12 Epic Events You Shouldn’t Miss At This Year’s Bleach* Festival

By Rachel Lay
29th Feb 2016

Bleach* Festival returns this month and is a sophisticated, contemporary, and innovative expression of music, dance, theatre, and visual arts which proves just how cultured our dear coastal home has become.

There’s no reason to shed a tear now that summer is behind us, ‘cause March is shaping up to be awesome. Check out our curated guide including some of the best events you shouldn’t miss at this year’s Bleach* Festival—get amongst it!

Feast Fiesta

If there’s one thing we love more than the arts, it’s food! One of the feature foodie-based Bleach* events, Palm Beach’s Fifth Avenue is closed to traffic and morphs into an alfresco celebration of gastronomy. Pull up a seat at the long tables, mingle with new friends over street food eats, ogle art installations, all while being serenaded to live tunes by The Usual Suspects, The Hanlon Brothers, and Cheap Fakes. Sounds like a date, no?

When: Friday 5 March, 4pm
Where: Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach
Tickets: Free entry

Horizon with Angels

Grab tickets early if you want to catch the world premier of Horizon with Angels. Set over Evandale Lake as the sun sets, prepare for acrobats and singers flying through the air accompanied by a knock-out sound track that includes (as it should!), Leonard Cohen’s music. Why not make a night of it and check out the best bars on the Gold Coast after the event?

When: Friday 4 and Saturday 5 March, 6pm
Where: Evandale Lake, The Arts Centre Gold Coast
Tickets: $16.60

Garden Bar at Bleach* In The City

Following on from the success of their recent laneway hijacking, Monkey’s Fist, the guys from Not Tonight and The Cambus Wallace are again teaming up to host a pop-up event run in association with Bleach* In The City and 2016’s inaugural Chinatown Street Market. The Garden Bar will take over a grassy knoll in the heart of Chinatown with Burleigh Brewing craft beer on tap, games, and a set-up including twinkle lights, potted greenery, areas for lounging, and a cool crowd kickin’ back. Live bands on the adjacent main stage feature sounds from The Vernons, Donny Love, and Columbia Buffet, plus 20+ tasty-as-hell street food stalls in the surrounding streets.

When: Saturday 5 March, 4pm—10pm
Where: Chinatown, Southport
Tickets: Free entry

Yeah Girl

Be inspired by rad girls kicking serious butt in a male-dominated world; Yeah Girl is a photography exhibition celebrating some of the world’s best female skaters shot by equally-talented female photogs.

When: Sunday 6 and Friday 11 March, from 9am and 6pm respectively
Where: Dust Temple, Currumbin
Tickets: Free entry

Luminaries at Griffith University

We know the Gold Coast is beautiful, but wait ‘til you see international projection artist Craig Walsh work his magic on the Griffith University campus. Our tip? Grab yourself a bevvy and enjoy the view from The Unibar.

When: Thursday 10 March, 6:30pm
Where: Griffith University Gold Coast Campus
Tickets: Free entry

Shifting Sands

When you think GC you don’t tend to think of world premier ballet events, but make sure you’re down at the Palm Beach Parklands to catch this epic performance, ‘cause you’ll be kicking yourself if you miss it. Shifting Sands tells a story of the connection between communities and their past, their people, and their sense of place. Take your seat on the creek bank as a cast of 100 dancers, acrobats, musicians, and artists take their stage, the estuary. Bonus? It’s totally free!

When: Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March, 5:45 pm
Where: Currumbin Estuary, Palm Beach Parklands
Tickets: Free entry


If a forklift isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of dance, don’t freak out, we were totally thinking tutus also. When Bleach* Festival organisers think dance, they think contortionists and aerial acrobatics performed on a 2.5 tonne forklift.

When: Friday 11 and Saturday 12 March, 6pm and 8pm
Where: Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club, Broadbeach Mall
Tickets: Free entry

Bleach* Surf

Incorporate surf in a creative sense and you have our undivided attention. Hosted by Surf World, be treated to an evening of inspiration from the talented photographers behind the Nikon surf photo of the year and surf film of the year.

When: Friday 18 March, 6:30pm
Where: Surf World, Currumbin
Tickets: Free entry

The Last Blast

We all think we’re pretty good dancers, or is that just us? Well, you’re going to want to check out The Last Blast because they will probably put you to shame. The Farm will send their bodies up into the sky as they mark the “end of the world” with quite the party. Expect the group’s trademark humour and dance to shine through. Did we mention it’s also free?

When: Friday 18—Sunday 20 March, 6pm
Where: Laycock Street, Surfers Paradise Beach
Tickets: Free entry

Song Writing with Ben Lee

After willing us to catch his disease (did we just get that song stuck in your head? Oops!), Ben Lee will be the feature artist of Bleach* Festival meaning you can see him at a whole heap of events, but our pick is Song Writing with Ben Lee. The event is totally free, but registration is essential. We’ve already reserved our spots!

When: Sunday 20 March, 10am
Where: Helensvale Community and Cultural Centre
Tickets: Free entry though reservations essential

Open Song

Another world premier brought to us by Inkahoots, you can contribute to the Open Song installation by creating your own unique soundtrack as you move through Mudgeeraba’s Village Green and surrounds. Why not make a day trip out of it?

When: Friday 4 March—Sunday 20 March
Where: The Village Green, Mudgeeraba
Tickets: Free entry

Bleach* at Burleigh

Closing out a mammoth 17 day party is Bleach* at Burleigh. Gather up the picnicking essentials, stake your claim on a piece of grass, and prepare for a blissful afternoon to the live soundtrack of Black Rabbit George, We All Want To, Sahara Beck, and headliner, Ben Lee.

When: Saturday 20 March, 1:30pm
Where: Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Hill
Tickets: Free entry

To see Bleach* Festival’s full itinerary, head to their website.


Photo Credit: Bleach* Festival

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