With the Commonwealth Games just around the corner the lineup for Festival 2018 has been announced and it’s jam-packed with fun things for the whole family! We are all in for a cultural treat as the city buzzes with a spectacular line up of free entertainment, activities and public art.

The Gold Coast will welcome more than 1,440 artists from 50 countries in a program featuring 35 world premieres and 15 Australian premieres. Across 12 action-packed days from 4-15 April, the Festival 2018 Gold Coast multi-arts program features free entertainment with a range of more than 1,000 arts and cultural experiences including music, theatre, circus, dance, ideas, visual arts and film. There is literally something for everyone beyond the sport and stadiums.

In an Australian first, The Lost Lending Library invites children to a magical world to inspire creativity and a love of books whilst Dr. Seuss fans will enjoy the premier of Welcome to Samevile, an immersive theatre experience. Who’s rocked their fave tune in a mass public karaoke before? Now’s your time to do it with sand between your toes at The Giant Sing Along. Or if you’re more of a groover, bust a move to hits from the Beattles and Beyonce, at Kid/Dub playing 60 years of music in a first time – travelling dance party for kids.

GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC says Australians will never forget the extraordinary performances, spectacular public art and exciting new commissions that form the Festival 2018.

“Festival 2018 Gold Coast celebrates the true spirit of the Commonwealth, bringing together more than 50 nations and territories to share creativity and culture,” Mr Beattie says. “Festival 2018 Gold Coast will be a defining moment for our city and state.”

One of the biggest highlights for us at Festival 2018 is Aboria, a monumental, walk-in sculpture that has enchanted millions of people across the globe. visitors in more than 40 countries across five continents have immersed themselves in the spectacular, luminous world of Aboria and we are finally getting to experience it here on the Gold Coast. We can’t wait!

Another big highlight of Festival 2018 is the 12 Main Stage concerts at Surfers Paradise Beach. Broadbeach will host two massive stages including a high-energy Roundabout stage and Queensland Music Stage headlining home town talent Amy Shark. There will also be cultural experiences across a 70km stretch of our beautiful Gold Coast and SO MUCH for the kids, with workshops, performances and theatre experiences for all ages.

In a Queensland first, The Children’s Republic of the Gold Coast calls on kids to unite to design their own country with acclaimed artist Ben Landau. The Children’s Republic is definitely something not to be missed.

If your kids aren’t old enough for The Children’s Republic, don’t fear, Sally Chance Dance and Insite Arts have got you covered with  Nursery for babies and Touch and Go for toddlers. Both shows featuring two dancers and a musician to entertain and create special play spaces.

Locals and visitors will encounter the unexpected with roving performers to entertain outside of stadiums, interactive art installations and live outdoor performances spilling onto beaches and waterways in more than 28 places across the Gold Coast.

Festival 2018 Gold Coast Co-Creative Director Kate Fell says everyone is invited to explore the magical spaces of Kurrawa Park Broadbeach.

“We’ve handpicked works of the highest quality by globally leading artists to create this enchanting playground for young and old,” Ms Fell says. “The idea is − whether you’re aged 0 or 100 − you’ll be able to spend an entire day delighting in the different worlds at Kurrawa Park Broadbeach.

“There are plenty of things to see, make and do, so we say: come in, stretch your imagination, have some fun, unleash your creativity and savour some of the quieter moments to reflect and concentrate.”

The haven crew is so excited for Festival 2018 – we don’t know how we’ll get any work done between the Commonwealth Games, the theatre shows and art installations.

There is so much more to explore, the full lineup is available online at www.gc2018.com/festival2018



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