Ushering in a new era for the arts and culture in the City of Gold Coast, Bleach* 2019 delivers a jam-packed program – its most captivating to date.
Now in its eight year, the annual festival will run from Wednesday April 17 thru to Sunday April 28, presenting 28 unique productions and 132 performances – including four world premieres, and three Queensland premieres – across the Gold Coast’s beaches, waterways, parklands and civic gathering places.
Witness the city transform into a playground of contemporary performance and installation, headed by Bleach* Artistic Director and CEO Louise Bezzina. The Gold Coast’s premier arts and cultural event, Bleach* calls on anyone and everyone to come and play.
“2019’s Bleach* Festival signals a new chapter for the city, taking place one year after the historic staging of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Louise says. “The Gold Coast has experienced a cultural revolution over the past few years with Bleach* at the helm and, as the Gold Coast continues to evolve, so too does Bleach*.”
This year, Bleach* will again celebrate the Gold Coast’s unique rituals and culture with an overflowing program that spans large-scale opera, award-winning dance, eye-popping cabaret, free live music, a thought-provoking political swimming carnival and a thrilling drive-in with a difference. It will be the largest Bleach* event to date.
“In 2019, we’ll turn the city on with a program of incredible arts experiences that will inspire and invigorate citizens and visitors to the Gold Coast,” says Louise.
Bleach* will be headlined by its centrepiece event, Verdi’s Requiem, on Saturday April 27 – a blockbuster music concert, directed by Opera Queensland Artistic Director Patrick Nolan, that will feature more than 150 musicians and singers under the stars and see HOTA’s outdoor stage transform into a fiery ceremonial sanctuary.
“Verdi’s score is all-consuming and is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed so this will be a very special, one-off concert for the city,” says Louise. “Requiem has soaring voices, the might and force of Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, a spectacular outdoor stage and a few other visual treats to generate no end of goosebump moments.”
Returning in 2019 is the oceanfront Bleach* at Burleigh entertainment precinct, a dedicated festival hub hosting free live music and entertainment across the 12 day festival, including a concert headlined by ARIA-winning songstress Montaigne, Pub Choir at the pop-up Burleigh Bleach* Club beach bar and sets by Mama Kin Spender and Kira Puru.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate applauded the Bleach* team on designing another thought-provoking program.
“Bleach* is renowned for its surprises and for pushing the boundaries – 2019 will be no different,” says Tom. “I’m delighted so many local artists and companies get to take centre stage, alongside some of the country’s most daring contemporary art-makers. 2019 is also the finale for our much-loved artistic director so let’s get behind 2019 and make this the best festival in our city’s history.”
Bleach* Festival 2019 marks Louise’s eighth and final festival following her recent appointment as Artistic Director of Brisbane Festival, so be sure to come along and admire her handy work one last time.