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6 HOTA, Home of the Arts is gearing up for another bumper year as the Gold Coast’s arts and culture hub unveils a sneak peek into its 2024 program. HOTA Unveils ‘Sneak Peek’ Of 2024 Program The 2024 program promises another year filled with captivating exhibits, contemporary art, breathtaking performances both indoors and out, and family-fun experiences. With a bill of shows and exhibitions already locked in on the 2024 calendar, Gold Coast audiences can expect the following program highlights. Prepare to be transported back in time and witness the magic and music of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll when musical extravaganza, Elvis: A Musical Revolution, takes to the stage for a mammoth season from 22 June 2024. Award-winning dance and theatre collective, The Farm, brings Stunt Double, an action-packed piece of storytelling and incredible compelling choreography to HOTA on 8 and 9 March. Cultural enthusiasts will not want to miss Wild Dogs Under My Skirt, direct from New Zealand. This moving production is for one night only on 6 April and is a collection of poetry developed into a stage play by Tusiata Avia currently touring the world. For lovers of music and storytelling, The Gospel According to Paul, offers a night of thought-provoking and entertaining performance when it graces the stage on 25 May. Get ready for a suspenseful and intriguing evening in the world of Agatha Christie’s iconic mystery play, when the standout production The Mousetrap is showcased at HOTA from 28 May to 2 June. Wayfinder by Dance North, is set to enthral audiences when the captivating contemporary dance performance hits the stage on 26 July. With something for all ages, families can enjoy a theatrical showing of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach on 21 and 22 September. A delightful and educational experience for young audiences, Waru, a story by Bangarra, follows the journey of the green turtle. Featuring inspiring dance and storytelling, this production will be showcased on 23 October. Featuring timeless hits set to resonate with all generations, Queensland Symphony Orchestra: Classic Favourites graces HOTA’s Outdoor Stage for onenight only in a special performance on 26 October. Queensland Ballet returns to HOTA in 2024, when love and mayhem collide in the airy, light-hearted ballet with Australian flair, Coppélia, taking to the stage on 1 and 2 November. Told through captivating and graceful ballet performance, this show tells the classical story of a mechanical doll who is so lifelike she is able to fool the villagers into believing she is alive. In the HOTA Children’s Gallery, multidisciplinary artist Abdul Abdullah’s Kingdom of Kindness will open on 9 March, offering an enriching experience that extends to the youngest art enthusiasts. From 29 March to 4 August, HOTA Gallery will feature its next major exhibition for the year, the immersive Italian Renaissance Alive by Grande Experiences. This unique and sensory arts experience will offer exploration of the Italian Renaissance. Set to be a visual and intellectual delight for visitors, the exhibition will take audiences on a journey through history and art. To celebrate the 2024 program release, HOTA is offering Early Bird Tickets this November to members and the general public. HOTA’s program sneak peek is just a taste of what’s on offer in 2024, with more shows, programs and exhibitions to be announced at the Gold Coast’s arts and cultural precinct over the coming months. For more information on HOTA and the 2024 program, www.hota.com.au Bookings: www.javeenbah.org.au Phone 0417 004 466 • Email email@example.com CNR STEVENS & FERRY STREETS, NERANG Book now 5539 4255 or online www.spotlighttheatre.com.au 185 - 187 Ashmore Road, Benowa HELP SAVE A LIFE & ADOPT TODAY.
7 Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch Happy New Year from the Oxenford NHW team – we look forward to a stimulating time. Our attention is drawn to the impact of the tornado and those violent storms. Great the way the community came together to help. We are a District of volunteers, benefiting from the considerable assistance of the Council, the SES and Energex, all working together to clean up the mess and help those less fortunate. Lots of memories of good deeds, the tireless neighbours armed with chainsaws, the need to help those without power providing thermos flasks of hot tea and bags of ice for other refreshments. Thank you to everyone, we can be proud of the way we worked together. So, what happened to bone-dry El Niño that was expected to bring on an early fire season? While it made a temporary showing in the Spring, it has not been too noticeable since then. We now know there are several weather systems in operation powered by our three neighbouring oceans. It is almost impossible to model the changing conditions in advance, given the confusion of warmer than usual influences. Rather than blame BOM we need to become better prepared. We now have a clearer register of those who are more vulnerable; first step is to ensure that they are safe. Everyone should have a survival kit, if nothing else, bottled water and a working torch are essential. Can the Firees stand down? Answer is we are likely to experience more grass fires rather than the traditional forest fires. These can be just as damaging and perhaps less expected. Remember it only takes a day or two for long grass to dry, so better to be prepared and keep lawns in manageable proportions. Another manifestation of our community spirit is the increasing time we are spending outdoors. Great to meet more people on our favourite walks, Damian Leeding Memorial Park being increasingly popular during the school holidays – thank you Div 2 for restoring the recreational area in record time. Keeping moderately fit should be a New Year’s resolution. As mentioned below, a key focus over the next month will be Cybercrime. Those of you keen on employment will note that the top executive skill is now cyber-protection as scammers move from big businesses to smaller and more vulnerable operations. Worth mentioning once again the ‘Little Black Book of Scams (BBoS),’ which and can be ordered online and addresses many of the increasingly sophisticate scams that are becoming prevalent. Next time you apply for a job, take the BBoS with you, it might be the winning ticket! Please remember that if you experience a scam, report it to the ACCC via Scamwatch – visit www.scamwatch.gov.au. Important to mention that the opportunistic youth has not gone away, remember to ‘lock it or lose it.’ The other worrying statistic is the prevalence of domestic violence, the high cost of living being a factor. Please watch out and protect those who may be more vulnerable. Our next NHW event will be on the 13th of February 2024 with a 7.00 pm start, location at the Meeting Place (aka the Oxenford and Coomera Community Youth Centre), 25 Leo Graham Way, Oxenford QLD. A keynote speaker from the OFT will address the critical issue of scams and the implications for our community. We will also welcome our community Police Officer, our local Counsellor, and our State member for Parliament. As always, we will close with a raffle and light refreshment to ensure a stimulating evening. We Look forward to welcoming you. Martin Mankowski, Area Coordinator Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch My Police Bulletin Flood affected areas on high alert for contractor scams Police are urging the community to be wary of potential scammers trying to take advantage of flood-affected areas as communities begin to recover. People posing as tradesmen, treeloppers or electricians are known to approach people during times of hardship and offer to get their premises restored or repaired, or trees cleared for exorbitant prices. Scammers may use email, text message or social media to try and trick online uses into revealing account information or financial details. The most common online scams involve fake websites to try and get the victim to pay for nonexistent products and services, asking for personal and financial information and installing malicious software on devices. If approached by any person offering services or a tradesperson offering to help, ask for their business card or to see their General Construction Induction Card (White Card) Worksafe Queensland If offered electrical help, check the provider’s electrical licence online - Electrical Licence Register. If you are unsure about an electrician, decline their services and find a licenced electrical contractor yourself either online or through Master Electricians Australia on 1300 889 198. If you witness any suspicious activity in your area as recovery efforts continue, report it immediately to police. To check if your contractor is licenced, visit Electrical License Search. To learn more about scams: www. scamwatch.gov.au. If you have been the victim of a cybercrime, you can report this online at ReportCyber. If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/ reporting. Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au
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