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HOTA, Home of the Arts is opening their “home” for a massive 15 day celebration during December.

Themed HOME, this new series will feature 20 exciting events and activities from December 1 to 15, providing a place for people of all ages to come home and celebrate the end of the year with family or friends. 
Boasting a packed program, HOME is the first program of its kind for HOTA, featuring national, international and local artists and activities, with similar events in the pipeline for next year including the return of HOME in December 2020.
HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said HOME is the essence of summer on the Gold Coast captured in one program – with unique events and experiences that offer something for everyone.
“I love summer on the Gold Coast” Criena said. “And while you’ll be spoilt for choice about what to see at HOME, it’s also about getting together with those you love and making the most of our glorious weather and the anticipation of Christmas just around the corner.”
HOME kicks off on December 1 with the Gold Coast’s first Roots Music Festival featuring a star-studded line up of artists. Little Georgia, Karl S Williams, Bobby Alu and Band of Frequencies will come together to celebrate local musical talent, good food and cultural diversity.
Packing a punch of hip hop politics that is sure to make you laugh until you cry, Hot Brown Honey will bring the house down before an after party to remember by video DJ, Yo! Mafia.
Dance Beneath Stars is the ultimate pop-up dance party and night out. Hosted by Everybody NOW’s Ian Pidd, this event will see HOTA lay out the dance floor and hang up the lights to surprise and delight guests with dance workshops, vintage dance and all-on-the-floor freestyle dance in this part-performance, part-participatory party with Hot Potato Band.
Popping up throughout the program are festival street theatre favourites from Barcelona, OSADÍA, who will roam the parklands and pick participants to transform hair into sculptural works of art.
Celebrating local artists, the black box theatre inside the Outdoor Stage will come alive with the thought-provoking performance, Mapped GC 2040, drag and burlesque smack down, Rumble! and home-grown hilarious cabaret The UnReal Real Housewives of the Gold Coast.

Wildy popular New Zealand band, SIX60 will bring it home on December 7, as the group perform their sold-out show at HOTA’s Outdoor Stage to a crowd of thousands lucky enough to have secured a ticket.
On December 8, Concrete Culture will transform HOTA into a skate mecca for the whole family. This daytime event will feature new curated work by HOTA that celebrates the Gold Coast’s skate culture, and also includes workshops by Rock’n’Slide, demos by Precinct Skate Shop, an exhibition of women in skate by Yeah Girl and live music by Radolescent and Perve Endings.
Another highlight of HOME is Deadly Hearts: A Celebration of Australian Indigenous Music, presented in collaboration with ABC Music. The concert is from the hearts and mouths of Australia’s best past, present and emerging artists, including Jessica Mauboy, Archie Roach, Aodhan, Selve, Kinship Collective and HVWKS, with more artists still to be announced.
The outdoor visual experience features installations from The Walls, the South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp Exhibition and local artist, Samuel Leighton-Dore, who will literally wrap up the summer festivities with HOTA’s 2019 Christmas Commission; a visual feast decking the entrance to HOTA from top to toe in wrapping paper.
HOME culminates in a closing concert spectacular - Calling Home - which will toll the bells and transcend faith and traditions with Lior and Parvyn Singh, backed by the Camerata Orchestra, and directed by Benjamin Knapton. Audiences are invited to come together and celebrate multi-faith songs and rituals under the stars in a truly unique experience.
The program is topped off with daily curated Artistian Markets, drinks at HOTA’s Lawn Bar, Christmas ArtLab’s for the littlies and much more, as HOTA becomes the place to call home this summer.
HOME will run from December 1 to 15, with performances and activities held all across HOTA’s parklands.
For more information, visit: www.hota.com.au/home

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

HOME Program
Dates: Monday 25th November to Tuesday 31st December, 2019
Location: HOTA’s Entrance Terrace and Foyer
Tickets: FREE

Each year, HOTA’s Christmas Commission sets a local artist the task of creating a new work to help celebrate the Holiday Season at HOTA. This year, Samuel Leighton-Dore will deliver a Christmas extravaganza complete with Santa and all his reindeers.
With cheeky irreverence and visual style, Leighton-Dore has created a new holiday story just for HOTA: Santa and the great Australian Road Trip. This illustrated Children’s Book will be available at HOTA all of December. To go alongside there will be online animations, Christmas GIF’s and an art installation that will transform the HOTA building into a Christmas miracle! 
Dates: Friday 29th November to Sunday 1st December, 2019
Time: 5.30pm-8.30pm daily
Location: HOTA Parklands
Tickets: FREE
Elements situates four contemporary art works around the HOTA parklands, each work interpreting one of four life elements: Air, Earth, Fire and Water. Curated by Gold Coast artist and curator, Rebecca Ross, for The Walls Art Space, the artworks act as a collective mirror to the site and to ourselves, inviting the viewer to reflect, explore, engage, to flow, to find stillness and to listen out among the elements. This is part of HOTA’s Creative Development Program.
Date: Sunday 1st December, 2019
Time: 9am-11am
Location: Outdoor Stage
Tickets: FREE
Kicking off the HOME series is K-Dizz from That’s My Jam who will bring her strong and sassy choreography to the Outdoor Stage just in time for party season. Get ready to have fun and feel confident as you dance along to a live DJ mix of latest hits and old school anthems.

