Uncover hidden perils at the Caloundra Lighthouses with poetry and music at Anywhere Festival


Performances: 10th and 17th May 2019

Uncover hidden perils at the Caloundra Lighthouses with Poetry and Music

Caloundra Lighthouses – our hidden historic sentinels – have illuminated our coastline for over 100 years, but still remain a mystery for many locals. As part of the Anywhere Festival in May, you can ascend the stairs of our unique inhabitants and find a fascinating story that may just mirror your own. The unique buildings have drawn Ben Burns to use them to present his award winning poetry and music.

‘By remembering and re-telling our stories of leaving home and returning, we begin to notice the way we have changed and the hidden treasures we have discovered,’ says Ben, who is still finding his feet back in Australia after living in London for 11 years. Ben will use Poetry and Music as well as projections and hidden poems to illuminate how our personal stories can be our very own lighthouses.

The old Caloundra lighthouse served us during the wars, yet, in the 70’s it was removed and left rusting and neglected in Golden Beach, before being remarkably refurbished and returned to its original position 30 years later. This story of departure and return is a key theme in Bens work and mirrors his own experience of leaving to live in America and London, seeking fame and fortune, experiencing the rusting effects of life, before returning home with stories and a treasure that he didn’t expect.

Locals, who’ve lived here for years, are still stumbling upon the lighthouses for the first time. Perched high on the hill above Kings Beach, and with a surprising story – it’s no wonder people continue to fall under their spell. Roger Todd, local architect and member of Friends of Caloundra Lighthouses has been a long time supporter and suggests that ‘the age of lighthouses has passed, but it’s still an ideal venue and opportunity to spread the word about heritage beyond this place.’ ‘It’s part of making peoples lives rich’ says Roger. Which is why the Friends of Caloundra Lighthouses are proudly hosting Ben’s poetic performance. The show is interactive and will culminate in the creation of a whole audience poetic lighthouse, with each person providing their own unique illumination!

Bens hope is to help the audience discover and celebrate the hidden bounty within them and remind us that we all have a story. But he is also aware that this journey into our past can unwittingly shine a light on difficult and neglected parts of ourselves. This is why we need a good lighthouse, to help avoid the rocks and find a way to safe harbour. Ben reckons the best lighthouse, is our own inner light, so to speak – but realises that sometimes our lighthouse has been neglected and needs some restoring. 

This will be an evening complete with moving projections, interactive lighthouse building and hidden poems – all set against the stunning 360 degree panoramic backdrop of the Glasshouse Mountains and Moreton Island. A sunset and full moon will be the added extra treats to whoever finds their way to the light on the hill. 

Can’t find it? Just look up!

The Friends of Caloundra Lighthouses are pleased to host this unique venture on Friday the 10th and 17th May 2019 as part of the Anywhere Festival. – ends –

For further media information contact: 

Ben Burns – Email: writebikesound@gmail.com  Phone: 0450943557

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Anywhere Festival is an annual festival run in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Noosa. For the ninth year, Anywhere Festival will take temporary possession of everyday and extraordinary places to present performances anywhere but a theatre for you to enjoy. https://anywhere.is/

Ben Burns is a musician, poet, teacher and father who has travelled the world to unlock the secrets of the human soul. Previous winner of Triple J’s unearthed and highly commended performer at last years Horizon Festival, he currently lives in the Sunshine Coast and can hear the sea from his pillow.