The first weekend of Bleach* Festival 2018 is almost here, and it’s gonna be huge

Bleach* is back, baby! Now that our city’s signature arts and cultural festival has once again returned to delight, amuse and enthral, we wouldn’t blame you for being super keen to get amongst the action. But where to start? To quote our favourite famous singing (almost) nun, “Let’s start at the very beginning. A very good place to start!” Here’s all the action from weekend one of Bleach* Festival 2018:


Bleach* Opening Party | 29 March

The City is alive; it’s festival season and time to celebrate! Bleach* is kicking off this year’s party with some of Australia’s finest musicians and performers, including musical juggernaut and masters of fun, Melbourne Ska Orchestra. Led by the energetic and charismatic Nicky Bomba (John Butler Trio, Nicky Bomba, Bustamento), Melbourne Ska Orchestra is a 36-piece force-to-be-reckoned-with, renowned for their inimitable spin on the ska genre. Opening the nights proceedings, “trop~pop” quintet Mighty Duke & The Lords are forecast to blow up one hell of a tropical party hurricane. This event is FREE and family friendly. Pack your picnic or grab a bite and a drink from some of our local food truck friends. Please do not BYO as this will be a licensed area and BYO alcohol is not permitted. Parking is limited.

Bleach* Opening Party kicks off at Bond University Robina on the main stage at the Ornamental Lawn, at 5.00pm.


Bob La Castra and the Martini Club | 29 March

Performing consummate Jazz, Soul, Latin and Latin-Jazz songs from some of the most in influential artists and composers of all time, you’ll be taken back to a bygone era, when ‘music had feeling’ — and you could ‘feel the music’. Bob La Castra and The Martini Club have performed and recorded alongside the likes of Randy Crawford, Branford Marsalis, The Platters, The Drifters, Renee Geyer, Glen Shorrock, Tommy Emmanuel, INXS and James Morrison.

The event runs from 6.30pm – 10.30pm, with dinner commencing at 6.45pm in the Paradise SHowroom, HOTA. Tickets on Sale through HOTA website.


Home Visit Australia | 30 March to 7 April

Home Visit Australia sees 10 every day locals open their private residences to complete strangers, inviting an intimate audience of just 15 people to become part of a living room performance that interweaves personal stories and the big issues affecting modern day Australians. Each performance takes place in a different home, and thus becomes part of an ongoing conversation and growing global legacy of Home Visit from across the world. Home Visit Australia is an entertaining and performative show, Rimini Protokoll brings all the big ideas in a playful way together with the lived reality. Voting results and group pictures from all of the home visits are anonymously collected at The results can then be compared online as part of an ever growing archive.

There are 10 Home Visit events across the Gold Coast from Broadbeach to Coolangatta, and some have already sold out. Click here to grab your tickets for the remaining events. Photo Credit Pigi-Psimenou.


SEALEVEL – The Art of Awareness | Runs to 15 April

SEALEVEL – The Art of Awareness is a personal photographic project documenting the ocean at sea level. Internationally renowned adventure and water photographer Ted Grambeau made a personal commitment to document the ocean at sunrise, creating a body of work that would tell a story and communicate a message of change. A dynamic body of work has evolved from a lifetime journey of being deeply immersed in the ocean, observing the nuances of light, its complexities and varying interactions with the elements. Grambeau has captured magical moments, dancing light and glimpses of the sea — a personality so expressive that each image is beyond unique in tone and form.

SEALEVEL – The Art of Awareness is a free event, exhibited at Dust Temple Currumbin.


The Welcome Party | 30 March to 2 April

Visitors to the Gold Coast will be taken by surprise and delight when they are greeted by The Welcome Party; a colourful, quirky, go-lucky gang on a mission to provide you a personalised welcome party! Watch out for a whirlwind of colour, movement and celebration as these dynamic performers roll out the welcome mat, Gold Coast style.

The Welcome Party will entertain arrivals at the Gold Coast Airport, Bilinga at various times throughout the day.


