Festival 2018 - Time to take the plunge!
With tonight’s Opening Ceremony only hours away, now’s the time to dive into Games mode and take the plunge into Festival 2018. There’s a packed 12-day program of arts and cultural events scheduled across the Gold Coast and beyond, so there are some big decisions to make.
The first is where to begin.
Where better than at the starter’s gun? All Eyes on Us. The Commonwealth Star is a giant, bright red celebration of a starting gun's blast with hints of tropical fruit, flowers and star motifs. It’s the definition of hard to miss, perched on the Surfers Paradise Esplanade two blocks north of Cavill Avenue.
At Southport check out Museum of the Moon (above), a seven-metre-wide illuminated floating moon sculpture covered with high-resolution imagery of the lunar surface. A surround-sound score featuring archival moon landing audio completes this immersive lunar piece suspended over the Chinatown Mall.
If you’re near the Surfers Paradise Hilton prepare to get your arts fix without even leaving the hotel. Intimate Space is a dance performance that moves from the bar and lush rooms to the nooks and crannies of the hotel's back-of-house. If you’re in the hotel you may even find yourself appearing as a backdrop to one of the show’s many dance vignettes!
At 6:30pm the program moves to Broadbeach’s Roundabout Stage where performers put their bodies on the line in contemporary circus performance Rite. Set to Stravinsky's classical music masterpiece The Rite of Spring, performers from the world-renowned Circa’s circus company push their physical boundaries in this dynamic and athletic performance.
Up for a singalong? While karaoke might normally be an indoor pursuit, Festival 2018 brings it outside with a giant crop of microphones sprouting from the Surfers Paradise sand. It’s called the Giant Sing Along (below) and it’s a great opportunity to share your voice with the greater Games community. Throw in a big screen with all the words of your favourite songs, and a healthy dose of auto-tune, and you’re guaranteed to feel great about your performance.
At 7pm the excitement will go up a notch at the Surfers Paradise Main Stage with Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project, featuring members of the iconic band with a range of special guests, singing a mix of hits and new work, while melding traditional instruments with electronic sounds. At the same time, Gold Coast breakout artist Amy Shark headlines the Queensland Music Stage at Broadbeach, a stone’s throw from the Festival site at Kurrawa Park.
At 8 o’clock it will be all eyes to big screens at the Surfers Paradise Main Stage, and across the Festival sites as the GC2018 Opening Ceremony serves up a feast of music, performance, and sporting camaraderie from across our great Commonwealth nations.
At 10:30pm straight after the Opening Ceremony telecast, who better to keep the party going than jazz-inspired party band The Cat Empire. With a live show that never fails to deliver, this global phenomenon will have the Main Stage crowd jumping!