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Festival highlights on the horizon

After COVID-affected events in 2020 and 2021, Horizon Festival organisers have unveiled a jam-packed program of performers and shows for 2022.

The much-anticipated Sunshine Coast celebration of arts and culture, Horizon Festival, is gearing up for a stellar line-up as it makes its return in 2022.

It comes as the festival officially unveils its program, which will include 10 days and nights of music, visual art, performance, dance, family entertainment, spoken word, comedy and workshops from local acts and nationally recognised artists

Affected by Covid in 2020 and 2021, this year the festival will be back live, up close and personal from Friday, August 26 to Sunday, September 4.

Horizon Festival director Hannah Clissold says the themes of people, arts, culture and place are at the heart of this year’s program.

“It has been a strange two years and we are delighted to unveil a program that invites everyone to come together, in person, and experience the beauty, wonder and talent that abounds on the Sunshine Coast,” Ms Clissold says.

“This year is about reconnection; about revisiting the region and experiencing it anew, discovering – or rediscovering – a favourite artist or event and reinvigorating the Sunshine Coast’s vibrant arts and cultural scene.

“Horizon Festival is committed to investing in local artists and presenting an inclusive and accessible program that welcomes visitors of all ages as well as centring Kabi Kabi and Jinibara artists at the heart of the festival.”

The Wonderland Spiegeltent will be centre stage at the festival’s Cotton Tree Park hub and will host family shows, late-night cabarets and concerts with acts including Kate Ceberano, Steven Oliver and Justine Clarke.

There will be 52 unique events across 25 locations and with 543 artists, facilitators and community participants.

Visit horizonfestival.com.au and follow @horizonartfest on social media for information, bookings and updates.

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If you were to describe how it feels to be an artist on the Sunshine Coast, what would you say?

It feels incredibly welcoming and supportive. The quality of arts coming out of the region is amazing and the people making that art are down to earth and have been great to us.

As a regional location, how does it compare to the rest of Australia and/or overseas?

We think being a regional location is what makes it so great! The feeling of community and collaboration is something we seek out and this is what the Sunny Coast represents. We think living and working in such a beautiful location makes an impact on the art too, which reflects back in the work created here.

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