Horizon Festival 2021 | 27 AUG - 5 SEP // 27 Aug - 5 Sep 2021

The Bunker Spoken Word Series: Heat #2


The Bunker Spoken Word Series: Heat #2

The Bunker Spoken Word Series returns in 2021 bigger than ever, with a new hybrid competition that sees our best local performers go head-to-head with poets beamed in live from across the nation, all vying for victory and a huge $1000 cash prize. 

Embracing this brave new world, The Bunker Spoken Word Series presents two heats and a Grand Final spanning the physical and digital worlds of spoken word. 

Heat #1 // Live Poets 

This event will feature 10 poets performing live on stage at the Solbar Front Bar, with five finalists to be selected to progress to the Grand Final. 

Date + Time: Tue 31 Aug, 7pm – 9pm 
Location: Solbar - Front Bar, Ocean St, Maroochydore
Cost: $15 to compete. Free to attend.

Register to compete, here

Heat #2 // Streamed Poets 

This event will feature 10 poets, streamed live via Zoom and projected onto the big screen at USC’s brand new performing arts space. Audiences are invited to enjoy a drink on the lawn while basking in the glow of our national competitors, five of whom will make it through to the Grand Final event. There will also be a guest performance from nationally recognised spoken word poet, playwright educator and published author, Anisa Nandaula. Prospective competitors, check out these tips for a great Zoom performance.

Date + Time: Wed 1 Sep, 7pm – 9pm  
Location: USC K1 Performance Studio, 90 Sippy Downs Dr, Sippy Downs 
Cost: $15 to compete. Free to attend.

Register to compete on zoom, here.

Grand Final // Live vs. Streamed 

In a near dystopian display of big screen performance and live performance storytelling, the top five from each heat will compete in the Grand Final event at the Imperial Hotel Eumundi, competing for the title and a tidy sum of $1000 in prize money.  

Featuring a guest performance from spoken word poet and performance artist Boy Renaissance, whose work explores gender, faith and sexuality with courage, honesty, electricity and a penny-drop presence.

Date + Time: Fri 3 Sep, 7.30pm – 10pm 
Location: Imperial Hotel, 1 Etheridge St, Eumundi 
Cost: General Admission $25 / Concession $15 

Buy tickets here 

Terms + Conditions

Read the full Terms + Conditions of entry into the Bunker Spoken Word Series here.


The Bunker is proudly brought to you by Writers Republic with the support of University of Sunshine Coast, The Imperial Hotel, and the Regional Arts Development Fund - a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

How to get there


Venue is wheelchair accessible
Parental discretion is advised.