The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-20T22:30:00Z BUS FUND HELPS MORE THAN 10,000 SCHOOL KIDS SEE THE ARTS AT HOTA 2019-03-20T22:30:00Z bus-fund-helps-more-than-10-000-school-kids-see-the-arts-at-hota An initiative that aims to assist and reduce the cost of bus travel for schools, the Bus Fund provides a one-off subsidy towards transporting children to see an exhibition, performance or participate in workshops run by artists at HOTA. Jock and Beverly McIlwain’s mission was to share their love of the arts with the next generation and provide a positive impact on the local community’s arts and culture scene. “Subsidising the bus for these children is just one step towards helping young people attend the theatre or a workshop,” Beverly said. “The buses were so expensive, so we agreed we would finance them for the children. It then became known as the Bus Fund.” “In those four years since it started, the Bus Fund has assisted in transporting over 10,000 children to HOTA which is incredible and very rewarding.” The main barrier preventing schools from bringing their children to see the arts has previously been the cost of travel. This successful initiative has broken the mould and allowed school children to take advantage of the learning opportunities presented by attending the arts. Children experiencing art and culture has been highlighted as a priority for HOTA, as it allows them to become more empowered to express themselves, have stronger language, motor and decision-making skills, all while they are more likely to do well in other school subjects and future careers. HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said the McIlwain’s have been long-time generous supporters of HOTA and their commitment to the arts is extremely valued. “Jock and Beverly McIlwain have been part of the HOTA family for a long time. So many Gold Coast kids have had memorable experiences due to the passion, energy and dedication of this remarkable couple,” she said. “Their generosity is truly inspiring, and their legacy will be felt for many generations to come.” For more information, visit their website: FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu – M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 |E: VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY 2019-03-19T03:34:52Z vivid-sydney-2019-enters-a-new-decade-of-innovation-and-creativity MEDIA RELEASE: 11.30am, Tuesday 19 March, 2019 VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY ARGYLE CUT IN THE ROCKS RETURNS WITH PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS, CAMPBELLS COVE AND HICKSON ROAD RESERVE REJOIN LIGHT WALK, GAME CHANGERS SPIKE LEE AND ESTHER PEREL HEADLINE VIVID IDEAS PLUS THE CURE, RÜFÜS DU SOL, FKA TWIGS & UNDERWORLD ROCK VIVID MUSIC. 2019 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO CONTENT AND IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, will ignite the Harbour City this winter from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June 2019 as it enters a new decade of innovation and creativity with an inspiring and star-studded program of events. Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer - Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “Australia’s most loved and awarded festival, now in its eleventh year, will bring together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to showcase Sydney as the creative industries hub of the Asia-Pacific. “This year’s Vivid Sydney program is bold, exciting and diverse, offering something for everyone so I encourage those who want to experience this unmissable event to start planning their trip now.” Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and in 2018 attracted 2.25 million attendees, delivering $172.9 million in visitor expenditure into the NSW economy. “I am proud to say our marketing activities saw a record 185,887 travel packages sold to domestic and international visitors for Vivid 2018 - an increase of 37 per cent over the previous year. Vivid Sydney is a must-attend event for travellers and motivates people to visit Sydney and beyond,” Ms Chipchase said. “It doesn’t matter your age or interests, whether it is your first time to Sydney or if you are a local - Vivid Sydney has universal appeal. The Vivid Sydney 2019 program offers inclusive and accessible installations, events and experiences that you can enjoy for one evening or over 23 nights.” Ms Chipchase also announced the inaugural Vivid School for High School students in years 9-12 to assist students to learn more about the creative processes involved in imagining, designing and delivering light-based artworks for this huge global event. “This initiative will enable students and their teachers to meet the professionals behind Vivid Sydney’s iconic building projections and light walk installations, and to hear from artists, designers and technicians about their career paths and how they harnessed opportunities to build their skills for future projects and employment,” Ms Chipchase said. VIVID LIGHT This year’s Light Walk sees over 50 radiant works curated into the largest outdoor gallery of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching for more than three kilometres. In a partnership first, Academy-Award winning Pixar Animation Studios will illuminate Sydney’s heritage-listed Argyle Cut in The Rocks with a creative light projection that will delight visitors of all ages as they are transported through a visual feast of behind-the- scenes artwork and the evolution of iconic animation. The return of the Argyle Cut to the Vivid Light program will be a huge drawcard for festival goers featuring the captivating characters of Pixar films, including the beloved duo of Woody and Buzz Lightyear. For this year’s eagerly anticipated Lighting of the Sails, Los Angeles-based Chinese American artist-filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang presents Austral Flora Ballet. This hypnotic tribute to Australia’s exquisite native plants and flowers incorporates a dancer’s movements in response to the sensuous arcs of the Sydney Opera House’s silhouette. Visitors can once again weave their way through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for close encounters with illuminated artworks that reflect and refract both light and nature. Glowing, darting, hovering above the ground, Firefly Field is a mesmerising installation of 500 flying light points that simulate the aerial ballet of these tiny nocturnal lampyridae. Viewers are encouraged to look beyond the night sky and wonder what secrets lie beyond the stars throughKA3323, a retro-futuristic satellite dish overgrown with alien plant matter that has mysteriously landed in the Botanic Garden. While at I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?), an array of LED light poles generates a space between two people with their voices starting a conversation of light and sound, questioning inequality in the digital era. Across the Quay, the imposing art-deco façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia will be transformed by award-winning Australian-Columbian artist Claudia Nicholson who, together with light veterans Spinifex Group, reimagine her vibrant artworks into Let Me Down, an animated cycle of creation, destruction and regeneration underscored by the cool and contemporary sounds of Lonelyspeck. Next door, in addition to an incredible experience at Foundation Hall, Samsung Electronics Australia will create a once in a lifetime experience at First Fleet Park using some of the most exciting features of the Galaxy S10 to reimagine how you see Vivid Sydney. Watch your chips! in The Rocks examines the collective behaviour of birds, mimicking the way gulls sometimes harass humans for food scraps while Nostalgia Above connects the romance of nature to data-driven climate technology, creating a virtual barometer that forecasts rain and thunderstorms, clear or gloomy skies. Campbells Cove is back with Ballerina, an eternal dance solo that shimmers along the harbour’s edge as if in a dream, while Let it Snow makes it seem that giant snowflakes have landed at Hickson Road Reserve offering great views from the water. Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the southern pylon of Sydney Harbour Bridge is set to come to life with Eora: Broken Spear curated by Rhoda Roberts AO with projection design by The Electric Canvas. This powerful work reminds us to reflect, to call country, to read country and listen to country. The façade of Customs House is once again transformed to become an aquatic wonderland in Under the Harbour by Spinifex Group, sure to delight children and adults alike. The watery world with neon sea creatures, botanical wonderlands, and unclassified oddities will provide a playful and exquisite escape into an extraordinary underwater fantasy certain to inspire audiences and deepen the appreciation of Sydney’s aquatic haven. VIVID SYDNEY PRECINCTS Popular precincts Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Luna Park also light up in 2019. On the north shore, festival favourite Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild adds to its illuminated trail of interactive lanterns featuring endangered species. Joining the star-spangled Asian Elephant, a family of glowing Silverback Gorillas, the iridescent Marine Turtle and the Weedy Sea Dragon, is the Sumatran Tiger Cubs marking the birth of three new tiger cubs and highlighting the Zoo’s commitment to conservation. In its second year, the ever-grinning Luna Park Sydney dazzles again after dark. This year adrenaline seekers can get airborne in the new family thriller Volaré studded with thousands of LED lights which perfectly complements the light-laced iconic Ferris Wheel. Vivid Sydney at Chatswood, a family favourite, is set to radiate with peace and harmony. The Concourse will shine with Co-existence, a large-scale projection work by Hungarian artist collective Limelight while music fans can catch shows by Vince Jones and Lisa Fischer as well as performances by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Vivid Ideas weighs in with a festival/conference for girl gamers and free sessions on clean beauty, fit- tech and wellness. Barangaroo offers a feast for the senses with Exchange Place set to become a wondrous Winter Camp each night with the glowing six-metre tall spirit Marri Dyin (Great Woman) visiting Thursdays to Sundays. Visitors are invited to join her to hunt and gather through illuminated bushlands and enjoy light-inspired fare at all price-points from over 40 restaurants, bars and cafes. At Darling Harbour, Robot SPACELand imagines a not-too-distant future where a new civilisation rises from our post-industrial debris. This is where you will get to meet mind- boggling electro-automotive super-bots that have been sent to sow the seeds of a brighter, greener tomorrow. Vivid Sydney’s inclusive playground Tumbalong Lights is back with the support of Access and Inclusion partner Cushman & Wakefield. Inspired by the next frontier, playSPACE will bring together super-scale installations that give intrepid explorers an opportunity to walk Under the Milky Sky, play with Spaceballs, and share different perspectives with See What I See. Low-sensory sessions will be catered for too. VIVID IDEAS Vivid Ideas brings to Sydney 23 days and nights of talks, hands-on workshops and industry- shaping forums delving into the meaning of love, loneliness and belonging in our fast-paced, ever-connected lives. This year’s Game Changers challenge assumptions on race and relationships. Hollywood trailblazer Spike Lee opens up about his personal politics, story-craft and tips for making movies that matter, while iconic psychotherapist and creator of the wildly popular podcast Where Should We Begin? Esther Perel investigates modern love in the digital age and looks at the ways relationships are being affected by technology. The New Horizons series tunes into signals from the future. Highlights include Future of Sex researcher and podcast creator Bryony Cole charting the frontiers of sextech, Marc Fennell exploring loneliness and how and why many people in Japan feel overworked and undersexed, and Eileen Ormsby shines a chilling light into the dark underbelly of the web. Scientists and researchers from UTS, the ABC and CSIRO will also shed light on what’s coming next in AI and ethics, space exploration and more. In The Mark Colvin Conversation: Net Worth, Pulitzer prize winner author Sebastian Smee, psychologistJocelyn Brewer and artist and author Holly Throsby look at the value of an ‘inner life’ and ask what price we’ll pay for our constant digital distraction. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Galley of NSW for free Wednesday evenings that combine art activities, live music and talks by creative thinkers addressing issues of belonging - including comedian and ‘bad Buddhist’ Meshel Laurie, rapper, poet and author Omar Musa and artist Abdul Abdullah in conversation about cultural identity, and the team behind the hit ABC TV show You Can’t Say That celebrating social diversity. Citizens of the World workshops and other how-to sessions will unlock essential skills for living a more creative, better informed and fulfilled life and Semi Permanent returns with a jam-packed program of design goodness featuring vice president of design for Uber, Michael Gough and other luminaries. The Vivid Ideas Exchange will once again reside on Level 6 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with 23 days of stimulating talks and skill sharpening workshops including future-facing industry forums, deep-dive conferences, panels and showcases where we brighten up your perspectives and challenge your ideas. VIVID MUSIC Vivid Sydney spotlights the city’s live music culture by both bringing in influential overseas acts and placing a firm focus on local talent, this year’s line-up is set to impress. Dynamic electronic act RÜFÜS DU SOL and genre-bending popstar FKA Twigs headline this year’sCarriageworks program while the warehouse party of the year, Curve Ball curated by Fuzzy Events returns featuring Hayden James, Touch Sensitive and Mallrat. The City Recital Hall presents four musically diverse highlights including Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger performing thirteen new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds, pop-darling Kate Miller-Heidke, internationally acclaimed pianists ZOFO and Concertos on Fire. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House celebrates artists at the cutting edge of their genre and visionaries who create on their own terms. British alternative rock pioneers The Cure mark the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Disintegration with four sold-out Australian exclusive performances. Their compatriots, UK electronic titans Underworld are set to transform the Concert Hall into a euphoric dance floor with four exclusive shows, while rising American synth-pop star Maggie Rogers makes her Sydney Opera House debut bringing her singular fusion of melodic folk and percussive beats to showcase her incredible new record, Heard It in a Past Life. Acclaimed singer songwriter Sharon Van Etten also sails in for an electrifying one-night-only performance and legendary jazz ground-breaker Herbie Hancock’s only Sydney show will be unmissable. 2019 marks X|Celerate’s third big year and partnership between the City of Sydney and Destination NSW supporting the ongoing growth of Sydney’s thriving music scene. 