Horizon Festival is the Sunshine Coast's leading contemporary multi-arts festival and in 2022 is returning bigger, brighter and more importantly … in person. Ten days and nights of visual art, music, theatre, dance, words and ideas, film and creative workshops, all inspired by the stories and beauty of the Sunshine Coast, awaits.
The 2022 Horizon Festival program is huge, so big in fact that it may be difficult to decide which events to prioritise and which to attend. To make readers' lives a wee bit easier, here are the Horizon Festival's suggestions for the five must-see Festival events.
Get in early for Horizon Festival's most celebrated and loved event! Image: Ben Vos via Horizon Festival FB
Sunday 4 September at sunrise 5.00am Stumers Creek, Stumers Creek Road, Coolum Beach Ceremony/Family friendly/First Nations FREE EVENT but registration is essential. Please book your tickets online here.
Gather along the banks of Stumer's Creek in Coolum for Horizon Festival's most celebrated and loved event, Dawn Awakening. As the first light rises and the voices of the First Peoples call in a new energy for these times, guests will travel through story, dance, song, visual art projections, spoken word and fire installations, encouraging reflection, connection to country, culture and each other.
You may well know Steven Oliver from being sexy on ABC's Black Comedy, or perhaps from hosting Faboriginal on SBS, but Oliver's talents don't end there - be prepared for a bit of a rap, a bit of a sing and a bit of a tap at the Bigger & Blacker Sunshine Coast premiere.
Sydney Morning Herald describes Steven Oliver as a 'tour de force' comedy cabaret and is guaranteed to get you laughing, thinking and shimmying in your seats. With his good pal, Michael Griffiths on keys and harmonies, Steven has dazzled audiences all around the country.
Come along to experience a touching cross-cultural music performance - Image: Cooper Brady Photography via www.horizonfestival.com.au
As the sun sets over the majestic Mount Tibrogargan, guests are invited to come along to experience firsthand a touching cross-cultural music performance, an ode to Gaia (Mother Earth).
Songs of GAIA is the world premiere performance from Ensemble Beyond Borders, a group of musicians exploring new ways of creating music that reflects the rich cultural diversity of Australia. Featuring internationally renowned musicians, Ensemble Beyond Borders encompasses the musical cultures of Indigenous Australia, Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, Tibet, South India and Macedonia.
Performed at sunset, this spectacular outdoor concert celebrates both the rich cultural diversity of our people and the majesty of beautiful Mother Earth.
The iconic Mount Tibrogargan from Bankfoot House - Image: Sunshine Coast Council FB
Parking will be available at The Australian Teamsters Hall of Fame, adjacent to Bankfoot House at 2001 Old Gympie Road;
Guests are invited to BYO picnic and drinks to the performance;
Warm clothing and closed-in shoes are advisable as this area gets very cold once the sun has set;
Please bring a rug or portable chair to sit on as this is an outdoor event with no seating in place. People who have chairs are requested to please sit to the back of the audience viewing area, to allow guests seated on the ground to see.
Please bring a torch to assist with making your way back to your vehicle as it will be dark once the concert finishes;
No flash photography is permitted, with guests to remain seated throughout the performance.
4. Country is Calling
Saturday 27 August to Sunday 4 September from 10am
Official Opening, Thursday 1 September at 4pm Munnimbah-dja - Welcome Place, 20 Coral Street, Maleny/Jinibara Country
First Nations/Visual Art
Curated by prominent Jinibara artist, Jason Murphy, the Country is Calling visual art exhibition is a celebration of the work and stories of the Jinibara people, the Traditional Custodians of the mountains, valleys and hinterlands of the Sunshine Coast.
The four featured Jinibara artists, Jason Murphy, Caitlin Murphy, Allan Kina and Aunty Enid Morris are each inspired by, and called to create, by country itself.
Country is Calling is an affirmation of the continued connection to culture that Jinibara people embody; an offering of deeply embedded practice, showcasing that culture is alive and evolving and that in this aliveness, we find connection, truth and thriving arts and cultural practices across the broader Sunshine Coast region.
Diagnose matters close to the heart at Medicament for your Predicament ... Image: Jacquie Manning via Horizon Festival FB
5. Medicament for your Predicament
OPEN LAB!: Saturday 27 August to Monday 29 August, 9.30am to 1pm
OPEN PHARMACY!: Thursday 1 September to Friday 2 September, 5pm to 7pm
IN | artist run initiative, 4 First Avenue, Maroochydore QLD
Tickets for OPEN LAB! from $35 plus booking fees - purchase here
OPEN PHARMACY! FREE EVENT - please register here
Artist Cat Jones draws on her unique sensory, botanic and social practices to create space for participants to share recipes passed down through generations and across diverse communities, whilst experimenting with new approaches to collective and mutual care for our complex times.
Take part in OPEN LAB! a hands-on workshop to diagnose matters close to the heart and formulate your very own remedy and recipe for transformation.
Participants must be vaccinated to participate (workshop only)
Face mask advised
Suitable for ages 16 and above (workshop only)
After your hands-on workshop visit OPEN PHARMACY!, an installation and subversive retail space, showcasing the medicaments made in OPEN LAB! and serving up quick and dirty prescriptions, medicinal beverages and the effervescent power of conversation.
If you're keen to get involved, by becoming a volunteer, please follow the Horizon Festival's volunteer link here. This is a unique opportunity to engage with the community, whilst gaining valuable event experience from a variety of roles and responsibilities.