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FIND YOUR MOMENT

Hello 2021! We’re getting outside and splashing around, making new memories, revisiting familiar favourites, and celebrating great art, indoors and out.

Movies, music, dance, theatre, good food and good company. Explore what’s coming up at HOTA from January to April below, with more to be announced.

PROGRAM

Fri 15-17 Jan

SCOOP!

Enjoy everything you love about summer in one sweet weekend. Head lakeside at HOTA for an epic line-up of ice cream and desserts with world-class circus, splash play, live music, and plenty more – with a giant Ferris Wheel and the Surfers Paradise Skyline as the biggest and best backdrop, day or night.

From Fri 22 Jan

FRIDAYS ON THE LAWN

Your new weekly tradition: 4-7pm every Friday, celebrate the end of the week with cold drinks, a bite to eat, and free live music at our Lawn Bar.

12-16 Jan

CARL BARRON: SKATING RINK FOR FLIES

There’s no point to this show other than to make you laugh as much as possible. Funny stories from a bloke with a funny head. What more could you ask for? Presented by A-List Entertainment.

Fri 22 Jan

WILLIAM CRIGHTON: THIS IS MAGIC

One of Australia’s foremost contemporary songsmiths, William Crighton celebrates his new This is Magic, a follow up to his darkly majestic album Empire (2018),  named Album of the Year by Hoodoo Gurus’ Dave Faulkner in the Saturday Paper.

Sat 23 Jan

JIMEOIN: TURN IT UP!

A brilliant evening of world-class comedy from the Irishman internationally celebrated as one of live stand-up’s true masters. The press say he’s at the very top of the game – and we definitely agree. Presented by A-List Entertainment.

Feb-Apr

SUPPER CLUB

Supper Club is your chance to see big-name artists in a smaller, more intimate performances – and to kick off 2021, we’ve got a diverse line up that packs a punch, with Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier (Sat 27 Feb), Nattali Rize (Sat 27 Feb) and Karin Schaupp with Orava Quartet (Sat 24 Apr).

Sun 14 Feb

THE SECRET LIFE OF THE LOVE SONG

FEATURING THE BROTHERS CALLING

Feel the love this Valentine’s Day and join The Brothers Calling and special guests in an outdoor sunset concert celebrating the greatest love songs through the ages. Proudly supported by City of Gold Coast.

Returning Feb

BASEMENT LIVE

The bar’s open, the lights have dimmed, and the talent is ready to go. Every second Friday, head on down to the Basement and discover your new favourite bands and singer-songwriters (with a few familiar faces and surprise guests in the mix).

Thu 4-6 Mar

GLASS CHILD

Visceral, beautiful, and emotional, Glass Child explores the relationship between real-life siblings and rising dance stars Kayah, a young man with Down Syndrome, and Maitreyah Guenther. Co-presented by The Farm.

Sat 13-21 Mar

GC LAUGHS FESTIVAL

The Gold Coast’s annual comedy festival is off its leash and back with a bite for 2021! GC Laughs is going to be massive, and we are super excited to bring you huge, hilarious, star-studded comedy shows between March 13 and 21 in 2021. GC Laughs has partnered with the very best in international and national talent to bring you a week of comedy right here at HOTA.

Thu 4 Mar

CLASS CLOWNS

Discover the next big name in comedy at the Gold Coast heat of Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Class Clowns evening. We’ll be showcasing some of the best talent from around the region, with two runners up moving on to compete in the statewide competition.

Thu 11 Mar

VOYAGE

BY THE GOOD GIRL SONG PROJECT

Blurring the lines between theatre, opera, and song cycle, Voyage explores early Australian immigration through a female perspective, bringing to life the work of renowned Australian historian Dr Liz Rushen.

Sat 13 Mar

THE BEATLES VS THE ROLLING STONES

WITH THE GOOD BAND AND THE HONEY SLIDERS

The boys next door or the bad boys of rock? It’s the ultimate battle on the Outdoor Stage. Pick your side. Rock and Roll.

