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Signature Art Logo Story

Readers Writers Festival

The Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival Inc’s signature art ‘logo’ Title:
Ancient Dreaming, Tomorrow’s Vision
(85cm x 100cm acrylic on canvas)
Artist: Jandamarra Cadd Jandamarra’s story of the artwork

“Within this painting is the depiction of Mt Coolum, Mt Ninderry, Maroochy River and the Ocean at Coolum Beach surrounded by the natural bushland as to show the relationship and cycles of life that have been ongoing for millions of years. This painting is done entirely of dots and, as much as it is the dots that create the form, we see with our eyes it is the spaces between these dots that speak volumes about our creative, visionary influences and of our origins that are interwoven into the fabric of our connection to Mother Nature, our community, our family and a spiritual affinity that holds all these things together. The dot work in the mountain range symbolises the gatherings and ceremonies that have been occurring here for tens of thousands of years. It also represents meeting place and how the old and new custodians of this land today are coming together to continue celebration of our connection to country, community, family and a spiritual affinity that bind all these fundamentals together.

As the ocean spray from the surf rises into the clouds and precipitates in the mountains and flows into the river and back to the ocean for the process to begin again.. We hold the potential to see the value that this not only holds for us but for every proceeding generation to come. And as we play an integral part in maintaining this timeless natural creative homeostasis, we invite others locally, nationally and internationally to come and share and celebrate. This constant renewal and flow of life that reminds us of the part we play in keeping our environment clean and sacred. As the visionaries and dreamers come to gather in this special Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi land, the ancient wisdom and dreams of the landmarks will be the foundation for our future.”

This artwork was commissioned by the Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival Inc as our signature art ‘logo’ for this iconic inaugural and annual festival. Jandamarra Cadd’s artwork was funded by the Sunshine Coast Council’s Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) program. Hearty thanks to Sunshine Coast Council’s RADF grants officer Saffron Drew for her guidance and support.

Jandamarra Cadd (b. 1973) is an award-winning Aboriginal Artist with his origins being the Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Warung People in Victoria. He was introduced to painting at the age of 15 and credits this tool of expression as his survival from a challenging childhood treated as a second-class citizen in his own land. Jandamarra uses a variety of styles and mediums, favouring oil on canvas, with his unique blend of traditional aboriginal art techniques along with a contemporary and inventive portraiture. Painting has been a way of life that has enabled him to express his creativity and storytelling of the universal truth of connection. In many of his paintings of the human condition, he seeks to be a peaceful voice for the oppressed and minorities. His focus is to use portraiture in a way to allow the viewer a glimpse into the depths of humanity and the expansive expression of the individual soul.

Jandamarra was a finalist in the Australia’s prestigious 2014 Archibald Prize portraiture awards and is an entrant in this year’s award which is announced in July (2016). His other awards include: *Finalist for Indigenous Artist of the Year - The Deadly Awards 2013 *Finalist for Indigenous Artist of the Year - The Deadly Awards 2011 *Que Sera Sera Exhibition (Toowoomba) - People's Choice Award 2010 *Wondai Art Gallery Through Our Eyes - Collaborative exhibition People's Choice Award 2008 *National Art Award (Canberra) - Drawn Together Indigenous Employees Award 2007 *Arts Spectacular Competition - Highly Recommended 2007 *Faces of Arranounbi, Redcliffe Cultural Centre - The People's Choice Award 2005 View Jandamarra’s work at http://jandamarrasart.com


The Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival Inc gratefully acknowledges the following Sponsors and Supporters who have helped make this iconic new festival possible and turn the dream into reality.
The Festival team is currently seeking more sponsors (Gold, Silver and Bronze) to fund the staging of this exciting festival. Please contact Festival director Wendy O’Hanlon for sponsorship partnership details and benefits. enjoy@sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com


• Sunshine Coast Council: The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. (You have the logo and we must run that acknowledgment in a certain font?)
• Arts Queensland: This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
• KC’s Fireworks Displays