23 inner city venues including a hair salon, church and brewery showcase emerging grassroots acts across every imaginable genre, with acts like The Catholics, Set Mo, Carlotta and I Know Leopard, while Heaps Gay returns for the Qweens Ball at the Sydney Town Hall. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Gallery of NSW with the fused Vivid Ideas and Music program on Wednesday evenings. Catch Andrew Bukenya’s Do the Spike Thing, OKENYO taking a sonic deep dive into the human condition andJZ Lunar Capsule presenting an Astronaut’s Playlist celebrating the music of space travellers as imagined by the Apollo 11 astronauts 50 years ago. VIVID SYDNEY SPONSORS Vivid Sydney thanks its sponsors for their support of Vivid Sydney 2019. American Express returns as partner for the third consecutive year with the American Express Lounge at Cruise Bar as well as supporting the Vivid Sydney Volunteer Program. Samsung Electronics Australia and official energy partner TransGrid also return as partners with Pixar Animation Studios joining as partner for the first time. Supporters include City of Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Technical Direction Company and 32 Hundred Lighting and ICC Sydney. For the third year, Vivid Sydney’s Access and Inclusion Partner is Cushman & Wakefield and the festival continues its sustainability partnership with the Banksia Foundation and Informed 365. Vivid Sydney’s collaborators include Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, BEMO, Carriageworks, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Event Engineering, Kennards Hire, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, PropMill, Spinifex Group, State Library NSW. The official charity party is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, South Eastern Section. The full 2019 Vivid Sydney media kit, program announcement and high-res imagery including 2019 Vivid Sydney light renders and broadcast quality video footage of 2018 festival highlights, are available to download at Media Enquiries Nathan McIlroy, The Mint Partners 0421 668 440 Jo Hocking, Destination NSW 0429 507 328 FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR LOCAL ARTISTS BRINGING THEIR IDEAS HOME TO HOTA 2019-03-12T04:17:04Z funding-announced-for-local-artists-bringing-their-ideas-home-to-hota Recipients of both funding and support, the selected artists are a mix of both emerging and established practitioners whose proposals were collaborative, cross-arts, multi-platform and involved works that shifted from or expanded on the artist’s current practice. The Creative Development Program, in collaboration with City of Gold Coast, offered $200,000 and in-kind resources for local artists who needed a quick injection of cash, resources or space to support and enable their ideas. HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said the callout to local artists received a great response that will further the scope and breadth of the city’s arts and culture landscape. “As the home of the arts, we are absolutely committed to local artists and creatives making and presenting work at HOTA. We want artists to have the time and space to explore new ideas, experiment and collaborate,” she said. “From the response we had to this first callout, it is obvious that the Gold Coast arts sector is ambitious and ready to take risks – it’s part of the city’s DNA and our local artists have a growing reputation for being the ones to watch nationally.” “Hold on tight, I can’t wait to see what is going to come out of this program.” The successful applicants announced today, were Grayson Millwood – The Farm, Nadia Sunde in collaboration with Everybody Now, Rebecca Ross – The Walls, Corrina Bonshek, Thomas Kelly, Michael Candy, Fletcher Babb, Kayah Guenther, Lowana-Skye Davies – Umwelt Collective, Jay Jermyn, Pearly Black and Adrienne Kenafake. “The projects that have been supported range from big to intimate in scale and represent a diversity of artforms and practice. What they share is an ability to push creative boundaries and have artists at the very centre of the project,” said Criena. From the 254 applications, 52 were shortlisted, 12 of which are the successful projects to be funded, 8 of these will have public outcomes in 2019, as well as 10 with future presentation possibilities for HOTA. The program was split across two key streams, including Little Bites - small projects in their early stages of development with up to $5,000 cash and in-kind support; and Big Bites for large and complex projects, with up to $40,000 cash and in-kind support. City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said: “One of the reasons we established HOTA was to ensure our local arts and cultural community could thrive. HOTA is a home for all artists and creatives and the Creative Development Fund provides the right platform.” As the arts and culture hub of the Gold Coast, HOTA will continue to work with local artists, from employment to commissioning new work as well as funding and programs like the Creative Development Program that help transform ideas into outcomes. HOTA is in a stage of growth and transition over the next few years, as the precinct prepares itself for major development including a new Green Bridge this year, and in early 2021, the highly anticipated HOTA Gallery will open its doors. For more information on HOTA or their Creative Development Program, visit the website: *Imagery available to download from this LINK. FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu – M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 |E: HOTA Creative Development Program Highlights: Number of applications 254 Number of shortlisted artists 52 Number of projects funded 12 Number of projects diverted to Programming 1 Number of funded projects with public outcomes for 2019 8 Number of funded projects with future presentation possibilities for HOTA 10 Selected Recipient Artists: Artist Name Artist overview Project Grayson Millwood Company: The Farm Dance and Physical theatre company with residency for youth project ‘Greenhouse’ at HOTA. Winner of Helpmann award for Tide presented at Bleach 2018. Funding to create ‘The Sanctuary’ in collaboration with Men’s Shed Australia.; a ‘shed in the forest’. An immersive art installation that will serve as the testing ground and starting point for a new work by The Farm. Nadia Sunde in collaboration with Everybody Now Established Gold Coast singer and performer collaborating with Everybody Now (EN) as a producing support. EN is a local company that specialises in community engaged, participatory projects. R.I.N.K: a celebration of roller-skating culture. Development to bring project to stage ready to pitch to State and Federal funding sources. Keen to talk to HOTA about potential presentation opportunities in the future. Rebecca Ross Company: The Walls Artist Run Initiative - contemporary visual arts gallery. Rebecca Ross is an established curator and artist leading The Walls. AIR, EARTH, FIRE, WATER: development and presentation of four emerging artists in HOTA’s outdoor spaces, curated by The Walls. Corrina Bonshek Composer and cross art form collaborator whose work has been performed internationally. PhD in Contemporary Arts. Second stage of development of ‘Laniakea’; an immersive music/lighting experience bringing together collaborators from Australia, NZ and Taiwan. Thomas E.S. Kelly Emerging Indigenous dancer and performing artist has just returned from interstate to establish Karul Projects; an Indigenous Performing Arts Company on the Gold Coast. Creative development of SILENCE; a new dance and percussion work. Support and commission from Blakdance. Michael Candy Emerging kinetic and new media artist. Internationally awarded and exhibited. Programming and development of driverless car