Opening night celebrations to light up the heart of Caloundra
  • Friday 26 August 2016
horizon festival, lantern parade

Sashay through the streets into a world of dance, music, poetry slam, visual arts, storytelling, projections and more as Horizon festival of arts and culture gets in to full swing on Friday, September 2 in Caloundra.

Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski invited the whole community to come along and celebrate at Horizon Ignites from 5pm until 9.30pm.

“Everyone can join a spectacular lantern parade, led by Gubbi Gubbi dance troupe, Sambazzy drummers and Let’s Dance Latin performers,” Cr Baberowski said.

 “The lantern parade will light the sky of the CBD from Minchinton Street weaving its way through to Felicity Park.

“You can also learn samba and flamenco dance, enjoy street art, interactive art playshops, stilt walkers, a Pom Pom Palace for children, roving performers, laneway bar, long-table dining global style food vendors and artisan stalls.”

Live on stage there will be flamenco and Spanish dance and local musicians PocketLove and Ayla.

Immerse yourself in The Art of Storytelling at the travelling inflatable Pod Lounge, presenting a dynamic night of slam poetry, storytelling, music, culture and spoken word starting at 4.45pm with the sweet sounds of Dear Willow.

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the festival vibe in Caloundra would extend from Felicity Park into the gallery and beyond.

“Caloundra Regional Gallery will be holding a special Up Late event to join in the Horizon festival fun,” Cr Dwyer said.

“Head in to the gallery anytime from 5pm-7pm and view the Sunshine Coast Art Prize exhibition, enjoy a guided floor talk by Art Prize judge Jane Deeth and music by local Jai Bevan.

“If you love film, head over to The Events Centre at 5.30pm for the launch of the Caloundra Film Festival.

“The Film Festival is launching with a free world premiere screening of Thicker Than Water, a film produced by Caloundra local Madeleine Kennedy.

“Join the red carpet and snap some photos with film-maker Madeline Kennedy along with actors Pete Murray, Anthony Brandon Wong and Ellie Popov.”

Artists Kyle Hughes-Odgers and Andrew Frazer will be working their mural magic over four days, on the exterior wall of Caloundra Regional Gallery as part of the First Coat Satellite Murals – which also includes four more murals set to adorn the laneways of Caloundra CBD being finalised on Sunday, September 4.

All this, and it’s only the first night of Horizon!  There are more than 220 events over the 10-day festival so head to the Horizon website and check out the full program.

Visit the Horizon Sunshine Coast website and join ‘On the Horizon’ to keep up to date.

Get social and follow Horizon on Facebook (, Instagram (@horizonartfest) and Twitter (@horizonartfest). Join the conversation and share your Horizon moments using #horizonartfest

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

Major sponsors of Horizon include University of the Sunshine Coast and SunCentral, Maroochydore - The Bright City, as well as media partners Tidal Magazine, Sunshine Coast Daily, MixFM and SeaFM.


Street parking is available in the Caloundra CBD precinct, however please be aware of road closures for the event.

Road and car park closure:

The following road closures will be in place for this event:


Closed from

Re-opened from

Minchinton Street, between Orsova Terrace & Omrah Avenue (rolling closure)

3pm, Friday 2 September 2016

 7pm, Friday 2 September 2016

Omrah Avenue, between Minchinton Street & Otranto Avenue (static closure)

12pm (midday), Friday 2 September 2016

11pm, Friday 2 September 2016

Otranto Avenue, between Omrah Avenue & Bulcock Street (rolling closure)

3pm, Friday 2 September 2016

7.30pm, Friday 2 September 2016

Bulcock Street, between Otranto Avenue & Minchinton Street (rolling closure)

3pm, Friday 2 September 2016

7.30pm, Friday 2 September 2016

Car park Closures

Car park

Closed from

Re-opened from

Nutley Street – Council car park (20 bays)

6am, Friday 2 September 2016

11pm, Friday 2 September 2016

Otranto Avenue – Council car park

6am, Friday 2 September 2016

11pm, Friday 2 September 2016