New Horizon For Region’s Arts Festival

Sunshine Coast Council

The next Horizon Festival, a 10-day multi-arts showcase, will move from August – where there are currently numerous arts and cultural offerings – to the quieter period of May 2-11 next year.

Horizon’s opening weekend will coincide with the 2025 Labour Day Public Holiday, allowing more people to come and enjoy the festival.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Rosanna Natoli said the eagerly awaited cultural festival was an important celebration of creative talent and an attractive drawcard for visitors.

“Changing the date allows Council to embrace a more sustainable festival model, safeguarding the cultural and economic value the festival provided,” Mayor Natoli said.

“The festival attracted more than 25,000 attendees and contributed $1.9 million to the region in 2023, an important Council contribution to strengthen our local economy.”

Horizon Festival’s Creative Director Megan Rowland said the date change was aimed at delivering positive outcomes for audiences, artists, and the region.

“Moving our festival to earlier in the year means that audiences no longer need to choose between festivals in that busy August-September period.

“With festivals across the globe feeling the financial pinch, we’re also taking the time to search for efficiencies, build a more sustainable festival model and deepen our engagement with the local creative sector and our communities.

“One year out, the Horizon Festival team is deep in planning for the May 2025 festival.

“We’ve been working hard behind the scenes. A renewed vision is shaping the festival for this exciting new phase, and we can’t wait to share it with you.”

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