installation (to be directed by live public online voting) with intentions of presenting at GC600. * note: $5000 of this will be towards HOTA hard costs. Fletcher Babb Emerging Gold Coast musician, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Graduate from Honours at Griffith University Contemporary Music program. Development of Gold Coast storytelling and original music performances based on The Moth program. Kayah Guenther Young dancer experiencing disability. Mentored by Gavin Webber from The Farm and has toured and performed nationally and internationally. First stage of development for text and dance project for siblings experiencing disability. Support from The Farm and Suzie Miller (writer) Lowana-Skye Davies Company: Umwelt Collective Emerging Gold Coast performing artist sisters who have moved through several City of Gold Coast development streams. Technical development of new work: Re:membering. Physical theatre, dance and music. Jay Jermyn Interdisciplinary emerging Gold Coast artist composing music and realising design and visual arts projects. Presentation and recording of sound composition to then experiment with gallery installation of recording. Pearly Black Singer currently studying at the Qld Conservatorium. Salt Water City: dance and singing creative development. Adrienne Kenafeke Emerging visual artist collaborating with fellow artist, Tessa Bergan under the collective title of ‘Agents of Confusion’. Ten-day residency to gain choreography training and development new performance art work. INTERNATIONAL MUSIC AFICIONADO JOINS HOTA 2019-03-07T22:00:00Z international-music-aficionado-joins-hota Working in the music industry for over 25 years for independent and major record labels, Asho’s stellar career has seen him work with hundreds of artists including, Mumford & Sons, Amy Shark, Robbie Williams, Powderfinger, The Living End, Paul Kelly and the Go-Betweeners, to name a few. Asho now heads back to his home town, to become HOTA’s contemporary music booker and elevate its prominence as a leading music venue with its world-class outdoor stage and theatre. “HOTA has the opportunity to make the Gold Coast the heart of live music in Australia. Working with a world-class venue in my home town is an incredible and exciting challenge,” said Asho. Footstomp Music was established in 2010, managing big-name artists like Busby Marou and has facilitated bookings for Brisbane’s number one venue, The Triffid, since it opened in 2014. HOTA’s Executive Producer Moira Hay said that Asho will be a great addition to the Home of the Arts team. “Bringing someone so connected to the music scene into the team is a real coup for us,” she said. “The success of our live music program to date has shown us that the Gold Coast has a huge appetite for live music.” In 2018, HOTA presented sell out concerts in their new purpose-built $37.5 million open-air venue by superstar Tim Minchin and music icon, Neil Finn; a residency by legendary avantgarde artist, Laurie Anderson; a night with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra; a pop opera by superstars, Il Divo; and an unforgettable dance party with Ministry of Sound: Orchestrated. HOTA will continue to make its mark on the Gold Coast’s arts and culture scene with their live music programming for 2019 and beyond. For more information, visit their website: - ENDS – FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu – M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 |E: GC Laughs ‘Shakes’ it Up 2019-02-28T03:46:43Z gc-laughs-shakes-it-up Produced by Magnificent Bastard Productions, Shit-Faced Shakespeare is a world-famous act featuring an entirely inebriated actor performing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream each night. Festival Co-Directors Josh Armstrong and Craig Ivanoff said they are beyond excited to have this hilarious and talented cast feature in the festival to shake things up. “Shakespeare isn’t what one would usually see featured in a comedy festival, but with this unique twist how could we resist,” said Craig. “The idea is that every show is different and that element of spontaneity is what draws the audience in because they never know what to expect.” Shit-Faced Shakespeare has toured around the world, entertaining over 300,000 audience members and winning multiple awards for its clever take on Shakespeare’s iconic tale. “It’s quite an unusual concept, but that’s what makes it hilarious and why we wanted it to be a part of the GC Laughs Festival,” Craig added. The Advertiser Journalist, Andrew O’Grady, reviewed this unique version of Shakespeare’s play, awarding it a very deserving 5-star rating. “The Shit-Faced Shakespeare formula is altogether very well defined, almost game show like, music, lighting, props and audience participation.” This hilarious show will take place in HOTA’s Paradise Showroom at 9.45pm on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 March as part of the GC Laughs Festival, held at the Home of the Arts from Sunday 17 – Sunday 24 March. ★★★★★ "no-holds-barred ecstasy" BroadwayBaby ★★★★ "a hilarious, laugh-a-minute riot" The Clothesline Tickets are available online from or from HOTA ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Karen Smith | M10 Collective | Ph: 0407 527 366 | Email: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective | Ph: 0411 789 195 | Email: NEW STAR-STUDDED EXHIBITION ARRIVES AT HOTA 2019-02-19T05:26:32Z new-star-studded-exhibition-arrives-at-hota Starstuck tells the story of Australian cinema through the faces of its film actors – both famous and forgotten – from the early 20th century through to today and will be complemented by a program of events, including behind-the-scenes tours, industry insights, films and art making. Made possible through an unprecedented partnership between the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) and National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) in Canberra, the touring exhibition will bring Australia’s filmmaking history to life. NFSA curator, Jennifer Coombes, said she was thrilled at the collaboration between the two institutions in developing an exhibition looking at Australia’s movie history. “While all eyes are on the moving image that emerges from a film set, stills photographers create a range of both formal and candid shots, capturing both the actors at work and the characters they are playing.” “Drawn predominantly from the NFSA’s superb collection, the show will feature imagery of beloved Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry,” she said. “Audiences will be able to see rare film posters, stunning 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic titles such as Picnic at Hanging Rock, Moulin Rouge! and The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. If you love movies, you'll love Starstruck.” Gallery at HOTA Director, Tracy Cooper-Lavery, said HOTA will be the first and only venue in Queensland to host the touring exhibition. “With HOTA positioned as the Gold Coast’s arts and culture hub, it’s great to be able to bring together our audience with the NFSA’s vast collection of untold stories from Australian stills photography,” she said. “The exhibition includes many images from films with scenes shot locally on the Gold Coast, including Muriel’s Wedding, Coolangatta Gold and the legendary film, Sons of Matthew.” To celebrate the exhibition opening, HOTA will host a whole day and evening of free activities and events on March 2. During the day, families can enjoy hands-on activities at the Startruck drop-in space and draw themselves into a film strip, then take a self-guided tour of the exhibition. There’s also the sold out ArtLab – Little Faces providing fun for under fives with playful activities focused on