5 to 8 July 2018

Air Play also plays at Out of the Box Festival from 26 June to 1 July 2018. Our new Day Pass gives you access to the entire Festival program, which means a whole day of discovery. Find out more here.

Direct from New York, Air Play merges circus and street theatre performance art with sculptural artistry.

Ride the wind and dream with Air Play, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts.

Air Play is a circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal world, transforming ordinary objects into uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk forever alters their future.

★★★★ “A joy from start to finish, Air Play will entrance children, and will act as a great reset button for stressed adults.” Sydney Morning Herald


    Recommended for 3 years of age and older. Children 2 years and over will require a paid ticket.


    QTIX is the official ticketing service for QPAC and Air Play. Selected packages are sold through authorised resellers only. Any tickets purchased through unauthorised sales channels may be seized or cancelled without refund or exchange and the bearer of the ticket may be denied admission. Unauthorised sales channels include Viagogo, eBay and Gumtree. Read more about purchasing tickets online.

Presented by QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival
An Acrobuffos Production


Hasta la vista, baby!

The #MyriadAir community are officially all in San Francisco, a few days away from boarding the flight.

The seating arrangement is quite unique, with a two-level floor plan, including such VIP guests like; Steve Jurvetson, Jeremy Bloom and Jodie Fox to name a few…

The activities are like nothing you’ve seen before, with Steve Baxter inviting startups to pitch to him, in the time it takes to make a drink. Say, whaaat!

After the epic flight, guests will descend into Brisbane in a group yoga session.

There may be a moment where ‘The Voice – John Farnham’ infiltrates the sound systems. Because, #STRAYA

It’s gonna be one hell’ of a ride!

Join us on the other side by securing a ticket to Myriad!

Caloundra Arts Centre Association

The Caloundra Arts Centre Association is situated at 5 North St., Caloundra on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

There are 21 different groups in attendance at various times and over 550 financial members. There are also 19 Life Members. The list of current groups can be accessed  from the top  navigation menu. Each group can be explored individually to see artwork galleries and further group information including fees and meeting times.


The Gift Gallery is the creative outlet for quality local arts and crafts made by members of  the Caloundra Arts Centre Association.

Support your local community and find that perfect something from the extensive range.

Pottery, Fine Needlework, Porcelain Painting, Art Works, Silk Painting, Woodwork, Baby & Children’s Wear, Jewellery, Quilting, Cards and much more!

The Gallery is open 10am – 4pm every day (except Anzac Day, Good Friday and Christmas Day)

New $3M town square transforms heart of Palmwoods

From a sloped car park to a vibrant green community space with a boardwalk and 77 new plants – a piece of Palmwoods has been completely transformed by one of Sunshine Coast Council’s most significant infrastructure upgrades from the past year.

The new $3 million Piccabeen Green town square in the heart of Palmwoods, named by the community, was officially opened today.

The name reflects the 54 Piccabeen palms that have been planted to line the connecting boardwalk. Mayor Mark Jamieson joined Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay and community members for the opening event.

“This project has created a civic heart for Palmwoods, a place where our community can meet for festivals and celebrations,” Mayor Jamieson said.  “The town square and the connected streetscaping is the first stage of the Palmwoods Public Domain Master Plan, which was developed following extensive community consultation.”

Cr McKay said the space was designed to complement the town’s existing character. “The centre of Palmwoods is unrecognisable, in the best way possible,” Cr McKay said. “We have seen our town transform and it looks fantastic.  “One decade of planning – building on feedback from the community to build a heart in Palmwoods, linking the three business precincts and creating a place to gather – has delivered the project before us today.  “The community have been strongly engaged through many years of workshops and consultation and there is a strong ownership by the community of this new space.”

To help bring out Palmwoods’ unique character, council engaged talented local makers to design and construct specific furniture and infrastructure elements within the open space, including seating, historical information and directional signage.

About the town square

  • The project includes seating, shade and outdoor dining opportunities, and has improved pedestrian links through the town, connecting the three shopping precincts on Margaret, Main and Little Main streets.
  • Other features include water bubblers with in-built dog bowls and bespoke art features including seating, historical information, and directional signage.

Mayor Mark Jamieson has described 2017 as a landmark year for the Sunshine Coast thanks to the significant progress that has been made delivering economic, environment and community initiatives.

In his annual State of our Region address delivered at newly refurbished Playhouse Theatre at The Events Centre, Caloundra, Mayor Jamieson said the year’s highlights had helped to create a future all Sunshine Coast residents could look forward to with confidence.

“I am always proud to highlight how our Sunshine Coast is performing and never prouder than at this point in our region’s history,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“I firmly believe that the pride our residents feel about their home, their region, their Sunshine Coast, is as strong as mine.

