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Underground Festival returns June 2024

The Underground Festival hosted by HOTA returns to the Gold Coast in early June.

Roller Coaster. A dark stage has a backdrop of neon lights in the top right hand corner of the frame, saying 'Ocean Side Rolla Rama'. In a spotlight in the centre of the stage are two women, one wearing skates and multi-coloured socks has crashed to the ground. Behind her a commentator in a purple shirt with a headset mic is crouching and shouting - is she cheering or jeering? We don't know.

Aesthetics, happiness and social cohesion: celebrating art’s most important values

Everybody NOW!’s 2023 production ‘Roller Coaster’ had measurable benefits in terms of social wellbeing, empowerment and connection, a new report…

Donna Marcus mesmerises audiences with the mass and variety of vintage cookware she collected, sorted and assembled. 'Radiate' installation view at HOTA. Photo: ArtsHub. Red, blue and silver wall sculptures made of aluminium parts and arranged in different patterns arranged on a white wall.

Exhibition review: Donna Marcus, Radiate, HOTA

An exhibition that reflects the integral role women have played in feeding the growth of Australia as a nation since…

'Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street' installation view at HOTA 2023. Photo: ArtsHub.

Sneaker boom: from grassroots to billion-dollar industry

HOTA’s latest international exhibition ‘Sneakers Unboxed’ details the influential people and iconic kicks behind the sneaker boom.

Muddiman. Laughing woman with blonde hair and wearing a gold and black top.

Q&A: Susi Muddiman on her move from Tweed to HOTA

After 16 years at the helm of Tweed Regional Gallery, the gallery director heads to the glitz of the Gold…

Karin McCracken, second from right, with students. Image supplied.

Theatre show tackles the tricky subject of consent education

The award-winning Aotearoa New Zealand production YES YES YES is undertaking an Australian tour as consent education is mandated in…


Twenty-year strong sculpture festival builds connections for intergenerational audiences

Co-Founder and Artistic Director Natasha Edwards shares insights from seeing SWELL Sculpture Festival grow and evolve over the last two…


How to stage a festival in a city with no CBD

The Gold Coast is a city with no identifiable CBD, so how does its unique geography impact the annual BLEACH*…


A spectacle of immersive and experimental ideas, in HOTA's intimate spaces

HOTA’s Underground 2023 festival will entertain and tantalise, with narratives daring and subversive.


When is a traumatised community ready for art?

Creative recovery is not only about art-making in disaster-impacted communities, but also the duty of care towards artists in this…

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