Gold Coast’s cultural precinct today revealed a new identity. Now known as Home Of The Arts (HOTA), it’s not just a new outdoor space that’s been revealed, but also a bold and exciting program of events for 2018.
And leading the announcement is none other than Tim Minchin. He’ll be the first artist to ever grace the stage in a rare opportunity for Gold Coasters to witness the brilliant showman and provocateur in an evening of music and irreverent humour. He’ll be at HOTA on 17 March and while tickets are free, you have to secure one to be able to attend.
Neil Finn will perform with an orchestra on 30 June. One of the world’s greatest songwriters will enthral Gold Coast audiences, under a winter sky paying tribute to his recent album ‘Out Of Silence’.
>> Read the full story about Home Of The Arts’ transformation here.
To secure Tim Minchin tickets, sign up to HOTA news before 2.00am Thursday 8 February. Make sure you tick to receive email and news from HOTA. At 9.00am on Thursday 8 February you’ll receive an email with a link to reserve your tickets. All other shows go on sale Friday 9 February at 9.00am.
What other shows, I hear you ask? Here’s the low-down on today’s announcement.
CONCERT FOR THE PLANET, 24 MARCH, FREE
In celebration of Earth Hour, HOTA presents an evening of discovery and symphonic experience, transforming the parkland into a classical music soundscape. The Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra, extended to include over 100 local musicians, will perform Holst’s ‘The Planet’s with conductor Lachlan Snow. This spectacular concert will be live-streamed globally, enabling musicians and communities to play together. Join this unique event at HOTA with a picnic under the stars. In the second-ever Concert for the Planet, HOTA has partnered with the Global Orchestra Foundation, in a commitment to make positive change for our future.
DANCING ON THE GREEN, 21 APRIL (Monthly), FREE
Every month, HOTA invites locals and visitors to get their groove on in a series of free sunset events on the lawn – think good vibes, fine tunes, perfect weather and the chance to dance. From swing to salsa, Bollywood to booty beats to ballroom – each month brings a new flavour with a live band or DJ. Gather your friends, kick off your shoes, learn the rhythms of the day, then dance the evening away under the stars. For friends and families, left feet and professionals. Event details at hota.com.au.
CLASSIC FLOW LIVE: YOGA BY THE LAKE, 12 + 13 May, FREE (registration required)
HOTA presents a blissed-out combination of vinyasa and live music, amid the tropical parklands on the riverside hosted by instructor Lara Zilibowitz. Staged at sunset and sunrise the sessions are backed with classical music performed live. This is a unique performance of ABC’s podcast ‘Classic Flow’ designed to enhance the yoga experience. Bring your yoga mat, water and register to reserve your space. Perfect for yogis of all levels.
THE SPIRIT OF CHURAKI, 26 MAY, FREE
An epic music production inspired by the story of Churaki, an Aboriginal man heralded as the Gold Coast’s first surf lifesaver. Starring an extraordinary line-up of legendary Australian musicians under the musical direction of Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes) and cultural collaborator Kyle Slabb (Banaam). This production is a musical collaboration united by the spirit of the surf. The Spirit of Churaki rides the perfect wave between traditional ceremony, the ancient sounds of Aboriginal language and compelling music theatre, closing with a cyclonic set by Australian surf rock legends, The Break.
LAURIE ANDERSON IN RESIDENCE, 18 – 24 JUNE
“ART is about paying attention,” Laurie Anderson
Multi-award winner and pioneer, musician and film director, Laurie Anderson will leave her home in New York to take up residency at HOTA. She will be collaborating, mentoring and sharing ideas across a series of events and performances. Be it storytelling for the future, sonar experiences only for dogs, performing in the dark or her concert with Tenzin Choegyal, audiences will understand why Anderson is considered one of America’s most celebrated artists.
FROM JAWS TO JURASSIC – THE MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS, 16 JUNE, TICKETED
HOTA presents the magnificent Queensland Symphony Orchestra for a night of exceptional music by five-time Academy and 23-time Grammy Award Winner, John Williams. Featuring iconic soundtracks of major movies including ‘Star Wars’, ‘Superman’, ‘Schindler’s List’, ‘Jaws’, ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Harry Potter’ and others, this concert event will be staged under the stars with spectacular lighting and will be an experience not to be missed.
CORROBOREE, THE FIRST DAY OF EVERY MONTH, FREE
The powerful Yawar (Corroboree) will be held on the first day of every month at HOTA. This is a traditional, customary practice reflecting gathering. The Riverside Lawn at HOTA will be brought alive with thought provoked expression through sound, movement and conversation by the Jagun Land People and local First Nations.
Visit HOTA.com.au for all information. Tickets available from Friday 9 February, 9.00am.