The wait is over... Horizon Festival's 2017 Program is now here and ready for all to devour.
Unleash your creative soul during 10 arts-fuelled days across the Sunshine Coast with 200+ events in visua...
10 days of arts-fuelled enjoyment Hundreds of dedicated artists, producers, organisers, event managers, curators, workers and volunteers have come together to bring a 10-day extravaganza of arts and culture to the Sunshine Coast starting tomorrow (Friday, August 25).
To complement the program’s local flavour, the Horizon Festival of Arts & Culture will launch tomorrow night with the opening spectacle and Australian premiere of internationally renowned William Close and the Earth Harp Collective at Kings Beach Amphitheatre, with two shows at 6pm and 8pm.
Again broadening our local Horizon, Architects of Air’s Arboria luminarium opens its door tomorrow, thanks to University of the Sunshine Coast and Insite Arts. If you missed out on the first release of free tickets to this experiential public art installation, don't stress, free walk-up tickets will be available each day.
Experience our regional artistic talent at Eumundi which will come to life with three days of music, street art, spoken word, epicurean delights, digital animations and indigenous celebrations as a part of Art St Eumundi this Friday to Sunday. Saturday night will see the Eumundi Amphitheatre rocking with the iconic Eumundi School of Rock.
Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival will make its third trip around the sun on Saturday at the old Horton Park golf course in Maroochydore, with a stacked line-up of talent, including Alison Wonderland, Bernard Fanning, The Presets, Gang of Youths and more. Visual artists Lucas Salton and Bonnie Jenkins and street artist Beastman and Frank (of Frank and MIMI) will join the fray
Don’t miss side-splitting comedy this Friday with Akmal at The Shed at Downunder Drive, while on Saturday there’s opera in Buderim, with The Secret Life of Opera and the Modern Maori Quartet will share their Kiwi humour and heavenly harmonies at the Kia Ora Club in Eumundi on Saturday night.
If you’re in Caloundra on Saturday night, put on your platforms, dust off the flares and head to Kings Beach Amphitheatre for Music on Kings Love Train. Enjoy fabulous hits of the 60s and 70s in an all singing, all dancing Motown, soul and disco spectacular.
Horizon Underground also gets underway in Nambour with A Day at C-Square and Hey-Lowe Festival on Saturday, plus the Dying to Know exhibition, Nambour Heritage Soundtrail and performances and workshops at the Black Box Theatre, including Wounded in all the Right Places (18+), Play with Improvisation and MANIA (18+).
There are more than 200 events, many of them free, to enjoy over the 10 days of Horizon. Some are already booked or sold out, so check out the website www.horizonfestival.com.au/ now and plan your festival. ... See MoreSee Less
The Arboria luminarium will be open to the public from 11am to 5pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends.
Those who missed out on registering for online tickets are advised that walk-up tickets will be available each day of the exhibition. Early arrival is encouraged as some waiting time may be experienced, particularly on weekends. ... See MoreSee Less
Sunshine Coast Motorists, you'll need to keep these in mind.
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Department of Transport and Main Roads (Queensland) The Bruce Highway ramps to Caloundra Road, Pignata Road, Sunshine Motorway and Sippy Downs will be closed on alternate nights from 7pm-5am, Sunday to Thursday until October 2017. No two ramps will be closed at the same time and we’ve organised it that way to minimise disruptions.
Signed detours will be in place to guide you through, but you can expect changed traffic conditions like reduced speed limits and lane closures. The work will allow us to widen the road shoulder, establish site activities and install roadside barriers. Thanks for your patience! ... See MoreSee Less
There’s been koala joey fever at Australia Zoo over the past few months with the emergence of tiny fluffy faces from pouches and now, the season has become even more exciting with an incredibly rare white koala joey delighting guests who catch a glimpse of her.
This little joey does not have albinism where colour is absent from all physical characteristics including skin, fur and eyes however her extremely pale colouration is caused by a recessive gene and thought to be inherited from her mother Tia who has had other pale coloured joeys in the past.
