TALENTED: Dancers from Varsity Lakes dance and acrobatics company Ikin Dance in training.
TALENTED: Dancers from Varsity Lakes dance and acrobatics company Ikin Dance in training. Scott Powick

Coast gets physical about arts

THE Gold Coast could have its own physical theatre festival by 2014 with Gold Coast City Council endorsing the festival concept at its general meeting on Monday.

The festival will showcase physical theatre and technical arts, providing a performance outlet for local talent and supporting tourism.

A board of directors will be appointed in May next year and the council will consider funding for the festival in next year's budget while also seeking funding from the State Government.

Gold Coast dance instructor and So You Think You Can Dance top 10 finalist Anthony Ikin opened the Ikin Dance studio in Varsity Lakes 10 years ago and has watched the Gold Coast arts community develop around him.

"I'm a huge advocate for the arts on the Gold Coast, a lot of our talent on the Gold Coast is the best in the business," Mr Ikin said.

"A festival like this is the perfect way for local artists to get the chance to show their talents because often we lose so many of them overseas or to the bigger cities."



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