music and movement. A Highlights Tour of the exhibition will be led by staff from the National Portrait Gallery, and during the late afternoon, adults will explore the exhibition on the sold out Tawdry Tales tour; an over eighteens tour with a twist where guests will hear of salacious stories behind the portraits and uncover what the stars didn’t want you to know. Following on is the official opening event – with live music and entertainment, guest speakers and up-late access to the exhibition. Special guest speakers include Ms Karen Quinlan AM, Director, National Portrait Gallery and Mr Jan Müller, National Film and Sound Archive CEO. On March 13, the Gold Coast Film Festival will present a special 70th anniversary screening of Charles Chauvel’s Sons of Matthew at HOTA – a legendary film in the history of Australian cinema that pays tribute to the pioneering farmers of northern New South Wales and south-east Queensland. The film was shot in Springbrook in the Gold Coast hinterland and the story was based on books by Bernard O’Reilly – of the Gold Coast hinterland’s well-known O’Reilly family. Images from the film are included in the Starstruck exhibition and NFSA Chief Curator, Gayle Lake, and Charles Chauvel’s grandson, Ric Chauvel Carlsson, will attend the special anniversary screening for an insightful Q&A at the conclusion of the film. Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits will be on display at HOTA, Home of the Arts from March 2 until April 28. For more information on HOTA or Starstruck, visit their website: *Imagery and image credits can be downloaded via this LINK. - ENDS - FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 E: AUSTRALIA’S FAMOUS KIDS CIRCUS SWINGS INTO HOTA 2019-02-18T00:28:05Z australias-famous-kids-circus-swings-into-hota Stepping back in time, this thrilling circus adventure is set in a rural junkyard in a time when playing in the street with the kids on the block was the greatest fun of all. JUNK is an inventive exploration of the changing world of childhood, set in a time before kids were glued to screens, and used their imagination to transform everyday items into a magical landscape of thrilling circus adventures. Australia’s world-famous national youth circus tells this heartfelt story through a wonderful production featuring seventeen young artists who will take audience’s breath away with jaw-dropping acrobatics, magical shadow puppetry and world-class circus skills. HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said she is delighted to welcome the newest production from the acclaimed Flying Fruit Fly Circus. “The Flying Fruit Fly Circus are Australia’s leading physical theatre company and have always been an incubator of incredible talent,” she said. “There’s no doubt that modern circus shows have become popular, but the Flying Fruit Fly’s really take things to the next level. This is an energetic, incredibly imaginative acrobatic performance with an emphasis on storytelling and theatre. “I’m delighted that we have been able to bring a show of this quality to the Gold Coast,” she said. Evoked from conversations with elderly residents in regional nursing homes across the country about the games they played as children, this intergenerational work is led by Artistic Director, Jodie Farrugia, who incorporates games of the past including noughts and crosses, tricycle-riding, elastics and hopscotch. The spectacular showcase also includes voices of these elders as sound sources, along with rhythmic changes and verses from skipping and hopscotch that bring to life the energy and skills of the extraordinary young circus artists. Founded in 1979 as a holiday project for local youth in Albury-Wodonga, the Flying Fruit Fly Circus is recognised as one of the world’s leading youth arts companies. With many landmark projects to its name, and an ever-increasing alumni working in leading companies around the world, it is perhaps Australia’s most successful cultural community development project continuing to enrich the lives of many young Australians. JUNK swings into HOTA on Friday 29th March at 10.30am and Saturday 30th March at 10.30am and 3pm. All tickets: $22.50 Family ticket (4 tickets): $69 Student Group (6+): $12.50 each For more information, visit their website: *Images available to download via this LINK. - ENDS – FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu – M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 |E: THE SAPPHIRES SET TO SPARKLE AT HOTA 2019-02-15T04:45:19Z the-sapphires-set-to-sparkle-at-hota Written and directed by Tony Briggs, this intimate and heart-warming tale is inspired by the true story of Tony Briggs’ mother and affirms life and the realisation of dreams during landmark changes to Aboriginal rights in 1968. In its first major Australia tour, The Sapphires comes to the Home of the Arts to share the incredible journey undertaken by a singing group of four Yorta Yorta women, who sing Motown soul hits against the backdrop of personal change and massive social upheaval. Headlining the show is Lorinda Merrypor as ‘Julie’ (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Mindy Kwanten playing ‘Cynthia’ (FAME The Musical & Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Matilda Brown as ‘Kay’ (Stolen & The Cherry Orchard) and ‘Gail’ played by Ngaire Pigram (Cut the Sky & The Sapphires). Supporting the production is a talented young ensemble of first nation performers in all the Indigenous Australian roles, as well as a cast of other multicultural performers. HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said this uplifting production will leave audiences smiling. “I love the fact that this performance explores complex issues in such an entertaining way. “It’s an incredible story where fact and fiction are intertwined to tell a story full of raw emotion but also joy,” she said. The Sapphires is described as a fun, energetic production that engages the audience through a deep sense of emotion and is headed by a highly credentialed Indigenous Australian directing and design team. This joyous performance will take to HOTA’s stage on Friday 15th March at 7.30pm and Saturday 16th March at 1.30pm. “A gem of a play. Briggs mixes fact and fiction to lay bare and flesh out his celebratory tale, which though political in patches, is focused on the personal. The Sapphires is heartfelt and joyous. Superb.” – Sydney Morning Herald “The Sapphires is a play about fulfilling dreams and challenging stereotypes. It is a play about hope.” – The Herald Sun Adult: $48 Pensioner/Senior/Groups (6+): $42 each Student/Child (3-15 yrs): $26 Student Groups (6+): $21 each For more information, visit their website: *Images available to download from this LINK. - ENDS – FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu – M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 |E: WORLDWIDE FAVOURITE THE GRUFFALO ADVENTURES TO HOTA 2019-02-14T00:18:06Z worldwide-favourite-the-gruffalo-adventures-to-hota After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End and Broadway, this classic musical adaption of the renowned picture book lights up the Home of the Arts with a trio of bright, new performers that fill the forest with colourful characters and toe-tapping songs to sing along to. Audiences will eat up this story about the clever mouse that embarks on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in search of hazelnuts, only to end up telling the story of a terrifying Gruffalo. Described as smart, funny and charming, the commended and hugely popular show perfectly captures the magic of Donaldson and Scheffler’s adored story, suitable for children and their grown-ups. HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke is confident audiences will love this bold and funny rendition