A special free LGBTIQ-themed concert will form part of the 12-day arts and cultural program at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games next month.
Hosted by Australian-born drag superstar Courtney Act (pictured, left), the Sparkle in the Sand event will welcome performers, athletes and speakers onto the Main Stage that will be set up on the beach at Surfers Paradise.
Festival curator George Savoulis, who is also the Creative Director of the Sydney Mardi Gras Party, said the Sparkle in the Sand event on April 9 will showcase LGBTIQ stories and will welcome local and international guests including Beccy Cole, Jamarz from Mars and Alfie Arcuri.
“This is a chance for the entire community to come together and celebrate our global LGBTQI family – the ups, downs, the love, the joy and the acceptance,” he said.
“We invite everyone to come along, kick off your heels, loafers or bedazzled thongs and relax into a very special evening of song, dance, laughs and delights.”
Meanwhile, Canadian indie icon Peaches (pictured, right) will be among the artists performing with musical director David Coulter at The Great Australian Songbook concert on April 5.
Singers and musicians from Canada, the United Kingdom, Jamaica, Nigeria and more will present their own radical reinterpretations of a number of iconic Australian anthems including songs made famous by artists such as AC/DC, Kylie Minogue and Gotye.
“Music is an expression of culture – a window into society at a particular point in time – and there’s something thrilling about reimagining songs that have helped define a nation and its people,” Coulter said.
“For me, music has always been a dialogue, and that’s what this concert represents. There’s the collaboration with diverse musicians, the conversation between musicians and songs, and the exchange of the music with Australians and people listening around world.”
A different free concert event will perform on the Main Stage every evening from April 4 until April 15 as part of the 12-day arts and culture festival running for the length of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Local musical acts The Cat Empire, Meg Mac, Amy Shark, Yothu Yindi, Wafia, and The Jungle Giants are a few more of the festival’s headliners.
Co-Creative Director Yaron Lifschitz said each concert will be “a special, one-off creation starring an eclectic collection of artists, and each event opens a window into some aspect of our world.”
For the full festival program and more information visit the website here.