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Bleach* Festival

The Bleach* Festival is a 16-day community arts festival presenting art and culture that celebrates the Gold Coast beach and surf lifestyle, through a number of free and ticketed programs.

Arts Queensland’s investment particularly supported the curation and coordination of major music events across the Gold Coast including a festival-wide program of contemporary Indigenous music; schools visits and mentoring by Indigenous artists through an Artist in Residence program; Welcome to Country and ceremonial performances; and the world premiere event, Opera on the Beach, in partnership with Opera Australia.

Opera on the Beach was the largest cultural event ever to be staged on the Gold Coast and as such it received significant national media attention.

The Artist in Residence program was a great success with Jeremy Marou and Tom Busby (both from the band, Busby Marou) and Dave Dow visiting three schools to lead songwriting workshops and discussions about working in the music industry. Participating schools were Currumbin Valley State Primary School, Upper Coomera State.

Read more about the 2014 Bleach* Festival. (PDF) (379.67 KB)