As the sun sets over the hinterland, Luminate! 2020 will light up Caloundra for three nights with public art, unique light installations, live music and our favourite Twilight Markets. Visitors will be enticed to wander down streets, up alleyways and out on the boardwalks. Luminate! 2020 is here to brighten our lives and our shores with this FREE first time-ever walk-through festival.
Caloundra streetscapes and boardwalks will transform into captivating light displays. Multiple forms of light installations by Sunshine Coast Artists will totally illuminate popular areas, including Felicity Park and the boardwalk along the Esplanade. Take a stroll along Bulcock Street to marvel at the new catenary* lights, a centrepiece for the street art trail, or stop off for some live music at one of Caloundra's newest venues, Whispers Cocktail Bar & Lounge.
The Twilight Markets will be giving visitors a reason to do some shopping during Luminate!
Luminate! 2020's three-night event is part of the Caloundra Mini Festival, taking place from the 1 October to the 5 October. Caloundra Mini Festival is showcasing over seventy-five music and visual artists across eight different venues, surrounding the light installations in Caloundra, promising music and arts lovers a fabulous array of treats! The Caloundra Mini Festival will showcase local performers at popular Caloundra CBD venues, including Drift Bar, Coffee Cat on Kings Beach and Greedy Gringo Mexican Restaurant.
The biggest attraction on the Sunshine Coast, the giant Skyline Ferris Wheel, is still thrilling residents and visitors, who just cannot get enough of the panoramic 360 degree views, riding high on Australia's tallest, travelling, portable observation ferris wheel. Jump onboard one of twenty-four gondolas on the giant Skyline wheel on the Caloundra beachfront, to make sure you don't miss out on the thirty-five metre birds-eye-view of the spectacular Sunshine Coast region. Tickets to the Skyline Ferris wheel may be purchased onsite at the ticket box or alternatively, avoid the queues by pre-purchasing your tickets, via Skyline Attractions, online here; follow the 'Book Now' link.
Stunning photography of the Skyline Ferris Wheel, Photo credit: Bluey's Photography, via Sunshine Coast Council
Luminate! 2020 Is an outdoor, open space, moving event, deliberately designed so that visitors can continue to maintain social distancing, with guests circulating through installation zones at their leisure.
Make sure you bookmark a family visit to Caloundra for Luminate! 2020 - this free walk-through festival of light is promising a mesmerising cultural experience for everybody - locals and tourists - during the school holidays. Save the date for Luminate! 2020. A fabulous excuse to light up your long weekend nights!
'Catenary lights refer to the use of structural cables to suspend lights rather than mounting them on poles , walls or other fixed structures. Catenary lighting allows lighting designers unparalleled flexibility, whether they are looking to light large open spaces or tiny laneways.'* (with thanks to www.ronstantensilearch.com for explanation)
NB!! The Caloundra Mini Festival is hosted by individual venues, and tickets for each show are available for purchase from each respective venue. Sunshine Coast Council has organised the Luminate! 2020 lighting installation event to take place at the same time as the Caloundra Mini Festival. Entry to the Luminate! 2020 event is free. While Council is promoting the Caloundra Mini Festival in conjunction with the Luminate! event, it is not responsible for the organisation of or sale of tickets for the Caloundra Mini Festival. Accordingly, Council is not liable for the Caloundra Mini Festival, including the cancellation or amendment of all or part of this festival.