The Young People’s Guide to Horizon Festival

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Georgia Beard, the youngest addition to the Hello Sunshine Team, brings a youthful yet frustrated kind of passion to her Horizon Festival picks. This year, she takes us on a young people’s festival trail that connects us to country and community!

Dawn Awakening

Waking up before sunrise is one of life’s toughest battles – especially when you’re a notorious night owl. But dragging yourself out of bed is worth it to see the sky emblazoned with colour as First Nations culture lights up on the banks of Sunny Coast country.

Dawn Awakening journeys through story, dance, song, visual art projections, spoken word and fire installations on the final morning of Horizon Festival. On Stumers Creek, Coolum, experience a performance featuring Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe, Helena Gulash, BJ Murphy, Soraya Fewquandie, Chris Williams and Samuel Pankhurst and guests artists Fred Leone, Maroochy Barambah and Joe Geia.

Open Air: Yirinda

What I love about living on the Sunshine Coast is knowing how deep the roots of history run through the land. This region echoes the voices and movements of the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara people, who flourished in clans and connected with one another at festivals, ceremonies and games.

Many people gathered for bunya festivals at Burun, now known as Baroon Pocket. Now Butchulla Songman Fred Leone and international composer and instrumentalist Samuel Pankhurst return to Baroon Pocket Dam for Open Air: Yirinda.

The duo draws on the ancient stories of Fred’s people – blending Aboriginal language with contemporary, acoustic, and improvisatory sounds that sidestep all expectations. I’ll be settling on the lakeshore with a blanket and a cushion to absorb this vivid collision of music and place.

The Playlist

As a young person tormented by the precarious state of society and the nebulous shape of my own identity, nothing understands me more than music. I’m rubbish at performing it, but when it comes to listening, I never want to take my earphones out.

I love tuning in to the layers of instrumentals and unearthing the meanings buried in the lyrics. Even better? Learning what draws my fellow music lovers to their favourite songs, hearing what they hear. People connect to music in a myriad of ways, and nothing proves it more than The Playlist.

Horizon Festival’s place-based performance gathers songs and associated stories that locals relate to their Coolum experience – a favourite piece of music that connects them to place. I can’t wait to enjoy this one-hour immersive theatrical experience combining live music, video projection, visual art, and spoken word!

Medicament For Your Predicament

Speaking of precarious societies and nebulous identities, Horizon Festival’s Medicament For Your Predicament offers reassurance of the physical kind!

From antidotes to ire and diuretics for disillusionment to cures for capitalism – artist Cat Jones’ tonics, salves, gargles and powders could be the answer for our soluble and insoluble bodies.

Imagine if we could solve climate change, political division and our own internal struggles with a simple dose of something? I’ll be diagnosing matters close to the heart and formulating my very own remedies at the OPEN LAB! hands-on workshop! Then visiting OPEN PHARMACY! a subversive retail space showcasing the medicaments and serving up prescriptions and medicinal beverages!

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SAVE THE DATE! 9 December, 9am-3pm @stevensstreetgallery for their Christmas Market!

Discover 20+ makers showcasing unique art, ceramics, jewellery, and more from the region`s finest artisans.

Shop local and creative this Christmas for the perfect gifts. Don`t miss free workshops and entertaining programs.

Every purchase supports local artists and boosts the creative community. A festive day trip awaits, filled with creative spirit!

Join @headspacemaroochydore for a powerful workshop - Work on Your Worries

Is anxiety holding you back? Let`s break free! If negative thoughts are on repeat or decision-making feels like a challenge, this workshop is your game-changer. Hosted by the amazing headspace GP, Dr. Amanda.

When: Monday, December 11th, 2-4pm
Where: YouConnect Hub (Warehouse) @ headspace Maroochydore

Ready to reframe those thoughts and conquer anxiety? Register now via the link in the bio or call 5409 4900 and kick those worries to the curb!

Get ready to time-travel through art history @caloundraregionalgallery ! From 8 December, 2023, to 21 January, 2024, join the ultimate print party curated by Kyoji Takizawa from the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts!

Dive into the wild world of ten artists who flipped the script on contemporary art using prints in the 1970s!

Thanks to the magic of the Japan Foundation, Sydney, and the Consulate-General of Japan, Brisbane, this show is an art extravaganza you won`t want to miss!

Time to rediscover prints and redefine your art journey! (link in bio)

Get ready for a festive double feature at @eumundimarkets !

Friday 8 December - Christmas Night Market from 4-8pm! Immerse yourself in the holiday magic with dazzling lights, festive treats, and a FREE climbing wall for the kiddos!

Then, on Saturday 9 December at 9am, join for a Saturday Market day like no other! Join the Christmas Card Workshop – a merry morning of creativity, crafts, and spreading holiday cheer!

Mark your calendars for a weekend of joy and jolly vibes!

Get ready to jingle all the way at the 59th Annual Peregian Beach Carols – the Coast`s OG carolling extravaganza on Wednesday 20 December.

This year, the dynamic trio of @peregianfamilyandfriends , @thevillageperegianbeach and @peregiansurfclub are teaming up to make your holiday season merry and bright in Peregian Park!

What`s on the festive menu?
- Live beats and carol classics by local bands, solo stars, and dynamic duos
- Foodie delights and artisan stalls to snag those last-minute Christmas goodies
- Kid-friendly fun, including face painting for the little elves
- A special sky-diving Santa soaring onto the beach (around 6pm, weather ready!)
- And hold onto your reindeer hats for a surprise grand finale at 8pm!

To unwrap all this awesomeness, just throw in a jolly $15 per family – covering EVERYTHING, from tunes to the main man himself, Santa!

Let`s make it a Peregian party to remember – see you there! (link in bio for tickets)

Sleigh bells are ringing! Have you booked your spot yet?

Join us @coolumbeer on Thursday, 7 December, as the @coolum_business_and_tourism community jingle and mingle to celebrate the merriest time of the year!

Let`s wrap up the year with a dash of holiday cheer and join your Coolum Business and Tourism community for an unforgettable evening, marking the official start of the silly season!

Secure your ticket now for a holly, jolly time by clicking the link in our bio!

Date: Thursday, 7 December, 2023
Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Coolum Beer Co. | Unit 1, 2 Junction Drive, Coolum Beach QLD 4573

Tickets: Members $35.00 | Non-Members $45.00