Date: Sunday 1st December, 2019
Time: 5pm-9pm | Doors open 3pm
Location: Lakeside Room
Tickets: $20
Welcome to the Gold Coast’s first Roots Music Festival.
In celebration of this genre which encompasses soul, blues, reggae, folk and more, a star-studded line up of roots artists will set the scene for a perfect family Sunday of sunshine, music, food, beverages and cultural diversity.
Featuring Little Georgia, Karl S Williams, Bobby Alu and Band of Frequencies, relax, take in the views of our tropical parklands and soak up the sounds with this new family friendly music festival that’s not to be missed.
Date: Thursday 5th to Sunday 15th December, 2019 (closed Monday 9th December)
Time: 3pm-9pm
Location: Lawn Bar
Tickets: FREE
Tis’ the season to shop at our Artisan Market. If you’re looking for something a little different to gift this year then you’ll enjoy wandering round our curated market stalls and browsing beautiful gifts that are a bit arty. Once you’ve perused what’s on offer, grab a drink in our Lawn Bar, kick back and enjoy live local music while soaking up the summer vibes of HOME.
Dates: Friday 6th and Saturday 7th, Wednesday 11th to Sunday 15th December, 2019
Times: Various 
Locations: HOTA Parklands
Tickets: FREE
The sculptural quality of hairdressing becomes theatre in the barbers’ chairs of OSADÍA. This street theatre company formed in Barcelona in 1996 designed  by multifaceted hairdresser, Alex Rendon. He envisaged a moment where an audience member becomes the central performer and is transformed on stage as styling becomes a showpiece, much to the enthralled rapture of the remaining audience. These transformations can happen anywhere and to anyone who dares to accept the challenge to sit in OSADÍA´s grand barber chairs.
They create original and provocative exhibitions of sophisticated make-up and hair art, set to fantastic music mixes. The audience is always amazed by the transformed characters that descend from the chair, who become the centre of attention and are photographed wherever they go. Since this innovative show was first presented in Barcelona in 1996, it has been presented throughout Europe, Australia, the US, South America , Africa, China and South East Asia.

Dates: Friday 6th to Sunday 15th December, 2019 (closed Monday 9th December)
Time: 12pm-6pm daily  
Location: HOTA’s Terrace Entrance
Tickets: FREE
Making things is so much fun when we are all together, creating with friends and family. Create your own Christmas Craft designed by artist and writer, Samuel Leighton-Dore, in HOTA’s ArtLab pop up. This ArtLab, participatns will be creating something they can wear and something they can give. Spread the joy and craft.
Date: Friday 6th December, 2019
Time: 7.30pm-9.50pm | Gates open 5pm
Location: Outdoor Stage
Tickets: Adult $49 | Student $39
Steeped in the word of the mother and packing a punch of hip hop politics, Hot Brown Honey will make you laugh until you cry, clap until your hands bleed, dance in the aisles and shake every part of what your mama gave you. Come for the show but stay for the party as Hip Hop Junkie, YO! MAFIA, delivers the hype with a power punch video DJ set fresh off the back of her RNB Fridays tour.
Dates: Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th December, 2019
Time: 8am-4pm daily
Location: Riverside Lawn
Tickets: FREE
In April of this year, South Stradbroke Island nurtured an annual pilgrimage of 13 passionate artists for a five-day journey alongside lead artist and mentor, Gordon Hookey. Accompanied by Laurie Nilsen, Rick Roser and Bianca Beetson, creative impulses and ideas flowed as naturally as the tide.
This December, HOTA will host an exhibition featuring these artists in the Parklands. Contemporary and traditional, ephemeral, site-specific installations will feature as part of this annual exhibition that highlights the enriching experiences from the 2019 camp artists. The weekend will feature all of this, plus artist talks, spoken word and performance around the Lake on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of December 2019.

