Guides to the festival: must see 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 first is below.

Looking for an event that says ‘I told you you’d like it?’. Look no further. Below is a guide to our must see events.

Dawn awakening

It’s a 5am start, but you wont experience anything else like it on the Sunshine Coast. Rug up and bring some coffee.

Find out more here.

First Nations people dancing
Image credit: Nic Morley

dirty laundry

The Briefs misfits are here for the first time with their Hills Hoist poised, ready to air their dirty laundry in this brand-new party cabaret.

Find out more here.

People in a cartoon bubble bath.
Image credit: Joel Devereux

conversations with men

Moderated by Clementine Ford, this is an exploration of masculinity, vulnerability and the tender connection between men and their childhood selves.

Find out more here.

A person in a while sparkly suit stood against a blue back drop.
Image credit: Sarah Enticknap

from rations to wages to treaty

Joe Geia brings audiences an opportunity to learn, reflect, and — above all — celebrate the lives and work of Indigenous leaders and activists.

Find out more here.

A First Nations musician and a guitar.
Image credit: courtesy of the artist

NOISE by Dancenorth Australia

Join us for a free evening under the stars for this monumental celebration of sound, rhythm, and dance.

Find out more here.

Dancers with drums, dressed in red.
Image credit: Amber Haines

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