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Get Hyped, Here Are 8 Epic Events You Can’t Miss At This Year’s Bleach* Festival

By Urban List Gold Coast
10th Nov 2020

If you’re a Gold Coast local, then you’ll already be familiar with Bleach* Festival, the massive 12-day long arts festival that turns the Gold Coast into a hub of celebration for culture, music, design, art and individuality. 

This year, Bleach* is kicking off this week and will be held from 12-22 November—with a jam-packed program of work by 204 artists and more than 214 unique arts experiences, you’ll want to get in on the action ASAP because some of the events have already been sold out.

As always, there will be a little bit of everything: from a neighbourhood street party that’s wildly colourful and a little cheeky; a block party on the beachfront that’s urban and gritty; and a magnificent concert at sunset framed by beautiful gardens. There will also be an impressive line-up of First Nations artists and a space for deep listening and conversations, all connected to place. You can check out the full lineup here

But if you want a sneak peek of what's in store, here are 8 epic events you won't want to miss at this year's Bleach* Festival.

First Light, Last Night

Burleigh 

This year’s Bleach* Festival will officially launch on Thursday morning 12 November at 5am, with a First Light ceremony by Luther Cora & Yugambeh Dancers on Burleigh Beach. There will also be a closing ceremony on 22 November that you won’t want to miss either.

When: Thursday, 12 November, 5am
Where: Burleigh Beach
Cost: Free but registration required
For more information,
click here

Chez Nous On Chevron

Chevron Island

An event that encompasses multiple events, rendezvous for a night of electrifying live performance, sweet cabaret, Queerstories, classical music, jazz and more staged from balconies and backyards. Bliss out to opera, or simply sit back with a drink and soak up the vibe. Chez Nous On Chevron is going to be a dazzling multi-event night to remember.

When: Various dates
Where: Mawarra St, Surfers Paradise 
Cost: $45pp
For more information,
click here.

Gathering

Burleigh 

Wake with the birds, and join in each morning at sunrise and in the evenings at sunset for music and dance rituals with Luther Cora, an Indigenous cultural performer and contemporary artist from the Bungarre family of the Yugambeh language group of the Bundjalung nation from Gold Coast and Tweed area. Throughout the day, there’ll be workshops in contemporary dance, song and weaving, and dance under the stars every night.

When: Thursday 12 November - Sunday 22 November, various times
Where: Burleigh Bora Dancing & Speaking Circle, Justins Park, The Esplanade
Cost: Free
For more information,
click here.

Sky Weave

Burleigh

Inspired by nature’s ancient luminary navigators, a team of Gold Coast-based and local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women collaborated to create Sky Weave. Join them under the stars on even the sunniest of days to view this mesmerising observatory, weaving a story of the skies through place and time.

When: Thursday 12 November - Sunday 22 November
Where: Burleigh Hub, Justins Park, The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads 
Cost: Free
For more information,
click here.

Bubble Girl

Chevron Island

Hold your breath and cross your fingers as bouncing, bopping, blonde bombshell J’aiMime (aka Bubble Girl) twists herself upside down and inside out of a giant 6ft balloon. Will she re-emerge or will she be swallowed whole? Join the crew at Chez Nous On Chevron as local entertainer J’aiMime charms you with her charisma and comedic timing.

When: Various dates
Where: Mawarra St, Surfers Paradise 
Cost: Part of the
Chez Nous On Chevron Experience ($45pp)
For more information, click here.

Storyteller | Mark Cora

Join cultural keeper Mark Cora in the Burleigh Bora for storytelling sessions. Storyteller and cultural keeper Mark Cora was born in Murwillumbah under the gaze of Wollumbin, and grew up on the Gold Coast and Tweed, living on the tribal estate of the Minjungbal people who speak the Minyung dialect.

When: Thursday 12 November - Sunday 22 November
Where: Burleigh Bora Dancing & Speaking Circle, Justins Park, The Esplanade
Cost: Free
For more information,
click here.

Queerstories

Chevron Island

Join some of the Gold Coast’s best LGBTQI+ storytellers for an evening of Queerstories – reflections on lives well lived and battles fought, pride, prejudice, love and humour. Listen to an unexpected tale or two, curated by Maeve Marsden, hosted by Steven Oliver, with Ellen Van Neerven, Samuel Leighton-Dore, Tamara Natt, Pierce Eldridge and Nadine Chemali.

When: Saturday, 21 November
Where: Chevron Island Hub, Stanhill Drive
Cost: $20
For more information,
click here.

House Party

Chevron Island

The talented crew at Mint House Art Collective is taking over an abandoned house in Chevron and turning it into an immersive installation. Moving between playful aesthetics to the absurd, the surreal and hypnotic, see how they cut loose on this derelict house, and turn it into an otherworldly experience.

When: Various dates
Where: Mawarra St, Surfers Paradise 
Cost: Part of the
Chez Nous On Chevron Experience ($45pp)
For more information, click here.

For the full Bleach* 2020 festival event lineup, click here.

Image credit: Joel Siviour

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