Hangin’ Five at Glitter Festival: 28 September – 5 October

Gold Coast glitters.
Especially come the end of this month when our first ever celebration of lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, intersex, queer, asexual, pansexual and community comes to town. And while it’s the event’s first year, it’s immediately apparent by looking at the program that they’ve tried hard to make it all as accessible and broad.
There’s plenty of theatre – which is no surprise seeing it’s the team at The Arts Centre Gold Coast presenting this soiree – but there’s also film, yoga and art, exhibitions, networking (with sing-a-longs), a pride run, a family fair, tacos and tiaras, drag lunch and comedy.
“Glitter Festival is an inclusive event that aims to bring the community together through the medium of art and culture,” says the program and it really shows a city that has come of age. In addition to programmed shows and performances there are also opportunities for the community to express themselves and genuinely get involved in the delivery of the festival. And there’s a mixture of both ticketed and free events to ensure easy accessibility.
Glitter Festival Artistic Director and also Performing Arts Manager at the Arts Centre, Brad Rush, says the event has been curated to not only entertain but also to provide ideas. “Underpinned by an artistic program, Glitter is one massive social event,” he said, “to gather and network and be joyful in the company of each other’s individuality.”
Here’s five events we reckon you should check out:

Glitter on an e

In the cabaret-comedy-theatre-drag genre is Trevor Ashley channeling the iconic Liza Minelli in a show-stopping, power packed-cabaret performance. Trevor is starring in the current national tour of Les Miserables but following several sell-out seasons in the West End and Australia will bring Liza (on an E) to the Gold Coast for Glitter. It’s one night only – Friday 2 October from 8.15pm and we highly recommend you buy tickets in advance.

Carlotta: life’s still a drag

Carlotta’s story is both an outrageously funny journey and a brutally honest look at the ruthless entertainment industry. If you’ve ever wanted to peel away the mask of an iconic entertainer, this is your chance. You’ll take a ride through Carlotta’s life as she lays bare both the struggle and thrill of living life as a ground-breaking female  performer as one of the Les Girls of Kings Cross. Life’s still a drag – Carlotta is a ticketed event and takes place on Saturday 3 October at 7.00pm.

Glitter Fair Day

This lakeside event is pegged as the biggest ‘family’ reunion of its kind; a celebration of a united and inclusive Gold Coast community. Evandale Lake will become the perfect outdoor backdrop immediately after the Pride Run takes place in the Evandale Parklands. The Fair day will include a program of outdoor games, markets, music, DJs, food and drink and runs from 10.00am – 8.00pm on Saturday 4 October and is free. It concludes with an outdoor screening ofPriscilla Queen of the Desert.

Hidden Histories after dark

The After Dark program is a regular one run at The Arts Centre – giving patrons a chance to check out the gallery after hour. And this one takes a not unexpected twist. Daniel Mudie Cunningham will discuss queer aesthetics in his practice and for the first time, Brisbane-based artist Luke Roberts will publicly discuss the hidden context for his  monumental painting Exorcism XIII The Chaos of Memory 1991 which references the iconic Pink Poodle Motel.  Heather Faulkner will also present her transmedia documentary project which involved stories of lesbian-identified women from the pre-feminist era to the present day. Hidden histories will be explored on Thursday 1 October from 6.00pm and is free.

Glittery films

It’s a mix of new and old to mark Glitter Festival at The Arts Centre. A screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show is included (3 Oct, 7.30pm) as well as Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Fair Day), but there’s also a bunch of films premiering. Drown (including Q+A and starring Matt Levett, Maya Stange), Holding the Man (starring Ryan Corr, Guy Pearce) and Freeheld (Julianne Moore, Ellen Page) will all have their premieres and 54 – The Director’s Cut, Weekend and Jenny’s Wedding are also on the program. Films screen across the festival period and cost $14 for adults and $9.50 for Friends of the Arts Centre.
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You can book for ticketed shows and events via theartscentregc.com.au/glitter. And there’s a triple-treat ticketing option for 15% discount when booking three or more shows.

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