11-21 AUGUST 2022 View all events

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Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts and proudly part of the BLEACH*

The HOTA Lakeside Room, with great views of the lake, the new HOTA Green Bridge and Surfers Paradise, hosts 4 nights of dynamic and diverse entertainment with the Fireside series and a powerful conversation of A Better Future for All.

The Fireside programs are presented on Fri 13th, Sat 14th and again the following week on the 20th and 21st August.

Beginning with Gran Slam, a razor-sharp collective of poets between 60- and 99-years young, alongside special literary and music guests deliver an entertaining night of poetic storytelling, intimate reflections and hilarious insights into life, ageing, freedom, riding skateboards, setting sail into a misty sea of metaphors.

Gran Slam 7 pm 13 August (Ticketed)

Killer Queens, in a celebration of Glam Rock, present the following night’s electrifying performance of Queen’s greatest hits, with a few tracks from Prince and David Bowie thrown in, paying tribute to one of the greatest front-men and queer icon, Freddie Mercury.

Killer Queens 8 pm 14 August (Ticketed)

The next Friday’s Fireside performance, Heart is a Wasteland, combines First Peoples storytelling with live music, in a whisky-fuelled battle of egos as two broken wanderers begin a love affair on their fight to the top of Australian country music charts.

Heart is a Wasteland 8 pm 20 August (Ticketed)

Lastly, on the Fireside agenda, is beloved Australian musician, actor, activist, and indie-pop cult icon, Ben Lee, coming to the Lakeside Room on Saturday 21st August. This acoustic session will feature the hits you love, plus an In-Conversation with industry veteran Graham Ashton (Footstomp Music).

Ben Lee 8 pm 21 August (Ticketed)

Presented in partnership with Griffith University and the next chapter in the series, A Better Future for All; The Power of Culture, Kerry O’Brien presents a special conversation with Rhoda Roberts AO and Wesley Enoch AM about where we are, and how we are responding to one of this century’s greatest challenges. 

 A Better Future for All; The Power of Culture 6 pm 16 August

These events are ticketed and are included in the Multipack discounts. 

  • 10% off when you book 3 events
  • 15% off when you book 4 events
  • 20% off when you book 5 or more events

Discounts will be applied at the end of your booking. Allocations are limited so book now…



135 Bundall RdSurfers Paradise QLD 4217

Getting here
Venue Info

Our Festival is operating under a COVID Safe Plan endorsed by the Queensland Government. Please be mindful of following the COVID Safe signage across the site and please see HOTA staff or Festival Ambassadors if you need assistance.

For information on this venue please visit HOTA, Home of the Arts.


Parking, including wheelchair accessible parking, is available at the HOTA, Home of the Arts but it’s limited.

There are two main carparks, one in front of HOTA Central and a second carpark directly in front of HOTA Gallery. See the map below for details.

We recommend you plan to arrive in plenty of time, as parking is limited and it does get busy. You might also wish to consider carpooling to the event with family and friends.

Parking at HOTA is managed by City of Gold Coast. Please see this page on the City of Gold Coast website for full details on parking at HOTA. If you have any queries please contact City of Gold Coast on 1300 322 111 or you can read their FAQs here.


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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.