The SCIWRF has the much-appreciated support of the following groups:
- The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
- The University of the Sunshine Coast
- Sunshine Coast Council’s Horizon SC Festival of Arts and Culture
- Sunshine Coast Indigenous Network
- The Gubbi Gubbi people
- Visit Sunshine Coast
- Coolum Business and Tourism
- Coolum Boardriders Club
- Surfriders Foundation (Sunshine Coast branch)
- Noosa Festival of Surfing

The Festival in the Media

Beach Party Festival Program Launch, July 6, Coolum Beach


Radio 104.9FM

playbutton2SCIRWF founder and director Wendy O'Hanlon was in the studio with Sunshine FM 104.9 radio host Cam Young talking about this exciting new festival - listen to the interview here"

Read more articles about the festival


Our inaugural festival garnered great support from the media, guest artists and websites. Below is a selection of just some of the publicity for our exciting new event:














































 Early interviews with some of the best media people on the Sunshine Coast. So here is a print interview and a radio interview. We have evolved so much since then (February/March). Everyone is excited to be on board. 



Scirwf Coolum Advertiser March 2016

Scirwf Coolum Advertiser March 2016

Scirwf Sc Sunday March 16 2016

Scirwf Sc Sunday March 16 2016

Festival Tickets

Early Bird Tickets (10% discount) sales ended on June 30.

To purchase tickets go to:


The Festival offers a variety of One-Day and Two-Day passes to attend events in our official venues at Coolum Civic Centre and our Festival Marquees in Jack Morgan Park plus $25 separate tickets for the Saturday night (August 12) Sunshine Coast Slam Poetry Championships and original songwriters evening.

Tickets for all other individual sessions can be purchased for $20 at the festival office only in Coolum Civic Centre during the August 12 and 13 festival.

Jack Morgan Park will host ticketed Festival Marquees (Publishers Marquee and Poet's Corner Marquee) featuring workshops and presentations plus Children's Storytelling and Craft Marquees and the Smorgasbord of Authors Marquee. Artisan Festival Stalls will also be featured during the two-day Festival and the park is open to the public to enjoy the quality stalls and spontaneous entertainment. 

The Festival’s Ticket Office will open at 8am on Saturday, August 12 in the Coolum Civic Centre but it is recommended to buy tickets online through Eventbrite to avoid sell-outs.

The Official SCIRWF Program was launched on June 13. Ticket prices are:

Full price tickets:  from July 1

One-Day Adult Pass: Either Saturday or Sunday from 9am to 5pm (does not include Saturday night) = $80

One-Day Duo Pass: (Admits 2 adults, either Saturday or Sunday from 9am to 5pm - does not include Saturday night) = $140

One-Day Family Pass: (2 adults, 2 children over 13yo -please note children 13 years and under are free – either Saturday or Sunday from 9am to 5pm - does not include Saturday night) = $180

One-Day Senior Concession/High school/University student Pass: (Either Saturday or Sunday from 9am to 5pm, does not include Saturday night) = $50 (need ID)

Two-Day Adult Season Pass:  One adult = Saturday and Sunday and Saturday night = $140

Two-Day Duo Season Pass: Two adults = Saturday and Sunday and Saturday night = $260

Two-Day Family Pass: (2 adults, 2 children over 13yo -please note children 13 years and under are free – Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm, does not include Saturday night) = $320

Two-Day Senior Concession/High school/University student Pass: (Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm, does not include Saturday night) = $80 (need ID)

Saturday night only (Sunshine Coast Poetry Slam championships and a night of original songwriters): Adults = $25 (Licensed event); 13 to 18 (must be accompanied by an adult) = $5

**Children 13 and under have free admission (bring ID) but must be accompanied by a paying adult/s.

• Ticket prices listed do not include Eventbrite handling fee
• Please present your ticket receipt to our festival office staff at Coolum Civic Centre to receive your Festival Armband Pass.