“We are delivering a future we can all look forward to with confidence because there is no other region in Australia offering the opportunities anywhere near that offered at the Sunshine Coast.

“Our council has been entrusted by our residents to continue to shape a prosperous future for our community which offers enduring employment opportunities, better access to facilities and services, greater connectivity between communities and an outstanding natural environment.

“In short, we are delivering a region – and a future – that is healthy, smart and creative.”

Mayor Jamieson said the 50th anniversary celebrations had offered a great opportunity to reflect on the region’s journey and assess where it is now.

“We can look forward to what I’m sure will be a remarkable next 50 years,” he said.

“The anniversary celebrations have brought into focus how the community, back in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, decided our former name, the Near North Coast, simply didn’t help attract tourism and investment.

“They sought something more distinctive.

“In 2017, it’s not only the name ‘Sunshine Coast’ that makes us distinct – it’s what we are achieving as a region and the plans we have for the future.”

Mayor Jamieson said a significant highlight for the year was the increase in the Sunshine Coast’s average household income – a major goal of his mayoralty and the current council.

“This is great news for our business community who rely on consumer spending,” he said.

“We have come a long way in a relatively short period of time.

‘Our household incomes are now 10% below the State average. Within four years we have more than halved the 22% figure we inherited in 2012.

“That’s a really powerful story and a significant improvement, putting more money in our residents’ pockets.

“We are certain those figures will continue to improve as we target, through our Regional Economic Development Strategy, higher paying jobs to our region.”

Mayor Jamieson said despite the progress that had been made in recent years, there was still plenty of work ahead.

“Our job will be made easier thanks to the strong foundations we have laid in 2017 and the previous four years,” he said.

“Given the decades of neglect this region has experienced from successive Federal and State governments, there is ground to make up, particularly in the area of rail and public transport infrastructure which is a State Government responsibility.

“As I have done since becoming Mayor, I will continue to strongly advocate for the Sunshine Coast to receive a fairer share of the funding pie and we hope our newly elected State members, as well as their Federal colleagues, will fight on our behalf.”

State of our Region 2017 snapshot of highlights

  •         An average annual economic growth rate of 4.09% – a full percentage point higher than the nation’s.
  • Employment up 11,500 over the year with 6400 extra jobs in construction alone.
  •         Unemployment rate now at 4.9% – a full percentage point lower than for the state of Queensland and at least 50% lower than what it was in 2012.
  • Stage one of the Maroochydore city centre site, including installing Australia’s first automated underground waste collection system, now 95% complete
  • Sunshine Coast Solar Farm switched on, making Sunshine Coast Council the first local government in Australia to offset 100% of its electricity consumption with energy from a renewable source.
  • Sunshine Coast Airport named best of its class in the Asia-Pacific and continues to be the country’s fastest growing airport.
  • Palisade Investment Partners confirmed as Sunshine Coast’s new commercial partner to operate the asset under a 99-year lease.
  • Design work underway on new Sunshine Coast Airport runway.
  • State Government’s $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital officially opened, spearheading continued investment in the Kawana Health Precinct.
  • Grand final victory for the Sunshine Coast Lightning in their debut season in the Suncorp Super Netball League.
  • Residents moving in each week in the region’s two large scale master planned communities – $7 billion Caloundra South (now known as Aura) and the $3 billion Avid development Harmony at Palmview.
  •         Inclusion on the World Smart21 Communities list again for 2018
  • Youi’s new $73 million global headquarters, expected to inject $1.2 billion into the local economy over the next 10 years, opened in the Knowledge Precinct at Sippy Downs
  •         Highest ever domestic visitor numbers – 3.4 million arrivals and 12.4 million visitor nights (up 4.4%) in the past year, plus 11.6% growth in international visitors more than double the state wide increase.
  •         New Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Rainforest Discovery Centre, opened by the Governor of Queensland.
  •         50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast celebrated in style with 98 events, 35,000 guests
  •         Building approvals at their highest level in eight years, with council issuing $1.72 billion in approvals for the 2016/17 financial year.
  •         An average life expectancy of 82 years – two years above the state average.
  •         The highest percentage of non-smokers in the state.
  •         Levels of obesity 19% below the state average.
  • Long-term Environment and Liveability Strategy endorsed to maintain the liveability of our region and build on our already outstanding environmental credentials over the next 25 years
  •         $3.7 million invested in four new environmentally significant land parcels, adding another 178 hectares to Council’s conservation estate
  •         1000th Land for Wildlife property signed on, taking total to almost 7600 hectares of land protected.
  •         Caloundra Music Festival attracted around 35,000 people and our second Horizon Festival drew almost 40,000 people to more than 220 art and cultural events over 10 days.
  •         Record Sunshine Coast Stadium crowd of 10,000+ for Storm v Warriors NRL trial

Countdown to the Woodford Folk Festival

With less than a week before the start of the 32nd annual Woodford Folk Festival, the transformation of the site, one hour’s drive north of Brisbane, from lush parkland to Australia’s 67th largest town is almost complete.

