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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 info@javeenbah.org.au 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.

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9 Comedy Chaos Returns to the GC The Gold Coast’s premier comedy extravaganza, GC Laughs Festival, is back – bigger, bolder and funnier than ever before with a whopping line-up of 40 shows to have you doubled over in laughter when it returns to HOTA, Home of the Arts this year. crowd-favourite, the GC Laughs Comedy Gala on Friday 15 March. Set to showcase a ‘chocolate box’ of surprise acts to delight audiences and provide a taste of what’s to come during the festival line-up. Festival highlights include the return of radio legend Tommy Little, with his eponymous show Tommy Has a Small Deck. Tommy’s razor-sharp wit, wild stories and infectious energy are guaranteed to deliver an hour that will leave you in stitches. Saturday 16 March will see awardwinning comedian Geraldine Hickey, TV personality and funny-man Dave Hughes making a GC Laughs comeback with his brand-new show Fully Furnished, He Huang and Heath Franklin(aka. Chopper) also take to the stage. Everyone’s favourite online ‘mum’ Mel Buttle will make her festival debut, as part of a national tour for her show called Not Here to Put Socks on Centipedes, where she promises to let loose on life and all its awkward moments. Network 10’s The Project co-host Sam Taunton is bringing his show How to Promising two weeks of laugh-outloud hilarity, the GC Laughs Festival 2024 will boast a staggering bill of the best in comedy from March 15-23. From home-grown Aussie heroes to some of the biggest international comedic sensations to grace the stage, audiences can expect absurd stories, lewd humour, complete nonsense and ridiculous skits, all wrapped up in one epic celebration of comedy on the Gold Coast. In its sixth year, Festival Director Josh Armstrong promised the Gold Coast’s only comedy festival would be more outrageous than ever before. “It’s unbelievable that we kicked off our first festival at HOTA back in 2019 and it’s clear that Gold Coast audiences love a laugh, with every year we keep adding to our line up and GC Laughs keeps getting better,” Mr Armstrong said. “We’ve been able to bring some of the biggest Australian and international names in comedy to the Coast, and in 2024 we have 37 acts already locked in with plenty more to be revealed so stay tuned for more!” Kicking off the festival antics is Tie a Tie. Brace yourself – it’s literally about why he couldn’t tie a tie, and how if he did ever wear one, he looks like a teenager on his way to court. Ray O’Leary, best known for his plain yet iconic grey suit and deadpan humour, will leave you in stitches with his show Your Laughter Is Only Making Me Stronger. A star on the up-and-coming Australian version of TV show, The Office, Felicity Ward is on home turf for the first time in five years with an hour-long show, I’m Exhausting! Hailing all the way from Scotland, Fern Brady is back in Australia to showcase a brand-new show, I Gave You Milk to Drink on Thursday 21 March. With a stacked calendar of events by the best in comedy and more to be announced, the GC Laughs Festival 2024 will have audiences in stitches as it delivers a healthy dose of kneeslapping hysterics set to have you giggling for nights on end. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased www.gclaughs.com.au or via the HOTA Box Office – (07) 5588 4000. 5556 0402 3/145 Old Pacific Hwy - OXENFORD RED DEVIL RADIATORS  Car Radiators  Truck Radiators  Cooling System Servicing  New Unit Who else would you see about your overheating problems? & Airconditioning Service • Repair • Installation • Regassing • Free Quotes! Specialising in all mechanical repairs from basic log book servicing to major mechanical issues & faults The hot weather is here... does your air conditioning need regassing? MENTION THIS AD FOR 10%DISCOUNT HELICONIA SPECIALIST 2 MARKET STREET, CARRARA Ph: 0415 323 815 DELIVERY AVAILABLE One of our most popular plants - Heliconias. This is a great example of how well they work as a screener. If you’re trying to hide your fence or the neighbours these will do the job. Choose from: Kawauchi, Rauliniana, Black Cherry, Jacquinii or Hot Rio Nites. plus many other plants to choose from. SCREENING HELICONIAS Do something special. Give blood. Call 13 14 95 download the app or donateblood.com.au

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Ladies we would love you to come along for an enjoyable afternoon. Carolyn on 0412 643 621 or Marie on 0405 089 094. TIME4FRIENDS meets every Friday at 9.30am at the Nerang Uniting Church, 5 Nerang River Drive, Nerang. Come and enjoy morning tea followed by a Joke & Thought and Trivia, followed by a game of 500 or Rummy King or join a crocheting crocheting group. Ring Judith 55294806. PROBUS CLUB OF NERANG meets 2nd Wednesday of Month at Nerang RSL from 10.30am. We are a small mixed club looking for members. Join us for meetings with interesting speakers or activities followed by lunch and outings each month. email:nerangprobus594@ gmail.com NERANG SENIOR CITIZENS INDOOR BOWLS - 50 and over and would like to join a friendly indoor bowls group? Tuition given if you are not sure how to play the game. Annual fee $7.00, entrance fee $3.00. Great morning tea Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8.30am-noon. Ample parking, Cnr Ferry St and Mylor St Nerang Ph Thelma 0405548252, Dennis 0410570689, Val 0418728820. BREAK AWAY MUSIC SOCIETY - Social gathering first Sunday of each month at 12 noon at Nerang Country Paradise Parklands, main entrance 231 NerangBeaudesert Rd, down to the building called the Barn. Gold coin admission. Everyone welcome, bring friends and instruments to join in the fun with Guest Artists and other performers. Food/ drinks available (BYO Alcohol). Society Membership is based on INCLUSIVITYSUSTAINABILITY-CREATIVITY and RECONCILIATION. Info: Facebook Page; BREAK AWAY OPEN MIC or phone Paul on 0412 353 059. Breakawayopenmic@ gmail.com DRAGON BOAT CLUB, ‘BROADWATER DRAGONS’ welcomes all members of the community to come and try one of the most vibrant and inclusive sports you can do at any level of fitness and age. Learn how to paddle in a team, with the opportunity to be as competitive as you want. Broadwater Dragons training ground is at the Arthur Earle Park, Nerang Connection Road, Nerang. Training three times every week, Tuesday and Thursdays evenings at Nerang. Saturday mornings training are at Nerang or Emerald Lakes boat ramp. Come on down, say hello, watch what we do and hop in! If you would like to come and try, please contact us on: recruitment@broadwaterdragons. com, 0408 065 483, or our website; broadwaterdragons.com SIP N SUP CLUB – GOLD COAST Meets every three weeks at a great restaurant around the Gold Coast. All men welcome for beer, wine and food. We critique restaurants, have guest speakers but most of all we have a lot of fun. Generally Thursday afternoons, however, some evening events, 16 meetings per year. Facebook and search for @sipnsupgc and/or phone Michel on 0412 757 535 or email michel_44@ bigpond.com A.R.A.G.C. CAR CLUB - We welcome all new members, we are a friendly light minded, small group of classic car lovers. We do monthly weekend runs to various points of interest, monthly mid-weekday lunches and meet most Saturdays at Expresso25, 1 Boat works Drive Coomera about 7.00am also a yearly weekend away. Christmas Party in December. We hold bi monthly meetings last Monday of the month at 6pm to 8pm at Nerang PCYC. We get together to attend various Classic and Vintage car events. Phone Terry 0413875737 or Peter 0493092341

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