Chances are you would have already seen all the buzz about HOTA’s epic summer festival HOME, hitting our very own cultural precinct from 1 to 15 December. The program is packed to the brim with thought-provoking theatre, awesome skaters, music of every genre imaginable from local punks, through dance-tastic DJ sets to Indigenous music superstars, and much more, in 20 fabulous events over 15 sun-kissed days and warm summer nights. Yup, it’s gonna be extra. For those who are finding it a bit too hard to choose from the mind-boggling array of events on offer, we’ve compiled a handy little list of the seven shows we are definitely going to be front row and centre for. Thank us later.
Hot Brown Honey
This month’s Blank cover superstars Hot Brown Honey will turn up the heat with lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment in the smash-hit, genre defying, award-winning firecracker of a show that’s taken the world by storm. Steeped in the Word of the Mother and packing a potent punch of hip hop politics, Hot Brown Honey will make you laugh until you cry, clap until your hands bleed and shake every part of what your mama gave you. Equal parts theatrical masterpiece and social activism, a stellar posse of phenomenal women smash stereotypes in an unapologetic celebration of our similarities and differences. Friday 6 December 7.30pm at the Outdoor Stage. Tix a steal at $39.
The Roots Music Festival
The Gold Coast’s first Roots Music Festival will celebrate soul, blues, reggae, folk and more, with a star-studded line up of roots artists including Little Georgia, Karl S Williams, Bobby Alu and Band of Frequencies, who will set the scene for a perfect family Sunday of sunshine, music, food, beverages and cultural diversity. So chillax, take in the views of the tropical parklands and soak up the sounds with this new family-friendly music festival on Sunday 1 December from 5-9pm in the Lakeside Room. Tix are only $20 too, which is an unbelievable deal for that amount of soulful goodness.
Home Artisan Market
Tis’ the season to shop in HOTA’s stunning Artisan Market where you can find a unique gift for yourself or a loved one that’s a little bit different and a little bit arty. HOTA has curated the best of the best artisans to showcase their wares. Peruse what’s on offer in the Summer Bazaar, grab a drink in the Lawn Bar and enjoy the ambience of ‘Home’ with Live Music on selected nights. Beats the 24 Dec shopping rush hands down! The markets run all the way from 6 to 15 December too, so you can take your time finding the perfect gifts.
Do you dare to sit in the barber’s chairs of Osadia? Become a living sculpture, when artistic hairdresser Alex Rendon and his Spanish street theatre company take members of the audience and transform them on stage through original and provocative exhibitions of sophisticated make-up and hair art, set to fantastic music mixes. The audience is always amazed by the transformed characters that descend from the chair, who become the centre of attention and are photographed wherever they go. The show will run all throughout HOTA over 6 + 7, and 11 to 15 December.
HOTA will transform into a skate mecca this summer with a packed program of interactive skate culture. See your little ones tear it up with free skate lessons or sit back and watch sponsored skaters and pros in action. Yeah Girl celebrates inspiring stories from ladies of shred with their Homecoming exhibition from all around the world, while local bands Perve Endings and Radolescent play the perfect set for browsing the local skate brands and food markets. Get rolling at this FREE event on Sunday 8 December from 3pm at the Outdoor Stage.
Dance Beneath the Stars
Let the festive season begin with a dance party at HOME. They’re laying down the dance floor, hanging the lights and shining the brass (band that is) to create a Dance Palais beneath the stars. Hosted by Everybody NOW’s Ian Pidd with guest artist and songstress Geraldine Quinn, and featuring the energising 10 piece brass group Hot Potato Band, you’ll be twinkle-toeing the night away alongside local ballroom and swing dancers with big band music and vintage footage from much loved bygone era. It’s a little vintage glam, a little Tina Sparkle and a little dirty dancing. Friday 13 December, from 7pm. This is a free event.
The Calling Home concert closes the HOME festival, and is devoted to music and performance that transcends beyond ordinary, featuring 5 Angry Men, Lior, Parvyn Singh, Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, and The Australian Voices (pictured). The connection to home, especially in holiday season, is unique to each individual. HOTA makes the outdoors a place for all to absorb euphoric arrangements that speak of home, faith and traditions through music. Things kick off at 6.30pm at the Outdoor Stage on Sunday 15 December, with all tickets under $25, except kids under 15 who are free.
HOME runs at HOTA, Home of the Arts from 1 to 15 December 2019. Visit hota.com.au for the full program. Be sure to also check out our interview with the inimitable Carlotta, who will be doing an irreverent and hilarious one woman show during the festival, and our info column on the hotly anticipated Indigenous music concert and celebration Deadly Hearts.