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until the 2018 Commonwealth Games commence.
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April 4 to 15 2018
Festival 2018 Gold Coast

Festival 2018 Gold Coast

Creative Directors’ Welcome

A festival is a chance to create a new world - one that builds on the values and aspirations of our existing world but also addresses its challenges, redresses its inequalities and extends its triumphs. Festival 2018 Gold Coast invites you to take the plunge into a new world.

Festival 2018 is based on three acts - Encounters in which we meet the world, Change in which we effect positive change in the world and Aspire in which we uplift and transform ourselves and those around us. These themes are threaded through the program - connecting the global with the local, the internationally renowned with the emerging, the powerful with those who lack visibility and agency.

The world of Festival 2018 is one with a place for everyone - for the young and the old, for the community and the arts aficionado, for the righteously passionate and the joyously carefree.

It is a world that fits perfectly at the Gold Coast. The beach is the last, perhaps the only, truly democratic space we have where everyone exists together - interdependent, connected yet highly individual. This is Festival 2018 and so it is fitting that it is a festival for and of the Gold Coast.

We are delighted to be joined by our local festival partner Bleach* Festival in presenting over 160 events across the 12 days of the Festival. New commissions, Australian premieres, major events and intimate encounters. It is free, all open to everyone and all for your enjoyment. We invite you to dive into the world of Festival 2018.

- Kate Fell, Creative Director Festival 2018, Yaron Lifschitz, Creative Director Festival 2018, Louise Bezzina, Artistic Director, Bleach* Festival.


The Festival spans the length of the coast, from Coomera through to Coolangatta, with two festival sites in Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise operating day and night across the 12-day festival. 

Surfers Paradise Esplanade

Head to Surfers Paradise Esplanade from 1pm till late for the biggest action of the Festival. There’s plenty to see, do and experience throughout the day with activities, shows and performances for all ages. Then, get ready to party! Every night the Main Stage will explode with extraordinary performers from 17 countries. Over 12 nights you’ll experience 12 unique, one-off concert events specially commissioned for Festival 2018.

Download Surfers Paradise map

Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach

Discover an enchanting playground for young and old. Let your imagination out to play. Explore a grand inflatable maze, see a family show and experience the creations of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and First Nations artists and communities. Kurrawa Park is a place for everyone.

Festival 2018 at Broadbeach is presented by The Star Gold Coast.

Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Music, adrenaline, action! Get set for a wild time because two massive stages and the best musicians, acrobats and dancers are taking over the street.

For extreme action, head to the open air 360-degree Roundabout Stage. Here you’ll see a cutting-edge global lineup of dance, urban circus and physical theatre. All performances are short, sharp and energetic – 20 to 40 minutes of adrenaline-fuelled wonder. At the other end of the street, check out the hottest bands and your playlist favourites. The Queensland Music Stage is pumping with indie pop, rock, hip hop, country music and more.

Festival 2018 at Broadbeach is presented by The Star Gold Coast.

Download the Broadbeach map 

Across the Coast

Festival 2018 pops up across the Gold Coast’s 70 kilometre stretch of beautiful coast. You’ll find art in surprising places, and surprising art in the places you know. You can listen to the stories of athletes at down through headphones while drinking gourmet coffee on a deckchair … and that’s just the beginning. Take a wander across the coast and discover something new.

Download the Across the Coast map

General information


For events that require bookings please visit the event page and follow the booking link.

Food and drink

Festival 2018 is largely located in the great outdoors. We encourage you to pack your meals and enjoy a picnic while soaking up the festival atmosphere or visit the many cafes and restaurants surrounding the Festival sites.


Festival 2018 is an inclusive, safe and accessible event. Information and updates about accessible services and facilities is available on each event page.

Auslan translation will be available for selected performances at Festival 2018, including:

All outdoor stages and activities will go ahead as planned, pending a safety assessment, in rain and inclement weather. Please check individual event pages and the Festival 2018 social media channels for updates if changes are required to the program due to inclement weather.