Bleach Festival rolls out across the Gold Coast

26 Feb 2013 2:30 PMJann Stuckey

Friday, February 22, 2013

More than 30,000 visitors are expected to descend on the southern Gold Coast over the next two weeks as the second annual Bleach Festival officially gets underway.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey will open the festival in Coolangatta this evening.

“We had a fantastic teaser last weekend with the pre-Bleach Weekend festivities and the next two weeks are set to showcase our wonderful beach and surf culture,” Ms Stuckey said.

“More than 170 visual and performing artists will feature throughout the festival celebrating through a combination of music, photography, arts, fashion, theatre and film.

“Our DestinationQ strategy recognises cultural tourism as a priority niche market within the tourism and events sector, and Bleach Festival will play an important role in building the Gold Coast’s profile as a cultural destination.

“The Newman Government is proud to support the 2013 Bleach Festival through the Tourism and Events Queensland Regional Development Program and Arts Queensland.”

Arts Minister Ian Walker said the festival is an opportunity for visitors to experience the talents of local artists alongside some of the country’s most popular performers.

“The mix of events, exhibitions and installations offers festival-goers a diverse calendar to choose from,” Mr Walker said.

“It’s really something special to have performers like Busby Marou and Urthboy on the same program as the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra.

“We are committed to making Queensland an arts and cultural hub and Bleach Festival is a great addition to our cultural calendar.”

Bleach Festival runs from 22 February – 3 March 2013.

[ENDS] 22 February 2013