Horizon Festival On The Sunshine Coast Opens Its Doors For Queer Arts

Horizon Festival is the Sunshine Coast's premier multi-arts festival and an award-winning celebration of music, performance, art, and culture.

Kee'ahn, playing as part of Horizon's 'Blak Social'.

The Horizon Festival 2019 programme brings together artists from all over Australia and the world for ten days of visual art, music, words & ideas, film, fashion, art & tech, performing arts, street art and creative workshops.

The festival takes over the entire Sunshine Coast region, from the Glasshouse Mountains in the south to Nambour and Mudjimba in the north, Maleny to the west and right out to Caloundra on the coastline.

Of course, you can expect a sprinkling of queer representation throughout the festival, and we've got the low-down on three queer-centric events to head along and see when you're at the event.

Blak Social

From the desert centre to bustling cities to ocean breezes, First Nations artists bring ancestral energy to all that they create. 'Blak Social' celebrates the cultural resurgence of Indigenous peoples with a line-up as varied and constellated as their identities. With electronic music and dance to performing arts and song-writing, from both established artists and emerging young talents, 'Blak Social' is a celebration of Indigenous artists and the future they create. 28 August at Maroochydore City Centre.

'No Dress Code Required'


'TOY' is an interactive installation for families that examines diversity in toys. This gender neutral workshop allows children to build alternative toys of their dreams, providing a creative space to explore fluidity and multiplicity against the backdrop of traditional gendered roles and responsibilities. 'TOY' challenges dominant structures and encourages children to explore their own identity without being limited by outside pressures. 25 August at Events Centre, Caloundra.

No Dress Code Required

'No Dress Code Required' is a Mexican film directed by the documentary filmmaker Cristina Herrera Bórquez. The story is about Victor and Fernando, beauty professionals in Baja California, Mexico. For many of their customers they were a lovely couple, until they decided to marry and become the first gay couple in the state to fight for their rights in a place filled with homophobia and inequality. Facing a wave of criticism and outrage from the city council, through their struggle, they managed to open the eyes of the members of Baja Californian society. Screening at Majestic Cinemas, Nambour 28 August.

Horizon Festival runs from 23 August-1 September.