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until the 2018 Commonwealth Games commence.
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April 4 to 15 2018


Festival 2018 will be a bold, aspirational arts and cultural program that galvanises a city, inspires audiences, and celebrates the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

It will be a force for good – supporting the Commonwealth Games Federation’s values of Humanity, Equality and Destiny and using artistic and cultural programs to bring diverse audiences and communities together in celebration of these values.

Set against the backdrop of the great outdoors, the festival will reveal Queensland’s unique lifestyle, culture and creativity.


Bleach* Festival

In 2018 the Gold Coast’s annual multi-arts festival Bleach* Festival will join forces with Festival 2018 to extend the festival across the Gold Coast.

As the world focuses its attention on the Gold Coast, Bleach* Festival presents its most ambitious and thought-provoking program to date, and extends a warm welcome to first-time visitors and locals while showcasing the region’s incredible arts and cultural scene.

One Million Stars

One Million Stars to End Violence is a global weaving project created by local artist Maryann Talia Pau that has encouraged individuals, groups and communities to weave stars to inspire light, hope and peace in the world.

Stars created by the community will be used by the Museum of Brisbane to create a spectacular One Million Stars installation as part of Festival 2018 during GC2018 in King George Square, Brisbane.

WOW Festival: Celebrating the women of the Commonwealth

Women of the World (WOW) is a global movement that celebrates the achievements of women and girls, encourages frank discussions about the barriers preventing them reaching their full potential, and identifies possible solutions to overcome these challenges.

It exists to share and listen to the stories of women of all ages, backgrounds and cultures, to tackle tough questions, and to inspire people to effect genuine change for the better in their lives and in the lives of others, creating a more equal world for everyone – women and men.

WOW Festival will feature as part of Festival 2018 at the Brisbane Powerhouse from Friday 6 April – Sunday 8 April 2018.

Griffith Review

Griffith Review is Australia’s leading cultural, literary and current affairs quarterly. To mark the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, a special international edition – Commonwealth Now – will be published in late January – available before the Games begin, during the Festival, and as a written legacy for decades after, marking a significant moment.

Remarkable writers from around the Commonwealth will reflect on the future of the Commonwealth and its enduring legacy. The insightful and revealing reflections will spark conversation at events in 2018, including the WOW Festival 2018 during the Games.