The countdown has begun to Horizon Festival 2018 when the Sunshine Coast will come alive over 10 arts-fuelled days from August 24 to September 2.
This year’s program is packed with performance, visual art, music, film, dance, comedy, immersive technologies, events for families, hands-on workshops, art on the beach and more.
To give you a taste of what’s to come, festival organisers are revealing a sneak peek of selected events before the full festival program is released on July 13.
Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said this year’s program included an increased range of artistic and unique events.
“Now in its third year, Horizon Festival has quickly grown to become the signature multi-arts festival for our region,” Cr Baberowski said.
“This year we have taken a more curatorial approach to the festival programming, collaborating with the local arts community to present an array of events inspired by art, technology, our natural environment, Indigenous arts, spoken word, pop culture and more.
“It’s going to be another impressive celebration of arts and culture right across the region.”
Here’s a taste of what’s to come:
Harmony (Palmview) and Cotton Tree
24 August – 2 September, free
Become a puppeteer and help bring to life a giant four-metre tall illuminated puppet. Hand-woven, using more than one kilometre of rope, the puppet is controlled by audience members working together to create a joyful and mesmerising performance.
11 August – 1 September, ticketed
Slam poets and storytellers, this is for you! An event series celebrating local stories and poetry through spoken word performance. A program of community and professional development workshops and competition heats will culminate in a signature competition event that showcases local talent alongside prominent national and international performers.
Songs of Emzara
Maroochy Botanic Gardens
25 August, ticketed
Dangerous Song returns to Horizon with an incredible multi-dimensional performance that combines music and light projection in a tribute to endangered animals and the species who, at this moment, struggle for their survival – the Indri indri, black crested gibbon, Carnaby’s black cockatoo, Blakiston’s fish owl, Booroolong frog, blue-throated macaw… and many more.
Patterns in the Landscape – Tidal
Caloundra, Coolum, Mooloolaba
25, 26 and 29 August, free
Adding a touch of art to our stunning beaches, Manning Daly Art will create Patterns in the Landscape – Tidal. Large-scale artworks will be inscribed on the sand by performers, revealing patterns and markings through coordinated movement and interaction.
Cotton Tree and Mooloolaba
24 August – 2 September, free
Immerse yourself in a world of sound with this self-guided augmented reality experience. Discover more than 100 aquatic soundscapes across the Sunshine Coast. Download the free Aurality app and take a walk through Cotton Tree and Mooloolaba anytime during the festival, where you will hear various aquatic sounds triggered by location and movement. Don’t miss the accompanying Immersive Performances on August 31 and September 1.
Arj Barker: We Need to Talk
The Shed, Palmview
1 September, ticketed
Get ready for a night of laughs as Australia’s adopted son of comedy brings his brand-new show to The Shed.
There’s lots more to explore on the website so head over to www.horizonfestival.com.au
Horizon is proudly presented by Sunshine Coast Council and supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Horizon is supported by SunCentral, Harmony by Avid Property Group, TAFE Queensland East Coast, My Weekly Preview, ABC, 92.7 MixFM, SeaFM, GoTransit Media Group and Sunbus.