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29 MARCH – 15 APRIL 2018 GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA


Since 2012, Bleach* Festival has grown into a wonderful celebration of vibrant and high-quality visual arts and performance.

LEEANNE ENOCH MP Minister for the Arts

Coinciding with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, this year’s talent-packed festival will be a spectacular showcase of what makes

Featuring a wonderful line-up of big name and local artists performing against the backdrop of the Gold

scene, and the incredible talent we boast.

As the first regional city to host the Commonwealth Games, we have a lot to live up to.

The city will play host to GC2018's arts and culture program, Festival 2018, which will feature Bleach* Festival performances, commissions and activities supporting local Gold Coast creative industries.

A key legacy outcome is a greater appreciation of our arts and culture

Coast’s world-renowned beaches and stunning hinterland, Bleach* delivers a festival experience like no other. I congratulate Bleached Arts on its commitment to continue evolving this festival, and for supporting the Gold Coast’s profile as a leading cultural tourism destination. Please join us and be part of the fun at this unique and celebrated festival.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY Bleached Arts acknowledges the country on which we work and present the Bleach* Festival. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land — the Yugambeh and the Bundjalung people. We give our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Peter Thiedeke

The Queensland Government is also proud to support the By the Beach Music Residency, introduced to develop the talents of Indigenous musicians, and Song to the Earth, an immersive art and music event, which together expand this year’s festival offering.

This year will be one that shapes the next decade for our beautiful city.

My focus has always been on the legacy benefits the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will bring.

TOM TATE

the Gold Coast such a special part of the world.

We honour the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people whose lands we now call our home. With a rich history of storytelling and artmaking in this country, we are honoured to be working with our local Elders who are guiding us to make art and tell stories of this land. We are privileged to have your guidance on this journey.

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The Queensland Government is excited to support this signature cultural event through Arts Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland.

WELCOME TO BLEACH* FESTIVAL

What a fitting way for Bleach* to be recognised on a local, and global, stage.

Mayor, City of Gold Coast

At Bleach* Festival, we are incredibly excited to be an integral part of the Festival 2018 program, and to have this unique opportunity to invite the world into our space, and to bring the Bleach* Festival vision to life through the projects we make, commission, and present.

LEIGH TABRETT Chair, Bleached Arts

MATT WILSON

General Manager, Bleached Arts

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Our vision is all about creating extraordinary performing arts events which challenge people’s thinking about where and how art can be made and experienced,

The hosting of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) has created immense excitement and opportunity and represents a significant milestone for our company, Bleached Arts Ltd. It is the opportunity provided by GC2018, coupled with the vision of the City of Gold Coast, that ensured our company’s formation in 2015 and consolidated Bleach* Festival as the City’s signature arts and culture Festival.

and which have a deep connection to our community — our people and place. We also want to express our deepest thanks to our funders and partners: your confidence in Bleach* over the past seven years has given the Gold Coast a unique signature event which has found its place in the national arts calendar. The continued support of the City of Gold Coast has been a key enabler of our growth, but every sponsor and donor has helped to make this happen, and we thank you.

We are thrilled the world is watching, and there will be plenty for it to see. But remember, Bleach* Festival remains first and foremost, your party — an event for and about the people of the Gold Coast. We are delighted to invite you to join us for another unique Bleach* Festival experience.

Proudly and passionately Gold Coast and deeply connected to place, Bleach* Festival continues to pay tribute to local legends past and present. In 2018, we are proud to present an expansive program of genre-defying events, spanning intimate gatherings in locals’ homes to some of our largest and most ambitious projects to date.

It has been an incredible journey reaching this point and being integrated so significantly with Festival 2018 — GC2018's arts and culture program. We are humbled by the opportunity and proud to represent our City on such a prestigious stage.

staff and volunteers. A special thanks also to the voluntary Board of Directors at Bleached Arts Ltd.

2018 is a transformational year for Bleach* Festival, with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) coming to our own backyard in April. We are delighted to be collaborating with Festival 2018, the GC2018 arts and cultural program, to put our local artists on the world’s stage through a series of events under the banner of Bleach* at Festival 2018. It will be a spectacular showcase of what, and who, makes the Gold Coast such a special part of the world.

Thank you to all our key stakeholders on the journey including the City of Gold Coast, Arts Queensland, Tourism Events Queensland, all our valued partners and our passionate and dedicated

While in some respects this year’s festival is the culmination of years of energy and passion, we are equally excited by the post-Games legacy and are committed to transforming communities, changing perceptions and providing a unique and authentic sense of place through Bleach* Festival in 2019 and beyond!

Much like the world’s visiting athletes who will call the Gold Coast home for two weeks this April, we know that it’s only through clarity of vision, unrelenting individual spirit and collective muscle that we can achieve greatness. It seems only fitting in this landmark year to celebrate with our dearest friends and most loyal supporters, and we are thrilled to welcome back several

long-time collaborators including Kyle Slabb, Everybody NOW!, The Farm and more than 50 local acts that have come to call Bleach* home. We open our doors to a number of long-admired first-time creative collaborators, including Berlin-based theatre company Rimini Protokoll, American rock legend Brian Ritchie, sound artist Lawrence English, Fiji’s VOU and Archie Roach. On behalf of the hard-working Bleached Arts team, we invite you to be part of Bleach* Festival as we open up the city and our homes at this extraordinary moment in time. Have a great Festival!

Louise Bezzina Artistic Director, Bleached Arts

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Bleach* Opening Party

Ornamental Lawn, Bond University, 14 University Drive

Robina

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Intimate Space

Hilton Surfers Paradise, 6 Orchid Avenue

Surfers Paradise

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The Spirit of Churaki

Festival 2018 Main Stage

Surfers Paradise

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Yes We Dance

Festival 2018 Roundabout Stage — Victoria Ave and Surf Parade

Broadbeach

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The Ninth Wave

Surfers Paradise Beach, entrance via Clifford Street

Surfers Paradise

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Yargeh Wadjelah

Greenmount Headland and City wide

Various

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Vou

Palm Beach Parklands, NightQuarter and Kurrawa Park

Various

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Tide

Currumbin Estuary, entry from Palm Beach Parklands, 945 Gold Coast Highway

Palm Beach

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Song to the Earth

Palm Beach Parklands, 945 Gold Coast Highway

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Quiet by Nature

Winders Park and Currumbin Estuary, Duringan Street

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Super Souvenir

Justins Park Burleigh, Palm Beach Parklands and Southport

Various

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An Evening with Archie Roach

Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall, 62 Railway Street

Mudgeeraba

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Wave Fields

Mick Schamburg Park

North Burleigh

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Home Visit Australia

Various locations city-wide

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Bleach* Electrified

Festival 2018 Main Stage

Surfers Paradise

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Bleach* at NightQuarter

NightQuarter, 1 Town Centre Drive

Helensvale

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By the Beach

Festival 2018 Sand Circle, Kurrawa Park

Broadbeach

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Queensland Music Stage

Queensland Music Stage, Surf Parade

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Truth to Power Cafe

Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall and The Avenue, Surfers Paradise

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Coast Acoustics

Country Paradise Parklands, 231 Beaudesert-Nerang Road

Nerang

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Dangerous Song

Justins Park, The Esplanade

Burleigh Heads

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Sea Level – The Art of Awareness

Dust Temple, 54 Currumbin Creek Road

Currumbin

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Justins Park, The Esplanade

Burleigh Heads

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String Symphony

Esplanade Park, The Esplanade

Paradise Point

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Southport Live

Chinatown, Davenport and Young Street

Southport

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Feast on Fifth

5th Avenue

Palm Beach

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Bob La Castra & The Martini Club

Paradise Showroom, The Arts Centre, 135 Bundall Rd

Surfers Paradise

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The Welcome Party

Gold Coast Airport, Eastern Ave

Bilinga

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Bleach* Festival is all about an invitation ­­­— to you, our friends, neighbours, and visitors — and what better way to kick-off three weeks of fun than with an invitation to party? The City is alive; it’s festival season and time to celebrate! Bleach* is kicking off this year's party with some of Australia’s finest musicians and performers, including musical juggernaut and masters of fun, Melbourne Ska Orchestra. Led by the energetic and charismatic Nicky Bomba (John Butler Trio, Nicky Bomba, Bustamento), Melbourne Ska Orchestra is a 36-piece force-to-be-reckoned-with, renowned for their inimitable spin on the ska genre. Opening the nights proceedings, “trop~pop” quintet Mighty Duke & The Lords are forecast to blow up one hell of a tropical party hurricane!

