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Cultural legacy

A community that values its cultural heritage.

Festival 2018 was the arts and culture program of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. It worked with Bleach* Festival and the City to present the best, local contemporary works and artists on the world stage.

There were over 160 events across the coast from Coomera to Coolangatta. It was a fantastic opportunity for local artists to perform in an international event.

There was something for everyone - music, theatre, circus, dance, ideas, visual arts and film by local and international artists including:

Festival 2018 employed 1440 artists with around half being from the Gold Coast and over a quarter being Indigenous Australians.

Accelerated Cultural Development Program

Our $7 million arts sector investment via the Accelerated Cultural Development Program has resulted in an outstanding cultural legacy for the city:

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