From the shoreline at North Burleigh, to the valley in Currumbin, to the tidal flow of the Nerang River, the 12th BLEACH* Festival plays to our city’s landscape in all its glorious beauty, with stories of our place.
World premieres from two of Gold Coast’s flagship companies, Everybody NOW! and Corrina Bonshek & Collaborators, bookend the Festival. The Botanic Gardens is once again the home of world-class music under the night sky, with a program of opera, jazz, classical and folk. All you have to do is bring a blanket and your friends, kick back and enjoy.
Our new Broadbeach Festival Hub is one for the diary, with over 20 different performances on offer – from rough diamonds to hidden gems, river concerts to world music, cabaret and party queens, it will be a fabulous night out and there really is something for everyone.
Our North Burleigh Festival Hub continues to offer a free program of live music and outdoor performances. The outdoor stage will showcase some of the Coast’s best musicians every weekend of the Festival from midday.
With the winter sun, a bar and food onsite, and the ocean air, it doesn’t get much better than this. Our North Burleigh Hub is also where our Festival begins, at sunrise, with the profound and moving Heartland by William Barton and Véronique Serret.
A big thank you to the City of Gold Coast for their continued support for BLEACH*. The Festival would not be possible without the City’s leaders’ commitment to arts and culture. And thank you to the Queensland Government for their continued recognition, and to all our valued and valuable partners.
A shout-out to the wonderful team I have the pleasure of working with every day. They’re whip-smart with big hearts and love this city, and together we have delighted in creating this Festival for you.
Welcome to BLEACH* 2023
BLEACH* Artistic Director and CEO of Placemakers* Gold Coast
We build stronger communities and better places through arts and culture. We create experiences and tell stories of place that are electrifying, authentic and uniquely Gold Coast.
As the City of Gold Coast’s leading independent arts organisation, Placemakers* Gold Coast puts culture first when planning for a vibrant, liveable and evolved city. We are solutions-focused, creative and flexible in realising cultural activations as part of a broader planning and development strategy.
Whether we’re embedding art, culture and the voice of the community into the planning and visioning of public spaces or rolling out tailored community events in the neighbourhood, we consistently exceed client and community expectations, delivering out of the box, unexpected and transformational cultural experiences that shift perceptions of a place and build community.
We have an excellent reputation for delivering large-scale place-based experiences, a perfect example being our annual festival, BLEACH* and BIG CITY LIGHTS*.
We believe everybody wins when arts and culture have a seat at the table at the outset of planning and development projects, embedding the voice of the community and enhancing the social, economic and cultural life of our city.
Placemakers* Gold Coast is supported by the City of Gold Coast as a foundation partner and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing, and Digital Economy.
BLEACH* is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.
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.