It’s a Spring sensation: Gold Coast’s cultural revival

Guess what! It’s Spring! Time to pack the trackies away for another year, break out the bright colours and get some bloody culture into ya. Luckily for hibernating Gold Coasters, there is no shortage of choice when it comes to getting out and about and enjoying the creative arts this Spring. Get ready folks, cause whether you’re into dance, music, icecream, camels, art or cockfights, we promise there will be something on offer on the Gold Coast over the next few months sure to stimulate and delight!

Assange2970° Boiling Point: Practising Democracy sees Assange come to the Arts Centre

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is one of four keynote speakers at the 2970° The Boiling Point: Practising Democracy event at The Arts Centre Gold Coast in September. Mr Assange will be joining the event via live video-link from the Ecuadorian Embassy and is one of four provocative keynote speakers leading a future-inspired conversation. Other keynote speakers include world-renowned robotic, android and humanoid expert Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro from Osaka University, author and political commentator Jamila Rizvi and Indigenous cultural leader Kyle Slabb. 2970° The Boiling Point: Practising Democracy, now in its second year on the Gold Coast, sees an alchemy of ideas and art to motivate transformational change. At the event, each of the four keynote speakers proposes a re-write to an established democratic law, protocol or rule. Delegates respond, discuss and vote on the proposals. This unique event runs from 7-9 September and tickets are on sale now.

ELECTRIK-LEMONODE-aug 25SWELL returns for its fifteenth year and SWELL Sounds are announced

SWELL Sculpture Festival is just around the corner, and just in time, the musical lineup for SWELL Sounds has been announced. Bringing their laid-back beach vibe to the first Saturday headline is one of the hottest reggae bands on the Gold Coast, Kimmy & Crew, while funk legends Electrik Lemonade will light up the night at the final Saturday event on 16 September. Scene stalwarts Felicity Lawless, Benny D Williams, Phil Barlow, CC The Cat and more will lend their sounds to the beachside event over the two massive weekends of art and music. Now celebrating its fifteenth year, SWELL Sculpture festival will see the golden sands of Currumbin Beach transformed into a dazzling landscape of interactive and inspiring public art amid a carnival atmosphere of live entertainment, street food, artist talks and masterclasses for all ages. SWELL runs from 8 – 17 September 2017 at Currumbin Beach. Visit for more.

19KarenIt’s women, birds, flowers and history at 19 Karen

This September, 19 Karen comes alive with four solo shows – a vibrant collection of artworks by four exciting artists –  three Australians and one American, with a focus on women, birds, flowers and history. The colourful, detailed pointillism works by the Sunshine Coast’s Sally Paxton, the organic ceramic vessels of local Gold Coast artist Megan Puls, the vibrant exploration of flowers and the feminine by Sydney’s Mellissa Read-Devine and the captivating investigation of history’s effect on today by US artist Jon Stucky – will excite the senses in their latest art exhibition. The exhibition officially opens on 9 September at 5.00pm. Visit

Brickworks Inside Out (1)Brickworks Annual Inside Out Festival returns

The Brickworks centre is set to host the Gold Coast’s ultimate gourmet pop-up picnic, as the hugely popular Inside Out festival returns next month on Sunday 10 September. A free, all-ages event, the annual celebration features an eclectic array of street food along with plenty of options to wet the whistle, with guests invited to settle back for an epic Sunday session, or get involved with the many lively attractions spread throughout the precinct. Kids’ workshops, yoga classes, art exhibitions, cooking demonstrations, live music and fashion shows are all on offer. For more information visit

Cock FightCockfight explores male power play

In this darkly humorous – and surprisingly tender – piece of dance theatre by newly formed Gold Coast / Berlin company The Farm, long-time creative collaborators Joshua Thomson and Gavin Webber reassess who is in charge. Cockfight explores the power play between men and the frailty of the ageing body, and questions our culture’s desperate struggle for achievement. Cockfight is a full-throttle mashup of extreme physical risk-taking, graceful movement and slow-mo fight scenes. Catch it from 13 – 16 September at The Space, The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Tickets here.

