1. Readers and Writers Festival
WHERE: Venues across Coolum including the main venue at Coolum Civic Centre and Jack Morgan Park
WHEN: Today and tomorrow.
INFO: www.sunshinecoast readersandwritersfestival.com
COST: Tickets are available in various packages online or at the festival office at Coolum Civic Centre during the weekend. Single-session tickets available at the office
THE two-day, one-night festival features author presentations and panel discussions on a host of topics including social issues, travel, sports writing, environmental concerns, our Australian beach culture, character and plot development in writing, publishing pitfalls and more.
2. Julius Caesar
WHERE: The Events, Centre, Caloundra
WHEN: Today at 7.30pm.
INFO: Call 54914240 or visit www.theeventscentre.com.au
COST: Adults $35, concessions, student or child (aged 2-17) $25, groups of 20 or more $20
DIRECTOR Jo Loth has assembled a stellar team of theatre experts and young talent for her production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. The cast features the leading lights of Sunshine Coast theatre including Rainee Skinner, Mary Eggleston and Angel Kosch, who, in defiance of gender norms, will be playing Mark Antony, Cassius and Brutus respectively.
3. Festival of Community Halls
WHERE: Various halls across the region
WHEN: August and September
INFO: www.sunshinecoast communityhalls.com
SMALL venues across the Sunshine Coast will be lighting up as part of the Festival of Community Halls to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast. Throughout Athis month and September, more than 18 halls will host a series of unique events and activities and highlight the part halls play in a community.
4. From Mountains To The Sea
WHERE: USC Art Gallery at USC’s main campus on Sippy Downs Dr, Sippy Downs. Open from 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday
WHEN: From now to August 19
FROM The Mountains To The Sea: Sunshine Coast Stories brings together objects, artworks and memorabilia that span from ancient times through to the present day. The exhibition helps mark the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast. Ma and Pa Bendall’s surfboards are a real slice of the Coast’s surf culture and some of the region’s recent tourism history is captured in items from local theme parks such as the Pineapple Pete costume from the Big Pineapple.
5. Supercar Reunion
WHERE: Caloundra Events Centre
WHEN: Today and tomorrow
DID you know the Sunshine Coast produced Australia’s only mid-engined supercar, the Giocattolo? Only 15 of the vehicles were made in Caloundra during the late 1980s before the company folded. A reunion of most of the surviving cars will be staged at the Caloundra Events Centre this weekend. Check out the Facebook page “Giocattolo – the Supercar from Caloundra”. The event is supporting local charity Inclusive Kids.