Soundmakers Symposium sure to strike a chord
  • Thursday 09 May 2013

For those with a passion for music or beautifully hand crafted musical instruments, the Soundmakers Symposium is a must see at Sunshine Coast Council’s Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy from 30 May to 1 June 2013.

Soundmakers Symposium is a superb exhibition of wind and stringed instruments celebrating the remarkable diversity and skill of Sunshine Coast instrument makers as well as the significance of the timber and music industries in the heritage and the development of the region.

All are welcome to attend the official opening of Soundmakers Symposium at 6pm on Wednesday 29 May 2013 and be entertained by the Bamboo Rockets playing Vern Gibson’s assemblage of ‘scrap’ instruments made from fence-posts, oil cans and suitcases, drum sets and guitars.

Be sure not to miss the following eclectic range of artist talks, music sessions, workshops and visual installation experiences:




Lunchtime concert by local Indie Folk musicians Datson+Hughes. Free event.

Thursday 30 May


noon to 1pm

Meet the Makers: Join the exhibiting artists in a dialogue about their arts practice and inspiration for their works. Morning tea provided. Free event. Bookings essential.

Friday 31 May


Flute Performance with Noel Dowling: Cellist Piet Sanders accompanies Noel in a performance of delightful and tranquil sounds. Free event. No bookings required.

Friday 31 May


Noon to 12.30pm

Dance Meditation Workshop with Jaime-Lee Hind and Michael Haining. Free event. No bookings required.

Friday 31 May

1pm to 3pm

Guitar Performance by Dave Burrows and Mark Finter: Unplugged guitar music including fingerstyle guitar, bluegrass and manouche jazz. Free event. No bookings required.

Friday 31 May


3pm to 4pm

Flute Making Workshop by Noel Dowling. Make your own handcrafted Native American flute or choose the traditional Zen style flute. $25 per person. Bookings essential by calling
0400 314 902.

Saturday 1 June


10am to 1pm

Shake It Up Music Saturday: An exciting program of entertainment performances by local buskers, musicians and bands.

Saturday 1 June

11.30am to 4pm

Soundmakers Afternoon Tea. Free event. No bookings required.

Saturday 1 June


Instrumental Performance: Join musician Jeff Spencer who will perform on John Platt’s instruments in the Butter Box and reflect on the beauty of performance on unique handcrafted instruments.

Saturday 1 June

3pm to 4pm

For bookings and further information visit council’s gallery website or call the Butter Factory on 5454 9050.

The Butter Factory Arts Centre is open free to the public, and is offering extended opening hours during the Soundmakers Symposium from 10am to 4pm from 30 May to 1 June 2013.