The Gold Coast is the most exciting place to be working and making art right now

– Louise Bezzina, Founder of Bleach* Festival


The City showcased its arts credentials to the hundreds of thousands of visitors at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Festival 2018 boasted a bold, aspirational arts and cultural program that galvanised a city, inspired audiences and celebrated the Games.

The vision to preserve and prolong our reputation as a thriving cultural hub has been outlined in the Culture Strategy 2023.

The strategy aims to explore and deliver new ways to support local talent and artists in creating unique, vibrant content with a distinct ‘Gold Coast’ edge.


Just beyond the sands of Surfers Paradise sits the $130 million ‘HOTA, Home of the Arts’ – a heartland for arts, culture and creative enterprise for years to come.

The Precinct is a space for an eclectic mix of activity such as theatre, music, media, dance and visual arts. It will also sit beside an array of recreation facilities with swimming and volleyball accommodated in the master plan. Cinemas, galleries and dining opportunities will also feed into a rich cultural experience amidst a sub-tropical oasis.


Culture is at the heart of everything on the Gold Coast. Our culture is entrepreneurial, organic, and taps into the vibrant energy and free spirit of our city.

Artists and creative thinkers have been drawn to the Gold Coast for decades with thanks to our vast array of cultural events like Bleach* Festival, Opera on the Beach and Swell Sculpture Festival.



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Uploaded on 8 January 2017
Uploaded on 8 January 2017