of the classic picture book. “We’re raising the bar about what you can expect from a performance for kids. This is a very clever take on the classic children’s book from one of Australia’s best children’s theatre companies. “To see kids absolutely mesmerized by live theatre is very special. It’s sparks joy and creativity so much more than looking at a screen,” she said. The Gruffalo is sure to bring HOTA’s house down from March 8-9 with its jam-packed production of scary fun. “While your children are having a whale of a time at The Gruffalo, you will too.” - Courier Mail “Beg, borrow or steal tickets. Your kids will love you for it.” – Stage Whispers “The cast of three bring the story to wonderful life…This is an irresistibly charming tale told with refreshing simplicity.” – The Times (London) For more information and to book tickets, visit: Dates: Friday 8 March - Saturday 9 March Times: 1pm; 10.30am & 1pm Cost: $22.50 / Family $69 / Student Group (6+) $12.50 each *Images available for download from this LINK. -ENDS- FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective | E: | M: 0411 789 195 HOTA CELEBRATES ONE YEAR AS HOME OF THE ARTS 2019-02-07T04:03:15Z hota-celebrates-one-year-as-home-of-the-arts In early 2018, HOTA unveiled their new name, brand and launched their spectacular outdoor stage after more than 30 years as the Arts Centre; signifying it was time for a new vibe in the arts precinct. A line up of big-name artists and a huge program of exhibitions and events over the past 12 months ensured HOTA made a significant impact on the Gold Coast’s arts and culture scene, as the centrepiece of the city’s cultural masterplan. Within the first year as HOTA, they presented sell out concerts in their new purpose-built $37.5 million open-air venue by superstar Tim Minchin and music icon, Neil Finn; a residency by legendary avant-garde artist, Laurie Anderson; a night with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra; a pop opera by superstars, Il Divo; and an unforgettable dance party with Ministry of Sound: Orchestrated. Selling over 275,000 tickets and welcoming more than 146,000 visitors to the cinema, HOTA hosted performances by Circa, Sydney Dance, Ross Noble, Opera Queensland, Monkey Baa, Shake & Stir, Arj Barker, Anh Do and Nick Barker to name a few. HOTA was also the centre point of various community events and school holiday activity, with their popular Kids Take Over mini-fests. Additionally, the Gallery played host to twelve exhibitions, showcasing works by more than 534 artists and was visited by more than 38,600 people. HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke expressed that the Home of the Arts is making its mark on the Gold Coast and they have big plans for 2019. “This past year we’ve been excited to roll out a fresh, new approach to our programming and are delighted that the Gold Coast has embraced our new direction. There’s a really vibrant creative scene here and people have high expectations,” she said. “You can expect more big things from us this year. We plan to keep the surprises coming with more unexpected art in our beautiful parklands, and plenty of amazing events for everyone.” HOTA worked with more than 400 local artists and creatives in 2018, joining forces with Bleach Festival, the Gold Coast Film Festival, The Farm and Storyfest, reinforcing their mission to collaborate and share resources to make big things happen for the city. “As an arts and culture hub for the Gold Coast, we will continue to shape this space and keep artists at the heart of what we do.” “From employing local artists, commissioning work and providing new opportunities through our Creative Development Program, we will continue to ensure that there are opportunities available for all creatives,” Criena said. In 2019, a new green bridge will connect the precinct to Chevron Island, and in early 2021, the highly anticipated HOTA Gallery will open its doors with a host of world-class international standard exhibitions. For more information on HOTA, Home of the Arts or their 2019 program go to: - ENDS - FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 E: BROADWAY SPECTACULAR WICKED LAUNCHES FOR JUNE SEASON AT HOTA 2019-02-04T23:20:44Z broadway-spectacular-wicked-launches-for-june-season-at-hota-1 Co-presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts this exciting rendition of WICKED will showcase a talented line up this June, telling the beloved tale of the extraordinary adventures in Oz and a profound friendship between Glinda The Good Witch and Elphaba, The Wicked Witch of the West. After a nationwide search to cast the leading ladies, Emily Monsma, a Gold Coast local and graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, will play Glinda (The Good Witch) and seasoned performer, Samantha Dodemaide, finds her way back to Oz after her breakthrough role as ‘Dorothy’ in the Australian tour of THE WIZARD OF OZ, starring as Elphaba (The Wicked Witch of the West). Producer Matt Ward said the casting of ‘Glinda’ and ‘Elphaba’ was a critical piece of the production, and both Emily and Samantha will join a talented crew of key professionals engaged to stage this much-loved production. “WICKED holds a place in so many hearts worldwide and we are beyond thrilled to be bringing this calibre of a production to the Gold Coast and giving audiences a level of performance that hasn’t been seen before.” “After months of searching the country, we are excited to cast our lead roles who will flourish in their on-stage personas, and who will work alongside some of the industry’s best with our highly professional and experienced team,” he said. Having performed in over 30 local productions and most recently wrapped a two-year run as ‘Marty’ in GREASE THE ARENA EXPERIENCE, Emily Monsma brings a wealth of experience to the stage alongside her counterpart who is also no shadow to the spotlight. Samantha Dodemaide currently performs in the Australian production of EVITA as an understudy to Tina Arena, cast as ‘Eva Peron’, and has played numerous other title roles prior to heading down the yellow brick road, such as in the Australian-Japanese tour of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN and the production of VIOLET, proving her star is on the rise. In addition, over 30 performers will be cast for various roles in the iconic production over the coming weeks, with auditions taking place at HOTA on February 15-17. WICKED will be directed by Tim Hill (RENT, Mary Poppins, Into The Woods, FAME The Musical), with set design by Maria-Rose Payne (THOR, Aquaman, RENT), and digital design by local Gold Coast company, IKONIX. Matt said that it was his focus to produce an exceptional standard of show for the Gold Coast that brings to life the story and is why he partnered with HOTA to present WICKED later this year (25 June – 6 July). “At its core, WICKED tells the untold story about the unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students and take very different paths to fulfil their destinies,” said Matt. “It resonates and is filled with such a wealth of great songs and magical characters.” “I’d encourage any fan, or for those who have yet to experience the wonder of WICKED, to secure their tickets early – the magic is just beginning.” *IMAGES can be downloaded from this LINK For more information go to: Follow the WICKED journey on Instagram: - ENDS - ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective Ph: 0411 789 195 Email: REGURGITATOR ROCKS OUT AT HOTA THIS SUMMER 2019-01-10T01:43:40Z regurgitator-rocks-out-at-hota-this-summer Sure to get both kids and adults on their feet, the crew’s rocking performance includes a collection of unique kids tunes, witty banter and a silly attitude especially for young people. HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said Regurgitator’s performance will be a lot of fun with their cheeky take on punk rock. “The Regurgitator Kids Show is about as naughty as punk rock can get and still have a G rating,” she said. “We encourage you to dress up in your favourite rock gear and show us your air guitar moves.” With a host of activities leading up to the Regurgitator performance, kids have the opportunity to get loud and make their mark by participating in a number of free workshops held days prior. The Kids Rock Out Air Guitar Workshops are held on January 9-11 where participants can master some slick moves to show off at the Regurgitator Kids Show. A rockstar’s look would not be complete without a wild rock wig, which the kids can create in the Little Artlab – Rock Wigs workshop on January 12 before the concert then strut their stuff at the show. For those that got in early and signed up to the booked out Artlab – Glam Your Guitar workshop on January 12, little rockers will be sporting a glammed up carboard guitar to rock out in style at the concert. The Regurgitator Kids Show will be rocking from 11am on Saturday 12 January at HOTA, Home of the Arts. For more information, visit their website: - ENDS – FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu – M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 |E: STELLAR LINE UP ANNOUNCED FOR FAME THE MUSICAL 2018-12-18T03:07:44Z stellar-line-up-announced-for-fame-the-musical Co-presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts and by renowned Australian production company, Matt Ward Entertainment, this exciting rendition of the iconic pursuit of dreams tale will showcase a talented line up, both on and off the stage this January. Supported by a cast of 40 young performers who have undertaken performance-based training as part of the Musical Theatre Summer School program, are a host of talented newcomers seeking to parallel the hopes and aspirations of their on-stage personas, alongside a seasoned crew of key professionals. Bianca Coxeter, a graduate from Promenade Dance Studio, will play the lead role of Carmen and join recent graduate of Dance Force Fulltime Dance Academy, Devante LaTorre in the role of Tyrone. Locals Jake Binns (Joe), Chelsea Burton (Serena), Tomer Diamanstein (Schlomo), Taye Grant (Goody), Saskia Ramsey (Iris), Lara Salamacha (Lambchop) Nicole Barrett (Mabel) and Liam Head in the role of Nick, will bring both talent and training to the principal cast as graduates of the Musical Theatre Summer School program. In addition, seasoned actors Cessalee Stovall - direct from the USA and Australian tour of Book of Mormon will play Miss Sherman, alongside Hugh Parker as Mr Schmirof, Aurelie Roque who was recently announced as Glinda in The Wizard of Oz Arena Tour as Miss Bell and James Shaw (Mamma Mia international tour & RENT) as Mr Meyers, will deliver high octane performances to complement the Musical Theatre Summer School graduates. Producer Matt Ward said the combination of young talent, peppered with seasoned performers is the essence of what Musical Theatre Summer School is all about. “Bringing together a highly professional team, led by some of the industry’s best, sets our trainees up for an opportunity to show audiences their skills and talent and make a name for themselves.” Matt said that fostering talent, while also producing an exceptionally entertaining show was why he partnered with HOTA to bring FAME to the Gold Coast in January (Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th). “Our creative team is incredible, and their tutorage and experience are why the Musical Theatre Summer School program delivers emerging artists with a platform to launch their performing careers, while also providing access to some of the best mentors and professionals in the business.” FAME The Musical, is choreographed by Kate Wormald (Channel 7’s Dance Boss, So You Think You Can Dance, The Voice and Happy Feet 2), directed by Tim Hill (RENT, Mary Poppins, Into The Woods), and Musical direction by Ben Murray, with Vocal Director Jacqui Devereux. “I love the symmetry of what we are setting out to achieve with the Musical Theatre Summer School, imbedded quite literally in the Home of the Arts, running parallel with the end-production of FAME The Musical,” said Matt. “At its core FAME is a story of young people giving it all to pursue their dreams in the creative industries and it resonates similarly today as it did almost four decades ago.” “So, get ready to don the legwarmers and headbands this January and get set to watch them shine.” HOTA & MATT WARD ENTERTAINMENT presents The Musical Theatre Summer School Production of FAME The Musical WHEN: Thursday 3 – Saturday 26 January 2019 WHERE: HOTA, Home of The Arts Gold Coast. FAME PLAYS: Thursday 24 January, 7:30pm Friday 25 January, 7:30pm Saturday 26 January 1:30pm & 7:30pm – TICKETS ON SALE NOW BOX OFFICE: | 55 88 4000 *IMAGES can be downloaded from this LINK For more information go to: Follow the FAME journey on Instagram: - ENDS - ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective Ph: 0411 789 195 Email: UNEXPECTED ART OUTDOORS AT HOTA 2018-12-14T01:03:53Z unexpected-art-outdoors-at-hota Moving towards presenting more art in the outdoor space and developing their outdoor curatorial program, HOTA present three unique and exciting outdoor works to give people a taste of what’s to come as they prepare for the new HOTA Gallery, set to open in 2020. The three works, which aim to surprise and delight art afficidonados and the local community, will provide social media-worthy moments and interactive opportunities as they pop up around HOTA’s precinct. The first work to appear is HOTA’s 2018 Christmas Commisson, The Forum by Makers Take, which is on display until January 14. Makers Take responded to the commission, which encouraged Gold Coast artists to reimagine Christmas in a more contemporary way, by proposing that a modern Ausssie Christmas is about togetherness. The sculptural-like furniture, in a playful, bright red, forms a seating installation designed to help us talk, connect and be together. Found behind HOTA’s new Outdoor Stage, you can pack a picnic, fire up the BBQ and come together at The Forum this festive season. HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said: “I love how Makers Take have presented contemporary interactive pieces that riff on the nostalgic Australian Christmas, just add a sprinkler, Neapolitan ice-cream in cones, backyard cricket and the extended family.” A shining example of homegrown entrepreneurship, the six Gold Coasters behind Makers Take chose to address the gap in the market and create pathways for makers and designers on the coast, reconfiguring into an exhibition platform for creatives across south east Queensland and northern New South Wales. They have produced three shows in Burleigh, Coolangatta and Brisbane, showcasing more than twenty local and national designers in their first year. You can hear how Makers Take prepared for the commission at a special Artist Talk on Friday, January 11. Field Drawing #1 by Kerrie Poliness, is the next work to appear at HOTA. You’ll find it on the grassy lawn near the Outdoor Stage. This choreographed artwork comes in the form of a drawing made with a sports field line-marker from a set of step-by-step instructions provided by the artist, resulting in a beautiful array of temporary lines reminiscent of natural patterns of growth. Made from a composition of triangles and diamonds, this conceptual piece of art encourages exploration and begs to be photographed. The Melbourne-based artist behind the work uses abstract forms to create site-specific works, often participatory in their execution. The final new work popping up in HOTA’s