Having wowed audiences of all ages the world over, now is your chance to dance the night away or kick back with a picnic under the stars — whatever your jam. So save the date and rally your tribe for this free, explosive and infectious night of live performance by the lake at Bond University.

DETAILS Thursday 29 March 5:00pm — Site opens 6:00pm — Mighty Duke and the Lords 7:30pm — Melbourne Ska Orchestra Ornamental Lawn, Bond University, 14 University Drive, Robina PRESENTED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL, CITY OF GOLD COAST AND BOND UNIVERSITY

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GC2018.COM/FESTIVAL2018

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THEATRE / DANCE / TICKET

In 2018, Bleach* Festival is thrilled to join forces with Festival 2018 to co-commission and produce integral works for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). Presenting more than 20 new works and numerous local engagement opportunities, Bleach* at Festival 2018 events extend the GC2018 cultural offering across the coast. Bleach* at Festival 2018 highlights include the world premiere production The Spirit of Churaki, an epic music production inspired by the Gold Coast’s first documented surf lifesaver; mass participatory dance experience Yes, We Dance!; euphoric orchestral experience Song to the Earth; and cataclysmic end-of-days The Ninth Wave by local legends The Farm. For the full Festival 2018 program, visit gc2018.com/festival2018

INTIMATE S P A C E

Check-in has opened. Restless Dance Theatre invites audiences to a unique and evocative performance where not all is as it seems.

Both elegant and humorous, this award winning work challenges themes of visibility, authority and selfworth. Be surprised and enchanted by this exquisite performance experience.

Experience the Hilton Surfers Paradise as never before on this travelling adventure. The audience will move from the sophisticated bar, lush rooms with dazzling views to the stark nooks and crannies of the hotel's back-of-house. Guided by an alluring soundscape, you'll witness a series of delicately crafted vignettes, including a tender and cheeky duet in a private room and an urgent physical explosion in the linen room. 

DETAILS

TICKETS $10 including a drink and booking fee Bookings bleachfestival.com.au Strictly limited capacity per performance

Wednesday 4 – Saturday 7 April 2:00pm/2:30pm/3:00pm/5:30pm/6:00pm Hilton Surfers Paradise PRESENTED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL AND FESTIVAL 2018 CREATIVE CREDIT

Presented in a transient place, unsuspecting guests unknowingly form the backdrop to the performance by going about their everyday business in the hotel space.

Directed by Michelle Ryan featuring Restless Dance Theatre

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CHURAKI An epic music production inspired by the story of Churaki; an Aboriginal man heralded as the Gold Coast’s first surf lifesaver. Churaki, a Goodjingburra man, performed the first documented act of lifesaving on the Gold Coast in 1911. This was one of many daring rescues he carried out in the early 1900's as the surf bathing craze took hold. A heroic story, largely unknown, The Spirit of Churaki honours a rich lineage of saltwater people, a spirit of generosity, a deep connection to country and cultural obligation. Starring an extraordinary line up of legendary Australian musicians under the musical direction of Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes) and cultural collaborator Kyle Slabb (Banaam) with evocative visuals by renowned artist Vernon Ah Kee, this production is a musical collaboration united by the spirit of the surf. Presented as a full night of entertainment, The Spirit of Churaki rides the perfect wave between traditional ceremony, the ancient sounds of Aboriginal language and compelling music theatre, closing with a cyclonic set by Australian surf rock legends, The Break.

CREATIVE CREDITS

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Lead Artistic Collaborator & Cultural Advisor: Kyle Slabb Musical Director: Brian Ritchie Visual Artist: Vernon Ah Kee Dramaturg and Rehearsal Director: Rhoda Roberts AO Writer and Researcher: Tim Baker Sound Design: Lawrence English Costume Design: Libby McDonnell Lighting Designer: Dan Black Photography and Film: Claudio Kirac FEATURING Colin Usher, Fred Leone, Greg Sheehan, Josh Slabb, Jarulah Slabb, Kaleb Slabb, Kyle Slabb, Leah Flanagan, Sam Pankhurst, Veronique Serret

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The Break Starring Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie, Martin Rotsey (Midnight Oil), and Jack Howard (Hunters & Collectors) Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes). ADDITIONAL INFO Thank you to the Elders and community who participated in the project, so generously making extraordinary cultural and artistic contributions to the work.

DETAILS Thursday 12 April 7:00pm – 11.00pm 7:00pm — Ceremony 8:00pm — The Spirit of Churaki Concert 9:15pm — The Break Festival 2018 Main Stage, Surfers Paradise Beach

The Spirit of Churaki is part of Festival 2018's Main Stage program — 12 nights of specially curated, free concerts at Surfers Paradise for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. COMMISSIONED AND PRODUCED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY FESTIVAL 2018

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AUNTY JOYCE SUMMERS — THE SPIRIT OF CHURAKI

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ARTIST INTERVIEW

A DIFFERENT KIND OF

ACTIVIST Aunty Joyce Summers is an Elder and activist with a passion for education. How do we change attitudes in terms of appreciating and embracing our Indigenous culture?

We have to get educated and place ourselves where we can make a difference.

I see it as coming through the school system. Our kids and nonIndigenous kids, they're the future of this country, so you have to let them know about past events, things that did happen but they should never be allowed to happen again, and about the history of our people, the history of their people. We were more than just black fellas running about in the bush naked. We were more than that. We had a society that worked for us and a culture that worked for us. I'm not what you call an ... well I am an activist, but I'm an activist in a different way. I can get on my soapbox if you like, but I try not to. I do cross-cultural training and my son says when I start getting carried away, he just says, "Mum, Mum, Mum." We're there to give the facts and to teach, not blame people. Just to teach and give them the facts and

they can make up their own minds. Our job as cross-cultural trainers is not to say, "You people did it." because those people didn't do it. It's not those people. The younger (Indigenous) ones seem to want to embrace different cultures these days, so our younger ones have to be reminded that the freedom that you have today comes at a price. A lot of people had to fight for the right to walk the streets without being hassled, without having people having a racist attitude. Even to have our own recognition as being Australians in this country. Now that Churaki has been recognised as someone who is an identity and being the first lifesaver is something that I think should always be remembered. I say, if we want to make a difference in our lives, we have to get educated and place ourselves where we can make a difference. Listen to the complete interview at bleachfestival.com.au/podcast

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Tell us about your involvement in The Spirit of Churaki project?

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It’s a pretty complicated brief because it involves having to delve into the local stories of the Aboriginal people and in particular the Aboriginal music, but also the visual aspects of it, and the philosophical aspects of it. How it ties into the Gold Coast history, in general. Also, how it ties into the Gold Coast surf culture and surf life. It's a pretty elaborate story to tell. And then to do it in an artistic way and not make it too didactic, it's gotta be entertaining. And it has to have musical power. Kyle Slabb is the elder of the Fingal mob and he's also a really good musician. He told us the stories, the mythology of the area, some of the historical figures.

together and singing, chanting in their language, some of the precolonial stuff. Gradually people just started playing the other instruments. I had my Shakuhachi (flute) and some of the other people had bass guitar, drum set. And within about twenty minutes, it was revved up into this kind of chant with really jazzy improvising on top of it. At the end of it everybody was like, looking at each other… "Oh, that's cool." And then Kyle said, "I didn't know that we could mix the two." That was the break through.

Listen to the complete interview at bleachfestival.com.au/podcast

We were jamming on the stuff that people usually jam on, like ‘Big Boss Man’ by Jimmy Reed, and ‘I Feel Good’ and some country songs. And then I said, "Well, what's your traditional music like?” Kyle and his family started hitting boomerangs

CONNECT ING COMMUNITIES

THROUGH DANCE

For choreographer and performer Bec Reid, creating through dance is all about inclusivity and connection. I feel very fortunate that through my artistic practice I can connect with so many diverse people.

could happen six months later, a year later, or start to see the world in a different way.

That's why I love dance so much, because it's not necessarily language based. Someone who's participating in the work will literally be looking over and seeing another community member that they would otherwise have no connection to, so that's the space where they can meet.

