Gold Coast’s very own Bleach* Festival is set to take place over three weekends from 31 March to 16 April, 2017.

The arts event features music, circus, theatre, dance, cabaret, installations and spectacle at public spaces and venues, covering more than 60km of coastline from Coolangatta to Helensvale.

Leading up to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, the 6th year of Bleach* Festival will explore the relationship between sport and art, and how they share strength, passion, power, risk, grace, endurance and beauty.

“Bleach* is a festival of place, and it’s an honour to be working on the Gold Coast right now with a growing, youthful and energetic arts community, who are not afraid to take risks and who share a sense of inspiration from our physical surroundings,” Ms Bezzina said.

Over the three weekends, many different art events will take place, making it an impossible Festival to miss. From big names to up and coming artists,

Bleach* festival is an event for the whole family, with a combination of both free and ticketed events.

The festival will open with Frank Enstein, a co-production between Gold Coast-based The Farm and Co3 from Perth. This quirky retelling of the classic tale features one of Australia’s most noted up and coming artists, Daniel Monks, who will revisit his childhood love of dancing in the production.

In Fun Run, All The Queens Men’s Artistic Director, Tristan Meecham will run 42.2km in his homage to the Greek Messenger Pheidippides. On April 8, the show will feature a range of performances from community members and athletes in a dazzling celebration of art and sport.

Wired at Paradise Point changes the dynamics of staging greatly. The performance is literally on the edge of a wire. This whimsical jaunt is one for the whole family and you will be able to witness theatre and circus teeter on a fine line. This event was created especially for Bleach* Festival 2017 and will be performed on 9 April.

Highly Sprung is a production by Sydney company, Legs On The Wall. The performance is set on olympic sized trampolines and explores the everyday challenges of people trying to get through the day. It features Jacob Hunt, a 16 year-old Indigenous man, who holds the title of Australia’s best wall runner.

Bleach* at NightQuarter will feature Sabor Y Control. The Peruvian band started in 2000 and set out on a path to rescue the roots of salsa dura. With eight albums to date, the band has reached this goal and more. This event marks the first time that the salsa dura stars have graced our shores and for those unable to make Bleach* at Nightquarter on 15 April, they will also be performing at the perennially popular Bleach* at Burleigh on 16 April. 

Hindsight offers a whole new take on performance. This one takes the audience on an adventure as they kayak off the Broadbeach Shore and along the canals. Along this trip, audience members will be treated to a startling performance of contemporary dancers showcasing their amazing physical prowess.


Banner image: Bleach* at Burleigh

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