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Festival 2018 Gold Coast

The Arts and Culture program of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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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:

  • 35 world premieres
  • 15 Australian premieres
  • 20 Indigenous works and
  • over 1000 performances, half of which were from the Gold Coast and across Queensland.

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:

  • providing professional development and building capacity of the arts sector
  • inclusion of world-class, high quality local content in Festival 2018
  • delivery of a transformative public art program.

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