Date: Saturday 7th December, 2019
Time: 7pm
Location: Outdoor Stage
Tickets: SOLD OUT
Six60, New Zealand’s ultimate live band, are heading to the Gold Coast! Six60 made New Zealand history earlier this year when they sold out Western Springs Stadium at break-neck speed (over 50,000 tickets) proving them to be the highest ticket selling artist of all time.
The band also hold records for the combined album sales of 15 times platinum and selling over 1 million singles in New Zealand alone. They’ve also scored a total of 5 NZ Music Awards including Best Group in 2018 and sophomore album. Six60 has spent an unbelievable 230 weeks in the NZ Top 40 Charts. Already living up to its name, brand new single The Greatest is proving to be another smash hit.
Date: Sunday 8th December, 2019
Time: 3pm-8pm | Gates open 2.30pm
Location: Outdoor Stage
Tickets: FREE
See HOTA transformed into a skate mecca this summer with a packed program of interactive skate culture.
See your little ones tear it up with free skate lessons from local legend Jesse Noonan and crew at Rock N Slide or sit back and watch sponsored skaters and pro’s in action as Precinct Skate Shop convert our Outdoor Stage into an obstacle haven with their Plaza Days Demo and Open Skate Jam comp with a cash for tricks prize pool. Yeah Girl celebrates inspiring stories from ladies of shred with their Homecoming exhibition from all around the world, while local bands Perve Endings and Radolescent play the perfect set for browsing the local skate brands and food markets.
Kick, push or kick back this December at HOTA, come on down and get amongst it.  
Date: Tuesday 10th December, 2019
Time: 7pm-8.15pm | Doors open 6.30pm
Location: Outdoor Stage
Tickets: $15
It’s 2040. The weather is dangerously hot and if there’s any way out, it has to be at your hands.
This visual experience maps the actions taken by local experts and change agents to make a difference.  This creative response combines visual media, dialogue and soundscapes, alongside scientific data and live readings to explore visions for the Gold Coast’s future. Join the conversation to see what change can occur when you open a dialogue and decided how the road towards 2040 unfolds.
Experimental in nature, this work is designed to challenge and agitate but ultimately inspire hope because the power is always yours, ours.
In collaboration with Relative Creative, Mapped GC 2040 is exhibited by Salvador Cantellano and authored by you.
Date: Wednesday 11th December, 2019
Time: 7.30pm-10pm | Doors open 7pm
Location: Outdoor Stage
Tickets: $25
Let's get ready to RUMBLE! as our headliners, Martini McFly and Sydney’s Coco Jumbo battle it out over 3 rounds of performance, challenges and improvised chaos! Expect the unexpected with no script, no rules and no inhibitions as this game show of diva proportions turns up the heat to crown a winning queen in an epic battle royale. This outrageous night of fun and fabulous is Hosted by Nelson, supported by Henny Spaghetti, Ms Velvet, Jacqueline Furey, and DJ ENN to bring the party home.
Date: Thursday 12th December, 2019
Time: 7pm-8pm | Doors open 6.30pm
Location: Outdoor Stage
Tickets: $39.95
‘The Really Real Housewives’ of the Gold Coast is a cabaret musical battle royal of beach glamour realness. This home grown cabaret features pop-anthems, musical theatre staples, and camp classics, as the real housewives of the Gold Coast battle it out for top position. This original cabaret mixes the best and worst parts of our cultural to create an unforgettable experience that’s local, pop cultural and absolutely hysterical.
Date: Friday 13th December, 2019
Time: 7pm-9.20pm | Gates open 5.30pm
Location: Outdoor Stage
Tickets: FREE

Let the festive season begin with a dance party at HOME.

We’re laying down the dance floor, hanging the lights and shining the brass (band that is) to create a Dance Palais beneath the stars.

Inspired by the Gold Coast’s dance hall hey days, this will be a glorious night of music, dancing and entertainment that will have you shaking your jazz hands, fluttering your quick step and freestyling moves you didn’t even know you had!

Hosted by Everybody NOW’s Ian Pidd with guest artist and songstress Geraldine Quinn, and featuring the energizing 10 piece brass group Hot Potato Band, you’ll be twinkle toeing the night away alongside local ballroom and swing dancers with big band music and vintage footage from much loved bygone era. It’s a little vintage glam, a little Tina Sparkle and a little ‘all-on-the-floor’ freestyle dance party.

HOTA, Home of the Arts and ABC MUSIC present

Date: Saturday 14th December, 2019
Time: 3.30pm-9.30pm | Gates open 2pm
Location: Outdoor Stage
Tickets: Adult $59 | Student $49 | Child $32
When we think of Australia as home, we think of shared stories, culture and identity.
From the hearts and mouths of a cross-generation of Indigenous Australians and taking inspiration from ABC Music’s Deadly Hearts album, this first nations concert features some of Australia’s best past, present and emerging artists, including Jessica Mauboy, Archie Roach, Aodhan, Selve, Kinship Collective and HVWKS, with more artists to be announced.
Date: Sunday 15th December, 2019
Time: 3pm-4.30pm | Doors open 2.30pm
Location: Lakeside Room
Tickets: Adult $55 | Student $49 | Group (6+) $45
Following sell out shows in 2017, Carlotta is back at HOTA and ready to celebrate Christmas as only she can! Join one of Australian entertainment’s living legends for a special one-off show to ring in the festive season. Featuring stories and songs from this living legend’s 50 years on and off the stage, Carlotta will be accompanied on piano by Helpmann Award winner, Michael Griffiths.
Date: Sunday 15th December, 2019
Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm | Doors open 5pm
Location: Outdoor Stage
Tickets: $25 (Children under 15 Free)
Our Calling Home concert is devoted to music and performance that transcends beyond ordinary. The connection to home, especially in holiday season is unique to each individual. HOTA makes the Outdoors a place for all to absorb euphoric arrangements that speak of home, faith and traditions, with music from Lior, Parvyn Singh, backed by Camerata Orchestra and Australian Voices Choir.