Five cultural events you “May” not have heard of

To say that that May is jam packed full of incredible arts + culture would be an understatement. We all know that Bleach* is currently weaving its magic around the city, and that the Broadbeach Spiegeltent has an impressive program of events lined up. But here are five fascinating events that may have just slipped under your radar.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow | 9 May

HOTA, Home of the Arts, will play host to Australia’s largest and best-loved comedy festival on 9 May. Jam-packed with a cast of uproarious comedic talent, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is coming to the Gold Coast. The roadshow line-up features Australia’s own funny man, Daniel Connell, who has been announced as MC for the Gold Coast show and will take to the stage with his affable, dry and often unanticipated acts.  The side-splitting line up also includes award-winning comedian and home-grown talent, Josh Earl, seasoned Canadian comedian John Hastings, Indian comedy superstar Rahul Subramanian, and Danielle Walker, a newcomer to last year’s Festival renowned for her unique, and slightly dark, everyday observations. Visit for more information. 

Murwillumbah Arts Trail returns with extended program | 16 – 19 May

Now in its fifth consecutive year, Murwillumbah Arts Trail (MAT19) offers art lovers access to over fifty visual artists and their works over four days in May, with all work for sale. This year the MAT19 features a ‘satellite’ trail on the Sunday, with organisers working with owners of galleries and venues in the surrounding to mount exhibitions that complement the Murwillumbah trail. A key feature of the coordinated festival will be the Makers&Finders Market on the Saturday, followed by the Tweed Foodie Fest. Street closures will allow food, art, music and celebration into the night as the region’s arguably largest art market takes centre stage. The art exhibitions are supported by an extensive program of music and performance featuring Lord Sut, Bri and Si, a recital series and the Humpday Horns rocking out the very on-trend Haven Bar. MAT19 runs from 16 to 19 May. More information can be found at


Direct from North East Arnhem Land, Indigenous dance sensations and landmark dance/theatre company present their internationally acclaimed smash hit production Djuki Mala. Unique, infectious, and high energy, Djuki Mala wow audiences with a spectacular fusion of traditional dance, pop-culture and storytelling that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning with a hefty dose of heart and soul. Catch them at their only performance on Saturday 18 May at HOTA, Home of the Arts. Tickets at 

National Geographic – Symphony for our world | 25 May

Combining stunning National Geographic natural history footage with an original symphony and theme created by Emmy and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music, Symphony for Our World is a breathtaking musical journey through some of the world’s most incredible wildlife spectacles. With a live orchestra and choir, the show brings viewers from the depths of the sea, up to coastlines, over mountains, and soaring into the sky with imagery from 130 years of beloved National Geographic history. This inspiring, 90-minute live orchestral performance is touring the world in 2019 and comes to the HOTA Outdoor Stage for one night only on Saturday 25 May. Tickets at

2019 Mudgeeraba Show Ball | 25 May

It’s that time of year again. The fabulous Mudgeeraba Show is just around the corner, which means that its equally fabulous ball is, too. This year’s Mudgeeraba Show Ball theme is a Night At the Movies, giving attendees the perfect excuse to don their red carpet best or the costume of a beloved movie character, and mix and mingle until late in the Bill Deacon Pavillion. Ticket price is merely $55 for show society members and $60 for non-members, and includes a three course meal, complimentary drink upon arrival and musical entertainment by Opus 9. This year’s event will be held on Saturday 25 May from 6.30pm. Be part of the festivities by contacting Lynda for tickets via phone on 0418 182 533 or email at



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