An iconic Gold Coast festival is preparing to add a new signature event to attract interstate crowds, following a major funding injection from the Federal Government.
Bleach* Festival, which has been part of the city’s annual event’s calendar since 2012, will this year introduce BIG CITY LIGHTS to the program after receiving $520,000 from the RISE Fund.
Member for McPherson Karen Andrews MP said the $200 million RISE Fund is designed to support the creative and cultural sector to reactivate following disruption caused by COVID-19.
“Each and every year thousands of people flock to the southern Gold Coast to be immersed in art and performance as part of the now iconic Bleach* Festival,” Mrs Andrews said.
“By adding BIG CITY LIGHTS to the already exciting Bleach* program, the festival will attract much-needed tourists – creating more jobs in the arts and entertainment sector.
“It will also stimulate our tourism and hospitality sectors – providing confidence to local Gold Coast businesses.”
Artistic Director of Bleach* Festival Rosie Dennis said the Federal Government investment was a major win for both Gold Coast locals and visitors.
“Arts and culture play a huge role in shaping a city and celebrating that city’s personality and style,” Ms Dennis said.
“BIG CITY LIGHTS is an ambitious new signature event that celebrates light, installation, live music, architecture, and digital design.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be able use this vital funding to create a new event on the Gold Coast and provide employment opportunities.”
The event will create more 140 jobs for artists, producers, and technicians – as well as support event suppliers and workers.
The 2021 Bleach* Festival is expected to deliver an estimated direct economic impact and benefit of $12 million to the Gold Coast.