Bleach* Festival has announced its most ambitious program to date: telling cultural stories, blurring the lines between sport and art, delivering cutting edge performance theatre and capitalising on the City’s love of the outdoors with music, skate culture and light installations all included in the 17 day program.
We won’t give you the nitty gritty of the whole program – you can do that yourself at the Bleach* Festival website, but what we will do is share with you some of the unexpected experiences you can have at the Gold Coast’s most daring cultural event.
Learn the story of Churaki
Greenmount headland was once known as Churaki Hill. Churaki was an Aboriginal man who became renowned for carrying out daring rescues in the early 1900s just as the surf bathing craze was taking off. On 1 and 2 April, internationally acclaimed projection artist Craig Walsh will shine a light on the Gold Coast’s beloved saltwater people who have a connection to Churaki – from Indigenous elders to surfing legends, the faces of our iconic ocean women and men will be watching over passers-by. Plus Dope Lemon leads a live music lineup on 1 April that includes Ash Grunwald, Tia Gostelow and Emily Wurramara.
Get cultured in the Spiegeltent
The Spiegeltent is coming to the Gold Coast for the first time ever. And the reason it’s coming, is to be the home of champagne cabaret Blanc de Blanc, which has played to acclaim and sold-out audiences around the world. It runs 29 March (for a special preview event) until 16 April and there are already a heap of dates sold-out. Tickets via Blanc de Blanc.
Jam with Ash Grunwald
Cooly Hotel will host a special jam session with Ash Grunwald on 2 April. It’s the perfect Sunday session and it’s free. All you have to do is bring your own instrument (and be 18+).
Join a cheersquad for the weirdest Fun Run ever
Artist Tristan Meecham will run a marathon, on a treadmill, right in the middle of Surfers Paradise. He’ll be cheered on by other artists, complete with pom-poms. There’s also a flash mob everyone can be part of. Fun Run takes place from 3.30pm on Saturday 8 April at Surfers Paradise beach.
See anarchic street-style performers at Pizzey Skate Park
Parkour, BMX and skate will help bring urban culture to life alongside live drumming at the Skate Park at Pizzey Park thanks to Sydney company Branch Nebula. You can join in workshops and rehearsals from 4 – 7 April with the performance taking place 7 and 8 April from 5.00pm.
See people vie for the title of The Most Beautiful Person of Bleach*
It’s a beauty pageant, but not as you know it. Celebrating the beauty within, artist Elizabeth Woods will be seeking people from all walks of life who think beautiful thoughts, carry out beautiful gestures or find beauty in unexpected places to compete for the title of The Most Beautiful Person of Bleach* 2017. Impress the judges on Saturday 8 April from 5.00pm at the Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall.
Watch world-record wire walking and highwire artists
Esplanade Park will provide the stunning backdrop for Wired at Paradise Point, a circus experience like no other. This family friendly event combines the talents of acclaimed performers Chelsea McGuffin, Kane Peterson, Jessica McCrindle and Teisha Hinsch into one unique, whimsical performance. Choose from three performances on Sunday 9 April.
Become part of Bleach* festival’s trampolining cast
Acclaimed arts company Legs on the Wall brings Highly Sprung to Broadbeach in 2017 – a dynamic trampolining spectacle which invites the public to become part of the cast by having a jump on the “stage” after the performance. This work is the perfect blend of acrobatics, dance, physical theatre and music. Bounce into Kurrawa Pratten Park for six shows over the 15 and 16 April.
Perform live with Peru’s Sabor y Control at NightQuarter
Taste and Control is the apt English translation of this Peruvian Salsa Dura Orchestra. Champions of their genre, this passionate 11 piece ensemble will get audiences up and shaking at NIghtQuarter on Saturday 15 April and Burleigh Heads Beach on Sunday 16.
Experience contemporary dance from a kayak
In a Gold Coast (in fact probably anywhere, let’s be honest) first, Bleach* offers up a new, immersive physical theatre experience in which the audience is in kayaks. Hindsight will see audience members enjoy a short paddle along the canals of Broadbeach, as contemporary dancers showcase their amazing physical prowess along the shoreline at Broadbeach Waters from 7.00pm every night from 14 – 16 April.
All shows are now on sale for Bleach* Festival, but plenty of the program is totally free. Get all the details at bleachfestival.com.au.
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Feature image: Highly Sprung, by Daniel Boud