1-11 AUGUST 2024 View all 2024 events

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Presented by BLEACH*

Presented by BLEACH*

The 13th BLEACH* Festival officially opens with the rising sun on the shores of North Burleigh.

Now in its fifth year, First Light is part mediation, part celebration. This year, Frist Lights has a distinctly gospel feel with songs from the Pacific performed by the Wayfinders Choir led by Rubina Kimiia and warm, soulful vocals, reminiscent of Nina Simone, performed by Mohini Cox and special guests. Sounds of the ocean, the smell of a fire, sea mist and salty air, music and the moment; there’s no better way to start your day.



Rubina Kimiia was born and raised in New Zealand, with Polynesian heritage from Samoa and the Cook Islands. She is an educator, songwriter and arranger, director, studio vocalist, musician and producer. Specialising in song-writing, vocal arranging and producing shows, her skills are sought after for many diverse projects for a wide range of media and genres of music. A dedicated music educator both in and out of the classroom, she strives to use music as a tool to better humanity.


    With a degree in music from McGill Conservatory,and a scholarship in Dance from the Toronto Dance Academy, accomplished international performance artist Mohini Cox has worked with some of the finest in the industry including: Albert “Iceman” Collins, Bo Diddly, Celine Dion, the Treavor Payne Gospel Ensemble, Katt Dyson and Rhonda Smith (Prince), House of Payne, and the Powder Blues Band of Vancouver, Canada. She has been also featurted on countless studio jingles and vocals projects Ms. Cox is currently involved in all aspects of artist development while studying Information Technology in NSW, Australia, the place she currently calls home.

      • Wheelchair access
      • Accessible toilet
      • Primarily Audio based content

      The performance will contain visual (dance, music and cultural practices) and auditory (music and speech) elements. The work will be performed in both traditional language/song and English.

      This event will take place on the sand at North Burleigh Beach. There will be limited seating available on the beach. Patrons will be welcome to stand or sit to watch the performance.

      The pathway to the sand will have beach mobility matting added. This path will extend to a small viewing area on the sand. We encourage audience members with mobility needs who would like to travel down to the sand to contact us, so we can discuss your particular requirements.

      The event begins just before sunrise, with minimal additional lighting provided for audiences to get to the sand. Audience members who require assistance in darker spaces may wish to bring along a person to assist them make their way to the sand. Alternatively, audience members can ask our front of house team for assistance at the event.
      The sun rises during the event and audience members exit the beach in full daylight.

      The event site will have fire pits, which will be administered by professionals – it may not be suitable for those who find fire, smoke or ash uncomfortable.

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      Music Director and ComposerRubina Kimiia
      Mohini Cox & The SunrisesMartha Baartz, Mohini Cox, Stephen Russell, David William Sanders
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      Ed Hardy Park

      The Esplanade, North BurleighQLD 4220

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      Thursday 01 Aug6:00 AM
      All times are QLD AEST
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      • Food & beverage available on site
      • Suitable for all ages
      • Free / Register
      • Family
      • Music

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      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.