String Symphony at Paradise Point | 31 March to 4 April

A giant illuminated puppet is suspended within a network of ropes, ready to wake from its slumber. The mysterious sound of a harp is adrift on the autumn breeze. A virtuosic violinist and a dazzling acoustic guitar trio play with abandon. The scene is set for a symphony of strings… Taking centre stage at Paradise Point this festival is String Symphony; a large-scale interactive sculptural installation by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre; Australia’s renowned puppetry company. Created by designer and puppet maker Leon Hendroff, String Symphony is a unique, shared, multi-sensory experience for all ages. Witness a symphony of strangers join forces to bring to life a giant handwoven puppet — made from more than a kilometre of rope and 600 LED lights — and experience the magic as they become connected as one. As the sun sets, watch their creation twinkle in the night sky in an awe-inspiring display of connection, community and collaboration.

String Symphony at Paradise Point takes place in Espanade Park, on the Esplanade funnily enough. Visit the website for times.


Feast on Fifth | 31 March

Get ready to high-five your neighbours and new friends yet-to-be-made as Palm Beach welcomes you to Feast. Kick back with your squad and enjoy the musical stylings of award-winning songwriter, surfer and proud Aboriginal and Islander Lucas Proudfoot and the sun-drenched melodies of local up and comers Harry J Hart, Tully John and Liza-Jane and Leopold’s Treat, then head bush with local legend, chart-topper Casey Barnes and country gals The Crackup Sisters. These lively sisters S.T.Ruth and Twiggs and their two dogs Bill and Dusty will travel over 22 hours east to bring their unique blend of knockabout acrobatics, stunning stockwhip cracking, choreographed dances, aerial acrobatics and ridiculous stunts to Palm Beach. Add to the mix a convoy of the Gold Coast’s most craved food trucks, free children’s activities from Active & Healthy & Kids on 4th and you’ve got all the ingredients for a Gold Coast arvo to remember.

Feast on Fifth kicks off at 4.00pm at Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach.


Super Souvenir at Burleigh Heads | 1 April to 3 April

The Gold Coast has a glorious tradition of the tacky souvenir. The Super Souvenir project takes a fresh look at these little talismans of memory, that generations of visitors took home with them after their holiday in the sun. As the city evolves, Super Souvenir asks, what are the new kinds of souvenirs that speak about this place. Localartists have been invited to make objects, images and sound that generate conversations about the new Gold Coast and how it relates to its’ souvenir heritage past. Look for the Super Souvenir caravan as it goes on the road around the Coast. Experience historical and contemporary displays of classic souvenirs and meet artists, collectors and community members at Panel Conversations and Souvenir Stories sessions. You’re also invited to BYO GC souvenir and record what your souvenir means to you in the live podcast room. Drop in for some hands-on workshops for the whole family or pop in for the afternoon chills out sessions with the Teenage Retreat program led by young artists, musicians and designers.

Super Souvenir will also run at Southport and Palm Beach at different times during the festival. Check the website for dates.


Bleach* at Burleigh | 1 April to 3 April

Setting up shop at the Gold Coast’s iconic Burleigh Beach, is Bleach* Jnr, Super Souvenir & Dangerous Song. This is our pop-up theatre for the young and young-at-heart to let their imaginations run wild across an ocean of exploration and dreamy possibilities on the Easter weekend. Join Dr Walrus at The Whale’s Tale as he sets sail to solve the mystery around why Manilayo the Humpback Whale is feeling down and out. Take part in slapstick routines, crazy dances and an outrageous auction with an evil shark in the quest to help Manilayo get back to the deep blue.

Next, journey with longboarding pro Lucas Proudfoot on an epic adventure as he brings to life his most vivid childhood memories through Indigenous music and interactive performances at The Proud Foots Book Show. Travel the world with new-found friends, Pat the Wombat, Koolaz the Koala and Billy Blue the Bluetongue Lizard with the help of a magical globe and join in a musical exploration of different cultures around the world. Active & Healthy, partnering with Ocean Connect are also bringing a weekend long program of workshops, rocky shore explorations and beach clean ups. With workshops, food stalls and drop-in activities galore, it’s a full family day out by the sea at Bleach* Jnr.

Dangerous Song is an invitation to watch the sky change over the ocean and be taken to a world of sound where the human and the animal combine. Wearing headphones, you will experience the human voice with the sounds of endangered and extinct animals. It’s a song for the planet — an inter-species choral work.

Bleach* at Burleigh runs from 10.00am each day at Justins Park. Check the website for performance times.

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