THINGS TO DO: Horizon Festival 2018

03 July 2018

The countdown has begun to Horizon Festival 2018, when the Sunshine Coast will come alive over 10 arts-fuelled days from August 24 to September 2. 
And there’s a whole range of events for families and kids of all ages.

Josephine Wants to Dance

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Josephine is a kangaroo – who loves to dance. When a ballet troupe comes to town, Josephine is mesmerised – she sneaks into town to peer through the windows as the dancers rehearse, then Josephine goes home and practices all night until she knows the dance by heart.

On the day of the first performance the ballet company was in trouble and Josephine’s talents are called upon to help save the day. Can she do it, and more importantly, does it matter that she’s a kangaroo?

Ages 4+

Date: Fri 31 Aug; 10am and 12:30pm

Location: Lake Kawana Community Centre

Price: General $20, Group of 4 (at least 2 kids) $70, Under 2 on the knee for free


String Symphony

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String Symphony is a mesmerising performance that invites audience members to become puppeteers. As the participants manipulate the giant interactive puppet, onlookers marvel at the beauty of this magnificent creation.

All ages

Cotton Tree Park, Cotton Tree Parade

Date: Fri 24 Aug, 4–8pm; Sat 25–Wed 29 Aug, 2–8pm

Harmony, Harmony Boulevard, Palmview

Date: Fri 31 Aug– Sun 2 Sept; 2–8pm

Price: Free


Secret Spaces, Hiding Places

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Come and create secret spaces and hiding places for the children and native animals of the Sunshine Coast. Kids can bring along their favourite stuffed toy animals and work together to build bamboo habitats, teepees and cubby houses for themselves and their furry friends.

Ages 2+

Date: Mon 27 Aug; 9:30–11:30am

Location: Buderim Forest Park

Price: $15


Patterns in the Landscape – Tidal

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A performative environmental installation on spectacular Sunshine Coast beaches.

This event will explore our relationship with landscape through the synergy of art and movement. Fluid large-scale artworks will be inscribed on the sand by performers, revealing patterns and markings through coordinated movement and interaction. Witness a connection to the landscape – both ephemeral and memorable. A reminder of the transience of our valuable unique environment.

All ages

Happy Valley Beach, Caloundra

When: Sat 25 Aug; 10.30am–1.30pm

First Bay, Coolum

When: Sun 26 Aug; 10.50am–1.50pm

Mooloolaba Beach, Mooloolaba

When: Wed 29 Aug; 12.30–3.30pm

Price: Free


The Whale’s Tale

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Immerse yourself in The Whale’s Tale as you watch from the shore, or submerge yourself in this underwater playground full of surprises. Ever wonder what it’s like to be swallowed whole? It’s time to put on your shrimp helmet, take a deep breath, and dive inside the massive jaws of Manilayo, the humpback whale.

Highly interactive, full of riotous slapstick and extremely playful, The Whale’s Tale is an environmental tale to warm the heart, with reflections about the consequences of our actions. It has been forecast that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. The Whale’s Tale is a rollicking journey that will leave you and your children wanting to make a difference.

All ages

Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens

When: Fri 24–Sun 26 Aug; 11am & 2pm 
Price: Free


The Bookbinder

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An old man sits down to read the tale of an erstwhile bookbinding apprentice. As he speaks the story spills from the pages and into the bindery - from pop-up book to puppetry, story-telling to live action – weaving an original dark fairytale in the vein of Neil Gaiman. From writer/performer Ralph McCubbin Howell, and director/designer Hannah Smith, The Bookbinder is an inventive one-man performance for adults and older children.

Ages 8+

Blackbox Theatre, Nambour

When: Fri 24 Aug; 6:30pm

Sat 25 Aug; 2pm and 6.30pm

Sun 26 Aug; 6pm

Price: Adults $25, Kids $15

Written by

Kids on the Coast/Kids in the City
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