This year, over 400 artists, speakers and performers, over 200 food and craft stalls, 220 visual arts workshops and 2,700 volunteers will join thousands of ticketholders to call Woodfordia, as the 500-acre festival site is known, home.

In Tent City, the temporary accommodation hub for campers without their own tent, close to 1,000 tents are standing and there’s room in nine other campgrounds for plenty more.

Following their biggest ever attendance at the 2016/17 event, the organisers behind Australia’s largest gathering of performers made the decision to cap numbers to this year’s event in order to preserve the atmosphere and comfort level of patrons.

To further improve/enhance the festival experience, a state of the art shade structure has been installed on parts of the main thoroughfare on which the Parlour Venue sits, along with entry to the Sacred Labyrinth, Chill Hill as well as numerous stalls.

Woodford Folk Festival General Manager Amanda Jackes says while 120, 000 trees have been planted on site over the years, organisers haven’t been able to provide enough shade for patrons on the streets of the festival proper until now.

“This year we’re working with Cave Urban to trial an installation which we hope will be rolled out on other streets in further years,” she says.

“We hope it will be great respite from the sun for some lazy shopping and dashing between venues to follow your new favourite festival performer.”

Another exciting addition to the Woodford Folk Festival site this year is the introduction of Chill Hill, a new chill out space located on the hill at the start of the road to the Amphitheatre, marked by a distinctive Hammock Hut.

The Hammock Hut is a bamboo shade structure 10 metres high, 20 metres long and between 8 and 12 metres wide, draped in hammocks and decked out with all the cushions and comfort patrons need to relax during the six day event.

These new initiatives will no doubt be welcomed by ticket holders, 70% of whom, according to the latest survey data, have visited the festival before.

Following feedback from patrons at last year’s event, the RFID payment system will return this year free of charge for purchases at the festival’s 35 bars as well as at food and merchandise stalls, the Festival Shop and the General Store.

The reusable cup system is another initiative from the 2016/17 Woodford Folk Festival which will carry over this year at not cost to patrons, preventing more than 250,000 cups from entering landfill.

Deputy General Manager Michael Peterson says reusing cups is the one of the most sustainable ways our patrons can help to minimise our impact on the environment.

“Woodfordians are some of the most eco-conscious festival patrons around”, he says.

“We’ve found they’re always willing to contribute in new ways to deepening the festival experience.”

Several other changes to the way organisers deliver the event were unveiled earlier this year, with the sale of all tickets only available online and the introduction of a vehicle pass.

The 2017/18 Woodford Folk Festival runs between 27 December and 1 January.

The full 2017/18 Woodford Folk Festival programme is available online here.

The Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, is proud to support the Woodford Folk Festival as part of the It’s Live! In Queensland events calendar, highlighting Australia’s best events in spectacular destinations.


For media enquiries contact:
Jasmin Midgley, Media and Promotions Manager

Now in its 32nd year, the Woodford Folk Festival has become known around Australia and internationally as a leader in contemporary and traditional arts programming.

The Woodford Folk Festival plays host to an aggregate audience of 132,000 at a dedicated 500-acre festival site known as Woodfordia, one hour’s drive north of Brisbane. Held every year between 27 December and 1 January, the 6-day festival is Australia’s largest gathering of performers and presenters.

The Queen’s Baton Relay recognises the achievements and aspirations of Australians from all walks of life.

Two lucky and extremely deserving batonbearers are Lachlan Smart and Samara Welbourne.

From the age of two, Lachlan has always wanted to fly. Achieving this dream at age 14, Lachlan created Wings Around the World, sending the message to youth that you can achieve your goals through adversity, whilst still being able to embrace the dream of flying. He now holds the World Record for flying solo around the world unassisted, a feat he completed in 2016.

Samara is the published author of How To Make Fairy Houses and donates 10 per cent of her book royalties to Sydney Children’s Hospital. Samara has also raised $20,000 to build a library in Bali and was named Sunshine Coast Inspirational Young Leader 2017 and Sunshine Coast Young Citizen of Year 2014.

Tourism, Events and Sport Portfolio Councillor Jason OPray said he was immensely proud of our batonbearers and the role they will take when the Queen’s Baton comes to town.

