HOTA Fireside program brings back live entertainment

Enjoy socially distanced theatre performances on the Gold Coast

Home of the Arts (HOTA) has announced its popular Fireside program will continue in August and September.

From 21 August to 12 September, audiences can experience a line-up of incredible artists and great food as the intimate events continue in the cosy comfort of HOTA’s Lakeside Room.

HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said the events to date, which have featured a mix of well-known names, unique experiences and the best in homegrown arts, had been well-received by audiences.

“Over the last month, our Fireside program featured 16 events, 90 artists, 1000 (socially distanced) people, a whole heap of hand sanitiser and some much-needed good times,” Ms Gehrke said.

“It was a real privilege to welcome back artists and audiences, and the extension of Fireside enables us to keep giving extraordinary experiences to our community.

“With another exceptional line-up of artists, there’s no doubt this will be another sell-out success.” 

The Fireside program will include intimate performances from cabaret favourites Club Briefs, rock legend Russell Morris, Queensland Ballet and Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Cinema aficionados can get their fix as The History of Animation unfolds alongside a concert by master percussionist Ben Walsh and string virtuoso, Shenzo Gregorio. The Honey Sliders will perform songs from the revolutionary film, Easy Rider.

Those wanting to get creative can enjoy workshops with a twist in HOTA’s Larger Than Life Drawing session and Storyfest’s Write In The Moment workshop, where real-life prompt cards starring “unusual characters living in strange moments” provide inspiration for writers. 

Gold Coast artists will battle it out in front of a live audience to create the best artwork in an hour in Fireside’s Art Battle (4 September), and those wanting to show off their literary prowess can enjoy an afternoon of Book Trivia on 12 September.

Many of the events will include food in the ticket price, with either a high tea pre-show or supper to finish off the night’s entertainment.

Tickets are available from the HOTA website.