12-22 NOVEMBER 2020 View all events

General information


Did you love Bleach* 2020? With events around the world cancelled, postponed, discontinued, reimagined and repackaged for online, it was important for us that here on the Gold Coast, we found a way to make our Festival a possibility for you, our audience, and we hope you enjoyed your experience.

We are always working to improve our events and experiences for our audience and we would love it if you could take 5 minutes to complete a short survey.

All survey participants will go into the draw to win one night’s accommodation for 2 people at The Star Gold Coast, as well as the ultimate Bleach* prize pack including; [Case of Burleigh Brewing Mid-Tide \ Bottle of Granddad Jacks Gin or Vodka \ Bottle of Mr Consistent Mixer \ Bottle of Witches Falls Wine ]

Thank you for your support during Bleach* 2020.  We were very honoured to bring this years’ festival to you and we look forward to celebrating our 10th edition of Bleach* with you in 2021! 


BLEACH* is the Gold Coast’s annual contemporary arts festival. The festival has a growing national and international reputation for creating experiences and telling stories that are out of the box, authentic and uniquely connected to place. 

BLEACH* is proudly local, celebrating the city’s best artists, welcoming renowned Australian and international artists and engaging a broad audience through a range of experiences with the magnificent coastline of southern Queensland as a backdrop. 

In BLEACH*’s 9-year history they have premiered more than 50 commissions, won the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Group Award and played a pivotal role in curating and delivering the ambitious 2018 Commonwealth Games Cultural program. 

We are the presenters of BLEACH* Festival. Just as our centrepiece project has grown and evolved over time, so too has our company. Bleached Arts Ltd was formed in 2015 to facilitate the growth of the Festival and sector. Our ability to adapt and respond to this growth continues as we evolve from Bleached Arts to Placemakers* Gold Coast.

Placemakers* Gold Coast started as a small Fringe Festival alongside the World Championship Tour Quiksilver Pro surfing event, held on the Southern Gold Coast. This festival, Bleach* Surfing the Fringe, launched in 2012 as a pilot with a budget of $40,000 and attracted an audience of 30,000 over the 16-day duration. The founding director was Louise Bezzina. Its early success demonstrated the strong demand for the performing arts in the Gold Coast region and led to a commitment of ongoing funding and support from the City of Gold Coast. From humble beginnings, BLEACH* has become one of Australia’s leading and most exciting site-specific contemporary arts festivals and has attracted close to one million people (including festival 2018, the commonwealth games cultural festival).

12-22 Nov 2020.  

Save the date for August 2021 for our tenth anniversary.

BLEACH* 2020 will be held across three locations including Burleigh Heads, Chevron Island and the Gold Coast Botanical Gardens. 

We love our printed program as much as you do, but this year we are only printing a limited run and encourage everyone to view the program online. Program Guides will be available at various cultural hubs across the city throughout October and November. However, all programming information, including any updates and changes can be found here on this very website. We encourage this site to be your go-to source for festival information.

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Festival & covid-19

More than ever before it is our priority to ensure the health and safety of our festival community, staff, volunteers and visitors. Our company has worked with the Department of Health to ensure the festival complies with the current climate of COVID-19 and we have an approved COVID-19 Safety Plan. 


We need your support to keep the festival COVID Safe. Most importantly – stay at home if you’re feeling unwell. Before you do head out to the Festival you need to download the COVID Safe app. If you are coming to a ticketed or registered event you must show your registration upon entry and scan the QR code.

We want BLEACH* Festival 2020 to be just as enjoyable as any other year. To ensure the safety of everyone please take responsibility to: 

● Wash and sanitise your hands as often as possible.

● Keep a 1.5 metre distance where you can.

● Download and use the COVIDSafe App on your Apple or Android


Our venues will allow for space to enable physical distancing inside and outside. Venues will have mobile sanitising stations, increased and thorough cleaning schedules and new operational guidelines for food and beverage service. We have made specific considerations in our site design to accommodate physical distancing and hygiene and there will be volunteers on site to encourage patrons to follow the basic principles.

There will be limited capacity at our venues this year with seating allocation on your tickets pre purchased. We encourage you to book early to secure If you have bought a ticket to a Festival event, please read the event reminder emailed to you prior to the show – it has more details about our venues and COVID responsibilities.

We need everyone to do their bit to keep us all safe. So we ask you to keep an eye and an ear out for COVID-19 signage and messaging and to follow the directions of Festival staff.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19 in Queensland visit www.covid19.qld.gov.au


Tickets can be purchased via the BLEACH* website.

Please bring identification along with your electronic ticket that is easily accessible for scanning at the venue. If possible please avoid bringing a printed copy of your e-ticket.

filming & photography

We encourage festival-goers to share their favourite moments with us on social media and tag @bleachfestival – However, professional video and audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited unless prior written permission is obtained.

By attending BLEACH*, you may inadvertently be filmed or photographed by festival staff and contractors who document performances and events for promotional purposes. By entering the event premises, you consent to photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for promotional purposes, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by BLEACH* and its affiliates. Images, photos and/or videos may be used to promote similar events in the future, You release BLEACH*, its officers and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication and use of such content.


Designated areas across the festival precincts will be allocated for smokers. Queensland’s food and liquor licensing laws will be adhered to at all times. 

We have terrific, local vendors at our Burleigh Heads hub with offerings that will make your mouth water. If these options are not suitable for you, you are welcome to bring along your own food. 

BLEACH* is generally a family-friendly festival. However, please carefully check any age restrictions on the event page of the website when purchasing tickets. Music, lights, pyrotechnics and certain artistic content can unsettle infants. Both in and outside of licensed areas, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Standard venue licensing laws apply. In public spaces, council laws regarding pets will be in effect.

Get Involved

BLEACH* is a carefully curated festival with events and artists selected by the Artistic Director. The festival does not accept unsolicited applications.

BLEACH* Ambassadors are an essential part of our team and we love people who are passionate about supporting Arts and Culture on the Gold Coast.  If this sounds like you, check out the details here

BLEACH* is not accepting applications for internships from the public in 2020.

Support BLEACH*

If you or your organisation would like to join the BLEACH* family, please inquire via email to info@placemakers.org.au – we look forward to working together. 

BLEACH* welcomes philanthropic donations that support our organisation as a whole or donors who wish to support specific projects we undertake. In each case donors are seen as valued partners and we welcome the opportunity to work together to develop forms of support tailored to each individual case and circumstance.


If you are at a BLEACH* venue, please report lost items to the Information Tent staff.

 Please email info@placemakers.org.au we’re happy to help.