Placemakers* Gold Coast is pleased to announce the return of Bleach* Festival in 2020, taking place in springtime at the new time of 12 – 22 November. Over 11 days, the Gold Coast’s beaches, parks, gardens and abandoned buildings, will become a spectacular backdrop for contemporary art. The much-loved and wildly diverse festival has been reimagined to suit the times, but it will continue to present cutting-edge art and music framed by the magnificent coastline of Southern Queensland.

Bleach* 2020 invites audiences to experience the coast through great storytelling, contemporary art, music, cabaret and dance. Whether that be watching an artwork unfold on the edge of the shoreline or in backyards and balconies of soon-to-be demolished houses. In 2020, Bleach* is unashamedly local, celebrating the city’s best artists, showcasing renowned Queensland musicians and one-of-a-kind contemporary arts experiences.

The program features work by 204 artists and more than 214 unique arts experiences presented in surprising locations across the green and the gold. Expect a neighbourhood street party that’s wildly colourful and a little cheeky; a block party on the beachfront that’s urban and gritty; and a magnificent concert at sunset framed by beautiful gardens. There will also be an impressive line-up of First Nations artists and a space for deep listening and conversations, all connected to place.

The 2020 festival will be the first presented by new CEO and Artistic Director Rosie Dennis. Confronted with presenting art in this time of uncertainty, programming was not without challenges. However, Dennis was determined to reimagine the festival and saw an opportunity to showcase the calibre of artists living on the coast, and the rich history of First Nations culture from the region.

‘2020 was a year where disruption and uncertainty has hovered over communities across the world, keeping us in limbo; stopping and starting our rhythms; separating us from family and loved ones; forcing us to reconsider and reset how we live and opening the door for us to change. It seems as though a festival of any kind was an impossibility,’ says Bleach* Artistic Director Rosie Dennis.

‘However, it was vitally important to me, that here on the Gold Coast, in this culturally ambitious City, we find a way to make our Festival a possibility. I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to do just that, to share this festival, in real life, celebrating our local artists. Bleach* 2020 tells the stories of this place, in this time. It invites you to be adventurous; step into someone else’s shoes; escape from the everyday with an unexpected experience. So, dive in, boots and all, and have a good time,’ she says.

This year’s festival will be centred around three distinct arts hubs – Burleigh Heads, Botanic Gardens, and Chevron Island. Highlights of the 2020 program include:

Bleach* runs 12 – 22 November 2020
2020 Venues: Burleigh Heads, Benowa Botanic Gardens, and Chevron Island
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