Commonwealth Games Festival 2018 launch.
Commonwealth Games Festival 2018 launch. Aisling Brennan

Festival 2018 launches ahead of Comm Games

THE biggest cultural festival Australia has ever seen is descending on the Gold Coast as part of the Commonwealth Games celebrations.

The Festival 2018 launch on Wednesday saw a stellar line-up of more than 3500 musicians, performances, art works and street theatre announced for the 12-day sporting event.

"This is a major international arts festival where you can see everything in your board shorts,” Festival 2018's co-creative director Yaron Lifschitz said.

"It's a festival that's free and generous.

"There's over 1000 performers from about 50 countries, with 50 per cent of the works here produced by local artists and we've commissioned 34 new works for the festival.

"This mixture of the accessible with the engaging and entertaining with the profound is at the heart of what this makes this festival unique.”

Gold Coast City Mayor Tom Tate said the festival was a chance for the region to showcase everything it is has to offer.

"It's about sharing the quintessential creative side of the Gold Coast to the rest of the world,” Cr Tate said.

"What's better than to have our local creative artists and community to share the soul of the city to the world?”

Commonwealth Games CEO Mark Peters said the arts and culture precinct set up for the games will leave a lasting legacy on the Gold Coast .

"When sometimes you talk to people from interstate and overseas they say they love the city (but) don't like driving to Brisbane every day to see arts and culture,” Mr Peters said.

"What the festival now does is allow these incredibly talented young artists across a whole lot of other fields throughout Queensland to present new pieces of art that have been designed.

"Also (it's a chance) to mix with great artists from overseas and interstate because that's what our sports people do and that's what we're going to see here through the various opportunities presented.”

Teaming up with Bleach Festival, there will be plenty of great performances, concerts and art works to see from April 4-15.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Quiet by Nature - explore the Currumbin Estuary at night by kayak. The tour will show audiences the unusual, unnatural and wildlife of the area. The tour will cost $10 and runs from April 5-8 at various times.
  • VOU, a Fijian dance company, is mixing traditional dance with contemporary styles to put on a show at Winders Park in Currumbin from April 7-8.
  • 360 Allstars urban circus will be bringing an adrenaline-fuelled show to Broadbeach's Roundabout Stage from April 5-8.
  • Have some fun at the silent disco in Chinatown, Southport from April 12-14. There will be tunes from all decades to dance along to.

The full program of Festival 2018 is available at www.gc2018.com.



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