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Long-awaited NightQuarter to open next weekend

Ian Van der Woude, Michelle Christoe and Cr Peter Cox with Sunshine Coast sibling duo Sametime

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Long-awaited NightQuarter to open next weekend

NightQuarter will open on November 6, bringing with it colour, food and music in the new Stockland precinct.

What’s set to become the “heartbeat” of the growing Birtinya area is already gaining support from locals as the Coast’s newest entertainment venue announces its opening date.

NightQuarter will open on November 6, bringing with it colour, food and music in the new Stockland precinct.

Owner’s Michelle Christoe and Ian Van der Woude have been working through many setbacks to have the venue finally open to the public and say thousands have shown their interest.

“We’re so excited and we’ve had a fantastic reaction from the local community,” Ms Christoe says. “We have over 5000 people already registered to come to our opening weekend.

“The opening weekend has a whole range of different types of activations from raising music to new heights … we have workshops, we have buskers, we have performers, bands, street performances, lots of food, lots to see and do. The vibe is going to be what really brings you.”

Ms Christoe says with so much going on, NightQuarter is unlike anything seen on the Sunshine Coast before. “You really are not going to be able to contextualise what we are bringing to the community until you actually see it.”

Division three councillor Peter Cox says the venue will bring something the region has been lacking. “This type of venture will certainly add a new vibrancy, which I think the Sunshine Coast has been missing and so it will become a real heartbeat to this local community here.”

Stockland’s Fiona Papworth says after NightQuarter closed at its original Gold Coast location, Stockland was excited to help bring it here.

“People want more than shopping, they really want that opportunity to connect,” she says. “NightQuarter is community focused, it’s community led.”

NightQuarter will be open year-round every Friday and Saturday night and Sundays in summer from 12pm to 6pm.

A kaleidoscope of colour and flavour, the precinct will be home to 40 shipping container-based specialty retailers and stallholders serving up global eats, desserts and drinks.

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