We have so much opportunity to be in our bodies in our daily lives in Australia with so much potential to really live a dynamic, kaleidoscopic creative culture.

New connections can be made and through that you can see your community, your world; the way you can be in all of that.

FINDING THE

MUSICAL SPIRIT OF CHURAKI

At its heart (my work) is about diversity and inclusivity. The tip of the iceberg is in that moment the participant feels really strong and good about their bodies and what they're doing, but then underneath the iceberg is what resonance they might have. They might have some transformative experience that

If I can create something where someone can experience an artistic, creative way of seeing the world, that's absolutely what gets me out of bed in the morning. Listen to the complete interview at bleachfestival.com.au/podcast

Violent Femmes bass player and MONA FOMA Curator Brian Ritchie reflects on his experience as Musical Director for The Spirit of Churaki. Churaki was a Bundjalung man, regarded as the Gold Coast's first surf lifesaver.

New connections can be made and through that you can see your community.

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ARTIST INTERVIEW

BRIAN RITCHIE — THE SPIRIT OF CHURAKI

BEC REID — YES WE DANCE

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DANCE / MUSIC / FREE

YES WE

DANCE

Feel the rhythm, be the movement and lose yourself in the moment.

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Ten everyday Gold Coasters, each with extraordinary ways of expressing themselves through dance, are matched with two choreographers and an ensemble of hundreds of community dancers. Together they will create ten of the newest dance sensations which say to the world, "We are the everyday people of the Gold Coast and yes, we dance!" Yes, We Dance! is a genuine shout out to what it means to truly be free in your body, totally immersed in the movement and the moment.

Created by Gold Coast company Everybody NOW! and produced by Bleach* Festival, Yes, We Dance! is a joyous participatory performance experience. Lose yourself in this humorous, revealing, uplifting and ecstatic dancing party as your neighbour, bricklayer, barista and local school teacher become dancing greats. You’ll find yourself hollering with delight and pride, ‘These are my people and this is our dance!’ CREATIVE CREDITS Company: Everybody NOW! | Creative Producer: Kate McDonald | Director + Emcee: Ian Pidd | Choreographer + Lead Dancer: Bec Reid | Choreographer + Lead Dancer: Luke Smiles | Musical Direction, Composition and Live Band: Luke McDonald, Tim Morrissey, Scott Bromiley and Peter Bernoth, of the John Steel Singers | Art Direction: Michelle Xen | Lighting Designer: Dan Black | Photography: Claudio Kirac

DETAILS Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 April 6:00pm – 7:00pm Festival 2018 Roundabout Stage Victoria Ave and Surf Parade, Broadbeach Yes, We Dance! is part of Festival 2018's Roundabout Stage program - 12 days of free, cutting-edge dance, circus and physical theatre performances for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. CO-COMMISSIONED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL, FESTIVAL 2018 AND CITY OF GOLD COAST. PRODUCED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL

ADDITIONAL INFO Thank you to all the fantastic community participants at the heart of this project.

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WAVE What do you do when the world is ending? Party like it’s 1999!

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Beginning at a party bubbling over with champagne-drinking fools who wilfully ignore the warning signs of the end of the world, The Ninth Wave unfolds as a journey of consequences and the young hope that always grows from it.

CREATIVE CREDITS

DETAILS

At The Farm, work is made in a collaborative process where everyone brings their expertise without being confined to it. All animals are equal.

Thursday 5 – Saturday 7 April

Directed by: Grayson Millwood and Gavin Webber Lighting Design: Mark Howett Original Music: Ben Ely Sound Design: Luke Smiles Costume Design: Vilma Mattila Production Manager: Chloe Ogilvie

Arrive from 7:00pm for 7:30pm show 1 hour duration Surfers Paradise Beach Entrance via Clifford Street Content suitable for ages 12 and over

PRODUCED AND COMMISSIONED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL SUPPORTED BY CITY OF GOLD COAST AND FESTIVAL 2018.

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Performed and created by: Charles Ball, Craig Bary, Gabriel Comerford, Hsin-Ju (Raw) Ely, Kate Harman, Essie Horn, Gabrielle Nankivell, Michael Smith with the Green House Youth Ensemble

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Against the stunning backdrop of the iconic beach at Surfers Paradise, The Ninth Wave is an apocalyptic narrative by The Farm. Entwined with an original score composed by Ben Ely (Regurgitator), The Farm takes the ideas behind the 2016 Helpmann Award nominated The Last Blast to their fullest and most ominous end. This dance on a smoking volcano is the party to end all parties.

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ARTIST INTERVIEW

GAVIN WEBBER — TIDE & THE NINTH WAVE

MUSIC / FREE

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DANCE

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INFLUENCES ON THE ROAD TO

I grew up with a strong sense of adventure. I did a lot of hitchhiking and caught my first and only freight train when I was 15, it was too dirty for me. I actually wanted to be a writer and won some prizes at school, but I never thought of myself as a performer because I was far too introverted a personality. When I left school I knew a guy whose girlfriend was a dancer and she encouraged me to start. At the same time I’d get ribbed when I played sport for looking “like a ballet dancer”. I guess I was in some way graceful, but it was only a hobby. After leaving school I did some ballet classes, the teachers were encouraging but I never took it seriously. Instead I went hitching all over the country and I was really fortunate that I had a stepmother

THE LANGUAGE OF THE WIND

A passion for hitchhiking and travel opened a door to the world of story for dancer and performer Gavin Webber.

who worked for Pan Am. She got me a free standby airfare to America. I hitched over there too, I was a travel bum. I’m very aware now of how those years shaped me. I work in dance and physical theatre, but the stories I’m interested in are based in human experience. It was partly a curiosity that came from some of my hitchhiking experiences because you’re meeting people all the time. All sorts of people. You have a very quick moment where you share something special and intimate in the exchange because, often, you’re a confessional. They’re really weighted exchanges.

YARGEH WADJELAH

The Language of the Wind — Yargeh Wadjeleh, DETAILS is a sound installation created by emerging Friday 6 – Sunday 8 April Indigenous leader Kyle Slabb, with Elders From sunrise to sunset at various times throughout the day from South East Queensland and North Greenmount Headland West New South Wales

All of those moments of intimacy with strangers and the in-depth human stories I witnessed have become a part of my work.

Exploring the concept of multi-layered cultural planes, this project combines a series of incredibly rich and moving soundscapes of local songlines, which correlate to traditional Indigenous notions of place (Jagun) and time (Guriahbu).

Listen to the complete interview at bleachfestival.com.au/podcast

CO-COMMISSIONED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL, CITY OF GOLD COAST AND THE QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE REGIONAL ARTS DEVELOPMENT FUND AND THE OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES. SUPPORTED BY FESTIVAL 2018 AND CONNECTING SOUTHERN GOLD COAST. CREATIVE CREDIT Kyle Slabb

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Sounding at intervals throughout the day, these powerful and evocative calls to country will interrupt and permeate the natural landscape. Yargeh Wadjeleh is guaranteed to stir; enveloping you in a sound-ocean of ancient knowledge and the language of the wind.

Wednesday 4 – Sunday 15 April Various times Across the Gold Coast

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KYLE SLABB — THE SPIRIT OF CHURAKI AND THE LANGUAGE OF THE WIND

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ARTIST INTERVIEW

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LISTENING FOR THE LAND

Kyle Slabb is a musician and Indigenous spokesperson for The Spirit of Churaki, bringing cultural principles to the heart of this artistic creation. What cultural knowledge and practice informed the creation of The Spirit of Churaki performance?

Music’s always been a voice for Aboriginal people and lots of other people to be able to put forward ideas and ideals.

The land is the centre of identity for Aboriginal people. It's at the heart of the whole cultural framework. That's the beginning of everything for us. Everything comes out of that — language, our law and ceremony. Churaki’s a hero and he’s actually actioning a cultural principle as a person that belongs to that land — you have a cultural responsibility to look after people that come into that space. His father recognised that and Churaki executed it. I think Churaki really is a symbol of that for us. As Aboriginal people, we come from a cultural framework that is actually inclusive and brings people into it, and to actually be able to share that and express it through The Spirit of Churaki I think is definitely an invitation. He is a real person and he's an ancestor of a lot of the people in our community so when it comes to telling someone else's story, there are cultural protocols and considerations we had to make.

