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Bleach* Festival’s Second Weekend Balances Extraordinary Visual Feats with Audible Treats

April 7, 2017 Whats On No Comments Email Email

From Friday 7 April, the second weekend of Bleach* Festival, the Gold Coasts signature arts and cultural festival, will continue to amaze festival-goers with daring feats of human endurance, dramatic and virtuosic displays of urban culture and surf-kissed live music accompanied by a smorgasbord of irresistible delicacies. From a charming and provocative search for inner beauty, a whimsical combination of circus acrobatics, to high-wire theatre and a unique walk-through of Australia’s largest private collection of Indigenous art, get set for an extraordinary weekend of visual feats and audible treats.


The world premiere of Wired at Paradise Point on Sunday 9 April will be an unforgettable alfresco contemporary circus and music experience for the whole family, with a single wire being the stage for the performance. The show features some of Australia and the world’s leading high-wire artists, including acclaimed circus performer and director Chelsea McGuffin and Kane Petersen, the artist behind the 2015 world-record high wire crossing at Eureka Tower.

Paying homage to an Athenian hero, artist Tristan Meecham from All The Queens Men will run 42 kilometers on a treadmill in Cavill Avenue on Saturday 8 April for Fun Run. Will he hit the wall, or complete his quest? Hopefully being accompanied by a variety of visual effects, a booming soundtrack, and a cast of local dancers and extended community of hundreds will spur him on to reach the finish line in style.

Sydney dance crew Branch Nebula, along with newly-recruited local skate park users, will spontaneously take over Pizzey Park in Miami with a breath-taking anarchic street style performance in Snake Sessions. A live drummer will invigorate all gathered as wheels and bodies collide, race into each other, and blur in a myriad of skaters, BMX riders, dancers and parkourists in the ultimate improvised performance.

Headlined by Gold Coast lads Yes Sir Noceur, Surf Safari Feast will celebrate surf music in Palm Beach on Saturday 8 April as Bleach* revellers enjoy great local restaurants and premier food trucks.

The Beauty Pageant will take over the historic Mudgeeraba Hall on Saturday 8 April where artist Elizabeth Woods will invite attendees to nominate their most beautiful person. However, this beauty contest judges what lies beneath the skin and behind the eyes, which promises to result in a quest that’s both charming and provocative. With toe-tapping folk from Canadian trio The East Pointers closing out the weekend’s proceedings, this Sunday afternoon session is not to be missed!

Those craving a visual art fix during the week will be able to feast on Australia’s largest private collection of Indigenous art on public display with Corrigan Walk. Limited to just 20 people on Thurdsay 8 April, the Indigenous art tour named in honour of art patron and collector Dr Patrick Corrigan AM features the works of Australia’s most celebrated and revered Indigenous artists.


  • Fun Run: 3:30pm – 8:30pm Saturday 8 April, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

  • Blanc De Blanc: 7:30pm Friday 7 to Saturday 8 April, 7:00pm Sunday 9 April, Spiegeltent, Broadbeach*

  • Here I Am!: 9:00am and 1:00pm Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 April, Robina Town Centre*

  • Snake Sessions: 5:00pm Tuesday 4 to Saturday 8 April, Pizzey Park Skate Park, Miami

  • Surf Safari Feast: 4:00pm Saturday 8 April, Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach

  • The Beauty Pageant: 5:00pm Saturday 8 April, Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall, Mudgeeraba

  • The East Pointers: 6:00pm Sunday 9 April, Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall, Mudgeeraba

  • Wired at Paradise Point: 2:30pm, 3:30pm and 5:00pm Sunday 9 April, Esplanade Park, Paradise Point

  • Corrigan Walk – Indigenous Art Tour: 10:00am Thursday 6 April , Gregor Heiner Foyer, Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine building, Bond University, Gold Coast

*Additional shows:

  • Blanc de Blanc: Wednesday 29 March – Sunday 16 April, Spiegeltent, Broadbeach, details here

  • Here I Am!: Saturday 15 April – Sunday 16 April, Robina Town Centre, details here


  • This year’s festival plays host to 5 World, 1 Australian and 4 Queensland premiere productions

  •  2017 is the festival’s 6th year

  •  Bleach* Festival will take over 23 Gold Coast locations across 14 suburbs

  • Events will cover more than 60kms of coastline from Coolangatta to Helensvale

  • There is plenty on offer for children with the Bleach* JNR program

  •  85% of events are free to attend

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