Mana WahineOkareka Dance Company presents Mana Wahine

Women’s power, authority, culture, energies and essence are celebrated in acclaimed Okareka Dance Company’s, ‘Mana Wahine’. This courageous performance, created by three of New Zealand’s best choreographers combines dance, theatre and film in this powerful performance. Taane Mete, Taiaroa Royal and Malia Johnston have created a collage of powerful imagery that transcends space and time. From the stunning opening to the spine-tingling finale, be inspired by this display of courage, determination and fearlessness as Mana Wahine evokes the spiritual status of “the woman” within us all. The show runs at The Arts Centre Gold Coast from 20 – 22 September. Visit for more.

Opera AustraliaAida to star camels on Coolangatta Beach

Two camels have been cast in starring roles in Opera Australia’s upcoming production of ‘Aida’, to be staged on Coolangatta Beach in September. The one-humped divas will be transported from Sydney to the Gold Coast, where they’ll make their nightly seaside appearances in Griffith Opera on the Beach – ‘Aida’, draped in luxurious gold trimmed costumes. Griffith Opera on the Beach – ‘Aida’ will burst onto the elaborate pop up stage on Coolangatta Beach in all its Egyptian glory with waves lapping nearby and the starry skies above, it will be the perfect setting to experience opera at its very best. Aida plays six performances from 21 – 30 September, 2017 at 6.30pm, Coolangatta Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland. For more information and to buy tickets, visit:

SEYKALast chance to catch SEED artists together for 2017

The SEED program at Griffith has been discovering and showcasing some of the best upcoming acts Queensland has to offer over the last few years with their annual compilation CD and artist services to boot. Each year they hold a gig with this year’s graduates, and 2017 is no exception. The SEED series might be coming to a close for another year but with an end of year celebration at Miami Marketta slated for Wednesday 27 September, it will be your last chance to see several of these artist on the same line up on the one night. With free entry and doors opening at 6.00pm don’t miss your chance to see SEYKA, Josh King, MØNIQUE + ROYES live. Check out some of the artists before heading to see them live.

Spring Icecream SocialIce cream social comes to NightQuarter

Treat yo’ self! To celebrate Spring, NightQuarter are throwing an Ice Cream Social. Cool off in style with pop up ice cream trucks, and innovative ice cream treats from NightQuarter’s famous dessert vendors. So many yummy eats in one place… from icecream, gelato, waffles, pops, crepes, crazy shakes, dip n dots, sundaes, shaved ice, ice cream sandwiches and sliders, and funnel cakes.NightQuarter favourites Sweet Bliss Donuts, World Famous Funnel Cakes and Fizz will be launching new next-level ice cream treats…. stay tuned. It will be fun for the whole family, with delicious sugary treats, activities and live music for all. Friday 29 September. Be there.


typism-8For the love of letters

Some of the world’s best calligraphers, sign painters and typographers will descend on the Gold Coast next month for a creative conference that focuses on the craft of typography. The Typism Conference, now in its third year, is devoted entirely to the beauty of the written word. If you are an artist, designer, or simply appreciate the beauty of the written word, then the Typism Conference is for you. Held this year at the Arts Centre Gold Coast on Saturday 30th of September, Typism brings together lettering artists from Australia and the US to share their work, creative process and insights into building a business from your passion. Visit for more.

ZenithZenith graduate exhibition to be held at Left Bank

The 2017 graduating cohort Griffith University Gold Coast are again putting on their graduate exhibition Zenith, and this year it is at Left Bank Gallery in Southport. Zenith showcases the graduating works of Studio Art, Photo Media and Honours students from the Bachelor of Digital Media program at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Gold Coast. Until 5 September you can donate to the Go Fund Me page to fund the printing of the catalogue and invitations for the exhibition at Left Bank Gallery from 30 September – 13 October. Exhibiting artists are Cherie Noble, Ellie Morley, Erin Campbell, Holly Knight, Jay Jermyn, Karen Wilson, Naomi Wong, Xiaoting Hui and Zara Tansley.