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But yeah, overall I'm excited that people understand there's a good contribution our people have been making for a long time, and still are making to society. That's probably largely gone unrecognised over the years. Music’s always been a voice for Aboriginal people and lots of other people to be able to put forward ideas, ideals and philosophies that might be a bit counter cultural at the time. One of the things that was in the back of my mind (with this project) was how far can we go away from our traditional expression before we start to lose what that expression is, because that expression is about singing the land. We sing the story of the land, we sing the heart of the land, we dance that story. When we're looking at different contemporary expressions, how much can we add, and how much can we go away before we lose that?

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AUSTRALIAN EXCLUSIVE

From our neighbours across the Coral Sea comes an explosive Pacific experience that transports audiences to the island paradise of Fiji. As a collective of urban Fijian artists, VOU blends the old and new, the traditional and contemporary with a unique signature style that has seen them receive international acclaim.

Palm Beach Parklands and Currumbin Estuary have become a much-loved Bleach* Festival location, inviting audiences to witness incredible art in a truly unique environment.

VOU (meaning ‘new’ in Fijian) is the most widely-toured contemporary Pacific-based dance company, having performed across the world including Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Singapore, China, USA and Canada.

Passionate about using their craft as a powerful means to create awareness of current issues of environmental sustainability, gender equality, and climate change, VOU brings to Bleach* Festival a specially created site-specific response to the beautiful natural environment of the city’s coastline. Based on a dance film work originally presented at COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference 2015, VOU dance artists, with choreographer Navi Fong, will be transforming the piece into a live evocative beach performance that invites us to consider the world’s shaking grounds and swelling seas. Do we sink or do we swim?

DANCE / FREE

DETAILS Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 April 3:00pm / 4:30pm Palm Beach Parklands 945 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach Monday 9 April 10:30am – 11:30am Festival 2018 Sand Circle, Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach Tuesday 10 April 6:00pm – 8:00pm  NightQuarter, 1 Town Centre Drive, Helensvale $3 entry fee to NightQuarter

Sunday 8 April 10:00am Please join us for a morning with VOU and local Indigenous Elders for a conversation and morning tea cohosted by WOW — Women of the World Commonwealth. Vou is part of Festival 2018's Kurrawa Park program — 12 days of free Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and First Nations cultural events and family activities for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. PRESENTED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL AND FESTIVAL 2018 AND WOW — WOMEN OF THE WORLD COMMONWEALTH

It’s a site that connects us, to the rich and luscious subtropical rainforests of the Gold Coast hinterland, as well as to our pristine coastline. A crossway of habitats and community; a haven for reflection and inspiration. 2018 sees a curated program of performance, music and dance, that responds to the physical landscape of the area. Take a moonlit kayak through the estuaries with Quiet by Nature, or be immersed in a symphony of sound at Song to the Earth. Turn to the ocean and take in acclaimed Fijian dance company, VOU, or cast your eyes across the water where contemporary dance company, The Farm, put themselves at the mercy of the tide and the compassion of the community. Free music performances in the park from 1:00pm Saturday and Sunday featuring The Lyrical, Satisvibes, Hussy Hicks and Allensworth. PRESENTED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL, CITY OF GOLD COAST, GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY AND CONNECTING SOUTHERN GOLD COAST.

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TIDE

Based on the wildly successful work from 2015, Tide sees two performers risk it all to remind us all that we are nothing without each other. Two office workers carry on their duties in an office built on a sandbar. During low tide, they stand safely on sand, but as the tide rises, water submerges the desk and its contents. For 49 hours, without food or supplies, these two fearless performers put themselves at the mercy of both the tide and the compassion of the community.

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DETAILS

Made By The Farm At The Farm work is made in a collaborative process where everyone brings their expertise without being confined to it. All animals are equal. Performed by: Joshua Thomson, Gavin Webber. Music created and performed by: Ben Ely. Made By: Ben Ely, Kate Harman, Joshua Thomson, Gavin Webber, Grayson Millwood with, Mark Howett Vilma Mattila, Chloe Ogilvie.

Sunday 8 – Tuesday 10 April 49 hour performance. Starts 9:00am Sunday 8 until 10:00am Tuesday 10 April Currumbin Estuary Entry from Palm Beach Parklands 945 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

PRODUCED AND COMMISSIONED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL. SUPPORTED BY CITY OF GOLD COAST AND CONNECTING SOUTHERN GOLD COAST.

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Complete with shareholder presentations, office parties and water cooler discussions, this post-apocalyptic scene is an installation, an interactive theatre work, a dance performance and a test of endurance fuelled by two people’s unwavering belief in the human spirit.

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ARTIST INTERVIEW

WORLD PREMIERE

DR CORRINA BONSHEK — SONG TO THE EARTH

MUSIC / FREE

CREATING TRANSFORMATIONAL

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EXPERI ENCES Dr Corrina Bonshek is influenced by nature to create a sense of peace and spaciousness in her music. She is the composer and creator of the interactive musical experience, Song to the Earth. What influence does nature have on your work? Nature has a lot of very pleasing patterns and I think inherently music is about patterns; rhythmic patterns, harmonic patterns. There's big structure patterns and small structure patterns on many different levels. I'm very lucky to be living here on the Gold Coast now, and my composing room in my house looks over a bush strip and there are Parrots and Cicadas all around me while I'm writing. For any creative person it helps to be surrounded by sounds and images that inspire you.

When I'm writing music, time stands still. When I listen to a piece of music that I'm really engaged with and really touched by, I'm not really thinking about anything else, just being in the moment. There's something timeless about that, like a little window into the eternal. The thing that I'm really trying to create in my music is a sense of peace and awareness of the moment. I'm interested in creating transformational experiences in my sound. I like to take people on an experience that connects them to their heart and gives them a sense of spaciousness inside themselves.

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Meditation is something that I do every day and composing is something that I like to do everyday too. I think both keep me balanced and happy and contented. I don't know if that's a journey towards something; it's more about a state of being.

Listen to the complete interview at bleachfestival.com.au/podcast

SONG

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EARTH Stroll through a forest of musicians in an immersive, live orchestra event.

DETAILS Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 April

Join acclaimed Australian string ensemble DeepBlue and master percussionist Dr Michael Askill, accompanied by 50 remarkable local young musicians, for a euphoric musical experience under the night sky. Illuminated by awe-inspiring light installations and featuring an original score by contemporary classical composer Dr Corrina Bonshek, Song to the Earth is an intimate music performance inspired by patterns and cycles from nature.

5:30pm / 6:15pm / 7:00pm Palm Beach Parklands 945 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

CO-COMMISSIONED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL, CITY OF GOLD COAST AND THE QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE REGIONAL ARTS DEVELOPMENT FUND AND THE OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES AND ARTS QUEENSLAND. PRODUCED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL. CREATIVE CREDITS Composer & Artistic Director: Corrina Bonshek Musicians: Dr Michael Askill & DeepBlue

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Q U I E T BY

NATURE Exploring the Currumbin Estuary by kayak, audiences are invited to keep their eyes and ears peeled for the unusual, unnatural and ‘wild’ life of the area. In this truly immersive experience that encapsulates the natural, nocturnal beauty of the Gold Coast, Quiet by Nature audiences will experience wonder and delight as the banks of the river come to life before their very eyes. Quiet by Nature is a moonlit kayak tour with a difference, created by local performers and artists Alicia Min Harvie, Viviane Frehner and Ashleigh White alongside a cast of dancers, circus performers and musicians. Shhh… don’t disturb the creatures.

DETAILS Thursday 5 – Sunday 8 April

The Gold Coast has a glorious tradition of the tacky souvenir. The Super Souvenir project takes a fresh look at these little talismans of memory, that generations of visitors took home with them after their holiday in the sun. As the city evolves, Super Souvenir asks, what are the new kinds of souvenirs that speak about this place? Local artists have been invited to make objects, images and sound that generate conversations about the new Gold Coast and how it relates to its souvenir heritage past. Look for the Super Souvenir caravan as it goes on the road around the Coast. Experience historical and contemporary displays of classic souvenirs and meet artists, collectors and community members.

