HORIZON 2017 Expressions of Interest open

Nambour Colour the Street was part of last year's Horizon event Image Horizon Festival

Nambour Colour the Street was part of last year’s Horizon event Image Horizon Festival

Last year, more than 35,000 people enjoyed the inaugural 10-day HORIZON festival, which featured more than 200 events across 16 locations and showcased more than 1000 artists.

The 2016 program included the Conondale Eco- Arts Fest, Montville drawing workshop, Kenilworth’s Arty Garden Party, Louise King and Linsey Pollak performances, Maleny Film Society and Art on Cairncross exhibition – and that was just a fraction!

HORIZON Sunshine Coast festival of arts and culture has been showcased by Arts Queensland as an exemplar for other councils and those in the arts/cultural sector.

Arts Portfolio councillor, Rick Baberowski, said the case study profiled the HORIZON model as a benchmark for other organisations to consider when developing ideas to support, develop and grow the arts and cultural sector.

“The overwhelming success of our inaugural HORIZON festival and the positive feedback we continue to receive is testament to the delivery model we have developed,” Cr Baberowski said.

“For this to be acknowledged, and showcased by Arts Queensland is fantastic. It’s a great way to share learnings and insights with other councils and the arts and cultural sector.

“Arts Queensland provided some wonderful feedback after our inaugural festival last year, in particular regarding our coordination and marketing of the event,” Cr Baberowski said.

“They also commented that our strategy of promoting a number of existing events, as well as new smaller events, helped raise the festival’s overall profile which gave us more media attention and increased awareness amongst residents and visitors.”

In 2017, HORIZON will be held from August 25 until September 3 and will once again immerse the region in creativity.

Expressions of interest to be a part of the program are still open, so if you’re an artist, producer, creative or performer get in touch with the HORIZON team.

The festival will feature artist-produced events as well as presenting a program of signature events including an inspirational opening, an art trail, the internationally renowned REMIX Summit, public art projects and an unforgettable festival finale.

Round two EOI closes May 21.To find out more visit – www.horizonfestival.com.au