Happy first birthday to HOTA, Home of the Arts

The new incarnation of Gold Coast’s cultural precinct celebrates an epic year of music, art, performance and events.

Can you believe it has been a year since 30-year-old The Arts Centre Gold Coast re-branded, re-visioned and re-energised into HOTA, Home of the Arts? Nope, neither can we. Yet here we are, celebrating the twelve month milestone of the new brand, as well as the launch of the spectacular outdoor stage. And what a twelve months it has been.

Within its first year, HOTA presented sell out concerts in its new purpose-built $37.5 million open-air venue by superstar Tim Minchin and music icon, Neil Finn; hosted a residency by legendary avantgarde artist Laurie Anderson; spent a night with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra; presented a pop opera by superstars Il Divo; and and put on an unforgettable dance party with Ministry of Sound: Orchestrated.

Selling over 275,000 tickets and welcoming more than 146,000 visitors to the cinema, HOTA also hosted performances by Circa, Sydney Dance, Ross Noble, Opera Queensland, Monkey Baa, Shake & Stir, Arj Barker, Anh Do and Nick Barker, to name a few.

HOTA was also the centre point of various community events and school holiday activity, with their popular Kids Take Over mini-fests. Additionally, the Gallery played host to twelve exhibitions, showcasing works by more than 534 artists and was visited by more than 38,600 people.

HOTA worked with more than 400 local artists and creatives in 2018, joining forces with Bleach* Festival, the Gold Coast Film Festival, The Farm and Storyfest, reinforcing their mission to collaborate and share resources to make big things happen for the city. Phew!

So what’s next?

“As an arts and culture hub for the Gold Coast, we will continue to shape this space and keep artists at the heart of what we do,” says HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke.  “From employing local artists, commissioning work and providing new opportunities through our Creative Development Program, we will continue to ensure that there are opportunities available for all creatives.”

“You can expect more big things from us this year. We plan to keep the surprises coming with more unexpected art in our beautiful parklands, and plenty of amazing events for everyone.”

In 2019, a new green bridge will connect the precinct to Chevron Island, and in early 2021, the highly anticipated HOTA Gallery will open its doors with a host of world-class international standard exhibitions.

For more information on HOTA, Home of the Arts or their 2019 program go to hota.com.au.

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