Closest Duringan Street and Panorama Drive Intersection, Currumbin

DETAILS

TICKETS

Sunday 1 – Tuesday 3 April Daily from 10:00am Justins Park, Burleigh Heads

$10 including booking fee Bookings bleachfestival.com.au BOOKINGS ENCOURAGED Please note that you will be kayaking on water. Please wear water-appropriate clothing and a windproof jacket. For safety reasons, this show is inappropriate for children under 4. Children between ages of 4 – 12 need to be paired with a responsible guardian each. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

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Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 April Daily from 10:00am Palm Beach Parklands 945 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

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SOUVENIR

Thursday 12 – Saturday 14 April Daily from 1:00pm Gold Coast Student Hub & CBD Street Party 43 Nerang St, Southport

CO-COMMISSIONED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL, CITY OF GOLD COAST AND THE QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE REGIONAL ARTS DEVELOPMENT FUND AND THE OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES

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SUPER

You’re also invited to BYO GC souvenir and join in the discussion in our live podcast room. Drop in for some hands on workshops with the artists or tune in online, where you will find updates and conversations with podcasts, interviews and the latest developments of life on the road with this roving exhibition space.

5 shows nightly running on the half hour 6:30pm / 7:00pm / 7:30pm / 8:00pm / 8:30pm

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THIS PROJECT IS PRESENTED BY STUDY GOLD COAST CREATIVE CREDIT Creative Director/Artist: Byron Coathup Guest Curator & Programming: Virginia Rigney

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LAWRENCE ENGLISH — WAVEFEILDS

SOUND IS

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How bird watching opened Lawrence English’s ears to the sonic multiplicity of sound.

My father was a keen bird watcher, an interest he introduced me to. When I was young, he would take my brother and I to the old port of Brisbane, which was, in the eighties, an overgrown wilderness.

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I became fascinated with one particular bird, a Reed Warbler. It was very difficult to spot as it was well camouflaged. After many failed attempts to catch a glimpse of the bird, my father said to me “Put the binoculars down, just close your eyes and listen to where the bird is.”

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It was this moment that I had my first memorable sonic experience. In that instance, I recognised the implications of sound as a way of knowing the world; that there are multiple senses we have at our

disposal. What that experience demonstrated was we all can navigate the world in a variety of ways. I think what I find really interesting about sound is the idea that it doesn't function like light. Light travels in a straight line- it's a linear spectrum. Sound is fugitive, it's promiscuous, it's always coming around corners, it doesn't behave in linear ways. The other thing for me that I really find powerful about sound as a medium to work with is that it requires you to be present and attentive to it. The moment sound is appreciated by us, it’s gone, we can never listen to it that way again. So there's this constant extinction of sound I think is simultaneously both harrowing and beautiful. There's a poetry to that loss, and the fact that all we can do is bury sound in the shallow grave of memory. Listen to the complete interview at bleachfestival.com.au/podcast

ARCHIE ROACH AN EVENING WITH

Continuing on from last year’s successful music and community series at Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall, Bleach* is proud to present An Evening with Archie Roach.

DETAILS

TICKETS

Saturday 7 April

$15 including booking fee

Doors open 6:00pm Event 6:30pm – 9:00pm 6:30pm Emily Wurramara 8:00pm Archie Roach

Bookings bleachfestival.com.au

Archie is a man of few words and one of Australia’s most treasured performers.

Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall, 62 Railway St, Mudgeeraba

When he speaks, or sings, those words lift you up, transport you and humble you. He is that rarest of beings … one that sees beyond race, religion, gender and ideology … to get straight to the heart of what it means to be human. And what he sees at the heart of humanity is love. Supported by Groote Eylandt born, now Gold Coast local songwriter and storyteller, Emily Wurramara.

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Wave Fields presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend an entire evening sleeping on the beach, inside a blanket of sound created by internationally renowned artist Lawrence English.

Merging music, environmental recordings and live sound from the performance location itself, Wave Fields invites audiences to experience the ways in which sound drifts into and out of our dreams, and how incidental atmospheres complement, interrupt and augment our sleep. You won’t be left out in the cold either, with the best local providores supplying delicious food and drink before you slip into sleep, and again when the sun stirs you in the morning. Experience this life-altering, wholly immersive experience while sleeping under the stars on the shores of the beautiful Gold Coast.

DETAILS Friday 6 – Saturday 7 April Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 April Nightly 5:30pm – 7:00am Mick Schamburg Park The Esplanade, North Burleigh

TICKETS $20 including booking fee Bookings bleachfestival.com.au Ticket includes light supper, tea, coffee and a light breakfast in the morning. Please bring your swag, blankets or sleeping bag and pillow as you will be sleeping on the beach as part of this overnight experience. PRODUCED AND COMMISSIONED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL. THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN ASSISTED BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE AUSTRALIA COUNCIL, ITS ARTS FUNDING AND ADVISORY BODY. CREATIVE CREDIT Lawrence English

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HOME

VISIT

What is the Gold Coast actually? Is it a geographic border, a cultural identity, a sporting arena, a sunburnt holiday mecca?

Big ideas are rarely presented so intimately…

It has been said over and over that the Gold Coast is a transient tourism town, but exactly who are the half-a-million locals who call the GC home? In this extraordinary performance experience from acclaimed Berlin-based theatre company Rimini Protokoll, you’re invited to meet them. Home Visit Australia sees 10 every day locals open their private residences to complete strangers, inviting an intimate audience of just 15 people to become part of a living room performance that interweaves personal stories and the big issues affecting modern day Australians.

You can host Home Visit Australia in your own home, or be a guest in a stranger’s private apartment. Each performance takes place in a different home, and thus becomes part of an ongoing conversation and growing global legacy of Home Visit from across the world. Home Visit Australia is an entertaining and performative show, Rimini Protokoll brings all the big ideas in a playful way together with the lived reality. Voting results and group pictures from all of the home visits are anonymously collected at homevisiteurope.org. The results can then be compared online as part of an ever growing archive.

DETAILS Thursday 29 March – Saturday 7 April 7:30pm – 9:30pm Various Locations City Wide

TICKETS $10 including booking fee Bookings bleachfestival.com.au PRESENTED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL CREATIVE CREDIT Rimini Protokoll

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AT NIGHTQUARTER To celebrate commonwealth cultures in our local communities, we take a look at some of the finest Fijian culture, old and new. Traditional tunes will open the night while our visiting artists, Vou will take you on a journey with a nod to cultural performance before they pack an explosive contemporary dance experience. Ferocious as she is fearless, Fiji-born, Queensland-based rapper Jesswar will command your attention while tearing up the mic and rounding out the evening.

DETAILS Tuesday 10 April 6:00pm – 9:00pm NightQuarter, 1 Town Centre Dr, Helensvale $3 entry fee to NightQuarter

FEATURING Vou, Jesswar

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BY THE

BEACH

BLEACH ELECTRIFIED Bleach* Festival brings you Bleach* Electrified, a night where visual art and music performance collide with Confidence Man, Electric Fields and Michelle Xen.

Here, a selection of the country’s finest new acts will take over the stage with explosions of colour, light and truly innovative pop music. Headlined by Brisbane’s own festival favourites, Confidence Man, with culture, language and genre bridging Electric Fields and Gold Coast electronic music producer, vocalist and visual artist, Michelle Xen; this is art pop in its truest form.

DETAILS Saturday 7 April 7:00pm – 11:00pm Festival 2018 Main Stage, Surfers Paradise Beach PRESENTED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL AND FESTIVAL 2018

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By the Beach is an inaugural music residency program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians produced by Bleached Arts. In November 2017 dozens of musicians from around Queensland and the nation gathered on the beautiful Gold Coast, to share in music and culture with mentorship from legendary Australian musicians.

DETAILS

Bleach* is delighted to invite these talented musicians back to present a series of special concerts across the coast. Their energy is infectious and their music inspiring as they share stories through song. From laid back coastal tunes, to belting ballads and party anthems, the By The Beach Ensemble will be sure to take you on a music experience that will stay with you into the future. The By The Beach Initiative was supported by Arts Queensland. 

PRESENTED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL AND ARTS QUEENSLAND.

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New in 2018, Bleach* Festival is proud to co-curate the Festival 2018 Queensland Music Stage; a dedicated free live music venue pumping with indie, rock, hip hop, country music and more every day throughout the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Queensland Music Stage at Surf Parade, Broadbeach will showcase Queenland’s best and emerging musical talents to a diverse global and local audience. Joining headliners Kate Miller-Heidke, Amy Shark and Troy Cassar-Daley for the 12-day festival, is a remarkable group of the Gold Coast’s best and brightest, handpicked by Bleach*, to celebrate the richness and diversity of local talent hailing from our shores.

