Horizon Festival – 10 arts-fuelled days // 28 Aug - 6 Sep 2020

Weekend One: What's On At Festival Central

Looking for something to do this weekend? We have a jam-packed program of events running at Festival Central, with something to inspire, educate and entertain the whole family. Here’s what’s on:

Opening Ceremony
Friday 23rd August
5:45pm – 6:10pm

Join us for the official opening of Horizon Festival, led by our traditional custodians. Horizon is held on the lands of the first peoples of Australia, the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara people. They are the traditional owners of the lands and waterways on which we gather to share art and tell our collective stories. Bring the family and be part of a special evening as we open Horizon 2019.


Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Shows: 6.30pm – 6.55pm & 8.00pm – 8.25pm nightly
Audience Interaction: 7 - 8pm & 8.30 - 9.30pm

Mountain is a performance by Stalker Theatre that combines aerial theatre with cutting edge interactive technology to explore society’s increasing dependence on technology and the effect it’s having on the world and biosphere around us. The four performers seamlessly meld acrobatics, dance and aerials to create a captivating spectacle. Alongside the show, Mountain also features a projected 3D play space for young and old alike. Directly after the 25-minute performance, kids and adults are invited to rediscover the environment, wildlife and our relationship to it as the stage is transformed into an interactive Australian habitat. It’s the audience’s time to shine as the interactive projection system encourages everyone to be animated, get moving and play along with Stalker’s giant interactive play wall on the stage.

Our People, Our Place
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
9am – 10pm

Our People, Our Place is a large-scale photographic projection work that showcases and celebrates the rich diversity of our region. Combining portraiture, projection and sound, Our People, Our Place tells the story of 35 participants from across the Sunshine Coast, of all ages, backgrounds, genders and abilities. Showcasing a refreshing honesty and intimacy, this project shares stories of pursuits of self-discovery and devotion to serving our community, both from those who grew up here, and those who chose to make the Sunshine Coast their home. We all have a unique story to tell, and Jody’s collaborative practice explores how these stories can be unearthed from the individual and shared widely to deconstruct ideas of gender and race within the Australian context.

Ceramic Hand-Building
Saturday & Sunday
3pm - 4:30pm

Create your own hand-built ceramics at this workshop presented by potter and teacher, Bree-anne Jeffery. Perfect for beginners and those new to pottery, across a blissful 90 minutes you will learn to create your own hand-built cup or planter.

Horizon Kids
10am – 3pm

Each Saturday, Festival Central will be taken over by little people and their families with workshops and activities for making, playing, dancing and singing. With activities varying from clay making, musical instruments, Kabi Kabi colouring and family dance parties, Horizon Kids line-up of free activities is the perfect way to spend the weekend as a family.


TQ Capsule
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10am – 8pm

The Third Quarter is a Brisbane-based contemporary art gallery, bar, retail and event space that exists to connect artists to artists, and artists to community. The Third Quarter will be launching TQ CAPSULE, a temporary container exhibition featuring artworks by Brisbane and Sunshine Coast artists - crafting a new visual dialogue between these two communities. Included in the capsule will be an exhibition of artworks and a carefully curated store featuring publications, ceramics, apparel and prints.

Live & Local
Sunday 25th August
12pm – 6pm

Wind down your weekend in the ideal way by settling in for a unique Sunday sesh, with a local touch. With six local musicians performing, a selection of microbreweries serving tasty local brews and delicious locally grown produce, Live & Local Sundays is the perfect way to stretch out your weekend a little longer.


There is also a Festival Bar & Eats by running 10am – 10pm every day of the Festival, as well as a box office for tickets, programs and other festival information.