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Horizon Festival 2018

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by Mei Mafinda (subscribe)
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An event for passionate arts and culture lovers
On the Sunshine Coast the weather is slowly beginning to warm up although it is still winter. As we head closer to Spring the Sunshine Coast is getting ready for the 2018 Horizon Festival on Aug 24-2nd September.

The festival has an exciting line-up of free and ticketed events including workshops, theatre, performance, visual art, film, music and storytelling. These events will take place around the Sunshine Coast in areas including Buderim, Nambour, Maroochydore, Caloundra, Coolum Beach, Cotton Tree, Eumundi, Kunda Park, Kings Beach and Maleny.

Here are some wonderful free events suited for the family you may want to check out during the festival. The 'Opening Ceremony and Celebration' acknowledges the Kabi Kabi and Jinbarra People as the traditional owners of the lands where Horizon takes place, and are strongly represented at the festival through arts, song, dance, and storytelling. The stage will be set at Cotton Tree Park, Cotton Tree, on August 24th. This will be an entertaining performance of song, storytelling, language, ceremony and dance. This is an event to learn about and experience the richness of the indigenous cultural heritage alive on the Sunshine Coast.

Exciting Opening Ceremony and Aboriginal performances- image from Horizon Festival website


A gathering at the Point Arkwright Lookout, known to be one of Sunshine Coast's most beautiful headlands, '' Storyplace'' is a sharing of stories by elders, historians, poets and musicians. Kabi Kabi traditional custodians Brent Miller and Lyndon Davis will share the history of custodianship through stories. Poets, musicians and historians will also share stories amidst a beautiful coastal backdrop.

Story place with sories told by Indigenous elders- image from Horizon Festival website


'Our Sunshine Coast' is a photographic exhibition of the coasts different environments. This exhibition will feature 33 finalists of the 2018 Environment and Liveability Photography Awards. This is an outdoor exhibition at Coolum Beach and Maroochydore Regional Botanical Garden.

Our Sunshine Coast Photographic Exhibition-image from Horizon Festival website


Patterns in the landscape- performance art at Sunshine Coast beaches- image from Horizon Festival website


'Patterns in the Landscape-Tidal' is an environmental installation on the sands of Sunshine Coast beaches where performers will create elaborate patterns on the sand through synchronised movements. It looks like it will be fascinating to watch the process of these large-scale patterns evolve.

If you're a world music fan, you can experience the sultry, energetic beauty of 'Fiesta' which is a Flamenco performance of Spanish music and dancing at the Bison Bar in Nambour. The audience is invited to bring guitars, tap your feet, sing along and be transported to Spain.

Flamenco dancing and music- image from Horizon Festival website


Other exciting entertainment, music gigs, film and visual arts included at the festival are the Femininus exhibition, and String Symphony- a large-scale performance installation of a giant glowing puppet. Caloundra Regional Gallery will host four visual art workshops, poetry and spoken word poetry competitions will be hosted by the Bunker in Eumundi, standup comedian Arj Barker will perform for a laugh, and there's much more.

String Symphony-image taken from horizon festival website


Horizon is a festival of sharing- sharing social and cultural themes and conceptual ideas, it is a festival for stepping out of the box to experience the imagination, artistic vision, and creative expression of multimedia artists. It is also a celebration of our natural environment. This event provides a platform for diverse artists at the heart of the Sunshine Coast arts movement so the arts will flourish here for years to come.

Horizon has something for everyone and has family-friendly events.
Make sure you book your place at workshops offered, and/or register your interest for free events, and mark these events in your calendar!

Information for this article and details of specific events are taken from the Horizon Festival 2018 website.
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Why? Experience the arts and culture on the Sunshine Coast
When: 24 August-2nd September 2018
Where: Different areas on the Sunshine Coast
Cost: free and tciketed events
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