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to catch some of our hottest homegrown acts play the world stage from our own backyard.

DETAILS Wednesday 4 – Sunday 15 April 7:00pm –11:00pm Daily Queensland Music Stage, Surf Parade, Broadbeach

BOBBY ALU

Highlights include local brother-sister electronica duo and Triple J favourites Lastlings joining charttopping producer Paces for an unmissable night of entertainment on Thursday 5 April; and 8-piece local legends Hanlon Brothers supporting ukulele strummer and drummer Bobby Alu on Wednesday 11 April.

For detailed set times, see gc2018.com/festival2018 PRESENTED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL AND FESTIVAL 2018

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AUSTRALIAN EXCLUSIVE

MUSIC / FREE

COAST

TRUTHTO

ACOUSTICS

POWERCAFE The Truth to Power Café is a live performance experience that engages people from all walks of life on a level playing field, whilst celebrating the power of free speech, joyful artistic expression, and political activism. This unique and uplifting participatory performance project, hosted by creator Jeremy Goldstein, aims to celebrate the great Australian hero in all of us through speaking truth to power.

DETAILS

Monday 9 – Wednesday 11 April Event 3:00pm – 4:00pm The Avenue, Surfers Paradise Free event. Bookings gc2018.com/festival2018

Celebrate the finale of Bleach* Festival in the idyllic hinterland location of Country Paradise Parklands, with the unique blend of distinctly Australian roots, including the European gypsy guitar and Arabic rhythms of Hussy Hicks; the Southern Californian Soul of Allensworth (USA); banjo-wielding, hell-fire guitarslinger Karl S. Williams; and bohemian rocker Felicity Lawless, plus many, many others.

Saturday 14 April Doors open 6:00pm Event 6:30pm – 8:00pm Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall 62 Railway St, Mudgeeraba Free event. Bookings bleachfestival.com.au

To sign up visit truthtopower.co.uk

There will be food trucks, a green inspired marketplace presented by Botanical Bazaar, showing and selling plants and unique green wares, as well as kids activities and workshops.

PRESENTED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL AND FESTIVAL 2018 CREATIVE CREDIT Jeremy Goldstein for London Artists Projects

"The revolutionary potential of theatre at its best and most direct” — Guardian, UK

HUSSY HICKS

‘Who has power over you and what do you want to say to them?'

Beginning 10 years ago as a labour of love for the Gold Coast Acoustics Music Club, this year Bleach* Festival will bring internationally and nationally touring acts to the Coast Acoustics Music Festival.

DETAILS Sunday 15 April

Guardian, UK

1:00pm – 6:00pm Country Paradise Parklands 231 Beaudesert-Nerang Road, Nerang

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SEA LEVEL

THE ART OF AWARENESS

SEALEVEL - The Art of Awareness is a personal photographic project documenting the ocean at sea level.

DETAILS

Internationally renowned adventure and water photographer Ted Grambeau made a personal commitment to document the ocean at sunrise, creating a body of work that would tell a story and communicate a message of change.

Monday to Friday 6:30am – 4:00pm Saturday & Sunday 7:00am – 1:00pm

A dynamic body of work has evolved from a lifetime journey of being deeply immersed in the ocean, observing the nuances of light, its complexities and varying interactions with the elements.

Saturday 24 March – Sunday 15 April

Dust Temple, 54 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin

PRESENTED BY DUST TEMPLE FEATURING Ted Grambeau

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Grambeau has captured magical moments, dancing light and glimpses of the sea — a personality so expressive that each image is beyond unique in tone and form.

Bleach* Festival is committed to the artists that make this city the vibrant, energized and exciting place that it is. So many of our collaborators and friends will present new work as part of Festival 2018 and we wish them all the very best for their upcoming seasons.   We encourage you to participate and experience the creativity of these courageous and talented artists.   Shock Therapy Productions — Welcome to Sameville (Broadbeach) The Walls — The Night Watch (Broadbeach) Circus Corridor — The Rising (Broadbeach) Swell Sculpture Festival — Urchins (Surfers Paradise) Relative Creative — See Change Sand Tracks (Broadbeach) Joy Vercoe — Interwoven (Surfers Paradise) Meredith Elton — Lines in the sand: (re)making contact (Broadbeach) Lisa Smith — Agnes and Earl (Across the Coast) Libby Harwood — Already Occupied (Broadbeach) Jerrycan Films — Uncommon (Across the Coast) Thomas E Kelly — Modern Dreaming (Broadbeach) Gold Coast Film Festival — Commonwealth Stories (Across the Coast)

FREE / MUSIC

SONG DANGEROUS

Dangerous Song is an invitation to a world of sound where the human and the animal combine which you can experience while you watch the sky change over the ocean. Wearing headphones, you will experience the human voice with the sounds of endangered and extinct animals. It’s a song for the planet — an inter-species choral work.

TICKETS Limited places available Please register via bleachfestival.com.au for this free, intimate performance PRESENTED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL CREATIVE CREDITS

DETAILS

Linsey Pollak & Lizzie O'Keefe 

Sunday 1 – Monday 2 April 3:00pm / 4:00pm / 5:00pm Justins Park, Burleigh Heads

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Setting up shop at the Gold Coast’s iconic Burleigh Beach, is Bleach* Jnr and Super Souvenir. This is our pop-up theatre for the young and young-at-heart to let their imaginations run wild across an ocean of exploration and dreamy possibilities on the Easter weekend. Join Dr Walrus at The Whale’s Tale as he sets sail to solve the mystery around why Manilayo the Humpback Whale is feeling down. Take part in slapstick routines, crazy dances and an outrageous auction with an evil shark in the quest to help Manilayo get back to the deep blue.

Next, journey with longboarding pro Lucas Proudfoot on an epic adventure as he brings to life his most vivid childhood memories through Indigenous music and interactive performances at The Proud Foots Book Show. Travel the world with new-found friends, Pat the Wombat, Koolaz the Koala and Billy Blue the Bluetongue Lizard with the help of a magical globe and join in a musical exploration of different cultures around the world. With all kinds of workshops by Active and Healthy and drop-in activities galore, it’s a full family date out by the sea at Bleach* Jnr.

DETAILS Sunday 1 & Monday 2 April 10:00am / 12:30pm / 2:30pm Whale’s Tale 11:00am Proud Foots Book Show Tuesday 3 April 10:00am / 1:45pm Whales Tale 12:15pm Proud Foots Book Show Justins Park, The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads

PRESENTED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL, BOND UNIVERSITY, CITY OF GOLD COAST AND NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK FEATURING Born in a Taxi, Lucas Proudfoot, Dangerous Song and Super Souvenir

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S T R I N G

SYMPHONY AT PARADISE POINT

Taking centre stage at Paradise Point this festival is String Symphony; a large-scale interactive sculptural installation by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre; Australia’s renowned puppetry company. Created by designer and puppet maker Leon Hendroff, String Symphony is a unique, shared, multi-sensory experience for all ages. Witness a symphony of strangers join forces to bring to life a giant handwoven puppet — made from more than a kilometre of rope and 600 LED lights — and experience the magic as they become connected as one. As the sun sets, watch their creation twinkle in the night sky in an awe-inspiring display of connection, community and collaboration.

Danika Zuks

A giant illuminated puppet is suspended within a network of ropes, ready to wake from its slumber. The mysterious sound of a harp is adrift on the autumn breeze. A virtuosic violinist and a dazzling acoustic guitar trio play with abandon. The scene is set for a symphony of strings…

Between shows, enjoy a curated music program inspired by the puppet’s soaring strings. ELSKA creates an alluring and truly unique sound, combining her soulful voice, percussive harp beats, and poetic lyrics. Cadence, starring veteran guitarist James Diamond alongside Brendan Huxley and Alex Bielby, serves up a dash of flamenco, a punch of blues, an ounce of funk and a pinch of country. Emma Beau’s indie, alternative vocal capability, combined with multi-instrumental virtuosity, sets the stage alight.

