Festival Fun on The GC

Snippets of upcoming Gold Coast Festivals

Viva Surfers Paradise

See Surfers Paradise take a step back in time as it pays tribute to the world’s greatest music legends with ten days of free classic entertainment at Viva Surfers Paradise. Viva will delight fans of Elvis, The Beatles, ABBA, Michael Jackson and many more with the best tribute artists from around the world gathered in one location to bring back the music of yesteryear. Over ten days, enjoy amazing live performances, rock ‘n’ roll dancing, show ‘n’ shine for vintage car-lovers, food stalls, our annual renewal of vows ceremony and of course the ever-popular Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. For those wanting to be up close and personal to some of the best Tribute Artists the Coast has seen you can purchase gold or silver tickets to the shows.  Viva runs from Friday 8 – Sunday 17 July. Visit surfersparadise.com/whats-on for full schedule of events and ticket purchases.

Warm Up at Winterfest

The time has come again to warm your hearts and feed your soul at Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast. Winterfest hosts a range of ticketed and free events through July and August that showcase local talent in art, music, film and food. The signature events take place on 30 July in Varsity Central and include Vibe Street Market, Buskers in the Street, Symphony By The Lake, Lake Fire and DJ On The Green Featuring The Twins. Remaining events throughout the festival include a cocktail launch party, a connected  business lunch with Li Cunxin (Mao’s Last Dancer), High Tea, Live at Bond and the Varsity Short Film Festival.  The festival runs from 15 July to 13 August. For a full program of events visit varsitywinterfest.com.au

Diverse Entertainment at the 2016 Short + Sweet Festival (pictured)

Snap up bite sized theatre and cabaret at the 2016 Short+Sweet Festival as it returns to the Gold Coast from 4 – 13 August. The 2016 festival offers titillating burlesque, daring drama, laugh-out-loud comedy, charismatic cabaret and indescribable contemporary performance all packed into ten minute slots. The festival provides Queensland writers, directors, actors, independent theatre companies and cabaret artists with a free professional platform to share their work with audiences and industry leaders. At a time when the creative industry is grappling with funding cuts, Short+Sweet Festival proves itself as an indispensable opportunity for the independent sector. The full festival program can be found on the Short+Sweet website. Tickets via theartscentregc.com.au.

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