Head to the beach and take to the street for the coolest arts and cultural festival to hit the Coast, with over 50 events for all ages this month. We round up the hottest acts right across the Gold Coast – check out the Bleach*Festival website at www.bleachfestival.com.au for full program details and further info.
FOR THE CIRCUS FANS
SEQUINS & SINEW
Friday 6 March, 9pm, Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 March, 6pm, 7pm & 8pm // Roughton Park, Musgrave Street, Kirra
This wildly creative tour de force presents a dazzling combination of aerial arts, acrobatics and dance, pushing bodies to the limit and testing new boundaries of circus performance.
FOR THE FAMILY
ANTS by Polyglot Theatre & PICNIC IN YOUR PATCH
The life-size Ants from Polyglot Theatre will visit all three Picnic In Your Patch events. Picnic in Your Patch is staged at three locations, and features interactive performances, storytelling, music, dance and artistic performances. Head to www.bleachfestival.com.au for full details of each Picnic.
Sunday 8 March, 12pm – 8pm // Roughton Park, Musgrave Street, Kirra
Saturday 14 March, 12pm-7pm // Hinterland Regional Park, Hardys Road, Mudgeeraba
Sunday 22 March, 11am-6.30pm // Evandale Precinct
TOOLONA STREET FESTIVAL
Saturday 7 March, 3pm – 9pm // Toolona Street, Tugun
Kick back in a giant outdoor dining area set beneath a canopy of twinkling lights strung from Tugun’s famous 89-year-old fig tree. Paul and Blair, the two surfing dads from MKR, making a guest appearance. Plus, there’ll be an array of local restaurants, food stalls and bars. Find treasures at the Suitcase Rummage, dance to live music and enjoy the movement and mayhem of giant puppets.
Sunday 15 March, 1pm-7pm // Village Green & Lorikeet Area, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Great food, live music, fun activities for the kids and guest appearances by the Bleach* Festival Ants and Fish-out-of-Water make this an exciting day out with something for the whole family.
BONUS: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is offering Adults at Kids Prices during the month of March. Mention the Bleach* Festival to receive your discount.
FOR THE WORDSMITHS
WRITING THE WAVES
Join Australia’s pre-eminent surf writer, Tim Baker, for a writing workshop on surfing and story-telling.
BAREFOOT IN THE BOOKS
Kick off your shoes and slip between the pages of stories that evoke the beach, the ocean and the essence of an Australian coastal lifestyle. Join authors, including Tim Baker, Sally Breen and Jesse Blackadder, for readings, wine and cheese, and live music.
The mobile library will be at Picnic in Your Patch sessions (Mudgeeraba & Art Centre Precinct).
FOR THE PARTY PEOPLE
BLEACH* IN THE CITY
Friday 13 March, 5pm-9pm // Cnr Davenport & Nerang Streets, Southport
Dine under the stars and meet Bleach* Festival’s family favourite, Fish-out-of-Water, when he glides into town. Check out the eclectic foods stalls and awesome live art projections plus live music from Darren Middleton, former guitarist with Australia’s most famous rock band Powderfinger, plus performances by The Delicates and The Atlais.
FOR THE SURFIES
BLEACH* AT BURLEIGH & (M)OCEAN
Saturday 21 March (m)ocean 3.30pm – 6.30pm, Bleachside Flicks 6.30pm – 8.30pm
(m)Ocean is a world-first, experimental, live surfing and music performance celebrating 100 years of Australian surfing history. (m)Ocean will showcase all forms of wave-riding side by side, set to live music, featuring many of our top surfers in the hallowed waves of Burleigh Heads while the Band of Frequencies and special guests provide a live, improvised soundtrack. End the night with Bleachside Flicks The Cooly Kids, Kong’s Island and Bunyip Dreaming.
FOR THE CULTURE VULTURES
FEAST ON BLEACH* featuring the Adventures of Figaro
Saturday 14 March,4pm – 9pm // Fifth Avenue Palm Beach
Sunday 15 March, 5pm – 9pm // Paradise Point
Bleach* Festival and Opera Queensland bring musical magic to Palm Beach and Paradise Point with spectacular FREE outdoor performances of The Adventures of Figaro.
FOR THE ECO WARRIORS
Sunday 15 March, 7am – 7.30pm // Tugun SLSC, 29 O’Connor Street, Tugun
Evolved from a love of the ocean, surfing and community comes this new-age, solar powered, sustainable surfing lifestyle event, featuring live music, a wooden surfboard comp, expression session and surfing display, skate demos, eco-market stalls, yoga on the beach, a plastic bag fashion parade, children’s circus, educational interactive display and much more.
FOR THE KIDS
BLEACH* JNR HUB
Friday 20 to Sunday 22 March // Arts Centre Gold Coast
Arts Centre Gold Coast will become the HQ for Bleach* Jnr, a program of imaginative, whimsical and heart-warming children’s activities from 20-22 March. From magical fish to giant ants to kaleidoscopic bubbles, Bleach* Jnr’s fun-fuelled, family friendly events will delight children of all ages.
Choose from Marlin, Ants from Polyglot Theatre or The Lost Treasure of the Cambus Wallace.