Surfers Paradise is more than just a pretty face. From markets and festivals to bustling nightlife there’s a lot going on – and this April is no exception.

The Gold Coast’s picturesque beachside precinct is set to host a ton of stuff this April. Kicking the month off with a bang is SeaFire 2017, the largest single public spectacle on Surfers Paradise’s calendar that will wow crowds with hypnotic pyrotechnics performances on April 1. And between the beachfront markets, comedy nights, busking and live music there are quite a few other standout events in April…

IMG_0620Australian Street Entertainment Championships
If you’re looking to spend your Easter long weekend experiencing something unforgettable, look no further than the Australian Street Entertainment Championships. This free, family-friendly event will feature performances from dancers, acrobats, musicians, comedians, magicians and more. You’re sure to be stopped in your tracks if you stumble across one of three stages set up across Surfers Paradise, or find yourself face to face with one of the many roving performers who will be showcasing their talent around town. Feature act, the Globe of Death, is back by popular demand, seeing stunt motorcyclists perform death-defying manoeuvres inside a giant, four-metre sphere of mesh. Wow!

Australian Dance Cup featuring Step Up
April 21 to 23 will see various locations across Surfers Paradise host the Australian Dance Cup, featuring the junior competition, Step Up. The international-standard dance festival is expected to attract hundreds of competitors of all ages, dancing it out for more than $8000 of prize money. The competition will showcase all styles of street dance, from jazz and breakdance to hip-hop and Latin. The junior competition, Step Up, offers an exciting opportunity for amateur dances to show off their skills in front of a panel of esteemed industry judges, including renowned hip hop choreographer Jasmine Meakin. Step Up also gives dancers the chance to learn from the best at one of the many workshops during the event. Whether you’re a mega fan of street dance or simply enjoy tapping your feet to some funky rhythms, head down to one of the many locations hosting the Australian Dance Cup featuring Step Up.

A highlight of the Gold Coast Film Festival will make its return on April 23, transforming Surfers Paradise Beach into a vibrant cinema beneath the stars. SIPFest (“Shorts in Paradise Festival”) showcases the best short films from across Australia, captivating crows with 10-minute cinematic masterpieces by emerging filmmakers from around the country. With thrillers, dramas, comedy, documentary and so much more (all classified as M or below) will be judged by a panel of industry experts to win $10,000 in prizes as well as the People’s Choice Award as judged by the audience on the night. With most professional filmmakers beginning their career on the set of a short film, SIPFest provides an invaluable opportunity to scout and highlight up-and-coming talent both locally and from around Australia.

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