Guides to the festival: free events

This year’s program is big and having a plan helps. So, we’ve created seven festival itineraries, that are aimed at all walks of life, to help you navigate the festival — the fifth is below.

These events won’t touch the sides of your pocket. 


Experience Jack MacRae’s artworks come to life with the animations of Helena Papageorgiou and the support of augmented reality. 

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Image credit: Jack MacRae artwork

Live & Local in the garden

Free music at the Festival Hub all festival long.

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Image credit: Shannon Sol Carroll — photo SomeFX

You Are Neither Here Nor There: Sam Cranstoun

This exhibition brings together four projects made during the first decade of Queensland artist Sam Cranstoun’s research-driven practice.

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Image credit: Zan Wimberley

warp by jack macrae

An exhibition presenting in an old abandoned jail. 

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Image credit: Kyle Dobie

Sunshine Coast Art Prize

A dynamic visual arts award reflecting outstanding contemporary 2D and new media arts practice in Australia.

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Amaya Iturri ‘The Hub; 2022. [Image courtesy of the artist]

Searching for more events? Explore the full program here

This feature promotes Horizon Festival’s upcoming annual event.

Horizon Festival — the Sunshine Coast’s premier multi-arts festival — returns 25 August to 3 September 2023.

The 10-day offering takes place all over the Sunshine Coast — beaches, the hinterland, warehouses. The lot.

At our core: we celebrate place — it’s the heartbeat of the festival — and our programming reflects this.  But, more importantly, we honour the Traditional Custodians of the Country on which we stand — the Kabi Kabi Peoples and Jinibara Peoples.

Our events vary. And they’re (almost) always in spectacular locations. There’s music, art, theatre, dance, workshops, ceremony, and plenty for the family.

So, pop the kettle on, put your feet up, and enjoy flicking through this year’s program — we’d love to see you at an event.     

See you on the horizon,

The Horizon Festival Team