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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | February 25, 2021

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HOTA Announces Fireside: Live Performance Series in July

HOTA Announces Fireside: Live Performance Series in July
Claire Matthews

Home of the Arts, HOTA, has announced its Fireside program, featuring locally flavoured live performances over four weekends in July.

From 10 July, Fireside will bring together homegrown music, theatre, circus, hip hop, spoken word, behind-the-scenes performances, food and more.

HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said she is looking forward to welcoming back audiences.

“It’s a real privilege and an honour to be welcoming back artists to perform at HOTA. The programming team have done an incredible job in bringing Fireside together at short notice.

It’s a celebration of the great artistic talent we’re so fortunate to have on the Gold Coast and across South East Queensland. Audiences are in for a real treat.”

Friday nights will feature Fireside: Fringe, with raw energy, quirky cabaret, comedy and local artists. Includes Cold Ghost, the Cheap Fakes and Volcanic Lovers. Plus, comedians UnReal-Real Housewives of the Gold Coast, Jenny Wynter, and Mario Queen of the Circus.

Saturday afternoons is Fireside: Unfiltered, where audiences can experience behind-the-scenes insight into the creation of new works. Follow the development of a new opera, A Night at the Pink Poodle. Get up close with artists Michael Zavros and Justene Williams. Meet the artists behind Brothers Book Club with La Boite Theatre Company.

On Saturday nights, enjoy performances by Circa, Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, Tex Perkins, Matt Walker, and singer Dami Im. After the show, refresh with tapas and drinks.

Sunday afternoons will have a more relaxed vibe, with Fireside: Live Lounge to finish off the weekend. Featuring: Felicity Lawless, Black Rabbit George, Eddie Ray and The Oogars, hip hop artists Gratis Minds and Saint Lane. And, spoken word performances from Ethan Enoch, Aurora Liddle-Christie, Loki Liddle and Anisa Nandaula. Wash it down with burgers and ribs straight from the grill.

For Fireside, cost of entry for most events includes food, ensuring audiences can relax and appreciate a long-awaited live event.

As HOTA navigates the changing live performance landscape, they are ensuring they are prepared for audiences and artists to return.

“It is incredibly important to us that everybody is safe when they come to HOTA. We’ve got a comprehensive COVID-Safe Plan in place and other hygiene measures to maintain the deep clean we undertook before reopening.

Whilst there might be some small operational changes at HOTA, we will continue to provide audiences with special memories, even in peculiar times. We can’t wait to welcome Gold Coasters back to HOTA.”

The Details:
What: HOTA Fireside Series
Where: Home of the Arts, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4217
When: 11 July- 1 August, full program here
How much: From $260 for a table of 4, including food
Tickets: More info/ get your tickets here.

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