Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

As the sun sets, ground your feet, as we gather on the shores of the Maroochy River, to celebrate and pay our respects to Traditional Custodians of the waterways, coastal plains and hinterlands of the Sunshine Coast, the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara peoples, and open the eighth Horizon Festival 2023.

Come, sit, reflect, and welcome the start of 10 days and nights of rich programming from across the region — and Australia — including special performances from Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe and more.

Following the Opening Ceremony and NOISE by Dancenorth Australia be the first to experience the Opening Night performance of Briefs Dirty Laundry and enjoy local brews, tasty food and music in the Festival Hub garden.


This project is supported by Sunshine Coast Council’s Arts & Heritage Levy.
Image credit: Nic Morley

Visual Content Rating
50: This event includes dialogue. There will be background music and/or sounds.

Any other access requirements
We welcome all audiences to Horizon Festival and strive to make every event and performance as accessible as possible.

We are always open to discussing your individual requirements to assist wherever possible. If you’d like to speak to someone about your access requirements, please contact us during business hours at (07) 5475 7272 or

Wheelchair Accessibility
This venue is accessible to people who use wheelchairs.

Accessible bathrooms are available at Cotton Tree Park in the public facilities, and within the Wonderland Spiegeltent Festival Hub garden.

Accessible car parks are available at the northern end of the carpark adjacent to The Wonderland Spiegeltent.

Level Access
This performance will take place in a public open park space, where there is level access.

Low Lighting
This performance will take place on sunset, during a time of low natural lighting.

Bathroom Access
This performance takes place in a public space, where public facilities are available. Please note that the duration of this event is estimated to be 1 hour.

Gender-Neutral Bathrooms
All Festival Hub garden bathrooms are gender-neutral.

There are various public carparks and plenty of street parking in and around Cotton Tree Park, where The Wonderland Spiegeltent is located. We encourage you to check the parking signs for timed carparks and bays.

Public Transport
The Wonderland Spiegeltent is centrally located in Cotton Tree and easily accessible via public transport. Visit the Translink website to plan your journey.

Suitable for all ages.

This event is presented as part of Horizon Festival 2023, the Sunshine Coast’s leading multi-arts festival. Get lost in 10 days of must-see art, music, culture events and more, from the coast to the hinterland.

How to get there

Opening Ceremony

Cotton Tree Park / Maroochydore / Kabi Kabi Country