The Gold Coast’s first ever LGBTIQAP+ celebration!

Glitter Festival is the Gold Coast’s first ever celebration of LGBTIQAP+ community. Undertaken and proudly presented by The Arts Centre Gold Coast with the blessing of the City and the Mayor, Glitter Festival is an inclusive event that aims to bring the community together through the medium of art and culture.

From 28 September until 5 October this year, the Arts Centre doors will be flung open to welcome the entire community in a celebration of music, cabaret, theatre, film and visual arts, plus a selection of signature special events. In an extremely varied and multi-layered schedule programmed in true festival style, there’s something for everyone.

Comedy lovers will fall in love with Australia’s ‘Acid Tongue Prince’, Joel Creasey. His intelligent observations, acerbic style, pop-culture expertise and unrivaled story-telling abilities have him winning audiences both here and overseas. See Joel during Glitter on Saturday 3 October at 7.45pm in the Arts Theatre (Arts Centre Gold Coast).

For more hilariousness, don’t miss 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche! It’s 1956 and the Cold War is at its peak. Earth may be on the brink of destruction, but for this society of charming widows, nothing could be worse than… meat in a quiche! See the uproarious, award winning, Off-Broadway smash play on Thursday 1 October at 8.15pm, or Friday 2 October at 7pm(Arts Centre Gold Coast).

Don’t miss a spectacular spring day of fillies, fascinators and fabulous fun at the Glitter Race Day! Mingle with local and national celebrities, enjoy fashions on the field (best dressed femme, best dressed butch), live cabaret and a whole lot of horse. Enjoy delicious canapés and great company in the gorgeous Dome at Gold Coast Turf Club on Saturday 3 October from 11am.

Join us at the picturesque setting, Lakeside at Evandale, on Sunday 4 October for the inaugural Pride Run Gold Coast from 8am. Run, walk or dance your way around the 5km course or enter the Paws with Pride 3km event with your furry friend! There’s also a 700m Little Flyers event. Register today at

Immediately following the Pride Run is the jewel in Glitter’s crown, Glitter Fair Day. Fair Day is a FREE event for the Gold Coast community – a day jam-packed with outdoor games, activities, community sharing, markets, music, stalls, DJs, food and drink and ending with an outdoor screening of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert as the sun goes down. It’s the long weekend, so bring your picnic blanket, relax and enjoy all the festivities with family and friends.

Glitter is proud to present a range of fascinating Gold Coast LGBTIQAP+ premiere films over the week-long festival.Freeheld, based on a true story starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page is showing on the public holiday Monday October 5 at 2pm. Other films include: Drown which will be followed by an intimate Q&A session with Director Dean Francis,Holding the Man, starring Anthony LaPaglia, Ryan Corr, Craig Stott and Guy Pearce and, almost 17 years after the release of original film, 54: The Director’s Cut features an unseen storyline. And of course, we couldn’t miss the chance for a dress-up musical screening of cult favourite, The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

All Glitter tickets are available now. Whether you’re local or a visitor to the beautiful Gold Coast, we look forward to welcoming you! To explore the full 2015 Festival program, filled with many more exciting shows and events, visit Glitter here or call (07) 5588 4000.

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