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It was a huge weekend for the Gold Coast’s Home of the Arts, with more than 22,000 people visiting the venue for a spread of events.

In a 20 per cent increase in attendance from last year, more than 18,000 locals, families and tourists enjoyed GLOW, the annual free three-night festival of light. And with the busy Farmers Market, a sold-out concert by one of Australia’s hottest rising stars, Baker Boy; the popular cinemas and performances of The Young King, where Oscar Wilde’s beautiful language was brought to life for kids; it all added up to a busy weekend in the vibrant arts precinct. 
GLOW, the highlight of HOTA’s annual community program, is a highly anticipated free event each year. From August 1 to 3, HOTA came alive with light, music, incredible performances and interactive activities and once again brought joy and delight to all generations.
This year’s expanded program, combining visual art, performance and installations, presented work and performances by some incredible international, national and local artists.
“We love seeing the Gold Coast out in force at the precinct,” said Criena Gehrke, HOTA CEO.
“GLOW was truly incredible this year. Art and artists are always at the heart of everything we do, and we were delighted to present such a varied program of work from such incredible artists.”
“With a focus on interactive installations and art you could get amongst, there was a lot to be explored in a real night-time adventure,” she said.
Local artists were also front and centre at HOTA this weekend. Home company, The Farm, with an ensemble of young dancers, presented an amazing performance at GLOW that was the culmination of a series of workshops held in conjunction with HOTA.
The HOTA Choir, made up of local singers, brought the house down with their ethereal sound accompanying the spectacular Borealis. Meeting weekly at HOTA to hone their craft, the HOTA Choir will add this performance to their impressive list, including performing during Festival 2018, live on stage with Neil Finn and at Bleach* Festival 2019.
Local siblings Kayah and Maitreyah Guenther, recipients of funding and support from HOTA’s Creative Development Program, performed a showing of their work Siblingo to key industry figures. Industry showings allow artists to receive specific feedback on their work, consider ideas for further development and to secure touring opportunities.
And more than 30 local artists also got the chance to meet with many of the international and national artists that were presenting work at GLOW. In a facilitated session the visiting artists talked about their work and the challenges that arise when presenting installations of this kind. It was a great opportunity for local artists to learn from these well-respected artists.
On Sunday, Baker Boy, supported by Ella Fence, brought the house down as a packed audience enjoyed his upbeat performance. As well as being Young Australian of the Year, Baker Boy is also a leading contemporary artists and is a taste of what is to come as HOTA beefs up its live music offering under the guidance of Asho from Footstomp.
This weekend HOTA, Home of the Arts showed there truly is something for everyone at the busy arts precinct – from free community events, to opportunities for local artists, to the best new music – it’s all happening at the Gold Coast’s home of the arts.
For more information on HOTA, go to: https://hota.com.au/

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Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective
E: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195