Bleach* Festival 2015 taking shape

6 – 22 March 2015

The Bleach* Festival 2015 festival is starting to take shape with organiser’s drip feeding program announcements and serious rumours emerging about where some of those artists might be playing.

Musicwise, Bleach* 2015 will be big. Clare Bowditch has come on board as artist in residence. With an ARIA under her belt as well as some serious global accolades (including Rolling Stone’s Woman of the Year), Clare will bring not just her musical talents but also her  business acumen to the event. Bleach will host a special event with Clare in conversation with Robyn Archer AO and will also participate in a three hour performance workshop including the opportunity to perform at the Festival.

But the musical gold doesn’t end there. Also on the Bleach lineup will be Kim Churchill, Christine Anu, Darren Middleton, Bobby Alu, Band of Frequencies, Jess Ribeiro, Tijuana Cartel, Trinity Roots, Karl S Williams, Good Oak and Bullhorn. And there’s more to come.

Festival Director Louise Bezzina said the event is about coming together and celebrating everything there is to love about our Gold Coast lifestyle.

“Music plays a big part in life on the Coast,” Louise said.  “And there will be many opportunities to see some of the best local and interstate artists perform, many at free concerts.”

But it’s not just music that will draw people to the two week event. Theatre, circus, lifestyle, surf culture and art all feature in the program, with much more yet to be announced.

In streets and parks at Bleach events, ants will invade. The human-size Ants from Polyglot theatre will pop up at all types of activities, taking over public spaces and engaging with children in public art. It’s not a play, it’s play-time. Ants appear all through the Bleach program.

Talented circus artist Darcy Grant, in partnership with Aerial Angels will premiere a new work at Bleach. Female aerialists perched sky-high on cranes, with Surfers Paradise as their backdrop will astound  with a mix of dance and aerial acrobatics when Sequins and Sinew celebrates the glitz and glamour of the GC. It runs 6 – 8 March at Coolangatta.

Inherit the Wind is a community performance project about the weather. A city defined by its coastline, shaped by weather, the glory of a blue-sky holiday, surfers praying for an offshore wind. The warm winter, the tide that never used to reach this high. We know it’s part of a bigger story. And that’s what Inherit the Wind will explore through a six week creative project.

The full Bleach* program will be available in a coming edition of Blank. In the meantime, put aside some time between 6 and 22 March for all the fun.




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