Acknowledgment of country

Polyglot acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live and create, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present. For more than 65,000 years, children and families have created and played here, and we are grateful to make our art on this country too.

September 01 - September 03 2023

Bees at Horizon Festival (Sunshine Coast)

Bees is a joyful interactive work in which children are welcomed into a world of community, communication, wonder and imagination.

A Bees production photo. Polyglot artists in intricate Bee costumes are perched on and around a large metal pipe on green lawn. Children wearing handmade paper antennae and wings sit on the pipe amongst them. There is a heritage red brick building in the background.

Explore a buzzing, humming hive of activity, as three human-sized Bees busy themselves in the creation of a community alongside children who transform into bees as they play. The bees are fascinating, strange and beautiful, traversing invisible pathways and mapping delicate patterns across the performance space.

Inspired by the mysterious life and work of bees, this re-imagining of public space involves the slow uncovering of an intricate unseen world. Children are immersed in the sounds, shapes and scents of the bee world, from their familiar buzz to honeycomb houses. Bees uses ritual, non-verbal communication and the secret world of bee movement to provide a range of access points for children to participate.


  • Wonderland Spiegeltent, Cotton Tree Park, Maroochydore / Kabi Kabi Country, QLD 4558

Session Times

  • Friday 1 September: 10am,  11:15am, 1:15pm
  • Saturday 2 September: 10am,  11:15am, 1:15pm
  • Sunday 3 September: 10am,  11:15am, 1:15pm

Bees is a free event, no bookings are required.

  • Bees will take place outside at Cotton Tree Park next to the Wonderland Spiegeltent. Please check the weather and bring sunscreen, hats and water.
  • Cotton Tree Park is wheelchair accessible.
  • Accessible bathrooms are available on site within the Wonderland Spiegeltent Festival Hub garden.
  • All Festival Hub garden bathrooms are gender-neutral.
  • Accessible car parks are available at the northern end of the carpark adjacent to The Wonderland Spiegeltent.
  • Families are invited to create and play on the lawn for Bees. Seating is not generally provided, but please contact Horizon Festival beforehand or see staff on the day if you have specific access requirements.
  • Horizon Festival welcomes all audiences, and strives to make every event and performance as accessible as possible. If you’d like to speak to someone about your access requirements, please contact  their team during business hours at (07) 5475 7272 or


How to prepare

  • When you come to a Polyglot show we recommend you wear comfortable clothing that allows you to enjoy moving. Remember that you have come for an adventure and there are many ways to begin finding your play. You are curious and this space is yours. Just as you might at the beach, do you take your time and dip your toe in to warm up, or do you run and jump right in? The worlds we set up welcome you to take your time and find your own way to your imaginative play; and our performers are there to join you, or play alongside you, and look after these worlds and their inhabitants.
  • Water, infants’ bottles and breastfeeding/chestfeeding are welcome, however we do ask that there is no eating (where possible) in the Bees performance space.
  • The nearest places to purchase refreshments are Blended Health Bar, 5/31 Cotton Tree Parade, the Coffee Club, 23 Cotton Tree Parade, and Cotton Tree Seafoods, 3/17 Cotton Tree Parade (fish and chips open from 11am).

 Public Transport


  • The 600 bus route stops along The Esplanade and runs from Caloundra Station to Maroochydore Station.
  • Sunshine Coast buses are accessible and have low floor entry, a ramp and allocated spaces for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Allocated spaces for wheelchairs and mobility devices are available on all train services. Priority seating is also available near the door of every carriage.


  • Maroochydore Station is a 900 metre walk from Cotton Tree Park.


  • Accessible car parks are available at the northern end of the carpark adjacent to The Wonderland Spiegeltent.
  • Two hour free on-street parking on the Esplanade. Subject to availability.
  • Free and unrestricted 24/7 parking on Second Avenue, Third Avenue, Beach Parade and Hinkler Parade. Subject to availability.
  • Cornmeal Car Park is located on Cornmeal Parade, an eight minute walk or 700 metres away from Cotton Tree Park. It has two hour parking from 8:30am-5pm Monday-Saturday, and unrestricted parking on Sundays.

Horizon Festival — the Sunshine Coast’s premier multi-arts festival — returns 25 August to 3 September 2023.

Our 10-day offering takes place all over the Sunshine Coast — beaches, the hinterland, warehouses. The lot.

At our core: we celebrate place — it’s the heartbeat of the festival — and our programming reflects this.  But, more importantly, we honour the Traditional Custodians of the Country on which we stand — the Kabi Kabi Peoples and Jinibara Peoples.

Our events vary. And they’re (almost) always in spectacular locations. There’s music, art, theatre, dance, workshops, ceremony, and plenty for the family.

Watch the trailer


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