Horizon Festival program bursting with local, national and international artists
  • Friday 14 July 2017

Get set to immerse yourself in 10 arts-fuelled days across the Sunshine Coast with the full Horizon Festival 2017 program released today.

Take off your shoes and explore Architects of Air’s Arboria luminarium, a monumental 10-metre high inflatable structure, rock out to local and international bands at Maroochy Music and Vis Arts Festival, lose yourself in a dance theatre work based on the life of Vincent Van Gogh, enjoy side-splitting comedy with Akmal or Anh Do, arts-filled weekends in Maleny and Eumundi, or the Horizon Underground fringe festival in Nambour – welcome to Horizon Festival 2017.

The 52-page program features more than 200 events in visual art, film, literature, performance, street art, comedy, music, theatre and new media to be held across the region from August 25 – September 3.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the countdown was on to what would be another outstanding major event for our region.

“This year we are commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast and it’s festivals like this one that will help us celebrate that special milestone,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“The inaugural Horizon Festival in 2016 was an outstanding success with 35,000 people attending and, with more than 200 events on the program this year, I’m sure we’ll welcome even more in 2017.”

Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the program included a range of artistic, thought-provoking, curious, unique and exclusive events.

“The Horizon Festival program is packed with local, national and international artists,” Cr Baberowski said.

“The response to our earlier program announcements for the REMIX Academy Summit, Architects of Air’s Arboria luminarium and Horizon Underground has been phenomenal and there’s so much more to reveal.

“It’s exciting that we can now release our full program that includes the opening night spectacle on August 25 - an Australian premiere unlike anything we have seen before.

“William Close and the Earth Harp Collective will perform for the first time in Australia, transforming Kings Beach Amphitheatre into a colossal musical instrument.

“I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off what is going to be a huge celebration of arts and culture right across the region.”

A fun addition to the festival this year, and a great way to explore all that Horizon has to offer, is an on-line GooseChase – a scavenger hunt for those with a sense of adventure and fun with great prizes up for grabs. Check out the website for more details.

View the full program and book your tickets now at www.horizonfestival.com.au.

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Horizon is proudly presented by Sunshine Coast Council and supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland.

Horizon is supported by USC, SunCentral, Youi, Telstra, Tourism and Events Queensland, APN Outdoor, 92.7 MixFM, SeaFM, Sunshine Coast Daily, Audi Centre Sunshine Coast, Visit Sunshine Coast and The Sebel Hotels.

Here’s a taste of what’s to come:


William Close and the Earth Harp Collective

Kings Beach Amphitheatre

Friday 25 August, 6pm and 8pm, free

For one night only, the Los Angeles-based artist will deliver two concert spectacles, collaborating with local Sunshine Coast musicians and performers.



Architects of Air Arboria luminarium

USC Sunshine Coast

Friday 25 August – Sunday 3 September, free ticketed

In association with Insite Arts, USC is proud to present Architects of Air’s Arboria luminarium – a monumental pneumatic walk-in sculpture dedicated to the theme of ‘trees’ and designed to generate a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour.


Art St

Eumundi: Friday 25 – Sunday 27 August

Maleny: Friday 1 – Sunday 3 September

Art Street will bring the streets, laneways, public spaces, cafes and businesses of Eumundi and Maleny to life as we highlight and celebrate these diverse and dynamic artist communities.Held over each weekend of Horizon, Art St features a range of visual art exhibitions, film, street performance, wearable art, literary programs, workshops and more.


Festival Clubs

Various venues

Friday 25 August – Sunday 3 September

Mingle and explore the depths of Horizon at the pop-up Festival Clubs held across the region. Experience some of Horizon’s edgiest elements, not-to-be-seen elsewhere, cabaret, spoken word, music and comedy will all be on the menu.


Horizon Underground


Friday 25 August – Sunday 3 September

Challenge your perceptions and step outside the norm. Horizon Underground features 10 days of unconventional and experimental works, emerging artist and new experiences. During the day or late at night, be a part of the groundswell in Nambour and go underground.


Stand By Me

Ocean St, Maroochydore

28, 29 and 30 August

Watch internationally renowned street artist Beastman, one of Australia's most distinctive and prolific emerging contemporary artists, alongside MIMI (Emily Devers), an accomplished multidisciplinary artist who develops pertinent and timeless concepts. The MRA, MMVAF and Horizon have partnered to bring these prolific artists to the Ocean St Precinct.


REMIX Academy Summit

Innovation Centre, USC Sunshine Coast

Friday 1 September

A radical, innovative approach to cultural sector planning and development, exploring sustainable, viable and entrepreneurial solutions. REMIX Summits bring together thought leaders from across different industries to tackle the big ideas shaping the future of the creative industries and the creative economy.



The Events Centre

Saturday 2 September

An internationally touring show, created by Sunshine Coast local Melissa Lanham, Vincent is a dance theatre work based on the life of the artistic genius that was Vincent Van Gogh and his relationship with his brother Theo. A moving and intense piece – Vincent is a show that may touch as many people as the paintings have.


Dawn Awakening

Stumers Creek, Coolum

Sunday 3 September

Ceremony, ritual, dance, language, dreaming, ancestors, legend. Past, present and future will be celebrated through the awakening of a new dawn at Stumers Creek in Coolum for the festival finale.

Honouring First Nation people through music, dance, song and spoken word. Featuring special guests Gennady Papizh (Berlin), Radical Son, Kahl Wallis and Emily Wurramara alongside the Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe.

Dawn Awakening is creatively produced by Red Chair in association with guest producer David Leha.