Festival 2018 was officially launched recently and is proving the Commonwealth Games is not just the biggest sporting event to hit the coast – there’s so much more than just sport to see.

If you thought the Commonwealth Games was all about sport, think again. Running in parallel to the big event, Festival 2018 will bring together diverse audiences from around the globe to celebrate the spirit of the Commonwealth through the sharing of culture.

From April 5-12, Festival 2018 features more than 1000 performances across music, theatre, circus, dance, ideas, visual arts and film across two festival sites at Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise. 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,” Kate 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.”

The program is jam-packed with events for the whole family. Here’s a snapshot of what’s headlining Festival 2018:

The Children’s Republic of the Gold Coast
It’s every kid’s dream to rule the world, right? Well, now they can with The Children’s Republic of the Gold Coast where they will unite to design their own country with acclaimed artist Ben Landau. The Children’s Republic will appear at Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach – an enchanting art playground set to surprise and delight families at Festival 2018 Gold Coast.

Welcome to Sameville
If the kids’ version of total world domination doesn’t go to plan, you can always check out Welcome to Sameville. This immersive and interactive theatrical experience explores democracy, human rights, personal empowerment and freedom of expression. Not to mention it’s inspired by Dr Seuss and Willy Wonka. Something tells us this one will be pretty cool.

Surfers Paradise Beach
Sun, sand and surf aside, Surfers Paradise Beach will become home to an array of Australian productions during Festival 2018. The key family events to look out for include The Owl and the Pussycat and Future Postal Service.

Adults can get in on the Commonwealth Games action with Fitter. Faster. Better, a boot camp for adults with a twist – it’s run entirely by 9-12-year-old personal trainers! 

The Lost Lending Library
UK theatre company Punchdrunk is working with well-known Brisbane-based Imaginary Theatre to create a magical world for families and kids that inspires creativity and most importantly a love of books.

Interactive fun, and more!

Impulse is an interactive art playground with 15 illuminated musical seesaws. To be honest, this one sounds like a whole lot of fun! The full program for Festival 2018 includes so much more than we can include here on one page. Head online to view the full program and start plugging things into your diary – trust us, it’ll be a busy few weeks!




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