Brisbane’s youth performing arts institution, 2high Festival, will make its debut on the Gold Coast next year as part of the coastal arts and music celebration, Bleach* Festival. The partnership will allow young Gold Coast arts workers and artists to create a local event during the Festival, which last year attracted over 30,000 visitors. Bleach* Festival 2013 will again set the Gold Coast awash with coastal creativity from 22nd February - 3rd March..
For the past twenty years, Backbone’s 2high Festival has been committed to profiling the work of young and emerging artists in Australia as well as providing an exceptional mentoring and skilling model for future cultural producers. Each 2high Festival is coordinated by a team of young people aged 18 – 26.
2high is facilitated by Backbone Youth Arts, an organisation for children and young people aged 9 – 26 interested in drama and performance. Backbone members work with and are mentored by professional artists, actors and arts workers to develop their performance skills and stage productions and events.
The partnership between Bleach* Festival and 2high will give seven youth from the Gold Coast region the opportunity to produce a one-day multi arts event for young and emerging local artists.
Positions currently being recruited for 2 High Festival on the Coast includes:
Music Coordinator x 2
Marketing & Publicity Coordinator x 1
Performance Coordinator x 2
Exhibitions Coordinator x 2
The successful applicants will be mentored by industry professionals throughout the course of the Festival planning period to assist and guide them in their roles. Mentors include several prominent local figures, including:
● Brad Rush - Creative Producer for the Arts Centre Gold Coast, Brad has forged a stellar career as an arts manager, teacher, director, musical director, producer and adjudicator.
● Natasha Edwards - Swell Sculpture Festival founder, director and curator.
● Mandana Mapar - Celebrated Brisbane photomedia artist, arts administrator, curator and cultural development worker.
● Rob Bare - Owner and Operator of Gold Coast contemporary music venue The Soundlounge as well as founder and Managing Director of creative consultancy R & B.
● Bree Davies - Former writer and Senior Project Manager at creative consultancy R & B.
● Carolyn Emge - Journalist, video producer, PR consultant and founder of Soul Arch Media.
Bleach* Festival Director Louise Bezzina encourages all aspiring young Gold Coast artists and arts workers to apply, and can testify first-hand how helpful 2High can be in forging a career in the arts.
For Bezzina the 2high partnership is a welcomed culmination of her professional and personal involvement. “2High is very special to me, as it was really where it all began for me 12 years ago. After being mentored I gained my first professional arts job as a result, and in turn I have mentored some gorgeous young people as my career has progressed. 2High is an institution in Brisbane, with many people in professional arts positions having had some sort of an affiliation with 2High, either as mentor or mentoree. It is my honour to work with my lovely colleagues at Backbone Youth Arts, Andrew Corey (Artistic Director) and Rebecca Smith (2High Festival Director) to bring this wonderful initiative to the Gold Coast as part of Bleach*” Bezzina said.
Applications for Production positions with 2high Festival on the Coast can be downloaded at: http://www.bleachfestival.com.au
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About 2High Festival:
2high Festival gives an inspiring peek into the future of art form and art curation, into artists and arts coordinators and into ideas and creative dialogue. They are inspired by the new ways in which young people engage with the idea of performance, emerging technology and the arts, the cutting edge ideas and the reimagining of the potential of performance/
About Bleach* Festival:
Unleashing an artistic tidal wave that will engulf the Gold Coast, Bleach* Festival will return from 22nd Feb - 3rd March 2013. Long renowned as the global home of surf culture, the Gold Coast was the logical birthplace for Bleach*. The festival embraces the beach heritage of the Southern Gold Coast, re-imagining it in the form of a contemporary arts celebration.
With a global reach estimated in the millions and showcasing the work of more than 168 visual and performing artists in its opening year, Bleach* Festival 2013 will again celebrate coastal culture with a series of indoor and outdoor pop up music & arts events and installations. Like an undulating flow, Bleach* Festival will roll its way down the coastline through infamous Southern Gold Coast surf towns like Currumbin, Tugun, Kirra and Coolangatta. Catch the wave at http://www.bleachfestival.com.au