Bleach* opens tomorrow | Blank recommends

With such an incredibly diverse and broad program, one could be forgiven for being a little confused about the Bleach* program. For those who’ve never been, Bleach* is a collection of stand-alone events, brought together under the Bleach* banner over three weekends.

It all kicks off tomorrow.

Rather than leave you to pore through the massive 64-page program booklet, we thought we’d help you out with our highlights. This weekend there’s music, food, performance, aerial acrobatics, giant fish and ants, children’s performance workshops, picnics, art exhibitions and so much more.

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Toolona Street Festival, as well as featuring a giant outdoor dining area with street food and bars, will also include a suitcase rummage and a stellar lineup of live music by Good Oak, along with Nadia Sunde and Karl S Williams – both finalists in the Q Music Awards. Saturday 7 March, 3.00 – 9.00pm, Toolona Street Tugun.

Picnic in your patch #1 will include large-scale dance lessons led by the team from Fish-out-of-Water and the Ants, vintage caravans, bubbles, children’s adventure workshop and a full scale crafternoon as well as performances by Bobby Alu, Zed Buttel, Hayley Grace and The Reversals. Sunday 8 March, 12 noon to 8.00pm. stt



Life is better in a cape thanks to the works of Andy Baker and Bald Art. They remind us of the child within that screams ‘nothing can stand in my way’. Exploring far off places and super human powers, the exhibition runs until 27 March at Café Dbar Gallery, Coolangatta.

Southern Gold Coast Sculpture Museum has been inspired by a tapestry of courageous local stories and breathtaking wildlife, delving into the heart of the GC and the links between culture, history and our waterways. Sunday 8 March from 12 noon to 9.00pm at Kirra foreshore.



Writing the waves will see Australia’s pre-eminent surf writer Tim Baker lead a writing workshop on surfing and story-telling. Elanora Library on Saturday 7 March from 10.00am to 12 noon.

Cutback: surfing through art showcases the work of seven Australia artists responding to the art of surfing and alternative surf culture. The exhibition has a bunch of groovy events attached to it and runs until Sunday 22 March at The Arts Centre Gold Coast.



Sequins & Sinew, located on the Kirra foreshow, will be a dazzling combination of aerial arts, acrobatics and dance. Seven shows over the coming weekend will give you an opportunity to witness an aerial performance which shows theres more to the GC showgirl than sequins and smiles. Friday 6 March at 9.00pm and Saturday and Sunday at 6.00, 7.00 and 8.00pm.

Fish-out-of-Water was commissioned by Bleach*, featuring a mullet, chosen because it’s plentiful in GC waters and also has cultural significance for local Traditional Owners. The ten metre mullet, operated by puppeteers and accompanied by a school of little fish will make a 17-day journey across the Gold Coast and Hinterland, starting at the official opening on Friday 6 March at 5.45pm in Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta.

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Bleach* Festival runs 6 – 22 March on the Gold Coast, Australia. Get more information at



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