In news that’s sure to transform the Gold Coast’s art and culture scene, The Arts Centre Gold Coast shall, from this moment onwards, be known as Home of the Arts or HOTA (because we Aussies love a good nickname).
With the new name comes a spectacular new outdoor stage and kicking off the 2018 program is none other than internationally acclaimed showman and provocateur Tim Minchin. His FREE concert, to officially launch the program, will be held on March 17th and will be his first in Australia for quite some time.
The $37.5 million outdoor stage is unlike anything the city has seen before and brings with it the capacity for a caliber of cultural performances that will knock your (extremely unnecessary in summer) socks off.
From opera to community events, music and contemporary art, this years program has already attracted the likes of music legend Neil Finn, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and New York musician and film director Laurie Anderson.
Also unveiled was an incredible new mural, adorning the walls of the HOTA tower, by New York based street artist MOMO. Best known for his huge, playful, complex and brightly coloured abstract murals, the internationally famed artist was chosen from over 120 submissions to create a spectacular piece to mark the introduction of HOTA.
It really is a cultural extravaganza and (of course) just in time for the Coast’s debut on the world stage at the (rapidly approaching) April Commonwealth Games.
Back to Tim Minchin for a minute. They say he’s a bad boy who uses his genius as a force for good and his March show is a rare opportunity to witness his brilliance in an evening of music and hilarity.
While the show (which is definitely going to be a must-see) is free, tickets are required and you can get yours here. It is definitely a good idea to get in quick as the first show in the brand new HOTA precinct is going to be popular with the people.
The next stage of construction, scheduled to begin in mid-2018, will see a new bridge stretching to Chevron Island followed in 2019 by a brand new art gallery. Once built, it will be the largest regional gallery in Australia and is set to become a cultural beacon showcasing the City of Gold Coast’s art collection while also hosting international exhibitions.
To reserve Tim Minchin pre-release tickets:
Sign up to the HOTA e-newsletter HERE before 2am Thursday 8 February (tick to receive emails from HOTA and tick to receive the fortnightly e-newsletter) then wait until 9am on Thursday 8th February when subscribers will be sent an email with a link to reserve tickets. Any remaining tickets will be available on general release Friday 9th February.
So that’s huge, get on it gang, the show is sure to be a hoot.
LOCATION: 135 Bundall Rd, Bundall
Photo credit: John Gollings – HOTA stage images and Joan Marcus – Tim Minchin images