The eighth annual festival will run from April 17-28 and heralds a new era for the Gold Coast while celebrating its unique rituals and culture with a jam-packed program that spans large-scale opera, award-winning dance, eye-popping cabaret, free live music, a thought provoking political swimming carnival and a thrilling drive-in with a difference.
The program is one of Australia’s leading and most exciting site-specific contemporary arts programs, celebrating the city’s most dynamic and adventurous artists. Welcoming renowned Australian and international collaborators, Bleach* Festival aims to deliver incredible arts and cultural experiences that challenge expectations, change perceptions and provide a unique and authentic sense of place, inspiring both locals and visitors alike.
Bleach* presents its largest event to date in 2019 with 28 unique productions and 132 performance including four world premieres, and three Queensland premieres, headlined by its centrepiece event, Verdi’s Requiem, on April 27. The blockbuster music concert will be performed under the stars, with HOTA’s outdoor stage transformed into a fiery ceremonial sanctuary.
Returning in 2019 is the oceanfront Bleach* at Burleigh entertainment precinct, a dedicated festival hub hosting free live music and entertainment across the 12 days including a concert headlined by ARIA-winning songstress Montaigne, Pub Choir at the pop-up Burleigh Bleach* Club (a bar on the beach) and sets by Mama Kin Spender and Kira Puru.
Bleach* has attracted more than 470,000 people since its inaugural year in 2012, and will continue to deliver this year as the program features work across all genres of dance, theatre, contemporary music, opera, installations, circus and major public events.