precinct this December, is Callum Morton’s irreverent Monument #23: Helter Shelter, a piece of street furniture rendered in the form of an emergent Donald Trump head which is hollowed-out and replete with inferno flames and bench seating. Merging sculpture and architecture with a dose of humour, this monumental work by the internationally recognised artist aims to be experienced and functional; encouraging a place to take shelter in the case of summer rain. The local community is encouraged to come along and interact with these outdoor exhibits said HOTA Curator, Bradley Vincent. “We spend so much of our time outside, be it socialising, exercising, relaxing or exploring. I think it makes sense to think about what art can be exhibited, performed or made in the outdoors,” he said. “There is no better time to be outside than a Gold Coast summer. It’s the perfect time for people to explore the parklands here at HOTA and see them bought to life by the work of amazing artists.” The Forum can be found in the precinct from December 1, 2018 to January 14, 2019. Field Drawing #1 can be found near the Outdoor Stage from December 14 until it grows out or washes away, and Monument #23: Helter Shelter can be found near the river from December 14, 2018 to January 25, 2019. Artists Talk by Makers Take, will be held on Friday 11 January from 6-7pm at The Forum (Riverside Lawn at HOTA). FREE but tickets are required, book here. For more information on the commissions and HOTA, Home of the Arts visit their website: *Imagery can be downloaded via this LINK. - ENDS – FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu – M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 | E: KIDS WILL TAKE OVER HOTA THIS SUMMER 2018-12-12T02:30:21Z kids-will-take-over-hota-this-summer Kids Take Over is a music mini-fest from January 16 to18, where kids can create, get loud and make their mark between 10am and 2pm daily. HOTA will play host to a full program of activities for all mini-rockstars and lovers of music, dance and art, as the Home of the Arts transforms into a rock’n’roll arena and hub of entertainment over three days. HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said she thinks kids will love the mix of activities over the summer break. “Kids Take Over is a real rock ‘n’ roll mini fest full of fun and interactive activities that will leave kids feeling creative and inspired,” she said. “Kids will have a great time learning air guitar moves, working the decks and trying out some street dance moves. They can even take their creativity to our walls with our graffiti inspired art activities.” Headlining the festivities are the 360 ALLSTARS who take the stage on January 16 until 19. This radical urban circus boasts a stellar cast including world champion athletes, world class dancers and renowned musicians that will be sure to make the audience dizzy with excitement. It’s the second time the guys will be on the Gold Coast, having featured in the Commonwealth Games Festival this year to roaring reviews. Making a mark with paint and stencils, kids will have the chance to be schooled in street art by local artists as they transform HOTA into an Urban Streetscape; a free event offered daily during the Kids Take Over progam. If that’s not enough, kids can battle it out with their crew or step into the dance circle with hip-hop, street and break dancing workshops each day led by the Gold Coast’s TC Dance Academy. With it sure to be a scorching summer this January, kids and parents alike can cool off in the Lake or kick their feet up at 11am daily when everyone’s favourite Jack Black movie classic, School of Rock, will be playing in the air conditioned Basement. Parents can dabble in the fun too, and take a nostalgic trip down memory lane at HOTA’s Let there be rock! Gallery exhibition. The exhibition runs from December 8 to February 17, showcasing stories, memorabilia, photos and footage from the live music scene on the Gold Coast in the 70s, 80s and 90s. With plenty to see and do, HOTA’s rocking Kids Take Over program will put on quite a show for the whole family over the summer holidays. For more information on HOTA, Home of the Arts or their Kids Take Over program visit: - ENDS – FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu – M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 |E: KIDS TAKE OVER PROGRAM URBAN STREETSCAPE Paint, stencil, tag. Get schooled in street art skills by local artists and make your mark as we transform HOTA into an urban streetscape. Wednesday 16 – Friday 18 January, 10am-2pm | FREE DJ SKOOL Armed with headphones and a fully setup DJ booth, kids can learn to create their own party playlist, mixed to the rhythms of their choice. It’s DJ Skool with DJ Fletcher. 30-minute lessons are now full so pop down to hear original tunes by the Gold Coast’s youngest up and coming mixmasters! Wednesday 16 – Friday 18 January, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm | FREE BREAKDANCE & HIP-HOP WORKSHOPS Step on up to the dace circle – hip-hop, street and break dance is taking over HOTA. Get up close to the action and if you think you’ve got the moves, step in and ‘bring it on’. Presented by the crew from Gold Coast’s TC Dance Academy. Battle it out with their crew or join in their free dance workshops. Wednesday 16 – Friday 18 January, 10am-2pm | FREE SCHOOL OF ROCK Overly enthusiastic guitarist Dewey Finn (Jack Black) gets thrown out of his band and finds himself in desperate need of work. Posing as a substitute music teacher at an elite private school, he introduces his students to the hard rock gods he idolises – much to the dismay of the uptight principal. As he gets the privileged and precocious kids in touch with their inner rock ‘n’ roll animals, he starts to imagine redemption at a local Battle of the Bands. Wednesday 16 – Friday 18 January, 11am | FREE 360 ALLSTARS A radical urban circus boasting a stellar cast, including world champion athletes, world class dancers and world-renowned musicians. 360 ALLSTARS reinvents the traditional circus. Replace acrobats with break-dancers, a basketball freestyler in place of a juggler, swap the unicyclist for a BMX flatlander, and throw in a Roue Cyr artist. With a stunning live soundtrack, you’ll be dizzy with excitement! Wednesday 16 January, 2pm Thursday 17 January, 11am Friday 18 January, 2pm Saturday 19 January, 6.30pm Adult: $35 Pensioner/Senior/Student/Child (3-15) & Group 6+: $29 Family (4): $107 KIDS ARTLAB WORKSHOPS - HOLY SHIRT Design and modify a t-shirt without a sewing machine or fancy dyes. All shirts provided. Saturday 8 December, 10am (5-10 yrs) & 1pm (11-16 yrs) | Tickets $15 KIDS ARTLAB WORKSHOPS - ROCK WIGS Make a wild rock ‘n’ roll wig from paper and ribbon. When you’re finished, you’ll be all ready to strut your stuff on stage. Wednesday 12 December, 10am (under 5s) | Tickets $10 KIDS ROCK OUT AIR GUITAR WORKSHOP Learn some slick rock moves over three days, get some punk rock stylin’ then show off at the Regurgitator kids show. Wednesday 9 – Friday 11 January, 10am - 12.30pm | FREE Ages 8-12 KIDS ARTLAB WORKSHOPS - GLAM YOUR GUITAR Get your hands on a cardboard guitar and give it some rock style in this glam pop-up workshop. Saturday 12 January | FREE REGURGITATOR KIDS SHOW A cool kids concert by Brisbane’s quirky crew, Regurgitator. Bringing their witty, silly attitude and musical mash-up of funk, pop and rock, this unique collection of kids tunes is about as naughty as punk rock can get and still offer a G rating. Have a little fun and come dressed up for this rockin’ performance made especially for young people and their adults. This show supports the exhibition Let there be rock! on display in the HOTA gallery from 8 Dec-17 Feb. Saturday 12 January, 11am Tickets: $22.50 Family (4): $69