Reconnect Festival

Saturday 7th November

Discover the Sunshine Coast’s Young Creatives

Reconnect Festival is a collaborative project between NightQuarter and the University of the Sunshine Coast’s School of Creative Industries. After a year of social isolation, reconnect and explore works created in lockdown by some of the Sunshine Coast’s most dynamic young creatives.

Speakers, creative artists, local and regional leaders will address and entertain the public in a one-day pop-up event showcasing student work from USC’s School of Creative Industries.

This engaging and multifaceted experience will see a diverse range of happenings across a program of 4 stages, a virtual immersive gallery, sound walks, photographic gallery and installation works. Bringing NightQuarter to life with creativity from live podcasts, to performance art, to slam poetry to live action radio plays and musicals… come and discover the brightest emerging talent from the Sunshine Coast.   

There will be a Q and A hosted by local media stalwart, Rosanna Natoli, with Lady Gaga’s dresser Cindy Vogels, songstress Lydia Fairhall, and Deputy Mayor Rick Baberowski.

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Please note, this event is being ticketed to ensure the safety of all attendees and workers. Attendees must provide full details as part of the NightQuarter COVID Safe Plan. 

 The safety and wellbeing of all attendees and workers is the highest priority. Read more about our Covid Safe event practices.

Tickets include access to all areas of NightQuarter entertainment precinct.  


The program

Welcome to Country

4pm – 4:15pm

NightQuarter Live Stage

Kabi Kabi Songman Lyndon Davis will give an innovative welcome to country reconnecting the day’s happenings to more than 60 thousand years of language, culture, knowledge and music.

Q & A Event

4:30pm – 5:30pm

NightQuarter Live Stage

At this opening event, Uncle Lyndon Davis, Deputy Premier Stevn Miles, Songstress Lydia Fairhall, Powderfinger’s Ian Haug, design extraordinaire Cindy Vogels, USC’s Dr Scott Snyder, Deputy Mayor Councillor Rick Baberowski, and other prominent members of the region’s creative industries will be involved in a community facing round-table Q & A event chaired by local media stalwart Rosanna Natoli. The panel will discuss: “what is the future for creative industries in regional Australia in a post-COVID era”.

USC Radio Play

5:45pm – 7pm

NightQuarter Live Stage

In the first student-led creative show for the day on this stage, USC music, and theatre and performance students will stage Bernieres’ Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World in a live action radio play for all ages.

My Australian Music Story

7:05pm – 7:50pm

NightQuarter Live Stage

Join senior USC music students, Kerrianne Sheridan and Troy Stretton, in a musical retelling of their life as parents, partners, students and songwriters in a moving and truly Australian musical showcase.


8:00pm – 8:30pm

NightQuarter Live Stage

Winner of last year’s people’s choice award at the Ocean Street Buskfest, Jamison delivers a powerful show with deep bass and beats to get everyone moving. This emerging SC low-key pop star will be the most fitting end to the most brilliant of days.


9:30pm – 10:00pm

NightQuarter Live Stage

Pablum are the Sunshine Coast’s most engaging, tongue-in-cheek, baby-faced punk band. Everyone will enjoy their unique blend of charming punk as they rock the stage for what can only be called ‘an hour of smiling so much it hurts’.

Live Gallery

Throughout Event

NightQuarter Live Gallery

On the top level of NightQuarter’s ground-breaking Live Venue, photography students will present their creative work in a purpose-built gallery for all to enjoy. Come and see the emotional and engaging stories told in print by USC incredible students.

Twilight Science Panel Discussion

5:30pm – 6:15pm

Garden Stage

How to save the world: connecting science to the broader world.

Throughout the afternoon, USC Communication staff and students will present a series of live podcasts discussing all things science, environment, and creativity.

Lightning Talks

6:15pm – 7pm

Garden Stage

A series of 10-minute talks about diverse topics including:

Feminism: Why am I a feminist?

How science fiction can change the world


5pm – 8pm

Busking Station

In this fun, sometimes funny, sometimes emotional event, USC performance students will busk to their hearts content in a diverse range of happenings in street theatre and music. Make sure you drop them a coin as the people’s choice winner will have their busking licence sponsored by USC for a year!

Student Anthology Book Launch 2020

4:30pm – 5:30pm

Vibes Stage

USC Creative Writing students will showcase a range of writing and publishing success stories, including the launch of their 2020 anthologies, performed readings from current students and a panel discussion featuring former students who have struck the limelight of publishing fame. Annie’s Book on Peregian will host a pop-up stall selling books by USC staff and students.

The Bunker Spoken Word Event

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Vibes Stage

In partnership with leading spoken word group The Bunker, USC students and members of the public will present slam poetry with some of the best talent from around the region in this high-stakes competitive event.

Live Action Journalism

Throughout Event


USC Journalism students will be onsite all-day interviewing patrons and guests for Facebook Live in what will be a brilliantly fun experience for all.

Sound Walk

Throughout Event

Enchanted Garden

Student composers and sound designers will premier composition and immersive sound experiments written exclusively for the event.

Immersive Virtual Gallery

Throughout Event

Enchanted Garden

NightQuarter’s Enchanted Garden will play host to a virtual gallery where student work will immerse you in projected light and headphone sound. See live streamed bands, virtual 3D tours, and all kinds of experimental student creations throughout the day. USC Design students will showcase their work on some of NightQuarter’s cutting-edge visual technology. Be sure to watch on as young creatives from around the coast premiere some of their graduate work!

Visual Design Stage


NightQuarter Live

USC Design, Photography and Screen Media students will showcase their work on some of NightQuarter’s cutting-edge visual technology. Be sure to watch on as young creatives from around the coast premiere some of their graduate work!

The Livestream

Throughout Event

NightQuarter Live

As part of the ongoing exploration and research into the entertainment sector in a post-COVID age, multiple elements of the program will be filmed and streamed to the event’s Facebook live steam.

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