Horizon Festival - Online for 2020 // 28 Aug - 6 Sep 2020

About Horizon Festival 2020

Horizon Festival is the Sunshine Coast's leading multi-arts festival.

Held over 10-days in late August and early September, Horizon Festival was developed by the Sunshine Coast Council in 2016 as an annual arts and cultural festival that celebrates place, encourages community participation and provides capacity building opportunities for our local arts sector.

Each year the festival delivers a curated series of arts experiences across visual art, music, theatre, dance, words + ideas, film and creative workshops; all staged in the beautiful places and spaces of our region.

The festival is a key action in the Sunshine Coast Arts Plan 2018 – 2038 and is reviewed by Council every three years.

We’re rolling with the punches of 2020, adapting our usual 10-day format to deliver a program of digital artworks, events and experiences from June to August. 

With a focus on our local arts sector, we’ll be announcing monthly schedules on the first of each month, starting from 1 June, 2020. Here’s a taste of what you can expect.

The name says it all. Homegrown will see six new works commissioned from local artists. These commissions will support local artists to develop and present new work that responds to 2020 and the extraordinary times in which we find ourselves.

Open Air
Celebrating place, Open Air is a monthly concert series, streamed from the Sunshine Coast’s most picturesque locations, featuring some of the region’s most celebrated artists.

Words + Ideas
A series of panel discussions, spoken word and conversations, Words + Ideas creates space for thoughtful discussion and the sharing of ideas.

Join us as we Rewind and reminisce on some of Horizon Festival’s most loved events from 2018 and 2019.

All this, plus a few special projects we have been dreaming up in response to the chaos that is 2020.

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Sunshine Coast Council and Horizon Festival acknowledge the traditional Country of the Kabi Kabi and the Jinibara Peoples of the coastal plains and hinterlands of the Sunshine Coast. We recognise that these have always been places of cultural, spiritual, social and economic significance. We wish to pay respect to their Elders – past, present and emerging and acknowledge the important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within our creative community.