“Congratulations to Lachlan and Samara, and all of our truly deserving batonbearers on being selected to take part in this historic event,” Cr OPray said.

“Many have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of others, some have accomplished great feats and others are working towards realising their dreams.

“Being a Batonbearer recognises all of this, and more.

“I encourage everyone to support these great people in our community, and to share a memorable moment with the Queen’s Baton yourselves.”

GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC said they couldn’t be more excited for the batonbearers who will be a part of this rich tradition.

“We are honoured to have so many great Australians carry Her Majesty’s message for Gold Coast 2018 and we look forward to celebrating their stories and inspiring generations to come.

“For the batonbearers, this will be a rare and unforgettable experience.”

Collectively across the country, batonbearers will take more than a million steps to bring the Baton to its final destination, the Games’ Opening Ceremony on April 4, 2018.

Street level and community celebration details will be announced on November 17.

Since its launch from Buckingham Palace on March 13, 2017 the Baton has inspired athletes and fans across Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe. Currently it is in Malaysia and is set to visit the remaining 15 Commonwealth nations in Asia and Oceania before arriving in Brisbane on Christmas Eve.

Caloundra Batonbearers

Rhondda Alexander

James Campbell

Wendy Coghill

Brent Crosby

Peter Dale

Mary Earnshaw

Corbin Easton

Kristy Ellis AM

Leanne Evans

Ethan Forge

Raymond Ham

Marayke Jonkers

David McIntosh

Riley Moore

Bruce Morcombe

Denise Morcombe

Connor Murphy

Jeanette Parker

Lachlan Smart

Leonard Thompson OAM

Selina Tomasich

Samara Welbourne

Molly White

Sarah Windsor

A full list of Batonbearer names and the communities that they will carry the Baton in are available at gc2018.com/qbr

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*Respected and stylish ladies judging the FOTF
*Fashions on the Field
*Mens and Ladies fashion parade proudly dressed by Review Australia
*Prize for the best dressed lady
*Prize for the most glamorous hat
*Gorgeous raffle prizes

Proceeds will go to the Maleny State High School chaplain and the Vintage Calendar Girls charity.


Please direct enquiries to Deborah Hammond on dlhammond@bigpond.com

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Image: Belinda SINCLAIR, The Mighty Dead 1, 2014, Photomedia, Intaglio. 24 x 34cm, image supplied by Jeff Ram.

The University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery is the venue for a six week exhibition celebrating the Print Council of Australia’s fiftieth birthday in 2016. Regional Marks will showcase innovative print making through traditional and contemporary methods by established and emerging printmakers from the region. Included are all print forms, traditional through to digital on all printable surface mediums, including artist books and sculptural works.

The exhibition will also hold a series of supporting demonstrations and workshops conducted by printmakers as part of the public programs offered by the Gallery. Regional Marks is part of the national celebration of print scheduled throughout 2016 and is supported by Sunshine Coast Council. Regional Marks in association with the Print Council of Australia’s 2016 Year of Print 



Exciting New Event Comes to Maleny – Knitfest 2016! The Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Maleny will come alive June 10th – 12th this year with a magical celebration of winter arts and crafts. KNITFEST – Yarn and Fibre Arts Festival, is aimed at giving visitors a chance to discover new skills and creativity using yarns and fibres. 

A fun day out for the whole family. The town’s beautiful streetscape will literally be wrapped in art, as the Knitfest Team yarnbomb trees, buildings and inanimate objects. A special treat will be the 7 foot high yarn and fibre decorated lanterns which will light up the night. 

The festival will also involve workshops, master classes, guest speakers from craft groups, knitting for causes groups, forums, music, craft and suitcase markets, trade stalls, demonstrations, competitions, displays and street theatre. Ride the Knitfest Mystic Bus as it weaves it’s way around the main attractions in the township, as well as taking visitors to Maleny Cheese, Maleny Mountain Wines and the spectacular Maleny Botanic Gardens. Yarnbombing will be a showcase feature of the festival, and our Knitfest
volunteers have been working hard to prepare the many yarnbombing projects for this year’s event. 

A sneak peak – the Maleny Police Station will be yarnbombed with a DR WHO TARDIS theme, their very own Police Box . Knitfest’s yarnbombing workshop volunteers meet every Thursday in Maleny. If you would like to become involved, sell your crafts or enter the many competitions in this creative festival, please see contact details below, all ages welcome. Make contact through Facebook at Knitfest, go to www.knitfest.com.au, or contact the festival Director Deborah Swain at knitfest@hotmail.com. 

Knitfest – Yarn & Fibre Arts Festival
10 June – 12 June

Creativity, Community, Culture