Caloundra Cool with The Events Centre Caloundra

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Change is inevitable, except from vending machines. John Caruso discovers the new chapter being written to Caloundra’s story.

Beech trees were once abundant in the spot on the Sunshine Coast we now call Caloundra. In fact, the name for the area itself is believed to have come from the Gubbi Gubbi language that refers directly to those trees, Kal’owen Dha meaning beech tree and Dha meaning place.

As the Sunshine Coast’s most south-eastern village area, the coastal gem that is Caloundra is coming of age having recently been named Queensland’s Best Town 2023. It’s a place that’s also attracting attention for its vibrant arts and cultural scene, and its commitment to sustainability, and exciting new developments.

Sunshine Coast Council’s Caloundra Centre Master Plan is a roadmap for a town brimming with life, where the allure of the ocean intertwines with the buzz of urban vibrancy while the Glass House Mountains majestically guard the horizon. The plan seeks to harness the area’s strengths, attracting new ventures that will propel Caloundra forward as a thriving destination.

At the heart of this transformation lies a vision for a captivating town centre, a communal gathering place and vibrant hub to deliver a new energy.   

The Community + Creative Hub will create a unique public space that connects The Events Centre, new Library+, proposed new Sunshine Coast Regional Gallery, and parks and streets through to picturesque Bulcock Beach.

The Caloundra Centre Activation Project promises to deliver a creative oasis that will deliver a new ‘heart’

Sunshine Coast Council Division 2 Councillor Terry Landsberg said the Community + Creative Hub had been designed as a place where arts, community and creativity came alive.

“There was extensive input from locals, inspired by the colours and forms of nature, including fig trees, Pumicestone Passage, ocean, beach life, mountains and the creative community,” explains Cr Landsberg.

“It means more community and open space between Omrah Ave and Bulcock Street, and further protects existing vegetation in the Caloundra centre.”

Motel Caloundra is the most recent refurbishment to rejuvenate the ‘city of beaches’ with chic and charming accommodation.

Re-opening its doors in the core of Caloundra’s creative and cultural hub in September 2023, with the vision of becoming the Coast’s first net-zero energy hotel, it was stripped and styled by innovative and inspired hotel developers and designers Andrew and Lucy Pink, in collaboration with Maeva Hospitality’s Scott Armstrong.

Together they have crafted a sanctuary of sophistication and serenity perfectly positioned across from the proposed new Community + Creative Hub, including The Events Centre with an impressive line up of shows and events for 2024 sure to attract record bookings.

For more than four decades The Events Centre has been one of the largest performing arts and conference venues on the Sunshine Coast with thousands of people walking through their door every year and 2024 promises to be a blockbuster.

If you are a fan of the iconic singer-songwriter Kate Bush, you won’t want to miss the award-winning cult cabaret An Evening Without Kate Bush– an hilarious and heartfelt tribute to the legendary artist, performed by the talented comedian Sarah-Louise Young.

The show has been a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Soho Theatre, and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and it’s received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.

It’s also won the Best Musical Show award at the Leicester Comedy Festival and features some of Kate Bush’s most famous songs, as well as stories and anecdotes about her life and impressive five-decade career.

Featuring classic hits like Running Up That Hill, Wuthering Heights, The Hounds Of Love, Strange Phenomena, Cloudbusting and The Man With The Child In His Eyes, the cabaret-style show also throws in some unexpected B-sides and Bootlegs alongside unique takes on songs like This Woman’s Work and Babooshka.

You’ll laugh, cry, and sing along to this amazing show that celebrates the genius of Kate Bush when it comes to The Events Centre on 25 January.

And for the glittery, falsetto, and disco loving tragics, The Best of The Bee Gees, Greatest Hits Tour is playing 17 February when you can do the The Disco Finger, The Bus Stop and The Snap to decades of hits by the legendary brothers Gibb, from their early pop songs to their disco anthems, Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever, Jive Talkin’ and more.

The show features a talented cast of musicians and singers who capture the sound and style of the Bee Gees, as well as special guests who perform songs written by the Bee Gees for other artists.

It’s a night of nostalgia, fun and more than a woman, or man could ever want.

And no visit to Caloundra would be complete without a visit to Acqua Restaurant, an award-winning restaurant with a menu of mouthwatering dishes, showcasing the freshest local produce.

Whether you’re looking for a casual lunch, a romantic dinner, or a pre or post Events Centre show cocktail, Acqua Restaurant is the perfect spot for waterfront indulgence watching the world go by over looking the stunning Pumicestone Passage.

Caloundra is on the rise, and it’s an exciting time to be a part of its transformation.

With its commitment to sustainability, its vibrant arts and culture scene, and its exciting new developments, Caloundra is poised to become a must-visit destination for travellers from all over the world.

MUST-SEE EVENTS + WIN TIX!

Must-see events for the first quarter of 2024 at The Events Centre Caloundra include:

13 Jan: Dreams | Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks Tribute Show
25 Jan: An Evening Without Kate Bush
28 Jan: Jimeoin – Who’s Your Man?!
7-10 Feb: A Chorus Line
9 Feb: Tommy Little Has a Regular Size Deck
17 Feb: The Best of the Bee Gees Greatest Hits
29 Feb: Anh Do | The Happiest Refugee Live
1 Mar: Jimmy Rees | Let’s Get Regional
3 Mar: John Williamson In Concert
16 Mar: Respect | The Aretha Franklin Story

For more details and tickets visit: www.theeventscentre.com.au

WIN A DOUBLE PASS!

The Events Centre is offering a double pass to An Evening Without Kate Bush. To enter, simply scan the QR code and enter your details before 7 January 2024 to go in the draw. Winners drawn 8 January 2024. Terms and conditions apply.

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After 30 years in radio, John now runs the Conversations IN Noosa podcast and in between being our writer, sanity checker, accounts manager, event MC, and delivery boy; he spends time with his first love, recording a daily Drive program for regional radio from home (often in his pyjamas); and presenting Saturday mornings on Hot 91.1. He has previously worked for FoxFM Melbourne, Triple M Brisbane and SeaFM, as well as managing and presenting on ABC Sunshine Coast.

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