There’s something big on the Horizon
  • Friday 24 June 2016
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An exciting new festival will take arts and culture to Sunshine Coast streets over 10 days from September 2 – 11.

Horizon Sunshine Coast festival of arts and culture is a new region-wide creative collaboration that is set to entertain and inspire with 10 days of artistic events, exhibitions, visual arts, film, street art, poetry, music, dance, new media, workshops and more.

Acting Mayor Councillor Tim Dwyer said Horizon was created to showcase the diverse talents of our artistic community.

“I’m excited to officially announce the upcoming Horizon Sunshine Coast festival of arts and culture,” Cr Dwyer said.

“A cultural festival of this kind has long been discussed on the Coast and I’m proud to see it come to fruition.

“Horizon was created to showcase our talented artistic community and provide a platform for them to share their talents with the Sunshine Coast community and visitors.

“Many months of planning have gone in to bringing this festival together and I’d like to thank everyone involved.

“Horizon kicks off on Friday, September 2 in Caloundra with a free community event consisting of a lantern parade, art-making, film, projections, music and food so mark it in your diary and make sure you come along.”

Horizon Sunshine Coast events, performances and activities will be held throughout the region including Nambour, Kenilworth, Coolum, Maroochydore and Eumundi.

Horizon will also provide support for a number of well-established events including the Caloundra Film Festival and Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival.

“It’s great to also support established events such as the Caloundra Film Festival, which has already been making a name for itself, and with more events still coming on board the program is shaping up to provide a fantastic 10 days - whether you are into film, writing, dance, music or traditional art,” Cr Dwyer said

Caloundra Film Festival Director Murray Power said this year’s festival would have something for everyone.

"This year the Caloundra Film Festival, in partnership with Horizon, will feature its largest program yet, with events planned for Caloundra, Nambour and Maleny," Mr Power said.  

"With film premieres, red carpets, director's Q&A's, pop-up cinemas and first time events, this year’s film festival will have something to please everyone." 

Keep your eye on the Horizon for more exciting partner and event announcements over the coming weeks. The full Horizon Sunshine Coast program will be released in August.

Visit the Horizon Sunshine Coast website and join ‘On the Horizon’ to keep up to date with future announcements. You can also get social and follow Horizon on Facebook (, Instagram (@horizonartfest) and Twitter (@horizonartfest).

Horizon Sunshine Coast, presented by Sunshine Coast Council, is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.


National call out for large scale street art project during Horizon - $10,000 artist fee on offer

In conjunction with Sunshine Coast Council, First Coat are presenting a Regional Activation Project during the Horizon Sunshine Coast festival of arts and culture.

With $10,000 on offer for the successful artist, First Coat will be delivering street art projects during Horizon, with the large Caloundra Regional Gallery wall as the project centrepiece.

First Coat satellite murals are transforming regions across the state.

Submissions of interest are now open for artists to paint the gallery wall between September 1-3, 2016.

Submissions close at 5pm, Friday July 15, 2016.

To send your submission or make enquiries email