DETAILS Saturday 31 March – Wednesday 4 April Saturday & Sunday 2:30pm – 8:30pm Monday 2 April 9:00am – 3:00pm Tuesday & Wednesday 2:30pm – 8:30pm

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A magical program awaits under the trees at Paradise Point Esplanade Park across the Easter weekend, for all the family to enjoy.

Esplanade Park, The Esplanade Paradise Point

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At any point during the 11 days you can encounter your new favourite act to write home about, be it the soulsoaked, brass-fuelled pop, funk, and ska of Cheap Fakes; the indie garage pop of Triple J Unearthed darlings, Ivey; or mysterious multi-instrumentalist and chanteuse Aquila Young.

CHEAP FAKES

Bleach* Festival brings you a daily line-up of the best local live music acts, from roots to reggae, folk to funk, and everything in between. Take a tour of the musicians that are the heart of our city.

AQUILA YOUNG

AT T H E C B D S T R E E T PA R T Y

IVEY

Don’t miss your chance to see these acts plus more than 50 other Gold Coast musicians.

DETAILS Thursday 5 – Sunday 15 April 12:30pm – 5:30pm Daily 12:30pm – 6:30pm Sunday 15 April Chinatown Davenport and Young Street, Southport

For detailed set times, see bleachfestival.com.au

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Get ready to high-five your neighbours and new friends yet-to-be-made as Palm Beach welcomes you to Feast. Kick back with your squad and enjoy the musical stylings of award-winning songwriter, surfer and proud Aboriginal and Islander Lucas Proudfoot and the sundrenched melodies of local up and comers Harry J Hart, Tully John and Liza-Jane and Leopold’s Treat, then head bush with local legend, chart-topper Casey Barnes and country gals The Crackup Sisters. These lively sisters S.T.Ruth and Twiggs and their two dogs Bill and Dusty will travel over 22 hours east to bring their unique blend of knockabout acrobatics, stunning stockwhip cracking, choreographed dances, aerial acrobatics and ridiculous stunts to Palm Beach.

DETAILS Saturday 31 March 4:00pm – 9:00pm Main Stage 4:00pm – 4:50pm — Harry J Hart 5:10pm – 6:10pm — Tully John & Liza-Jane 6:30pm – 7:30pm — Leopold’s Treat 8:00pm – 9:00pm — Casey Barnes Kids Stage 4:10pm – 4:30pm — The Crackup Sisters 4:45pm – 5:45pm — Proudfoots Book Show 6:10pm – 6:30pm — The Crackup Sisters 6:40pm – 7:00pm — The Crackup Sisters 5th Avenue, Palm Beach

PRESENTED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL, CITY OF GOLD COAST, THRIFTY, CONSOLIDATED PROPERTIES AND CVS LANE CAPITAL PARTNERS

LUCUS PROUDFOOT

The classic Australian street party is an icon of family and community gatherings around the country. From backyard BBQs under the Hills Hoist to traffic-stopping block parties, the essential ingredients remain the same: great mates, great tunes, and mouthwatering eats.

CASEY BARNES

FE AST ON FIFTH

CRACKUP SISTERS

MUSIC / FREE

LEOPOLD'S TREAT

Add to the mix a convoy of the Gold Coast’s most craved food trucks and you’ve got all the ingredients for a Gold Coast arvo to remember.

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TICKET / MUSIC

BOB

THANKS TO ALL OUR SPONSORS

LA CASTRA

& THE MARTINI CLUB

Performing consummate Jazz, Soul, Latin and LatinJazz songs from some of the most influential artists and composers of all time, you’ll be taken back to a bygone era, when ‘music had feeling’ — and you could ‘feel the music’. Bob La Castra and The Martini Club have performed and recorded alongside the likes of Randy Crawford, Branford Marsalis, The Platters, The Drifters, Renee Geyer, Glen Shorrock, Tommy Emmanuel, INXS and James Morrison.

DETAILS

TICKETS

Thursday 29 March

Single ticket including 2 course meal $79.20 (incl. booking fee)

Doors open 6:30pm 7:00pm – 10:30pm Paradise Showroom, The Arts Centre Gold Coast

PRESENTING PARTNER

Full table of 8 $520 (incl. booking fee) Bookings bleachfestival.com.au STRATEGIC PARTNERS

FOUNDATION PARTNER

PRESENTED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL AND THE ARTS CENTRE GOLD COAST

PROJECT PARTNERS

GOLD PARTNERS

SILVER PARTNERS

FREE / THEATRE

THE WELCOME

PARTY

Visitors to the Gold Coast will be taken by surprise and delight when they are greeted by The Welcome Party; a colourful, quirky, go-lucky gang on a mission to provide you a personalised welcome party! Watch out for a whirlwind of colour, movement and celebration as these dynamic performers roll out the welcome mat, Gold Coast style.

BRONZE PARTNERS

DETAILS Friday 30 March – Monday 2 April Various times Gold Coast Airport Arrivals

MEDIA PARTNERS

PRESENTED BY BLEACH* FESTIVAL AND GOLD COAST AIRPORT CREATIVE CREDITS Director: Lisa Smith

DISTINGUISHED PARTNERS

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WHY DO YOU SUPPORT

BLEACH* FESTIVAL?

What is it that makes Queensland’s calendar of fabulous festivals so unbeatable? Perhaps it’s balmy, year-round weather. It could be the worldclass entertainment precincts, performance lawns and state-of-the-art venues. Maybe it’s the eclectic mix of local and international acts who flock to perform here. Or maybe it is Queensland’s seemingly endless list of epic festivals to choose from. Here are some firm audience favourites that will be returning to entertain you in 2018. Cooly Rocks On Gold Coast 6 – 10 June 2018

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Southern Queensland Country 21 – 29 September 2018

Australian Festival of Chamber Music Townsville North Queensland 27 July – 4 August 2018

Caloundra Music Festival Sunshine Coast 29 September – 1 October 2018

Winton’s Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival Outback Queensland 29 June – 7 July 2018

Woodford Folk Festival Brisbane 27 December 2018 – 1 January 2019

"Established on the Gold Coast for over 17

celebrating our unique region, its lifestyle

years, we've seen significant and exciting

and deep, diverse culture.

changes in our city. From the beginning, we've valued and supported creativity and culture as we understand the vital role it plays in our community and people's lives — enriching our experience while shaping our perceptions and sense of place and self.

ROB BARE

Brand & Strategy Director GUERRILLA Gold Partner

inception as it aligns with our values — fostering the Arts and positively shaping the culture of the city we call home." — Rob

Meeting Bleach* Festival's Artistic Director, Louise, for the first time in 2011, we instantly understood the Festival's vision and how it aligned to our city,

"Griffith University is proud to sponsor this

We are proud to support events like Bleach*

year's Bleach* Festival.

that provide tomorrow’s young artists with

As the Gold Coast's largest university,

From food to flowers, ballet to blues, Queensland’s festival scene has all of your favourites covered. Explore our full festival line-up at queensland.com/events

For us, we've sponsored Bleach* since its

our partnership with Bleach* allows us to celebrate what makes our city unique,

the opportunities they need to thrive and help realise the City’s creative potential." — Ned

and shine a spotlight on remarkable local

PROFESSOR NED

PANKHURST

Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY Gold Partner

"Bond University is proud to be a

We are equally delighted to contribute

foundation partner of Bleach* Festival and

to Australia’s cultural future as one of

this year we are thrilled to be presenting

the country’s leading educators in film,

the Bleach* opening night concert under

television, media and the creative arts.

the stars on the banks of the beautiful Lake Bond and campus surrounds.

Our Gold Coast campus acts as a hub for the arts in the region and provides a backdrop for several events as part of this year's festival. Talented Griffith students will also feature in an exciting lineup of film, photography, art, design and music.

Opening night on March 29 will kick off the Bleach* festivities with one of Australia’s

Bond has believed in the Bleach* vision

most exciting live acts — the Melbourne

"As the founding entity of the Bleach*

Currumbin Estuary as you enjoy Quiet by

since the festival’s inception, embracing

Ska Orchestra. We hope you will all join

Festival, we are proud to continue our

Nature ; and of course be welcomed at the

it as part of our own commitment to the

us in this annual celebration of the rich,

relationship that extends over 7 years.

Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta with

Gold Coast’s cultural landscape. As a city-

vibrant and dynamic cultural soul of the

wide offering of free community events, it

Gold Coast."

perfectly complements our own program

PROFESSOR TIM BRAILSFORD

emerging talent.

of cultural activities, including the Corrigan

Bleach* was founded here 7 years on

— Tim

Walk art tours, our display of Indigenous

Vice-Chancellor and President

art, Live at Bond concert series, the annual

BOND UNIVERSITY

Indigenous Gala and our Open Day which

Foundation Partner

will be held this year on Saturday, July 28.

Bond University Film and Television

PETER DOGGETT

Chief Executive Officer

Awards, Gold Coast Open House, the

SOUTHERN GOLD COAST Gold Partner

Welcome Party.

the iconic Southern Gold Coast, and it’s

Please enjoy the Southern Gold Coast

a delight to have such a strong program

during the festival and the Commonwealth

presented in our destination as part of

Games. Be sure to visit the many cafes and

the Festival in 2018 — particularly in

restaurants offerings that span Rainbow

this monumental year of the

Bay to Currumbin. We are delighted to

Commonwealth Games.

support this fantastic, creative, Gold Coast

We invite you to take in the epic sound installation at Greenmount Hill, with

cultural event." — Peter

Language of the Wind ; paddle the

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WHY DO YOU SUPPORT

SHANNON WILLOUGHBY

PETA FIELDING CEO & Director

MARION CHARLTON Chief Operating Officer

Chief Executive Officer STUDY GOLD COAST Silver Partner

BURLEIGH BREWING Silver Partner

BLEACH* FESTIVAL?

EMILY JADE O'KEEFFE

SAMANTHA MORRIS

1029 HOT TOMATO Media Partner

BLANK GOLD COAST Media Partner

Co-founder

Announcer NBN Media Partner

GOLD COAST AIRPORT Silver Partner

"As much as Gold Coasters’ palates

"Study Gold Coast is proud once

"The airport has been a sponsor of the

NBN/9 Television, under the Nine

"We’re so lucky at 1029 Hot Tomato

"The Gold Coast is firmly positioning

and approach to beer have matured,

again to partner Bleach*. We share

Bleach* Festival since 2013 and in that

Entertainment Co brand, is committed

and myGC to be such an integral part

itself as Australia’s capital of cultural

so has their appetite for arts and

a common goal of a commitment

time we’ve enjoyed seeing the city’s

to providing local Gold Coast

of the Gold Coast community. It’s

events. Bleach* Festival is leading

culture. Collectively, the Gold Coast

to enhance the experience of all

arts and culture offering mature with

Community organisations and major

the best job in the world to talk all

the charge and the city’s creative

has embraced Bleach* and all that it

who visit, study or live here. All are

the help of events like this.

events like Bleach* Festival with

things local on air, and have the latest

community is responding accordingly.

brings to our city. Now in its seventh

welcomed through a rich diversity

unrivalled support. Our long term

news, current events and promotions

Recent years have seen a resurgence

year, Bleach* will no doubt continue to

of arts, culture and educational

commitment to supporting what is

published through myGC. We’re

in art galleries, performance spaces

produce programs that ignite people’s

opportunities. Our new Student Hub

local in this fabulous City of Gold

looking forward to bringing you all the

and music venues and with that

passions and enhance the Gold Coast’s

offers all students a personalised level

Coast is part of why NBN/9 Television

updates for the 2018 Bleach* Festival.

comes national recognition of the

cultural landscape. We'll proudly be

of support that is second to none, just

is considered and trusted as the most

It’s the Gold Coast’s signature arts

city’s performers and musicians. We’re

alongside doing the same with our

one of the reasons why the Gold Coast

recognised News Service on the Gold

and culture festival, so it makes sense

proud to be part of that journey and

passion — making world

is Australia’s favourite classroom."

Coast. We are proud to promote local

that all the line-ups, events, activities

we invite you to come along for

Gold Coast events that showcase our

and more are brought to you by Gold

the ride."

wonderful city.

Coast’s best radio station — 1029 Hot

class beer."

— Shannon

This year, Bleach* coincides with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games — what a treat for our international visitors to see an eclectic mix of music, dance, theatre and art popping up on beaches, in parks, shopping centres and here at the airport while they’re visiting."

— Peta

Tomato."

— Marion

— Samantha

— Emily

GORDON WATSON

Marketing and Communications Executive

Business Banking Executive

SE QLD/NSW Managing Director

KPMG ENTERPRISE Bronze Partner

NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK Bronze Partner

THRIFTY Bronze Partner

"Known as ‘the best little club in the

"KPMG has been involved with the

"Nab has a real passion for supporting

"Thrifty is thrilled to be in partnership

world’, Currumbin RSL is proud to be a

Bleach* Festival for a number of years

the local Gold Coast community. By

with Bleach* Festival again while the

supporter of Bleach* Festival. Bleach*

and we are delighted to partner with

way of introduction of a mutual friend,

Gold Coast prepares for an exciting

is a premier national artistic and

such an amazing organisation. Our

Nab was introduced to the team at

time as we head towards the 2018

cultural event which brings a tangible

staff, our clients and our families who

Bleached Arts. Bleach* Festival is an

Commonwealth Games. The city

vibrancy to our beautiful city.

have attended events or been involved

excellent fit for Nab, as it is a Gold

is starting to buzz with its ever-

with Bleach*, have all felt a very

Coast based Arts & Culture festival that

expanding arts and cultural scene, and

positive, rewarding experience with

aligns with our desire to both promote

we felt that we could not pass up the

the association.

and support local Arts & Culture as

opportunity to be involved with such

well as highlighting how amazing the

a unique event where the community

Gold Coast is to the rest of the world."

comes together to celebrate the best

Currumbin RSL is proud of our contribution to the Gold Coast community. Importantly, community and sustainability are at the heart

It’s very pleasing to see the Gold Coast

of the Currumbin RSL corporate

have a thriving arts and performance

philosophy."

culture. The city is still young but

— Gordon

growing rapidly and with festivals like Bleach*, this culture will only continue to build." — Jeff

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CURRUBIN RSL Bronze Partner

KEITH ALEXANDER

JEFF FRAZER

BLEACHFESTIVAL.COM.AU

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local and international artists. We aim to provide ongoing support to local

STAFF AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Louise Bezzina Artistic Director

Claire Oldfield Producer

Matt Wilson General Manager

Chris Paget Technical and Production Manager

Kate McDonald Associate Director Nicole Klein Marketing and Communications Manager Julia Bridger Producer/Music Programming

Lauren Woods Operations Coordinator Kathryn Power Production Coordinator

Natalie Lidgerwood, Senior Producer, Athletes Welcome Ceremonies/ Gateways

Bleached Arts Board

Aruga Publicity

Darryl Gregor

Kyle Slabb and Banaam Cultural Advisors Guerrilla Creative Agency

Leigh Tabrett Tony Hickey

Peta Fielding Peter Doggett Catherine O’Sullivan

Bleach* Festival is proudly supported by City of Gold Coast and is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and Tourism and Events Queensland. We would like to thank all our contract staff and volunteers who work so tirelessly across the Festival.

events such as Bleach* to ensure they continue to thrive on the Gold Coast. " — Keith

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Bleached Arts creates artistic projects that are unique to the Gold Coast — its stories, its people, and its places. As a not-forprofit organisation, where 100% of surplus goes back into crafting memorable and meaningful arts and cultural experiences, Bleached Arts is committed to engaging the services of and working with as many local businesses, artists, designers, producers and creative arts and arts workers as possible.

Coast. It also changes the perception of our city locally, nationally and internationally through original, accessible and inclusive creative initiatives that connect communities. To learn more about supporting Bleached Arts email us at info@bleachfestival.com.au 07 5525 6468

PO Box 807, Currumbin, QLD, 4223

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BUNDALL (The Arts Centre Gold Coast)

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BROADBEACH

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NERANG (Country Paradise Parklands)

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MUDGEERABA (Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall)

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BURLEIGH HEADS (Justins Park and Mick Schamburg Park)

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PALM BEACH (Parklands and 5th Avenue)

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COOLANGATTA (Gold Coast Airport)

TRANSPORT As the City plays host to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games this year it is essential to plan your trip and allow plenty of time for travel. We encourage all Festival patrons to use public transport where possible. For more information, locations and directions to events visit bleachfestival.com.au or translink.com

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HOP ON A BUS

RIDE THE G-LINK

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WET WEATHER

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