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BLEACH* 2021

Welcome to BLEACH* 2021!

We’ve had a fabulous time pulling this year’s Festival together for you. The theme is “Listen To Your Heart” – and that’s exactly what we’ve done to create a program of experiences that reflect our contemporary Gold Coast.

The Festival launches at dawn on 12 August with First Light. If you missed this event last year, I encourage you to rug up and join us on the sands at Burleigh Heads as soul diva Emma Donovan sings up the sun on the 10th BLEACH* Festival. It will be magic.

The closing of the Festival will be magic too, as Rick Roser and Kristian Baggerson create a powerful image with fire and candlelight on the coastline at dusk. This is one to brings the kids and grandkids along to.

The rest of our Burleigh program features some cracking artists including the legendary Briggs. We’re also hosting three delectable feasts with dishes prepared by some of South East Queensland’s finest culinary minds, including Dale Chapman, Brenda Fawdon and home chefs from Lebanon, Eritrea and Syria.

We’re also back at the Botanic Gardens this year, with a program we’re co-presenting with Griffith University. Over three evenings you can experience the extraordinary music of The Necks, Sarah Blasko and The Song Company. It is a gorgeous location, and these concerts will be epic experienced under the expansive night sky.

There is a stack of new work commissions from outstanding Queensland artists, including Justene Williams, Kevin O’Brien, Vanessa Tomlinson & Lawrence English, Vernon Ah Kee, The Farm and Gogi Dance Collective. You can catch a number of these as part of our Southport program.

And finally, I invite you and your friends to join us in a wonderful small concert series performed in four fabulous sheds in and around Mudgeeraba. Definitely one not to be missed.

A huge thanks to the City of Gold Coast for their continued commitment to arts and culture in our fine city and for supporting BLEACH*. And a special mention to our longstanding partner Burleigh Brewing, who has been with us for 10 years!

The BLEACH* team are a passionate, clever, savvy bunch of Gold Coast locals who love this city and delight in creating this Festival for you.

Enjoy! And I look forward to seeing you at BLEACH* 2021.

Rosie D.
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*.

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.

Chevron Island Site - Chez Nous Install | Image Credit: Maleika Halpin

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.