Anniversary events bring world-class photographers and performers to the Coast
  • Wednesday 13 September 2017
Dangerous Song - Linsey Pollak and Lizzie O

All ages and interests will be catered for this weekend with trivia nights, world-class photography lessons, concerts and performances as part of the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast celebrations.

On Friday September 15 from 6.30pm, Valdora Community Hall is hosting a trivia night with a touch of local history.

Gather a group of friends and try your luck at answering a range of questions relating to 50 years of local history.

For the true history buff, there will be a display of historical photos from the last 50 years on the Coast.

The cost is $10 per person and you can register your interest by emailing the Valdora Community Hall at If you don’t have a table, come along anyway and the friendly Valdora folk will match you up with a group.  

Cruise on down to Mooloolaba Surf Club on Saturday, September 16 from 9am to join Reef Check Australia and celebrated photographer Gary Cranitch from the Queensland Museum in a photography workshop, and learn from one of the leading photographers in the country.

Gary will focus on tips and tricks that everyone can use to tell their unique story through photography.

Join Gary from 1pm on Mooloolaba Beach for an Instameet and utilise your newfound skills plus learn how to upload your images to social media using hashtags. There’s even a chance to win some awesome prizes.

The photo workshop is a free event and open to anyone interested in learning from the best.

For more information search “Reef Check Australia” on Facebook.

A special performance by the Sunshine Coast Concert Band will be held on Saturday from 3pm at the Kawana Community Hall in Buddina.

A band of 40 volunteer members will perform music from the past 50 years as part of a special tribute to the 50th anniversary.

Directed by Ken Chadwick OAM, with vocalists Dave Stygall and Wendy West, this is sure to be a memorable afternoon.

Tickets are $15 at the door and includes afternoon tea.

Eumundi will come alive on Saturday night when Australian music legend, Little Pattie, performs at Eumundi Rocks Around the Clock.

Get sent back to the time of six o’clock rock with additional performances from Blue Suede Gasoline Alley, the Sunshine Coast’s Doo Wop Dolls and Brian Henderson’s Bandstand.

Guests are encouraged to don the petticoats, pencil skirts and psychedelic hippy gear and party the night away.

The event includes prizes for best dressed, a 1960s-style dinner and glass of bubbles.

Tickets are $68 and a cash bar will be available.

Bookings can be made online at and the Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre.

A unique performance will be held at the Maleny Community Centre on Saturday from 7pm.

Dangerous Song (pictured) is a performance piece that combines the human voice with the sounds of endangered and extinct animals to create an intriguing and moving musical performance.

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All events listed have been supported by Sunshine Coast Council’s 50th Anniversary Fund.

For more information on the 50th Anniversary celebrations, visit