Next month Gold Coast's Home Of The Arts (HOTA) will open to live audiences again, with a FIRESIDE programme of home-grown talent including performances from Dami Im and Tex Perkins.
With events planned every Friday, Saturday and Sunday – from 10 July – patrons can expect FIRESIDE to provide a smorgasbord of locally cultivated talent staged in the cosy surrounds of the Lakeside Room across four weekends.
"It's a celebration of the great artistic talent that we're so fortunate to have on the Gold Coast and across South East Queensland," HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke says. "Audiences are in for a real treat."
Saturday night's at FIRESIDE will feature the aforementioned Tex Perkins and Dami Im, alongside performances from Circa, Camerata and Matt Walker. Oh, and make sure you stay back for the tappas at the post-show supper club.
Friday nights will focus on fringe, with quirky cabaret, great comedy, and outrageous fun to be found. Each evening will begin with paella straight off the pan as local musicians Cold Ghost, Cheap Fakes and Volcanic Lovers provide the soundtrack.
The UnReal-Real Housewives of the Gold Coast will make an encore appearance, as well as comedy from Jenny Wynter and cabaret act Mario Queen Of The Circus.
Fireside: Unfiltered will treat audiences to behind-the-scenes insight into the creation of new works from some incredible artists. The team behind the development of a new Australian opera 'A Night At The Pink Poodle', artists Michael Zavros and Justene Williams, and the artists behind the Brothers Book Club (in partnership with La Boite Theatre Company) will make for compelling Saturday arvo adventures.
The chilled, laidback vibes will continue on Sundays with Fireside: Live Lounge welcoming foodies with delicious brisket burgers or sticky ribs, fresh from the grill.
Music will be provided by Felicity Lawless, Black Rabbit George, Eddie Ray, The Oogars, Gratis Minds and Saint Lane. There'll also be spoken-word performances from Ethan Enoch, Aurora Liddle-Christie, Loki Liddle and Anisa Nandaula.
As we reemerge into the world, safety remains a paramount issue in the new 'normal'. "It is incredibly important to us that everybody is safe when they come to HOTA," Criena says.
"We've got a comprehensive COVID-Safe Plan in place and other hygiene measures to maintain the deep clean we undertook before reopening."