A different Sunshine Coast Horizon Festival for 2020

Horizon Festival 2018, Dawn Awakening. Picture: ben vos productions.

This year’s Horizon Festival is going online.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the popular arts festival has changed its usual 10-day format.

The festival will now be a program of digital artworks, events and experiences from June to August.

Deputy Mayor Rick Baberowski says the new format is strikingly different and has been programmed to support the local arts sector.

“The ingenuity of artists and creatives really ramps up in times of trouble,” Cr Baberowski said.

“Horizon Festival 2020 will proceed in a confidently innovative format, and the remarkable line-up of experiences that will be on offer throughout the program are a reflection of the determination of our talented local artists in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The festival will deliver experiences in four key streams – Homegrown, Open Air, Words and Ideas and Rewind.
Homegrown: This stream will see six new works commissioned from local artists. These commissions will support local artists to develop and present new work that responds to 2020 and the extraordinary times in which we find ourselves.
Open Air: A monthly concert series, streamed from the Sunshine Coast’s most picturesque locations, featuring some of the region’s most celebrated artists.
Words and Ideas: A series of panel discussions, spoken word and conversations.
Rewind: A rewind of some of Horizon Festival’s most loved events from 2018 and 2019.

Festival director Lynne Bradley said she had been working hard with the festival team and local artists to deliver a new-look event.

“Artists have a real opportunity to capture this extraordinary moment in time through their art and experiment with new ways of working, new forms and thinking outside the box in terms of modes of delivery,” she said.

Each month’s program will be announced at the beginning of the month. The first program will be revealed on 1 June.

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Are you a local artist who wants to get involved?

Expressions of interest are now open for Homegrown – Local Artist Commissions, with the first round closing on May 20.

Applications are welcomed from established artists living in the Sunshine Coast local government area.

Submissions will be accepted in three rounds.

There will be expressions of interest for July events opening on 1 June and August events opening on 1 July.

The project, activity or experience might be a one-off event or something that happens more than once.

It can take place online, in your house, your backyard, or on top of a mountain. It just needs to adhere to the current COVID-19 restrictions, and therefore be delivered via a digital platform.