RESCHEDULED: Dawn Awakening


RESCHEDULED: Dawn Awakening

DAWN AWAKENING UPDATE: Horizon Festival’s Dawn Awakening has been rescheduled to Sunday 30 October at 4.30am.

As you (most likely) know, Dawn Awakening had to be postponed on the final Sunday of the festival due to bad weather.

The good news is we have rescheduled and we’re now ready to officially close the festival.

Below are the updated times — more details to follow.


Horizon Festival’s most celebrated and loved event Dawn Awakening returns in 2022.

Gather with us along the banks of Stumers Creek in Coolum as the first light rises and the voices of First Peoples call in a new energy for these times.

Together we will journey through story, dance, song, visual art projections, spoken word and fire installations, to reflect, strengthen and testify a flourishing connection to country, culture and each other.


  • Directed by Lyndon Davis
  • Sound Design by Leah Barclay
  • Projections by James Muller
  • Choreographed by Shea Cotter and Soraya Fewquandie
  • Musical Direction by Louise King
  • Fire Installations by Valkyrie Blacksmith


  • Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe
  • BJ Murphy
  • Soraya Fewquandie
  • Chris Williams
  • Samuel Pankhurst
  • Maroochy Barambah

Guest Artists

  • Fred Leone
  • Aunty Delmae Barton
  • Joe Geia


This is a free event, but registrations are essential. Registrations will open on Saturday 1 October.

Start Time
Dawn Awakening will commence at 4.30am on the dot. Please arrive early and make sure you are seated no later than 4.20am (Please note: the sunrise is integral to the ceremony, so the start time has been brought forward 30mins to reflect that).

Parking + getting there
Parking on Stumers Creek Rd is quite limited so a ‘Park n Ride’ service will be available from Tickle Park to Stumers Creek from 3.30am to 4.15am and then 5.30am to 7.00am.

What to bring
Please warm clothing and a rug or picnic chair to sit on. If you bring a chair, we ask that you please sit to the back of the audience viewing area, so that people seated on the ground can see.
A coffee van will be located in the carpark for warm drinks. You are welcome to bring your own warm drinks (in non-disposable cups)

Photography (without flash) is welcomed but we ask that you remain seated during the performance.

Images: ben vos productions


This program is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Open Air Fund.


All ages
Venue is not wheelchair accessible
This is a free event, but registrations are essential. Registrations will open on Saturday 1 October.