Bleach festival volunteers Cat Phillips and Cassandra Nevin want more people to help out.
Bleach festival volunteers Cat Phillips and Cassandra Nevin want more people to help out. Blainey Woodham

Southern GC gets surf festival

HOME to legends and amateurs alike, it was only a matter of time before the southern Gold Coast devoted a festival to surf culture.

The surfing community had been tossing the idea around for years before artistic director Louise Bezzina put her hand up to make it happen.

Ms Bezzina said it didn't take long for the hysteria to begin and with a lot of volunteering and fundraising Bleach Surfing the Fringe was born.

The festival will run for 16 days from February 11 to 26 with more than 55 events and 80 artists over 10km of coastline.

"We've had such an unbelievable response," Ms Bezzina said.

"The surfing community had been talking about it for some time, they just needed someone who could come in and pull it all together.

"I think it's great we can complement the Breaka Burleigh Pro and Coolangatta Pro with art, films, fashion and food.

"Every weekend of the festival there will be a huge amount of entertainment.

"It's very southern Gold Coast."

The opening weekend will see Tomewin Rd, Currumbin transformed into a free street festival involving Surf World Gold Coast and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary with market stalls, music and kids' workshops.

Also keep an eye out for Pop Up Bleach, a series of artworks housed in shipping containers on display at Coolangatta, Kirra and Tugun.

Visit www.bleachfestival.com.au for more information.



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