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Music, theatre, art, film, and even a dance party or two – HOTA UNDERGROUND is all about big ideas, brave artists, shared moments and spaces in-between, from 15-17 July.

It’s HOTA’s newest art festival featuring three nights of performance in HOTA’s most intimate venues including the newly re-invented Old Gallery spaces (Studio 1 and Studio 2), the Basement, Theatre 2, HOTA Central Foyer and of course, a few moments of surprise throughout our public spaces.

And making the most of HOTA’s nooks and crannies, you’ll be able to stop by the UNDERGROUND Pop-Up Bar in the heart of HOTA Central during the three nights – your space to socialise with friends, artists, and enjoy a glass of wine, or a classic craft beer.


Curate your own Festival itinerary. Buy your first ticket to any UNDERGROUND event for $20. Then add on any further events for just $10 each.



Thu 15 Jul, 7pm
Fri 16 Jul, 7pm
Sat 17 Jul, 7pm

In the Arms of Morpheus
By ARC Circus

Hopeful and high energy, where acrobatics, dance, magic and comedy tell the story of one person’s experience with isolation, loneliness, and the impacts of an endless news cycle.

Thu 15 Jul, 8.15pm
Fri 16 Jul, 8.30pm

By Theatre of Thunder

MUTHAMUDUSA. Motherly Moans. Medusas. Mud. And Everything In Between.

A new immersive performance-installation work specially created for HOTA by the Theatre of Thunder, featuring a delirious palpating body, ruptured costumes and devastating sonic atmospherics.

Thu 15 & Fri 16 Jul, 5pm

From The Edge to The Underground

An artpunk travel guide through a lens of activism and protest, these are short films that pack a punch, curated by Gold Coast Film Festival. Free for UNDERGROUND ticket holders.

Thu 15 & Fri 16 Jul, 6.30pm

White Rabbit Red Rabbit
By Nassim Soleimanpour

No rehearsals. No director. A solo actor. A sealed script. This is a theatrical experiment you won’t want to miss – we’re all in this together. Stellar cast to be announced.

Fri 16 Jul, 9pm
Sat 17 Jul, 9pm

Leave Me Alone: In Conversation with Christian Hull & Phoebe Kahn

In this intimate conversation, comedian, writer, podcaster and content creator Christian Hull will expand on his hilarious no-filter memoir to discuss life working in radio, his chaotic family life, and how he built his ‘F*** Off’ empire – and he’ll share stories that he wasn’t allowed to publish, just for HOTA audiences.

Sat 17 Jul, 6pm & 8.45pm

Private Lives
Curated by Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance

7 dancers. 7 confessions. 7 private moments shared with strangers, scored by a live DJ in the the re-invented Gallery space at HOTA Central, now known as Studio 2.


15-17 Jul

2021: A Space Odyssey
The Farm’s Greenhouse

Nine teenagers challenge and disrupt HOTA’s shared spaces as we all (literally and metaphorically) try to navigate a way forward together.

More than just a bag of hormones, The Greenhousers are getting a name for themselves as a creative agitative force, having previously been engaged as HOTA’s Disruptors in Residence in 2019.

Keep an eye out – our Disruptors in Residence may appear at any time throughout the evening.


The Exhibitionist Bar

Flirt with breathtaking views before or after your night out at UNDERGROUND. Whether you’re in need of a sparkling champagne or a delicious cocktail, our rooftop bar, located on Level 5 of HOTA Gallery, is ready to deliver. Open until midnight on Fri and Sat – but make a booking so you don’t miss out.

Palette Restaurant

We’re committed to the celebrating the best Australia has to offer – from the performers on stage, to Palette’s locally sourced ingredients and art-inspired menu. Located on Level 5 of HOTA Gallery, Palette is the Gold Coast’s newest fine dining experience. Book your table and complete your night.



Fridays Nights at HOTA Gallery

Every Friday, HOTA Gallery is open until 8pm. Arrive early with your group before UNDERGROUND starts in the Lakeside Room, and explore the current exhibitions at HOTA Gallery, including our current major exhibition, SOLID GOLD: Artists from Paradise.


We are working closely with the artists to secure new dates for the below events. Ticket holders will be contacted directly once this is confirmed.

Trigger Happy ‘Visualised’
By Alon Ilsar

A vivid ride through an audio-visual wonderland, where shapes, colours and textures are pulled out of thin air with hypnotic pulsing beats.

Alter Ego
Presented by Arcadia

Arcadia, South-East Queensland’s beloved festival blending visual art and electronica, presents a sonic extension of their program showcasing two stellar acts – Squidgenini and Veople.

Fempress Love Bubble
Curated By Hannah Brontë

Part dance club, part installation, all celebration. We’re all about the love so dance, sweat, laugh and feel good to the heavy basslines of hip hop and music. Featuring Beckah Amani, DJ Black Amex and LVL.

Keeping you safe

To keep everyone safe while at HOTA we have a COVID Safe plan and are using the new Check In Queensland app. Please make sure you keep up to date with Queensland Government guidelines at All events are set up to ensure we meet all social distancing and hygiene guidelines. All you have to do is enjoy yourself.