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Festival 2018: P4’s Top Picks For This Week

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The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is well underway, and alongside the action-packed sporting calendar sits Festival 2018 – Queensland’s largest-ever arts and culture festival, boasting 12 days of entertainment across the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville.

Running from 4-15 April 2018, Festival 2018 includes an array of world premieres and community events spanning music, dance, circus, visual art, performance, theatre and more. Last week we saw the likes of Amy Shark, The Cat Empire, and Circa’s Rite take to Festival 2018 stages for these free public events as part of the state-wide program.

But there’s more to see this week if you have time, so check out our favourite shows – and some P4-achieved coverage in the process!

Electric Lady on The Gold Coast

Jack River, aka Holly Rankin, has curated a night of free music showcasing some powerful females in the business, including the likes of Meg Mac, Wafia and Nina Las Vegas. Be part of this celebration of women on Tuesday, 10th April 2018 on the Surfers Paradise Main Stage.

One Million Stars Installation in Brisbane

Artist Maryann Talia Pau, in collaboration with Museum of Brisbane, has created the One Million Stars Installation in King George Square, as part of the One Million Stars to End Violence project. Star-weavers from across the world took part in this project, weaving stars for peace, joy and solidarity. Check out the large, visually striking and powerful art installation in Brisbane until 15 April, 2018.

Holoscenes on The Gold Coast

Fresh from captivating crowds in NYC’s Times Square comes this visceral performance artwork in which the human body and water collide in Holoscenes. This Australian premiere sees performers locked in a tank underwater for 45 minutes each, where they adapt to the rapid rise and fall of water as they continue to carry out everyday tasks – making a bed, getting dressed, reading a newspaper – set to a haunting soundtrack. Holoscenes runs daily on Surfers Paradise beach until the close of Festival 2018 on 15 April, 2018.

Intertwined on The Gold Coast

Fashion and art intertwine in this exclusive event, where Cairns-based artist Grace Lilian-Lee shares her skills and Aboriginal heritage with a handful of First Nation artists on the Gold Coast. Visit the Intertwined fashion showcase from Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 April, 2018.

Kate Miller-Heidke as part of A Lifetime in the Making: Songs and Stories of Seaman Dan, in Cairns

Much-loved musician Kate Miller-Heidke takes the Festival 2018 stage several times across the state during the arts and culture festival for solo performances, in addition to her role in A Lifetime in the Making: Songs and Stories of Seaman Dan.  Seaman Dan began his illustrious recording career in his 70th year and has since taken a full swag of ARIA nominations and wins, along with the hearts of the Australian music loving public, back to his home in Horn Island, Torres Strait. A collective of iconic musicians will join Kate to perform the songs and stories of Seaman Dan including Archie Roach, Christine Anu, Dubmarine, Busby Marou and Mau Power. This premiere event runs in Cairns on Friday 13th April, 2018.

For additional program details in your location, check out the full state-wide Festival 2018 program.