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SIPFEST 2017

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

SIPFEST 2017

A documentary detailing space travel to Mars, a comedy about a misfit navigating her first day at a new school, and an observation of the subtle intricacies of Surfers Paradise and its laconic residents are among a dozen cinematic masterpieces revealed as finalists in the 2017 Shorts in Paradise Festival (SIPFest).

Presented by the Surfers Paradise Alliance in partnership with the Gold Coast Film Festival, SIPFest is an esteemed event for emerging filmmakers, boasting a total cash prize pool of $8,000 across eight award categories.

GC WORD ON THE STREET #35

Memorable, Magnificent, Marvellous!

GC WORD ON THE STREET #35

You don’t need an Easter Egg hunt to find all the hidden treasures our nest has to offer, although stuffing your face full of chocolate is definitely never a bad idea. There’s so much fun to find that you’ll never have to look far, so put on your best pair of bunny ears and that cute fuzzy tail, and hop along to feast, laugh, and rock!

GC WORD ON THE STREET #34

Joyful, Jazzy, Jubilant!

GC WORD ON THE STREET #34

If you can’t hear the Word on the Street, then you’re not listening hard enough. These sumptuous melodies don’t sing themselves, but there’s always so much to write about. Climbing a mountain? Check. Becoming a mad scientist? No worries. Laughing until you simply can’t laugh anymore? You bet. It’s all as easy as do, re, mi!

GC WORD ON THE STREET #33

Dazzling, Deluxe, Delightful!

GC WORD ON THE STREET #33

Variety is the spice of life, which means your tongue will be tingling with spicy goodness after this week’s spectacular selection of music, art, and homegrown talent. Of course, if things got too hot for your tastes, there are always plenty of ways to cool off too. So dig in, dive into the deep end, and be sure to savour the flavour!

GC WORD ON THE STREET #32

Boistrous, Brilliant, Blissful!

GC WORD ON THE STREET #32

Living large in our nest is as easy as ABC – amazing, brilliant, creative. Well, this week, ABC stands for Art, Blues, and Cuba, as we take you on a scintillating journey from crazy Caribbean cuisine to sweet and soulful blues and lovely local art. You’ll have the time of your life, and it’s as easy as 1,2,3. So now you know your ABCs, next time won’t you sing with us?

Bleach* Festival 2017

Three weeks of eclectic music set to shake up the Gold Coast | 31 March - 16 April

Bleach* Festival 2017

Bleach* Festival showcases the best of the Gold Coast in a three-week celebration of all things arts and culture from 31 March - 16 April. This year Bleach* has curated an absolutely stellar music line-up that reflects the essence of the Coast, with events that are sure to pique the interest of every music lover.

GC WORD ON THE STREET #31

Feisty, Foodie, Fabulous!

GC WORD ON THE STREET #31

When it comes to our lovely nest, the party is always popping. Whether you’re hopping from store to store discovering hidden treasures, dancing like no one’s watching, rocking out to an old favourite, or indulging in a well-deserved treat, there’s always new fun to be had. Sometimes, there’s so much fun it can feel overwhelming, which is why we’ve gathered it all into a neat little package, and even placed an extra special cherry on top!

A 'Surfer's Paradise' in Coolangatta March 10-18

Free Surf, Art & Fitness Pop-Ups with Julian Wilson + World Team

A 'Surfer's Paradise' in Coolangatta March 10-18

In the lead in to the WSL Championship Tour kicking off at Snapper Rocks, Hurley is bringing a ‘Surfer’s Paradise’ to Coolangatta next week – launching an interactive surf coaching, art and fitness pop-up at the Tweed Heads Greenmount SLSC, with a range of free activities and some of the biggest names in surf on-hand to inspire and educate.

With reigning world champion John John Florence along with Filipe Toledo, Julian Wilson, Kolohe Andino, Carissa Moore, Lakey Peterson and Adrian ‘Ace’ Buchan all in Snapper to compete, some of the Hurley surfers will drop in on the Tweed Heads Greenmount SLSC throughout a jam-packed eight-day program of free surf, art and fitness activations from Friday March 10 to Saturday March 18.

GC WORD ON THE STREET #30

Kind, Kooky, Kissable!

GC WORD ON THE STREET #30

They say you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, so this week everything is getting specially sprinkled with honey. Slow-cooked, honey-roasted culture, delicious, delicate honey-glazed melodies, and best of all a huge helping of our special, pan-fried honey funnies. The secret ingredient is honey, and a whole lot of fun. So let’s see how many good times we can catch, honey. Just watch out for all those bees!

GC WORD ON THE STREET #29

Skilful, Spectacular, Sublime!

GC WORD ON THE STREET #29

Proving once again that our wonderful nest can make anything magnificent, this week’s Word on the Street presents a mad and magical mix of fun runs, dumplings, and burlesque. Unfortunately, those aren’t happening all at once (although, if you’re looking for something new to try on a particularly boring night, it could make for a very interesting combo) but they’re all still filed in the definitely don’t miss category. Time to grab a partner and get adventuring!

GC WORD ON THE STREET #28

Pretty, Perfect, Picturesque!

GC WORD ON THE STREET #28

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but we simply can’t stay away. Besides, we could hardly be fonder of our noble nest; filled to the brim with flavour, fun, and frivolity, it’s way too good to leave, even for a second. Plus, who knows what we’d miss while we’re gone? There are always new nooks and crannies to uncover, and someone has to be the life of the party. May as well be us!

Win Tix To Sublime With Rome

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND TOUR 2017

Win Tix To Sublime With Rome

One of the most notable and successful ska-punk bands of all time, Sublime has sold over 17 million albums worldwide with songs like What I Got, Doin’ Time and Date Rape all in constant radio rotation across the globe. To this day, the group’s multi-platinum landmark debut album ‘40oz. to Freedom’, lo-fi follow up ‘Robbin’ the Hood’, and multi-platinum self-titled major label debut (a virtual greatest hits set in itself) are all widely regarded as music collection staples.

Sublime With Rome are heading back to Australia after a sold out 2012 tour. Want to win tickets to their Gold Coast Show? Of course you do, ... read on.

GC WORD ON THE STREET #27

Lucky, Lovely, Luscious!

GC WORD ON THE STREET #27

It’s that time of year, love is in the air. In fact, it’s everywhere. But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about pampering your significant other, we’re out here on the street in crazy cupid costumes to fling love and goodwill all over our favourite nests. Did you feel that? You just got pierced by an arrow. Bullseye! You’d better follow that love bug, who knows where it might lead you!

GC WORD ON THE STREET #26

Happy, Healthy, Heavenly!

GC WORD ON THE STREET #26

Time flies when you’re having fun. Quickly, look out the window, there it is racing by now. I think it even did a summersault. But don’t worry, that’s just a sign that you’re having the best time, and thanks to Word on the Street there’s plenty more to come. As the summer keeps heating up so too do the good times, so it’s time to explore, to see something you’ve never seen before. Spread your wings and fly with the time!

Gold Coast History

Eleven Fascinating Facts

Gold Coast History

Most of us can barely remember what happened yesterday. Or if we ate breakfast this morning. Or the last book we finished (picture books don’t count). So how are we meant to keep track of things that happened hundreds of years ago? It’s difficult, we know. Nearly impossible. That’s why we’re here to fill you in on local history. Don’t worry, it’s not just boring dates and facts (apologies for the traumatic grade 8 history class flashbacks). The past may be in the past, but this is the stuff that made the Gold Coast the unique, vibrant city it is today. So strap in, and discover a whole new appreciation for your nest.