by Yvonne Gardiner
THE QUIKSILVER AND ROXY PRO
THE iconic Snapper Rocks point break on the southern Gold Coast makes a fitting backdrop for the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro from March 11-22, marking the opening of the men's and women's world championship tours. This event will see the world's best surfers including Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Owen Wright, Stephanie Gilmore, Tyler Wright and Gabriel Medina converge on the world-class wave to battle it out for the massive prize purse and valuable world title ratings points. Go to: worldsurf league.com/events/ 2017.
THE 2018 CMC Music Awards are back and are the hottest ticket for Australia's country music fans. Get up close and personal to your favourite local and international country music stars live on stage at the 2018 CMC Music Awards on the Gold Coast, hosted by The McClymonts. The awards return to The Star Gold Coast, 1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach, where some of the biggest names in country music will take to the stage to perform on Thursday, March 15, presented by Foxtel's Country Music Channel. Go to countrymusic channel.com.au.
ARIAS ON THE GREEN
EXPERIENCE an exciting and thrilling performance, Cirque de la Opera. Combining beautiful music, inspiring fire and dance routines, talented singers and aerial circus - this will be a truly unique evening that will leave audience members of all ages captivated. Join them for an outstanding and enthralling cultural event for the whole family, with a program full of variety. The cast for this evening of entertainment will feature Australian and international performers. Bring your picnic rug, family and friends and enjoy a show-stopping performance under the stars in the spectacular grounds of the Links Hope Island Golf Club, Springfield Drive on March 24. The event will finish with a spectacular fireworks display. Go to linkshopeisland.com.au.
SINCE 2002, King's Easter Arts Festival has offered emerging artists a venue to showcase their work, offering Gold Coast residents a taste of Easter. The festival includes the art exhibition, plus two nights of performances, food trucks and family activities to celebrate Easter. This year the festival takes place on March 27 and 28 from 6-8.30pm. The annual Easter Arts Festival is at 68 Gemvale Rd, Reedy Creek. Go to kingscollege. qld.edu.au for more information.
AS THE signature annual multi-arts festival of the Gold Coast, Bleach* Festival from March 29 to April 15 will shine a light on unique creativity and culture by presenting the city in a new way, to new audiences, both locally and internationally as they build towards the 2018 Commonwealth Games and beyond. Celebrating the city's best artists, welcoming renowned collaborators and engaging in a broad audience through a range of accessible events. Using the Gold Coast's world-famous natural landscapes as unconventional venues, Bleach* Festival is a platform for expression. Go to: bleachfestival. com.au.
THE Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will be staged from April 4-15. It will be the first time the Games have been held in an Australian regional city and the fifth time Australia has staged the Commonwealth Games. GC2018 will be the largest sporting event held in Australia this decade, and the largest the Gold Coast has ever hosted. More than 6500 athletes and team officials will take part over the 11 days of competition, with 71 nations and territories represented across 17 different sports and para-sports. Events will be hosted across 18 competition venues located on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane with preliminary basketball matches contested in Townsville and Cairns. Go to gc2018.com.
ENJOY 12 action-packed days of free culture taking over the Gold Coast from April 4-15 to celebrate the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Experience music, theatre, circus, dance, ideas, visual arts and film from the Gold Coast, Australia and across the globe. The festival spans the length of the coast, from Coomera through to Coolangatta, with two festival sites in Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise operating day and night across the 12 days. Go to gc2018.com for more information.
EXPERIENCE the kaleidoscopic perspectives of the Commonwealth at the Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, on April 6, in a night bursting with African hip hop beats, danceable ska rhythms and hauntingly beautiful voices. India's buoyant The Ska Vengers delivers a refreshing, energetic and highly danceable blend of ska rhythms, dub, punk, jazz and rap. Legendary award-winning Ghanaian rapper M.anifest plays with pure African grooves and current hip hop trends as he draws from his Ghanaian upbringing and his sojourns in the West. Australian musician and composer David Bridie, celebrated Papua New Guinean songman George Telek and other Tolai musicians present their unique collaboration, performing songs from the highly acclaimed album a Bit na Ta. Go to: gc2018.com/festival2018.
SPIRIT OF CHURAKI
AN EPIC music production inspired by the story of Churaki, an indigenous man heralded as the Gold Coast's first surf lifesaver. Churaki, a Goodjingburra man, performed the first documented act of lifesaving on the Gold Coast in 1911. This was one of many daring rescues he carried out in the early 1900s as the surf bathing craze took hold. Starring an extraordinary line-up of legendary Australian musicians with evocative visuals by renowned artist Vernon Ah Kee, this production is a musical collaboration united by the spirit of the surf. Presented as a full night of entertainment on April 12 at the Esplanade, Surfers Paradise. The Spirit of Churaki rides the perfect wave between traditional ceremony, the ancient sounds of Aboriginal language and compelling music theatre, closing with a cyclonic set by Australian surf rock legends, The Break. The ceremony takes place at 7pm, the concert from 8pm and The Break at 9.15pm. Go to gc2018.com.
THE 2018 Gold Coast Film Festival will run April 17-29, and will screen about 40 feature films, 125 shorts, host more than 12 industry panels and 10 filmmaker Q&As and bring film to life through a dozen special film events that run across the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast Film Festival is a celebration of film and filmmaking from one of Australia's top filmmaking locations - the Gold Coast. Be captivated by internationally acclaimed dramas, comedies and genre films, locally made indie gems, engaging documentaries, family features, anime and the scariest horror films. Special events include Women in Film screenings and events and SIPFest, the annual short film competition transforming Surfers Paradise beach into a vibrant and unique cinema featuring 12 cinematic masterpieces by emerging filmmakers from around Australia. Main venue is 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise. Go to: gcfilmfestival.com.