A Sweet Weekend Of Ice Cream And Arts On The Gold Coast With SCOOP! Festival

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The inaugural SCOOP! Festival will take over Home Of The Arts Gold Coast (HOTA) this January.

The festival is a celebration of summer with plenty of ice cream, a sprinkle of circus, a dollop of sunshine and a splash of surprise.

It will feature world class entertainment and sweet treats across eight sessions of circus, cabaret and acrobatics. Meanwhile in the foreground will be a multi-sensory playground of ice cream delights, pop-up beer gardens with live music, DJs, sideshow rides and the chance to get in a refreshing dip in the HOTA lake.

Performances at SCOOP! will include the world premiere of site-specific works by Circa and Company 2. Also participating are Hoopla Clique, Flipside Circus and the Gold Coast Mermaids Synchronised Swimming Club.

"Theatre companies like Circa and Company 2 usually spend summer touring their amazing performances across the globe," HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke says.

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"We’re proud to have commissioned some of the world’s best physical theatre companies to create new works for HOTA and seeing them presenting alongside each other here on the Gold Coast will be one of the real treats of the SCOOP! programme."

CLUB SCOOP! will arrive after dark, providing evening sessions with tunes, cold brews, boozy ice cream combos and evening entertainment. The programme here includes SCOOP! Saloon hosted by The Thicc Shake Crew, 'Collider' by Circa and 'Voodoo Revue' hosted by The Space Cowboy.

Ice Cream Alley sees more than 30 vendors across the state setting up shop for the weekend – the likes of Ungermann Brothers, La Macelleria Gelateria, Coco Whip and Doughluxe.

SCOOP! Festival is on at HOTA Gold Coast from 15-17 January.



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