SWELL SCULPTURE FESTIVAL
COME face-to-face with awe-inspiring sculptures by local, national and international artists from September 8-17. Stay a little longer and discover a range of unique experiences - guided twilight walks and artist talks, salute to sculpture yoga, artist-led workshops, delicious food on The Green and live music at Swell Sounds. Cost free. Venue Currumbin Beach, Pacific Pde. Details: swellsculpture.com.au.
ORCHID SOCIETY SPRING SHOW
THE Gold Coast District Orchid Society will hold its 2017 Spring Show at the Albert Waterways Community Centre, corner of Hooker and Sunshine Boulevard, Mermaid Waters, on September 15 and 16. Friday from 8am-4.30pm and Saturday from 8am-3.30pm. The venue is wheelchair friendly with plenty of parking for buses and cars. Admission is $4 for adults and children aged under 12 years are free. This is a judged orchid and foliage show. Ten traders will be selling orchids, bromeliads, cactus, succulents and growing needs. Details phone Peter Emerton on 0417504838.
GOLD Coast City Gallery has selected 35 finalists for the 2017 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Queensland's richest prize for contemporary Australian photography. The well-regarded art prize attracted entries from some of Australia's best contemporary and emerging artists. In 2017, the award holds special significance as the Gold Coast honours the memory of Win Schubert AO (1937-2017) and her extraordinary generosity as a lifelong custodian of Australian photography, art and creativity. All artwork will be displayed at Gold Coast City Gallery from September 9 to October 22. Details: theartscentregc.com.
PASIFICA FESTIVAL DAY
PASIFICA is a popular festival that celebrates diversity of the Pacific people. For more than six years, it has been bringing the community together in one place to experience and share the cultures of the Pacific. This year, the ever-popular festival moves to a new and exciting home at the Evandale Parklands on September 17. The venue change allows for broader platforms, adopting a vision to grow in the future, incorporating visual and performing art showcases. Come along and enjoy a community of First Nations, cultural arts, crafts, dance and food. Bring a fala (mat) to bask under the cityscape while listening to the unique talents of Pacific entertainment. From 8am-5pm with free entry at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise. Details: theartscentregc.com.au.
MENTAL AS ANYTHING
MENTAL As Anything are returning to Southport Yacht Club on September 21. Watch the boys perform live in the Compass Room after a lavish two-course dinner. Get your friends together for a table of 10 or join a mixed group and make some new friends on the night. Bring your dancing shoes as the band is sure to play all of your favourites. Event runs 5-10pm at Southport Yacht Club, 1 Macarthur Pde, Main Beach. Cost $59 for dinner and show. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 55913500.
HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE EXPO
WOULD you like free information and education for seniors about health and lifestyle? Learn about retirement living options, in-home care, seniors travel, seniors insurance, financial planning, investment advice, free hearing and eyesight checks and mobility aids. Information is available from Centrelink, City of Gold Coast and more. Find it all at one location and on the same day, September 21, from 9am-1pm, and enjoy free entry. All exhibitors with products and services relevant to seniors are invited to take part. With more than 60 exhibitors including residential aged care providers, travel agents specialising in travel for seniors, vision aids, funeral services, in-home care providers and much more, there will be plenty on offer for baby boomers and seniors at the Albert Waterways Community Centre, Broadbeach Waters. gcseniorsexpos.com.au.
OPERA ON THE BEACH
COOLANGATTA Beach will transform into a world-class stage with six magical nights of Opera Australia's Aida at 6.30pm from September 21-30. Performed on the country's only beachside stage, guests can expect an evening of fireworks (of the vocal and pyrotechnic kind), colourful costumes, impressive sets and an extravagant season of spectacular outdoor opera with a view. Opera on the Beach 2017 will be an unmissable cultural event for both locals and visitors to enjoy. Details including tickets: www.opera.org.au/beach.
WOMEN WITH HEART LUNCHEON
INFLUENTIAL women from across the Gold Coast will come together to hear the inspirational stories of Kelly Landry and Kate McCarthy on September 29. These women have both been affected by heart disease but have gone on to achieve great things in the worlds of media and sport. We invite you to bring your guests for a wonderful afternoon which includes a three-course lunch and fine wines and be in with a chance to win a diamond pendant worth more than $10,000. In support of the Heart Foundation's vital work. 12-3.30pm at the Garden Terrace, Marriott Resort, Surfers Paradise. Cost: $120. Details: email qldevents@ heartfoundation.org.au or phone 38722500.
STATUS QUO AT THE STAR
REVERED as one of the best classic rock bands of all time, Status Quo have announced their final full-on electric shows for 2017. It's been four years since they've toured down under. The highly anticipated The Last Night of the Electrics Tour has already seen the band play a swag of sold-out performances. Status Quo are well-known for their legendary thunderous live shows. From songs such as Rockin' All Over the World, Whatever You Want and Down Down to Caroline and Roll Over Lay Down, an evening in the company of Status Quo promises to be a full-throttle, no-nonsense electric set of great rock music. Show on October 13 runs 7-11.45pm at The Star Gold Coast, Casino Dr, Broadbeach. Book through Ticketek www.star.com.au.