Thu 24-Sat 27 Mar

SWING

A puzzling ‘whodunit’ story set at the infamous Broadbeach Grant View Hotel in the roaring twenties from inclusive theatre company, Running Duck. Presented by Centacare’s Running Duck Theatre Company and proudly hosted by HOTA, Home of the Arts.

Tue 23 Mar

VIRAL

SHOCK THERAPY PRODUCTIONS

Written, directed and performed by Sam Foster and Hayden Jones

Created here on the Gold Coast, produced internationally, and now embarking on a statewide tour, Viral uses physical theatre to investigate social responsibility in a world of changing technology.

Fri 26 Mar

STORIES IN THE KEY OF GC

The Gold Coast’s own storytelling series returns, curated by Cold Ghost (Fletcher Babb) and hosted by Bern Young.

Fri 26 Mar

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER

NO SHAME 2021 TOUR

The Sydney-raised band who have conquered the world since releasing their eponymous 2014 debut, will bring their No Shame Tour across Australia in a series of epic outdoor shows.

Fri 26-Sat 27 Mar

THE VERY HUNGRY CATEPILLAR

One of the most read and famous children’s books of all time emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical adventure. featuring three other Eric Carle stories. Co-presented by CDP Kids.

Wed 14-Sun 25 Apr

GOLD COAST FILM FESTIVAL

The annual Gold Coast Film Festival returns, bringing films, panels, Q&As, parties, pop-up cinemas – and for the first time in 2021, an online digital program of feature films, industry panels and special events. Tickets on sale in March.

Fri 16-Sat 17 Apr

WILBUR THE OPTICAL WHALE

An enchanting story for ages 3-9 set under the sea, blending circus, interactive visuals, and sound design. All performances AUSLAN interpreted and relaxed. Co-presented by indelability arts.

Apr 2021

KIDS TAKE OVER

Kids Take Over returns these April school holidays with a program of events and activities for kids to unleash and get messy, loud and creative. Program announced early 2021.

Sun 18 Apr

JUSTINE CLARKE SINGS

Australian queen of children’s entertainment Justine Clarke takes over the Outdoor Stage in a special concert where kids are invited to dance and sing along on the grass, in the sunshine.

Tue 27 Apr

ECHOES OF THE JAZZ AGE

WITH JOHN BELL AND SIMON TEDESCHI, AND SPECIAL GUEST BLAZEY BEST

Just in time for International Jazz Day comes a special event inspired by the essay of F. Scott Fitzgerald, with music and poetry.

Jan-Apr

HOTA CINEMA

All year round, you’ll find great movies worth watching at HOTA Cinema, including big screen blockbusters, critically acclaimed arthouse movies and the best documentaries.

Jan-Apr

KIDS IMAGINE

It’s no secret that we love seeing kids get creative and believe that believe it’s essential that kids get the chance to get involved in the arts. So we’re inviting the next generation of creatives, performers, and budding artists to participate in our free Kids Imagine program for 10-15 year olds.

Opens 8 MAy

HOTA GALLERY

The new HOTA Gallery opens 8 May 2021, and we can’t wait to welcome you. There’ll be Australian exclusives, celebrations of Queensland artists, a dedicated Children’s Gallery, special events, artist talks, education programs, never-before-seen works from the City Collection – great and surprising art, indoors and out. Bookings open early 2021.

Image credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat 1985 © Lizzie Himmel. Artwork © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York.
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Keeping you safe

It is incredibly important to us that you have a safe experience when you come to HOTA. We have a COVID Safe plan and there are some new conditions of entry which you should read before purchasing a ticket or attending an event at HOTA.

When you arrive, you’ll be asked to register the details of everyone in your group for the purpose of contact tracing.

All events are set up to ensure we meet all social distancing and hygiene guidelines. All you have to do is enjoy yourself.