Dawn Awakening

Dawn Awakening

Horizon Festival’s most celebrated and loved event Dawn Awakening returns in 2022.

Gather with us along the banks of Stumer’s Creek in Coolum as the first light rises and the voices of First Peoples call in a new energy for these times.

Together we will journey through story, dance, song, visual art projections, spoken word and fire installations, to reflect, strengthen and testify a flourishing connection to country, culture and each other.


  • Directed by Lyndon Davis
  • Sound Design by Leah Barclay
  • Projections by James Muller
  • Choreographed by Shea Cotter and Soraya Fewquandie
  • Musical Direction by Louise King
  • Fire Installations by Valkyrie Blacksmith


  • Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe
  • Helena Gulash
  • BJ Murphy
  • Soraya Fewquandie
  • Chris Williams
  • Samuel Pankhurst

Guest Artists

  • Fred Leone
  • Maroochy Barambah
  • Joe Geia


This is a free event, but registrations are essential.

Start Time
Dawn Awakening will commence at 5am on the dot, so please arrive early and make sure you are seated before 4:50am.

Parking + getting there
Parking on Stumers Creek Rd is quite limited so a ‘Park n Ride’ service (Location TBA) will be available from 3.30am to 4.30am and then 6.00am to 7.30am. Please remember to bring a torch, walk together in groups and supervise small children, as it will be quite dark.

What to bring
Please warm clothing and a rug or picnic chair to sit on. If you bring a chair, we ask that you please sit to the back of the audience viewing area, so that people seated on the ground can see.
A coffee van will be located in the carpark for warm drinks. You are welcome to bring your own warm drinks (in non-disposable cups)

Photography (without flash) is welcomed but we ask that you remain seated during the performance.

Images: ben vos productions


This project/event is receiving funding through the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery grants program, an Australian Government bushfire recovery initiative. This program is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Open Air Fund.

How to get there

Dawn Awakening

Stumers Creek Coolum / Kabi Kabi Country


All ages
Venue is not wheelchair accessible