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Queensland is set to take the plunge with Festival 2018

Surge by Amber Haines, dancer Georgia Rudd

Festival 2018 - the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) arts and cultural program - will bring 12 days of spectacular performances to Cairns, Townsville, Brisbane and the Gold Coast in the biggest arts festival ever seen in Australia.

More than half of the 3,500 performers are from Queensland, ensuring local artists gain exposure to new audiences, markets and opportunities.

To complement Festival 2018 on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the regional cities will also come alive with a range of free concerts, performances, installations,  exhibitions, workshops and other family-friendly activations, ensuring there is something for everyone.

One of the highlights in Cairns will be a concert to honour Uncle Seaman Dan, one of Far North Queensland's music icons. This concert will see local emerging, established and national artists such as Archie Roach, Kate Miller-Heidke, Busby Marou and Mau Power performing the Seaman Dan songbook.

The Townsville Strand will be transformed into an industrial art installation Uncontained, with shipping containers stacked up to four storeys high painted by some of the best street artists in the country. The Uncontained site will also feature illuminations, projections, film screenings, a skate bowl, chalk art, the GC2018 broadcast and live entertainment.

Festival 2018 will also include the One Million Stars installation, an inspirational community project displayed by the Museum of Brisbane in King George Square and across other Festival 2018 sites featuring stars contributed by star weavers across the world to inspire light, hope and peace.

Women of the World (WOW) at Festival 2018 will celebrate achievements, encourage dialogue and identify ways to support women and girls to overcome barriers and achieve their full potential. WOW will be staged at the Brisbane Powerhouse from 6-8 April.

More information about Festival 2018 is available on the GC2018 website