Events, arts and culture
  • Last updated:
  • 04 Feb 2021


You did what?! Events, arts & culture

Our vibrant events, flourishing arts ecology and cultural programs help make the Sunshine Coast a lively and exciting place to live.

Sunshine Coast Council teams help to keep our arts and culture alive through events, exhibitions, cultural programs plus our eight libraries and two mobile library services.

What a year looks like*

  • Delivered 530 arts and cultural programs
  • Attracted more than 70,000 visitors to our signature events, the Caloundra Music Festival and Horizon Festival
  • $67.7 million estimated economic benefit from council supported major and regional events
  • Signed up 111,000 library members
  • 2.4 million books loaned
  • 14 new works added to Sunshine Coast Public Art Collection
  • $6.8 million redevelopment of The Events Centre.

* (2018-2019 financial year)


Did you know that membership to Sunshine Coast libraries is free and anyone can join? Our libraries provide access to information and learning opportunities through library buildings in Beerwah, Caloundra, Coolum, Kawana, Kenilworth, Maleny, Maroochydore and Nambour as well as two mobile services.

Demand for library services continues to grow, along with attendances at library events and activities.

  • 111,000 members
  • 1.41 million visits to libraries throughout the 2018-2019 year
  • 2.4 million books were loaned by members of the Sunshine Coast community – that’s more than 6500 books a day!
  • More than 240 library volunteers provided additional services and support to customers including provided Justice of the Peace services, one-on-one tech support, literacy tutoring, home library and genealogy support.

Community venues

Across the Sunshine Coast, council staff manage many community and cultural venues including The Events Centre, Venue 114 and other community spaces.

From administration to programming, event management and promotions, our team is on the ground helping the community make the most of our incredible venues.

  • More than 167,000 people attended events hosted at Venue 114 and The Events Centre events in the last financial year.
  • The Sunshine Coast’s premier performing arts and conference centre, the Events Centre at Caloundra, underwent a $6.85 million redevelopment. Supported by $3 million from the federal government, the redevelopment included a main entrance and foyer refurbishment as well as box office and function room upgrades.

Arts and cultural programs

Sunshine Coast Council has endorsed the region’s first arts plan, the Sunshine Coast Arts Plan 2018-2038, which provides a road map for an exciting future for the arts in the region. Standout milestones were achieved in the first year.

  • Established the region’s first Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation Pty Ltd
  • Launched Creative Spaces – a digital platform that brings together available spaces and residencies for artists to access
  • 14 new works valued at $248,500 added to the Public Art Collection - making a total of 234 works valued at more than $3 million
  • Initiated the Refinery program, a collaborative effort to deliver the region’s first arts/business incubator program.


In its third year, the 2018 Horizon Festival attracted more than 38,500 people to 160+ free and ticketed events across the region.

The festival is jointly delivered by more than 500 artists, arts workers, volunteers and event managers, and spans across the region from the Glass House Mountains to Eumundi, and Nambour to Maroochydore.

Caloundra Music Festival has cemented itself as an all-ages, family-friendly music festival for the Sunshine Coast community. More than 400 volunteers contributed to the event, which attracted 33,386 people over four days.

In its 12th year, the festival generated direct and incremental expenditure of $4 million for the region and an additional $1 million to the broader Queensland economy.