Horizon's Guide to Anywhere Theatre Festival

Anywhere Theatre Festival is happening on the Sunshine Coast from 10 - 27 May and there are heaps of amazing events and performances to check out. Staged anywhere but a theatre, you can expect to see comedy, circus, dance, theatre, music, magic and poetry happening in all the nooks and crannies of the region – backyards, businesses, cafes, book stores, boats, art galleries and swimming pools.

To celebrate this unique arts festival, we have hand-picked a selection of our favourite local events for your viewing pleasure!


  1. The Cave

Sitting blindfolded in a 320 degree virtual cave listening to two world-class musicians perform a classical repertoire sounds pretty damn good to us. Not to mention the talented musicians Sally Clarke and Louise King. We had the pleasure of working with Louise King on multiple projects during Horizon Festival 2017, so it’s no surprise we are excited for this art-meets-tech classical performance.

Details: 13 May | University of the Sunshine Coast                 


  1. Rockestra

A night to step back in time for the young at heart. Rockestra brings the greatest 70’s and 80’s pop, rock and disco to a two-storey undercover carpark. The oldies *cough* young-at-heart Horizon team members will be putting their disco pants on for this one!

Details: 26 May | SCC Carpark Building, Ormuz Avenue, Caloundra


  1. Metamorphoses

Did you see Vincent during Horizon 2017? We sure did, and we have no doubt this work choreographed by Melissa Lanham will move audiences. Set in an atmospheric pool of water at Buderim Aquatic Centre, Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses is based on Ovid’s myths and explores mythological stories with themes of love, suffering, loss and redemption.

Details: 12, 18, 19 May |  Buderim Aquatic Centre


  1. Midsummer at the Lake

A Shakespeare performance in a beautiful outdoor location? Say no more. The Little Seed players are set to create magic in the Noosa Botanic Gardens. Bring your picnic blankets, cushions and enjoy the performance as the sun sets over the lakeside gardens.

Details: 12, 13, 19, 20 May | The Amphitheatre, Noosa Botanic Gardens


  1. Storyplace – Mooloolaba

Looking at our festival program, it is clear that Red Chair’s Storyplace series is a firm Horizon Festival favourite. Check out Storyplace Mooloolaba and celebrate the culture and story of Mooloolaba shared by elders, historians, poets, musicians and other community keepers of knowledge.

Details: 13 May | The Loo with a View, Mooloolaba


  1. Songs for Nobodies

How does the pursuit of success both define and restrain us? Find out as you join five nobodies on their journey of discovery. Walk the Nambour Vintage Theatre Trail and experience the highs and lows of life in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s. We are enticed by all things vintage, so of course this ‘moving’ style of theatre and retro vibes is right up our alley!

Details: 13 & 19 May | Currie St, Nambour


  1. Carrot Man

We can’t help but love the quirky ways in which Linsey Pollak generates music, and a chance to witness the strange and wonderful instruments he creates is one we can’t resist. Linsey makes music by live-looping instruments of his own invention, embracing his philosophy that “music is everywhere and we are all musicians”. Sadly his Sunshine Coast show has already sold out but don’t fret as Linsey has something in store for this year’s Horizon Festival.

Details: 12, 13 May | Peregian Residential Home


  1. The Cube

We love street art and this all-day installation by Rythmicolour Collective adds an exciting element of interactivity. Composed of oceanic themed artwork, The Cube reveals itself to audiences as they tune into an accompanying soundscape and interact with the creations using a blacklight torch against fluoro paint.

Details: 12 May | The Mooloolaba Wharf


  1. Fiesta

Experience the intimacy and energy of flamenco as it is done in the bars and streets of Spain. Take along your guitar, your heels, & your vocal chords to join in the show, or just come by and enjoy the passion of flamenco. We’re always down for experiencing a taste of international culture without leaving the Sunshine Coast – it may not be a full-blown holiday, but it kinda counts right?

Details: 11 May | Little Boat Espresso, Marcoola


  1. Wildflowering

Kathleen McArthur and Judith Wright were two ‘wild’ women whose artistry extended beyond their painting and poetry to leading some of Australia’s early environmental campaigns. Drawing from their writings, this dramatic reading written by Sue Davis will tell the story of their friendship, art and activism. We definitely enjoy seeing the stories of women that changed the world through art.

Details: 19 May | Caloundra Regional Gallery


We hope you enjoy this exciting performing arts festival - don’t forget to look through the entire program for yourself! You can download the guide at https://anywhere.is/


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