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100 Reasons to look forward to GC2018 - Part 3

26 Dec 2017 by Fiona Self

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And not just because of the holiday festivities – there are just 100 days to go until the start of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

To celebrate, GC2018.com takes a look at 100 reasons to look forward to the biggest sporting event the Gold Coast has ever seen.

We’ve already celebrated all the reasons to get swept up in the world-class sport and this magical place. For Part 3, we’re looking at the exciting arts and culture festival, Festival 2018.  

51. World-class musicians

Music will be a key part of GC2018, including the Queensland Music Stage on Surf Parade, Broadbeach. It’s a free event that will appeal to all music tastes.

52. Breathtaking artwork

See an incredible range of Indigenous artwork at a range of sites at Festival 2018.

53. Your new favourite band

With the Gold Coast on the world music stage, discover your new favourite band.

54. Theatre fun

Be entertained by world-class theatrical productions, here on the Gold Coast. Find out more.

55. Larger-than-life art installations  

At Festival 2018 in Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and beyond, prepare to see art on a huge scale.

56. Art meets boardshorts

Festival 2018 is one of the only arts festivals you can go to in your boardshorts! Comfort and culture go hand in hand on the Gold Coast.

57. Feel the Power

See Mau Power take to the Queensland Music Stage with Torres Strait Island dancers. He will also be performing in Brisbane. 

Mau Power will entertain at Festival 2018.

58. Festival flavours

The iconic NightQuarter will operate every day during the Games, featuring a range of 60 street-food style restaurants, plus a program of local and international musicians. (LINK: https://www.gc2018.com/article/nightquarter-deliver-festival-flavours-celebrate-gc2018 )

59. Kate Miller-Heidke

Multi-platinum selling artist Kate Miller-Heidke will perform live on the Queensland Music Stage, as well as in event city, Cairns.

60. Bleach* Festival

Festival 2018 has joined forces with the Gold Coast’s annual multi-arts festival Bleach* Festival to extend the festival across the Gold Coast. Presenting its most ambitious and thought-provoking program to date, it will be a show for the ages. 

Bleach Festival is set to be extended with Festival 2018.

61. Just dance

Taking entertainment beyond the field of play and out onto the streets, witness breathtaking dance performances.

62. Sharing a song

The fun never stops at Festival 2018. Unwind from a day of competition while singing on the beach with friends

63. Sharing the experience

There’s nothing like sharing a new experience to bring people together. Enjoy the arts and culture program with friends old and new!

64. Family fun

Festival 2018 is for everyone. Bring the kids to a range of interactive children’s events.

65. Free entertainment

How often do you get to see world-class art, theatre, dance and music for free?

66. Dancing to the latest hits

Get your groove on to The Jungle Giants as they perform on the Queensland Music Stage.

The Jungle Giants are set to entertain.

67. Unforgettable stories

Get lost in the wonder of an age-old story, through dance, theatre, and art.

68. Get physical

Watch physical theatre artists put their bodies to the test.

69. Circus arts  

You will be amazed by the strength and grace of the circus arts.

Festival Circus is sure to entertain during GC2018.

70. Unexpected joys

Surprises never get old. Find an art installation in an unexpected place.

71. Hubs of activity

Immerse yourself in the hubs of action at Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.

72. Mind-changing performances

See a performance that challenges convention. 

73. Being creative

Create art of your own at one of the interactive experiences across the coast.

74. Being inspired

Take in the art around you.

75. Uncovering a new passion  

Prepare to be surprised, delighted and inspired at Festival 2018.

The full Festival 2018 program will be released in early February 2018. Follow Festival 2018 on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Tickets to GC2018 are still available. Complete your Games experience.