterly unique comedy experience – great, big belly laughs from the heart of the wide, brown land. The Arts Centre Gold Coast plays host to this show on 11 March with doors at 6.30pm. Dinner and show $79 or single tickets $25. More at theartscentregc.com.au.
Danny Bhoy – Please Untick This Box
Danny Bhoy brings his brand new show Please Untick This Box to Australia this month. Danny began his stand up career in 1998 and a year later he won the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award in the UK. In 2001, he debuted his first solo show at the Edinburgh Festival to critical acclaim. Since then he has been a regular visitor to the Edinburgh Fringe packing the biggest venues at the festival. Since his first visit abroad to Australia in 2003, Danny has become one of the most globally successful and prolific comics working in the world today. He has built up a massive following in Australia and New Zealand where his tours have broken records in attendance. Danny’s unique brand of story-telling and razor sharp wit has been described as ‘effortlessly funny’ and ‘the stand up equivalent of Bill Bryson’. He’s at The Arts Centre Gold Coast on 18 March from 8.00pm. Tickets $54.90 from theartscentregc.com.au.
FLOOD by CHRIS ISAACS
What is the cost of protecting your friends? It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. Six close companions set off on a camping adventure across remote Australia, but an unexpected turn of events results in terrible, life changing consequences.Written by Chris Isaacs, co-creator of It’s Dark Outside (nominated for a 2013 Helpmann Award) and member of Black Swan’s Emerging Writers Group, FLOOD is the bold new work which explores how it is to live with the realities we choose to bury. It’s at The Arts Centre Gold Coast on Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 April. More at theartscentregc.com.au
Banff Mountain Film Festival reaches new heights with Australian tour
The world’s most prestigious mountain film festival is coming back to Australia: the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour presents over 2 1/2 hours of the most enthralling mountain adventure films that will have you on the edge of your seat. The tour is hot on the heels of the largest – and one of the most prestigious – mountain festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Festival, which takes place every November in the mountain town of Banff, in Canada. More than 300 of the world’s best mountain sport, culture, environment, adventure, and exploration films are shown during the week-long event. A selection of award winners and audience favourites then tours the globe, visiting 390 communities and 35 countries as part of the festival’s official world tour, which hits The Arts Centre Gold Coast on 26 April. More at banffaustralia.com.au.
PHOTO: FLOOD by Chris Isaacs