5 free unmissable Festival 2018 events

Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram
Arboria – Architects of Air
Tide by Claudio Kirac
Bullhorn, Tijuana Cartel, Cheap Fakes

Did you hear? The Commonwealth Games is just around the corner and a billion people are about to descend on the Gold Coast. Regardless of the logistics of that scenario, there’s a chance you might get your lid on international telly so that’s fun.

Perhaps you aren’t into competitive sports (if not, are you even Australian) but never fear, there are MANY other fun things going on and we picked five that are definitely worth braving the crazy for.

Acrobats are superhumans sent from heaven to simultaneously delight and entertain us while also inducing guilt about our daily dog walking exercise regime. We digress. RITE is described as ’10 ferociously committed acrobats putting their bodies on the line’ and there is no way we’re going to miss that. It’s also going to be an electrifying explosion of power and physicality and since alliteration and really strong people are equally welcome in our lives, BRING IT ON.
Find it: Roundabout stage, Broadbeach (various evening shows) – Wednesday 4th April to Sunday 8th April

Museum of the Moon
The moon is coming to the Gold Coast! Well, a seven-metre-wide, floating moon sculpture to be precise. It’s a replica that’s been created from detailed NASA imagery so it may as well be the real moon as far as we’re concerned. Each centimetre of the replica equals five kilometres of the lunar surface and it’s all glowy like the actual moon would be, should you ever get the chance to stand in front of it. You can also learn about the moon and listen to surround sound composition of the moon landings. Cool hey.
Find it: Chinatown, Southport from 10am to 10pm – Wednesday 4th April to Sunday 15th April

Arboria – Architects of Air
First of all, luminarium is the most magical word ever and second of all, there’s one coming to Broadbeach! What is this luminarium? Get excited gang because it’s a walk-in sculpture that’s kind of a maze, kind of a mystical light show and definitely one of the coolest things to ever hit the Gold Coast. There’s rather large domes, crazy colours and people say it’s nothing short of enchanting. We say good luck getting us to leave.
Find it: At Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach from 9am to 5pm – Thursday 5th April to Sunday 15th April

We’ve discussed this previously but repetition is the only way to get your point across (or so Mum used to say). Here’s the deal; two people (who are clearly very dedicated to their craft) are going to perform a show on a sandbar in Currumbin Creek. For 49 hours. Obviously there are a few things to be concerned about – rising tides, hungry sharks, wayward paddleboarders – we can barely contain our excitement. There’ll be theatre, dance and just general death defiance (that last one might be slightly dramatic). What a time.
Find it: Currumbin Creek, the Palm Beach Parklands side from Sunday 8th Apr at 8am — Tuesday 10th April at 10am

Bullhorn, Tijuana Cartel, Cheap Fakes
Live music is life. This event is sure to be a good time with acoustic brass band Bullhorn busting out their seven horn players, one drummer and one monster MC. It’s a mixture of hip hop, funk, soul, jazz, reggae and dance music – all the best ones. Tijuana Cartel are supporting with their signature club beats and Brissy’s Cheap Fakes will bring it home with soul-soaked, brass-fuelled pop, funk and ska beats. Whack your dancing shoes on and limber up fam, it’s going to be huge.
Find it: Queensland Music Stage, Broadbeach on Friday 13th April from 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Basically it’s a big old, 11-day party and everyone’s invited. We heart the Gold Coast.

Words by Kirra Smith