We’ve got the SCOOP on HOTA’s new summer event

Coming to the Gold Coast’s HOTA, Home of the Arts in 2021, SCOOP! is a new celebration of summer with plenty of ice cream, a sprinkle of circus, a dollop of sunshine and a splash of surprise.

Featuring world-class entertainment and sweet treats across eight sessions from Friday, January 15 to Sunday, January 17, SCOOP! will see Queensland and Australia’s best circus, cabaret and acrobatic performers provide the backdrop to a multi-sensory playground of ice cream delights, pop-up beer gardens with live music and DJs, sideshow rides and refreshing dips in the HOTA lake (BYO flotation devices and sun-safe gear recommended).

Why SCOOP!? Nothing says Gold Coast like summer, and nothing says summer like ice cream. It’s a match made in heaven. SCOOP! presents everything great about HOTA in summer. As well as tasty treats, there’s great art around every corner, with some of the most critically acclaimed contemporary circus companies in the world; and the chance to splash in the beautiful Evandale lake.

Works by Circa, Company 2 (including a tightrope walk across the lake!) Hoopla Clique, Flipside Circus and the Gold Coast Mermaids Synchronised Swimming Club will also be on offer during SCOOP!’s day sessions.

“Theatre companies like Circa and Company 2 usually spend summer touring their amazing performances across the globe,” says HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke.

“We’re proud to have commissioned some of the world’s best physical theatre companies to create new works for HOTA and seeing them presenting alongside each other here on the Gold Coast will be one of the real treats of the SCOOP! program.”

“Ice cream, circus, sandy feet and family time, SCOOP! is literally everything you love about summer in one very sweet weekend.”

And if you’re after some adults-only entertainment, CLUB SCOOP! has you covered, says Criena.

“Join us after sunset for the adult’s only CLUB SCOOP! where the naughtier side of circus and cabaret collide. Under carnival lights, you’ll enter a world of zany sideshows and variety acts washed down with cocktails, craft beers and perhaps a boozy ice cream mashup, or two.”

On Friday, 15 and Saturday, 16 January, the 6-9:30 pm evening sessions will see the site transform into CLUB SCOOP!, featuring after-dark tunes by bangin’ bands and delightful DJs. Plus, HOTA is installing the Wheel of Oz – a 26 metre high Ferris Wheel, which will offer unmatched views of the Surfers Paradise skyline at just $8 per ride.

SCOOP!‘s irresistible Ice Cream Alley will see over 30 vendors from across the state set up shop for the weekend including Ungermann Brothers ice cream, authentic Bologna export La Macelleria Gelateria, plant-based Coco Whip and Doughluxe introducing a new ice cream-filled doughnut for summer.

For those seeking a foodie delight like no other, the adults-only Ultimate Ice Cream Experience ticket will see guests sit down to a five-course chef’s selection of sweet and savoury ice cream-inspired degustation paired with a selection of boozy beverages. Get ready to ‘Gram this one.

Combining sweet treats with thrilling performances, refreshing dips in Lake Evandale and sizzling after-dark additions, prepare for the ultimate celebration of a Gold Coast summer at HOTA’s SCOOP!

SCOOP! is proudly supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and kicks off on Friday 15 January 2021. Tickets are available now over at hota.com.au/scoop.

1 Comment

  • Reply December 28, 2020

    Neil Beattie

    John Forno is a unique talent with a quirky eye for the Colour and style that the GC inspires in his work. I have always found his work intriguing . Have seen a few of his exhibitions over the years at Swingin Safari So it will be cool to see where his head is at these days Neil Bt

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