Dr Rosie Booth, Director of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital said that it’s more unusual to see a koala with fur this light with eyes and skin remaining the usual brown black than it is to see a koala with albinism.
“In veterinary science it’s often referred to as the ‘silvering gene’ where animals are born with white or very pale fur and, just like baby teeth, they eventually shed their baby fur and the regular adult colouration comes through,” said Dr Rosie.
Koalas are known to vary in colouration depending on their environment with southern koalas being much darker and larger than those found in Queensland and New South Wales.
“In the wild animal kingdom, it’s actually quite unfortunate to have unusually light colouration as it makes animals stand out from their camouflage risking being spotted by potential predators so this little joey has hit the jackpot being born at Australia Zoo where every single person adores animals and gives them such great care,” she continued.
Australia Zoo’s white joey is yet to be named with Tourism Australia set to encourage naming suggestions via their Facebook album showcasing her beautiful snowy face.
As this little girl grows along with her fellow joeys, they can be spotted in Australia Zoo’s ‘Mums n Bubs’ enclosure where they become more adventurous with climbing every day and get their taste for eucalyptus leaves. But with vets anticipating an eventual colour change, it’s best to be quick to see the unusual beauty while she’s small.
Australia Zoo on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast is one of the only places in Australia where koalas can be cuddled as part of an experience. Australia Zoo also sponsors the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, renowned as a specialist medical facility for koala health and research as well as all other native Australian species.
Naming suggestions can be made on the Tourism Australia Facebook page for this gorgeous koala here: bit.ly/2wxYZHw ... See MoreSee Less
Continuing The Color Run’s mission to change what it means to get healthy and active, The Color Movement aims to create a world-wide movement that looks outside the traditional means of fitness and shows there are plenty of ways to keep fit while having fun.
The new, all-ages, colour festival series is looking to engage all Australians, no matter what body shape or fitness level, in new ways to be active.
Participants will be able to explore five new colourful worlds - from a magical foam ocean, to a world of glittering confetti rain, to a bubble-filled chill out zone.
There won't be a better place to party with all your friends and family as you join a world where colour, music and happiness rule.
Tourism, Sport and Major Events Portfolio Councillor Jason O’Pray said today’s announcement that Sunshine Coast Stadium would be the first venue to host this global event was phenomenal.
“We loved hosting The Color Run on the Coast and to add The Color Movement to our major events calendar is a huge achievement for this region,” Cr O’Pray said.
“The Color Run was definitely one of my family’s favourite events on the Coast and we will definitely be lining up to experience one of the coolest events on the planet.
“October 21 on the Sunshine Coast will be a day of confetti tornados, clouds of dreamy foam, epic colour throws and the best tunes to dance to..
“The aim of these events are in line with council’s commitment to deliver Australia’s leading healthy, smart and creative region.”
Aratis Events marketing manager Tim Wiche said if you’ve ever been to The Color Run, also known as “The Happiest 5K on the Planet”, you would be aware of the world famous Finish Festival.
“The one with the massive group colour-throws, give-aways and the awesome tunes,” Mr Wiche said.
“Well, imagine that, but, like, even more unbelievable. Imagine a giant dance floor, a party fuelled by friendship, bright colours and a little bit of unicorn magic.”
Grab your family and friends and get in quick as this event is sure to book out fast. Tickets on sale from Wednesday, August 23 by visiting thecolorrun.com.au. ... See MoreSee Less
Travelling down to Brisbane today, check out the bushfire damage along the Bruce Highway after the Caloundra turn off. Thanks to all the emergency services and volunteers for their fantastic efforts over the weekend. ... See MoreSee Less
Learning becomes fun at Aussie World with new science and physics program
Aussie World is long renowned as a place for the whole family to have fun, but a new science and physics program is enabling students to learn and have fun all at the same time. Aussie World Chief Operating Officer said many schools were now looking at ways to mix fun with education to heighten the student’s learning experience. “Our latest innovation enables students to learn more about science and physics by wearing a safety vest and download the free sparkvue app and then jumping on any ride at Aussie World and record key scientific data such as speed, distance,...