Get set for our cultural evolution

A STRIKING new cultural destination is planned for Australia’s Gold Coast. To be delivered on a 16.9 hectare site, within walking distance of Surfers Paradise, the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct will be a heart for arts, culture and creative enterprise. It will become the Gold Coast’s place to be for residents and visitors alike.

With new visual and performing arts facilities and a programmed outdoor Artscape, the completed Gold Coast Cultural Precinct will support the city’s already thriving cultural evolution.

Design team leaders, ARM Architecture and Topotek1, have applied their 2013 international competition-winning concept to a site-wide Master Plan. It will guide staged delivery of the project over the next 10 – 15 years. View the Master Plan

Early work started in 2015, enabling completion of the $37 million Stage 1 before the city hosts the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™.



Versatile outdoor space with shade structure

By 2018, Stage 1 will provide:

  • A Versatile Outdoor Space – stage and event platform in a garden-style amphitheatre, catering for audiences of up to 5000 and a wide range of civic events and performances
  • Initial Artscape works – surrounding an enhanced Evandale Lake and activated by artistic programming, markets, festivals, cinema and family recreation
  • Detailed design is also being prepared for a pedestrian and cycle bridge connecting the Cultural Precinct with nearby Chevron Island and on to Surfers Paradise. This will enable construction of the precinct’s Green Bridge to proceed when funding is secured.

View the latest Stage 1 concept. 

Future stages

Future stages will be delivered after 2018. Outlined in the Master Plan, they will include a striking central Art Tower and adjacent Great Hall, new and refurbished performing arts facilities, and completion of the outdoor Artscape works.

Council is working with The Arts Centre Gold Coast, governments, business, arts and cultural organisations and the community to build partnerships, secure funding and activate what will be a must-visit artistic and cultural destination.

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