1-11 August 2024  View all 2024 events
Photo by Claudio Kirac, Art-Work Agency

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

BLEACH* 2024

Welcome to the 2024 BLEACH* Festival!

We invite you to adventure with us and experience a different side to this city across two big weekends. From North Burleigh headland to the rolling green hills of Tallebudgera Valley; from the ebb and flow of Nerang River to the rooftop of HOTA, the 13th BLEACH* Festival invites audiences to ‘listen to their heart’ and discover epic and intimate out-of-the-box experiences connected to our place – Australia’s Gold Coast.

BLEACH* is the Gold Coast’s annual contemporary arts festival. The festival is proudly local, celebrating the city’s incredible landscape and using it as the backdrop to stage world-class artworks created by some of Australia’s finest artists.

Visit the what’s on page for the full program.

Mayor Tom Tate

The Gold Coast is blessed with incredible creative talent, and we continue to push the boundaries of artistic expression nationally and internationally.

In 2024, BLEACH* invites audiences to ‘listen to their heart’ and discover epic and intimate out-of-the-box experiences connected to our place – Australia’s Gold Coast.

Over 11 days, BLEACH* brings together an eclectic group of more than 360 creatives, offering a rich tapestry of contemporary and immersive art experiences across four hubs: Broadbeach, HOTA, North Burleigh and Tallebudgera.

Remarkably, more than half of this year’s program includes Gold Coast-based artists, including internationally renowned contemporary dance company The Farm, bringing their unique brand of award-winning, genre-busting creativity and an all-local music program at the North Burleigh Hub, in collaboration with Gold Coast Music Network.

Make a date with BLEACH* and prepare to be amazed at one of our festival hubs.

The Honourable Leeanne Enoch MP

Minister for Treaty, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships,
Minister for Communities and Minister for the Arts

BLEACH* Festival, now in its 13th year, celebrates our unique Queensland stories and places, inviting communities to gather and connect with arts and cultural experiences amidst the beautiful surroundings of the Gold Coast.

This year, BLEACH* Festival will present almost 40 events over eight days, in a program featuring 295 talented artists – more than half of whom are Queensland-based. Extending across four coastal locations, the festival offers inclusive and vibrant new experiences for audiences of all ages.

Delivering on our 10-year Creative Together 2020-2030 strategy, the Miles Government proudly supports BLEACH* recognising the festival’s important role in activating the region’s unique and stunning places and spaces, and further boosting the Gold Coast’s reputation as a global cultural tourism destination.

We are committed to strengthening local creative economies and showcasing our diverse talent in the lead-up to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

I encourage everyone to embrace BLEACH* Festival this August and be inspired by the rich array of arts and cultural activities and events on offer.

The Hon. Michael Healy MP

Minister for Tourism and Sport

It is my pleasure to welcome you to BLEACH* Festival which highlights the personality and uniqueness of the Gold Coast.

BLEACH* Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Round 23 of Tourism and Events Queensland’s Queensland Destination Events Program, which strives to highlight the vital link between the wonderful events we host in our great state and the diverse destinations in which they take place.

Events such as BLEACH* foster community pride, impart local culture with all who visit and make meaningful contributions to the local economy.

Beyond BLEACH*, there is so much to see, do and experience on the Gold Coast. I encourage all visitors from far and wide to soak in all the delights of the Gold Coast and make the most of all the experiences unique to this special part of Queensland.

Congratulations to the team at Experience Gold Coast plus all those involved in working tirelessly to stage such a great event and for being part of the Queensland Destination Events Program.

Hon Rob Borbidge AO

Chair of Experience Gold Coast

We are thrilled to welcome you to the 13th BLEACH* Festival, Gold Coast’s annual contemporary arts festival, presented by Experience Gold Coast.

This year’s festival program is full of incredible stories and artistic experiences that connect us to this dynamic city and to each other. I encourage you to see as much as possible across the four hub locations, which feature nine world premieres.

From relaxing along the banks of the Nerang River listening to the sounds of the Pacific floating across the water, to meandering along Burleigh Esplanade, where visionary artists orchestrate their own performance piece to the HOTA Hub, the epicentre of the festival’s dance and physical theatre program – there is so much to experience.

We are a city that values and celebrates arts and cultural experiences and remain more committed than ever to delivering a world-class contemporary arts festival.
I thank our Mayor and Councillors for their continued support and their passion for the role arts and culture play in shaping the Gold Coast. We really are the lifestyle capital of Australia, and we love sharing this with you.

Here’s to BLEACH* 2024!

BLEACH* is presented by Experience Gold Coast (EGC).
Operative from September 2023, Experience Gold Coast promotes, advocates, and collaborates with industry, government and the community to strengthen the Gold Coast’s position as Australia’s premier tourism destination, the home of major events, a preferred place to study and a city that values and celebrates arts and cultural experiences.

BLEACH* is supported by the City of Gold Coast as a foundation partner, the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing, and Digital Economy, and through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.

Hero image for Last Light – Tower Divas at BLEACH*
Photo by Claudio Kirac, Art-Work Agency

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Yugambeh Language Region and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People of the Gold Coast. We recognise their continuing connection and contributions to country and culture. We pay respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. 

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