The international spotlight was on the Gold Coast recently as the city hosted the largest sporting event in Australia in a decade - the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
And shine we did.
More than 6600 athletes and officials from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories took part in 11 days of competition from 4 to 15 April 2018.
The GC2018 partnership included:
GC2018 was one of the largest elite multi-sport events in the world, equivalent to staging 18 different sporting category world championships simultaneously. It was the biggest international sporting event staged in Australia in the past decade and the largest ever hosted by the Gold Coast.
It featured 10 compulsory sports (athletics, aquatics, badminton, boxing, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, squash, rugby sevens, weightlifting) and eight optional sports (beach volleyball, basketball, cycling, gymnastics, shooting, table tennis, triathlon, wrestling). Unique to GC2018 was the full integration of para-competition into the program, including athletics, aquatics, lawn bowls and powerlifting.
All GC2018 sports events were held in existing and new or upgraded venues on the Gold Coast, with the exception of track cycling and shooting which were held in Brisbane and preliminary rounds of basketball held in Townsville and Cairns.
Alongside the sport was Festival 2018, a dedicated arts and culture program. The event collaborated with Bleach* Festival and the City to present the best local contemporary works and artists together with performers from around the world.
It provided a fantastic opportunity for local artists to perform in an international event and featured over 160 events, spanning the length of the coast, from Coomera to Coolangatta.
This free festival offered something for everyone with music, theatre, circus, dance, ideas, visual arts and film by artists from the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, and across the globe, including:
Festival 2018 Gold Coast employed 1693 artists with almost half from the Gold Coast and over a quarter, Indigenous Australian artists, and was enjoyed by over 550,000 people attending the various events.