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Embracing 2018

The City of Gold Coast is proud to be the host city for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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GC 2018 arts and culture

Arts and Culture

As Commonwealth Games host city, we have the opportunity to share our unique identity and personality with the world. The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ will feature Festival 2018, a comprehensive cultural and festival program designed to engage our community and enhance the Games experience for athletes, officials and visitors from around the world.

When visitors arrive for GC2018, we want them to be surprised, challenged and energised by what they find, with local artists front and centre contributing to a uniquely-Gold Coast cultural program.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ is a catalyst for the city's cultural development, and beyond GC2018, the work now underway to support and grow the city’s vibrant arts and culture sector will leave a lasting legacy. Our goal is a city that is know for its distinctive and uniquely Gold Coast creativity, a place where home-grown and international artists want and are able to produce and present their work, where local people actively contribute to our vibrant culture and visitors find exciting creative experiences that keep them coming back to the Gold Coast. 

City of Gold Coast's Culture Strategy 2023 provides the framework for everything we do in the cultural space over the coming years. The City has also committed to delivering an ambitious project that will forever change the face of the Gold Coast, a new cultural precinct at Evandale. This new precinct will be a world class performing arts and culture hub and incubator for supporting local artists and performers. The cultural precinct will become the heart of the Gold Coast’s cultural identity and attract artists, performers and productions from around the world. Incorporating elements of the existing Arts Centre Gold Coast and Evandale Parklands, the new cultural precinct will be a must-see destination for visitors to the city and a place that enriches the lives of our residents. Stage one is expected to be completed by 2018.

The City has also engaged acclaimed international artist and festival director Robyn Archer AO to provide strategic direction on the development and support of local artists as well as a major annual cultural festival for the Gold Coast.

For information on the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct, visit

To view the Culture Strategy, visit the Culture Strategy page.

For information on arts and culture initiatives, visit  the Arts and culture page.

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