Festival 2018 is the multi-arts program for GC2018 with twelve days of free performances, activities, public art and other family-friendly events throughout the Host City of Gold Coast and Event Cities Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville.
Festival 2018 celebrates the spirit of the Commonwealth; showcasing our state’s creativity and capturing the unique lifestyle and culture of Queensland and its communities.
Festival 2018 will be a catalyst for positive change, celebrating the Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) values of humanity, equality and destiny.
First Nations peoples from around the Commonwealth will share their stories and heritage, and the arts and culture of Queensland’s two Indigenous cultures will be a highlight of Festival 2018.
Festival 2018 will feature two dedicated hubs on the Gold Coast at Surfers Paradise Beach and Broadbeach (Surf Parade and Kurrawa Park). Festival 2018 at Broadbeach is presented by The Star Gold Coast.
Bleach* Festival will join forces with Festival 2018 for this special year. Bleach* at Festival 2018 will be commissioning and producing works that appeal to audiences across the city and throughout the community. Bleach* Festival will be presenting works during the 12-days, and will be a key component of the legacy that Festival 2018 will leave the Gold Coast community.
Townsville’s celebrations will centre on the Queen’s Garden travelling along the beach foreshore to The Strand and finally onto Jezzine Barracks. Festival 2018 in Townsville is produced by Townsville City Council.
Festival 2018 in Cairns is produced by Cairns City Council and will bring the stunning Esplanade and Munro Martin Parklands to life with an explosion of live music and performances.
In Brisbane the festival will stretch from the iconic Southbank Cultural Forecourt, across the CBD from the Botanical Gardens to Roma Street Parklands and laneways in between. Festival 2018 in Brisbane is presented by The Star Gold Coast and produced by Brisbane City Council.
In New Farm, Brisbane Powerhouse will host WOW: Women of the Commonwealth from the 6-8 April 2018, and King George Square will celebrate the culmination of One Million Stars in a momentous public art installation.
From major public art commissions to collaborations with performers and artists from across the Commonwealth, from live events to hands-on arts activities, the GC2018 arts and cultural program will have something for everyone.
Festival 2018 across the state is supported by the Queensland Government.
Find out more about Festival 2018.