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Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival 2016

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International Readers and Writers Festival, three nights, two days, seven venues, renowned writers, performers, musicians, raconteurs, poets, artists, Gubbi Gubbi dancers, Coolum
Image: Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival Facebook page


Three nights and two days in seven venues of jam-packed festivities celebrating the Sunshine Coast's International Readers and Writers Festival with venues at Coolum Civic Centre, Jack Morgan Park (two marquees), Tickle Park, Coolum Surf Club and My Place Restaurant ensuring that festival-goers will have a full program of non-stop entertainment.

Visitors will be educated about the region's rich Aboriginal heritage, the Gubbi Gubbi history, language and Dreamtime stories and to recognise the rich heritage and vibrant culture of the South Sea Islander pioneering families. They are the descendants of South Sea Islanders brought to Queensland from 1863 to 1904 from 80 Melanesian islands to work the state's cotton and sugar plantations.

International Readers and Writers Festival, three nights, two days, seven venues, renowned writers, performers, musicians, raconteurs, poets, artists, Gubbi Gubbi dancers, Coolum
Image: Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival Facebook page


The Readers and Writers' Festival features events at a range of venues at Coolum Beach:-

Coolum Civic Centre, Jack Morgan Park (two marquees), Coolum Bowls Club, My Place Restaurant, Coolum Surf Club and Tickle Park at the stunning Coolum Beach - the geographical coastal heart of the Sunshine Coast.

Renowned writers, performers, musicians, raconteurs, poets and artists are all coming to Coolum for the Sunshine Coast Readers and Writers Festival.

The Programme is so diverse over the three days and nights, I would be hard-pressed to mention everything, but the Official Opening Ceremony and Celebrations commence at 6.00 pm on Friday 9 September, where the Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival Inc will acknowledge the region's Traditional Owners, the Gubbi Gubbi people of the Sunshine Coast and Gympie.



The Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe, formed in 1997 features indigenous artists, performers and cultural educators from the Sunshine Coast, many of whom are direct descendants of the local Gubbi people, whose traditional lands stretch from Pine River in the south to Burrum River in the north and the Connondale ranges to the west. These Gubbi Gubbi performers have performed together for the past eighteen years and have built a reputation as being one of the best traditional Aboriginal Dance companies in south-east Queensland.

These dancers are followed by numerous other artists including Alister Bartholomew, a cultural singer-guitarist; Aboriginal comedian Sean Choolburra; and Antoine Cassar - Europe's 'passport' poetry crusader.

International Readers and Writers Festival, three nights, two days, seven venues, renowned writers, performers, musicians, raconteurs, poets, artists, Gubbi Gubbi dancers, Coolum
Image: Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival Facebook page


Day Two kicks off with a Literary Breakfast at My Place Restaurant from 7.00 am where one can enjoy breakfast with special guests: Ubud Writers & Readers Festival's founder and director Janet DeNeefe and Aboriginal comedian Sean Choolburra.

The day continues with fantastic events, again to just mention a few:- the Literary 'Picnic'; Indonesian Dreaming and Film Time.

Day Three kicks off with a Breakfast and continues with a sensational line-up of artists:- Tah Riq Amawi, a Jordanian-born, Bali-based poet; Zohab Zee Khan, who hails from New South Wales; and Colin Beard, an internationally acclaimed photographer.

For full programme details, please have a look here

These three days are jam-packed with great works and definitely promises to be an astounding Festival, offering one-day and two-day passes to attend the events, which include entry to the Festival's Official Opening Celebrations at Coolum Civic Centre and the Festival's Closing Ceremony at Tickle Park.

Ticket Prices are:-

One-day Pass: Adults $85; Students and Pensioners $50;
Two-day Pass: Adults $160; Students and Pensioners $90;
Literary Breakfast $20 - available only to Festival ticket holders (includes one breakfast meal and a tea, coffee or juice);
Students are full-time high school and university students (primary school students are free)

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Why? For a fabulous weekend of writers, performers, musicians, raconteurs, poets and artists!
When: 9 to 11 September 2016
Phone: 0435 877 617
Where: Coolum, Queensland
Cost: 1-day Pass: Adults $85; Students/Pensioners $50; 2-day Pass: Adults $160; Students/Pensioners $90; Literary Breakfast $20
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