HOTA’s live FIRESIDE program blazes on

Riding the wave of its first successful live programming since re-opening, HOTA has today announced that their popular FIRESIDE program will continue in August and September.

From August 21 to September 12, audiences can expect a line-up of incredible artists and great food as the intimate events continue in the cosy comfort of HOTA’s Lakeside Room.

HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said the events to-date, which have featured a mix of well-known names, unique experiences and the best in homegrown arts, have been well received by audiences, 

“Over the last month, our FIRESIDE program featured 16 events, 90 artists, 1000 (socially distanced) people, a whole heap of hand sanitiser and some much-needed good times,” she said.

It was a real privilege to welcome back artists and audiences, and the extension of FIRESIDE enables us to keep giving extraordinary experiences to our community.

With another exceptional line-up of artists, there’s no doubt this will be another sell-out success.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Cult cabaret favourites, Club Briefs, will cause some glorious chaos in an entertaining 18+ evening on August 21, followed by rock legend Russell Morris, who will perform his greatest hits on August 22.

During a weekend of the classics from August 29 to 30, Queensland Ballet and Queensland Symphony Orchestra will present their incredible artists up-close in the intimate setting of HOTA’s Lakeside Room, with some enchanting and unforgettable performances.

Cinema aficionados can get their fix, with two events on September 11 and 12, as The History of Animation unfolds alongside a concert by master percussionist Ben Walsh, and string virtuoso, Shenzo Gregorio; and The Honey Sliders with their ‘party-rock dirty-country’ sounds will perform songs from the revolutionary film, Easy Rider.

Queensland Ballet

Those wanting to get creative can enjoy workshops with a twist in HOTA’s Larger than Life Drawing session (September 6) and Storyfest’s Write In The Moment workshop (August 22), where real life prompt cards starring ‘unusual characters living in strange moments’ provide inspiration for writers. 

Gold Coast artists will battle it out in front of a live audience to create the best artwork in an hour in FIRESIDE’s Art Battle (September 4), and those wanting to show off their literary prowess can enjoy an afternoon of Book Trivia on September 12.

Many of the events will include eats in the ticket price, with either a high tea pre-show or supper to finish off the night’s entertainment.

Tickets are on sale now – for more information about HOTA or FIRESIDE, visit their website:


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