Film festivals, charity runs, music festivals and the iconic Dawn’s Day service – all that’s going on on the Gold Coast is here in ORM’s guide. Plus, we talk to local singer and songwriter, Casey Barnes.
QPOW on Broadbeach – April 8-10
QPOW on Broadbeach is back this April, incorporating the Supanova Pop Culture Expo and the Gold Coast Film Festival. Broadbeach will come alive throughout the weekend with Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles free Live Shows and meet and greets, free family movies in Victoria Park, plus the Supanova Superhero Parade with appearances by Transformers Optimus Prime, Blinky Bill and Nutsy, and many more. Friday April 8th will be a spellbinding evening inspired by Hogwarts itself with a real life Quidditch Exhibition Match and a screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
ANZAC Eve Symbolic Sleep Out – April 24
Currumbin RSL’s Anzac Day Dawn Service is an iconic Queensland event and it has again joined forces with major supporting partner National Trust Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to offer a symbolic sleep out on the Eve of Anzac Day, within the grounds of the Sanctuary. Guests will experience a unique night under the stars sleeping in swags, and when they wake in the morning will be just a stone’s throw from the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Elephant Rock. The night will include entertainment for young and old and kids will be entertained by a Blinky Bill show and ‘Critter Craft’ area. There will be guided night tours through the Sanctuary and the evening will conclude with the movie ‘Gallipoli’ shown on the big screen. 100% of profits from ticket sales and from the food and beverage sold at the Sanctuary will be donated direct to veteran’s welfare.
Mateship Run – April 24
Entries are now open for the Mateship Run. Over 1000 people of all ages are expected to be running or walking with event ambassadors Mat Rogers and Matt Jones in the 10km run, 5km run/walk, or 1.5km community walk, alongside the beautiful surroundings of Currumbin Creek and the iconic Elephant Rock. In addition to the health benefits and free goodie bag for entrants, the event will raise much needed funds for Solider On to assist with building the first Reintegration and Recovery Centre in Queensland.
Surfers Paradise LIVE – 6-8 May
It's official! Headlining this year's Surfers Paradise LIVE music festival are the Choirboys, Thirsty Merc, Anthony Callea, Harrison Craig and Little Sea! Supported by an eclectic mix of Australian artists, this 3 day free family friendly festival is sure to have you dancing through the streets of Surfers Paradise!
Broadbeach Country Music Festival – June 17-19
Adam Brand and The Outlaws, The Sunny Cowgirls, Jasmine Rae and the Adam Eckersley Band are just some of the massive Country stars set to hit the sunny Gold Coast for the fourth annual Broadbeach Country Music Festival. Uniquely combining ‘Country with the Coast’ the beachside family friendly event is free to attend, showcasing premier Country Music performers on a number of outdoor stages and in venues throughout the Broadbeach precinct.
FAMILY IMAGE – Casey Barnes
This edition we’re profiling Casey Barnes, local singer/songwriter and all round good guy. Originally from Tasmania, Casey now lives in northern New South Wales with his gorgeous family, and enjoys a very successful career both at home and in the USA.
Who makes up your family?
My wife Michelle and two beautiful daughters, Charly (7 years) and Emmy Grace (2 years) – the girls are the best things to happen to Michelle and I.
What’s your favourite thing to do as a family in the region?
Anything that is outdoors. We love going swimming or taking the girls kayaking, and connecting the girls with the natural environment we enjoy here on the Coast. We’ve recently started going for family picnics on the weekend, the girls really love that.
Do you have a family tradition from your childhood that you now share with your family?
Something we used to do when I was a kid was have a jam session and sing along, and I now get to do this with the girls all the time! They love music and are always dancing around, and it’s so great to be able to get the guitar out and have a sing with them.
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