Louise King, Artistic Director
“Our first festival is bold, innovative and screams Sunshine Coast.”
Our 2021 season is a bold and ambitious program featuring music to excite, soothe, connect, challenge and inspire.
Experience a radiant series of live performances with dynamic Australian festival artists in spaces, places, venues and hinterland small halls across our region.
Our events are designed to celebrate the region’s celebrated natural ancient landscapes through innovative cultural exchange, artistic collaboration and evocative Australian music.
Our opening concert, OPEN AIR: ‘Song of the Black Swan’is designed to celebrate and weave our region’s ancient Dreamtime stories and Aboriginal legend through artful performance of ritual, music, and song.
I have curated events that resonate with our Sunshine Coast community and lifestyle, events that build new audiences and an appreciation for the diversity of our festival musicians from our CLASSICS FOR CHILDREN: ‘Sonic Safari’ in Buderim to our FRINGE: ‘Beats + Loops’in Maroochydore whilst ensuring classical music lovers are at the heart of our festival programming with our signature GALA: ‘Songs of Sky Bush and Moon’ in Caloundra featuring an impressive line-up of Australian artists and headline acts.
Our Hinterland communities have a reason to celebrate as I have designed a collection of intimate concerts to encourage us to visit our charming country halls that have stood the test of time and echoe with stories, music and community past. Discover our pioneer heritage and small community hospitality at Eudlo and Palmwoods in our SMALL HALLS: ‘Nature Spirit’ + ‘Homegrown’, ‘Greenbushes’, and ‘Southern Cross Dreaming’ featuring our Headline Artist Karin Schaupp, internationally renowned classical guitarist and Senior Lecturer in Guitar, QCGU.
Our morning concert SECRET GARDEN: ‘Bird Song’ celebrates the natural amphitheatre and bush-setting of the Sculpture Garden at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden. Experience an exquisite morning outdoor concert with one of Queensland’s up and coming young ensembles, Acetaria Woodwind Quintet, in one of my favourite secret gardens in Tanawha.
Our Community Engagement program centres around our new annual RISING STARS: ‘mentorship program’ in which our region’s Young Emerging Musicians are mentored in chamber music practice by esteemed and established professional artists and ensembles.
2021 sees our inaugural mentorship program being launched in partnership with Camerata, Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra and Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra. These exciting young musicians will be showcased in our OPEN AIR: ‘Heartland’, our closing festival concert alongside Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University Riverside Guitar Ensemble and Acetaria Woodwind Ensemble – QCGU 2020 Ensemble Prize Winners.
Because some people can not physically reach us, we are bringing our music to them and presenting MUSIC & WELLNESS: ‘Musical Meditations’outreach concerts at SCU Hospital and an Aged Care Home in partnership with WishList.
Our first festival is bold, innovative and screams Sunshine Coast.