042_Blanc de Blanc_Pamela Raith PhotographyBlanc de Blanc back by popular demand

Blanc de Blanc wowed Gold Coast audiences earlier this year when it visited as part of Bleach Festival 2017 and due to the overwhelming demand (nearly every show was sold out), Blanc de Blanc is returning to the Gold Coast. It’s bringing its own pop-up venue as well – this time the Aurora Spiegeltent, which will take up residence at Broadwater Parklands, north of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre. To keep things interesting, there’s a sprinkling of new characters serving up a blend of vintage glamour and titilating acts. For those who haven’t seen the show yet, you simply must. It’s seductive, immersive and naughty and it’s most definitely only for those aged 18 and over. Blanc de Blanc runs 5 October – 5 November 2017 in Broadwater Parklands, in association with Bleach* Festival. Shows run Tuesday through Sunday and every Tuesday throughout the season is Cheap Tuesday. All tickets are $55 for that show. Tickets for the return season to the Gold Coast are on sale now at

BLA - Fran_opening_pic31_HeroPortraitThe return of BLA! at Burleigh Brewing Co.  

Art. In a brewery. What’s not to like? Burleigh Brewing will host artists across a bunch of mediums in October for the second instalment of Brewing Local Artists, otherwise known as BLA! Sculpture, graphic design, ceramics, typography and fine art will all be on show when BLA! rolls into town. And guests will be treated to live art displays as several artists demonstrate how their creations come to life on the evening. Ticks a lot of boxes for us here. You’ll also have the chance to vote for your most loved piece on the evening with the crowd’s favourite artist receiving a wicked marketing package from Blank GC. BLA! Hits Burleigh Brewing on Saturday 7 October from 5.00pm and is free of charge. It’s supported by Blank GC, Gold Coast Music Awards, RVCA, Symphony Hill Wines and Solution Red.

Hey Sunshine Galaxy GirlsBurleigh gets a music festival. Hey Sunshine.

We all know what a music festival in a winery is like. But a festival in a brewery? That’s got Gold Coast written all over it. Hey Sunshine’s inaugural music part will do just that. Take the party to the beer, transforming Burleigh Brewing Co’s taphouse with surf-film projections, light show and nostalgia-themed stage. And if that’s not enough to have you salivating, the lineup will finish the job. Brisbane’s psych-pop overlords The Belligerents headline the bill, celebrating the September release of their debut album and Bootleg Rascal will sonically delight with hip-hop infused electro-soul beats. Gold Coast’s Peach Fur, Byron Bay’s Galaxy Girls and The Cinema Wristy’s and Sydney’s Borneo are also on the bill. Taking place Saturday 14 October – the same weekend as Buskers by the Creek means music fans are spoilt for choice. Hey Sunshine kicks off at 3.00pm with an opening set by ‘house party on wheels’ The Wonky Queenslander. The first live band cranks it up from 4.00pm and festivities run until midnight.

Juzzie SmithBuskers by the Creek keeps getting bigger

Australia’s biggest busking festival, Buskers By The Creek has announced another 100 cracking performers, taking the roll call to over 200 artists for the 14-15 October event. Busking royalty, Juzzie Smith (pictured) will join multi-instrumentalist Tay Oskee, Lamplights’ slide guitarist Ash Perrow performing with The Calling Brothers and 11-year-old crowd favourites Valley Vibes. Awarded Gold Coast and Queensland Event of the Year in just its second outing, Buskers By The Creek is a major local event making its mark on the national calendar attracting 24,000 people with stunts like Australia’s first floating half-pipe and 300 weird, wacky and down right amazing entertainers. Buskers by the Creek runs all weekend of 14-15 October at Winders Park, Currumbin. Visit the website for the full lineup.

GCOH - The Aquatic CentreGold Coast Open House returns with expanded program in 2017

On Saturday 4 November 2017, the third annual Gold Coast Open House will open the doors of interesting and architecturally significant buildings and locations, inviting the public to take a behind the scenes look at places they may have only glimpsed from the street. Visitation last year suggested that private Gold Coast residences were most-in demand, with all spaces fully booked ahead of the day by those wanting to peek inside some of the Gold Coast’s architectural award-winning homes. This year, organisers anticipate the number of buildings on the Gold Coast Open House program will increase to at least 40. ABC Gold Coast, the Aquatic Centre and Stella Maris Catholic Church are just three of the buildings on this year’s program. The full list of buildings will be available on the website from mid September. Visit to volunteer or register your attendance at the event.

IMAGE: Julia Rose floral display at Botanial Bazaar in early September.

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