Fes­ti­val over­view

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GET READY TO IM­MERSE YOUR­SELF IN MORE THAN 200 EVENTS OVER 10 ARTS-FU­ELLED DAYS ACROSS THE SUN­SHINE COAST DUR­ING HORI­ZON FES­TI­VAL OF ARTS & CUL­TURE FROM 25 AU­GUST – 3 SEPTEM­BER. 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 Anh Do and Ak­mal, arts-filled week­ends in Maleny and Eu­mundi, or the Hori­zon Un­der­ground fringe fes­ti­val in Nambour – Hori­zon Fes­ti­val 2017 has it all. It’s only the sec­ond year, but Hori­zon is fast be­com­ing a sig­na­ture multi-arts fes­ti­val for the re­gion. Sun­shine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the fes­ti­val would be an out­stand­ing cel­e­bra­tion of arts and cul­ture across the Coast. “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.” The fes­ti­val pro­gram has been cu­rated so you can en­joy the en­tire re­gion, from the hin­ter­land to the coast, and to pro­vide us with an op­por­tu­nity to en­joy unique arts ex­pe­ri­ences. Fes­ti­val lead Jo Jor­dan said the fes­ti­val pro­gram of­fered 200+ events across visual art, spo­ken word, per­for­mance, street art, com­edy, mu­sic and more. “Work­ing with our lo­cal artists, pro­duc­ers and event man­agers to de­velop this fes­ti­val has been an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence; their pas­sion and cre­ativ­ity is in­spir­ing and we are so lucky to have such in­cred­i­ble tal­ent right here on our door step. “There are so many won­der­ful events in this year’s pro­gram, in­clud­ing our open­ing night spec­ta­cle, the Aus­tralian pre­miere of Wil­liam Close and the Earth Harp Col­lec­tive, who will col­lab­o­rate with lo­cal mu­si­cians and per­form­ers Lin­sey Pol­lak, Lizzie O’Keefe and Louise King, along with Tjupurru. “And there’s the GooseChase on­line ad­ven­ture that is a great way to dis­cover Hori­zon and see more of the re­gion. “Add to this a range of lo­cal and na­tional mu­si­cal artists, the Fes­ti­val Club se­ries, our huge art trail of ex­hi­bi­tions, pub­lic and street art, heaps of work­shops, slam poetry and much more, there is so much to do dur­ing the 10-day fes­ti­val. “We will farewell an­other huge cel­e­bra­tion of arts and cul­ture with our sig­na­ture cer­e­mo­nial fi­nale, Dawn Awak­en­ing, at Stumers Creek in Coolum. “This year the fi­nale will once again honour our First Na­tions Peo­ples through mu­sic, dance, song and spo­ken word fea­tur­ing in­ter­na­tional guest Gen­nady Papizh (Ber­lin) along­side Rad­i­cal Son, Kahl Wal­lis, Emily Wur­ra­mara, Andrea Kir­win, So­raya Fewquandie and the Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe.”

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