As we enter in the final month of “winter” (lol), there are plenty of toe-tappin’, hand clappin’, thigh slappin’ events going on to warm your bones.

Right on the doorstep is Bleach* Festival, which has done an extraordinary job of pivoting around border closures to ensure that our city’s flagship arts festival can continue to inspire, delight and provoke the masses in 2021. Check out our feature piece in this edition around the one-of-a-kind Feast With Us series that’ll be happening in August as part of Bleach*. It’s set to be pretty spectacular.

Of course this edition’s cover event SWELL Sculpture Festival is just around the corner too, with an even bigger and better program of Gold Coast-wide satellite events, kids’ programs, artist talks, workshops and entertainment kicking off from 1 September, to complement the main spectacular outdoor gallery component at Currumbin Beach which will be available from 10 September.

On a more serious note, we interview a handful of venue operators on the Gold Coast about COVID live music restrictions and the devastating impact they’ve have on our local industry, particularly in light of certain recent sporting events being able to go ahead. Local stakeholders have formed an industry alliance that you can read all about on pages 24 and 25.

Of course there’s plenty of positive news as well. In an exciting turn of events, the Springbrook BioBlitz has released some impressive outcomes from last year’s efforts, including some brand new species discovered right on our doorstep. We are also able to announce the finalists for this year’s Gold Coast Music Awards! We chat to the winner of the main d’Arcy Doyle Art Awards prize about her artwork, our resident foodie Marj takes a taste of the Surfers Pavilion menu and we meet some cool dads who recently completed the gruelling Kokoda Challenge in the Gold Coast hinterland.

Of course there’s a lot more to discover in this month’s packed edition. So get flipping!


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