One of the Gold Coast’s most unique events kicked off this morning, proving not even 2020 can stop us from celebrating our city’s unique arts and culture.

BLEACH* 2020 officially commenced at 5am this morning with a ‘first light’ ceremony on Burleigh Beach, led by Luther Cora and Yugambeh Dancers.

It seems fitting that BLEACH* would be the first major festival to take place on the Gold Coast post-COVID – the necessity of art, culture, connectivity, compassion and inclusion has never been more pronounced as throughout the past year. Passionate about delivering a little reprieve from our daily challenges, BLEACH* is offering up an extensive and diverse program across three precincts during the 11-day festival.

BLEACH* 2020 invites audiences to experience the coast through great storytelling, contemporary art, music, cabaret and dance. Whether that be watching an artwork unfold on the edge of the shoreline or in backyards and balconies of soon-to-be demolished houses. 

In 2020, BLEACH* is unashamedly local, celebrating the city’s best artists, showcasing renowned Queensland musicians and one-of-a-kind contemporary arts experiences.  

The Burleigh Heads precinct will be the first to open, and locals and visitors are invited to meet on the shore for live performances, music, installation and events with a dedicated First Nations focus and some of South East QLD’s most celebrated artists and cultural leaders.

A highlight of the Burleigh program will be a one-day only ‘Block Party’: a diverse celebration of the local music scene and exciting First Nations artists including poetic riffling by Jesswar and heavy beats by Wildheart staged over five hours featuring local Siala – runner up from The Voice.  

The BLEACH* Club is the ideal place to meet and mingle with old and new friends during the festival.  Enjoy a chilled beverage and a bite to eat at the oceanside oasis with local DJ’s spinning out slick tunes open every day of the festival from 12pm until 9pm.

Chevron Island will be converted into the festival’s second major hub.   Art and music lovers are invited to venture into Chez Nous – an abandoned block of houses, slated for demolition, transformed into the BLEACH* theatre.   The team has cleverly crafted nine unique experience all for one small ticket price staged from backyards and balconies.  Chevron Island is about to get a jab of cultural adrenaline.

During the festival, Chevron Island will also feature a veritable feast of additional events including Queerstories by Maeve Marsden, AVANT YARD by Queensland Poetry Festival, Shock Therapy Productions, The G.O.A.T Show, Strings and Beat by super septet Nonsemble supported by DENNIS. and Honky Tonk Town by Joan Preston. Gather around the Hills Hoist for a movie screening of Brother (PG), then settle in for Swinging Safari (M) at the Chevron Island hub.

Closing the Festival in 2020, will be an afternoon of live music from the grounds of the Gold Coast’s Botanic Gardens by Southern Cross Soloists. This free signature community event invites you to bring friends and family to meet at the lush surrounds of the spectacular gardens for a free sundowner event under the wide Gold Coast sky.  Kick back on the grass, BYO a picnic and visit our festival bar and be serenaded by the Southern Cross Soloists under a canopy of stars. Celebrate the spectacular outdoor setting that epitomises the Gold Coast lifestyles. Guests are invited to register online to secure their complimentary tickets. 

“The Gold Coast has come of age as a cultural capital and nothing demonstrates this better than BLEACH* Festival,” says Mayor Tom Tate, City of Gold Coast. “With its amazing array of events and experiences – all tailored to specific Gold Coast indoor and outdoor sites – this is the beating heart of this city’s arts and culture scene.”

It’s all happening from November 12 through to November 22 at Burleigh Heads, Botanic Gardens, and Chevron Island.




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