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SUNfest 2017 will run from January 8 to 20 for youth aged 11 to 17.


The 2017 program will be available later this year.

What is it all about?

SUNfest was initiated in 1998, as a result of the Gladstone City Council's Youth Needs Study that recognised the lack of low cost activities and opportunities for youth in the region.

From its early beginnings of 40 workshops attended by 400 participants, the festival has now grown to a high profile event providing over 100 activities for more than 1000 young people.

With the support of local businesses and industry, SUNfest is now a much anticipated annual festival that offers more than just school holiday entertainment.

Gladstone Regional Council's SUNfest Youth Program is held each January for two weeks during the summer school holidays.

Interested in being a tutor?

Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from individuals and businesses to run activities for youth aged 11 to17 years in January 2017 as part of the SUNfest youth program.

Although it is not expected that all activities held during SUNfest have a tangible outcome, it is anticipated that participants will take something home with them at the end, whether that be an object, new skill or interest. 

Proposed activities for SUNfest must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Performing Arts
  • Health
  • Sport/Recreation
  • Social Events
  • Environmental Education

Download a Project Brief and Expression of Interest form or contact Vernetta Perrett or Dianna Paddick at Council on 4976 6983 or

Expressions of Interest close on 16 September 2016.

Interested in being a SUNfest sponsor?

Council offers several sponsorship opportunities to industry and businesses of the Gladstone Region.

Financial and in-kind support is sort in a five tier sponsorship model.

You can become a:

  • SUNfest Colleague
  • SUNfest Friend
  • Sunfest Supporter
  • SUNfest Sponsor
  • SUNfest Major Sponsor

Sponsorship intention is required by 5pm on Friday, 14 October, 2016. 

Download a SUNfest Sponsorship Prospectus 2017

A snapshot of past SUNfest:

Council's annual youth holiday program, SUNfest, culminated in the SUNfest Showcase at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre. Youth who participated in some of the 30-plus events over the past two weeks showcased what they learned at the event. View our full collection of SUNfest 2015 photographs from activities around the region.