Burnett Heads - 2023


For many years the Lighthouse Festival has been a main stay in Burnett Heads. Originally developed as a way to promote and develop local talent and businesses, the event grew to be loved by many. Unfortunately though, like most good things, it came to an end in 2021. However in 2022 we introducing a new event. COTA or Celebration of the Arts. Not to be confused with the Council of the Aging, our event is here to celebrate art in all the forms it takes. With 2022 seeing events just throughout October, 2023 has seen the program expand with Workshops commencing in July, right through to our Art Exhibition in Octber.  We also see the return of Flickerfest and a few new events adding to our huge line up this year.  Keep an eye on this website as our events list expands over the next few months.

WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP – Tips, Tricks & Technique with Colleen Helmore

Colleen is a renowned local watercolour artist and teacher who has recently returned from Italy where her painting (pictured) was chosen as one of the paintings representing Australia at the FabrianoinAcquarello International Watercolour Conference and Art Show (see her painting in the photo above).

This will be a fun workshop suitable for beginners or experienced artists.  She will teach you how to use a very limited pallet based on the three primary colours and then develop secondary colours to build colour harmony and atmosphere. You will create your own piece of art that you will be proud to take home.

Date: Saturday 7 October

Time: 9am to 12pm. Morning Tea Provided

Cost: $65 +booking fee (Limited Spots Available)

Location: Burnett Heads Community Hall – 19 Zunker St, Burnett Heads

Materials provided: All materials provided

FLiCKERFEST – “It’s Great Short Films, It’s On Tour, It’s The Vibe.”

Celebrating its 32nd year, Flickerfest, Australia’s only Academy® Award and BAFTA qualifying short film festival, and the country’s largest Australian & International short film competition, screens the best of shorts from Australia and the world, selected from 3,200 entries; ensuring the presentation of A-list short film programmes recognised amongst the best in the world.

Flickerfest screens for 10 days under the summer stars at Bondi Beach in January, with selected highlights of the most entertaining and innovative short films from Australia & around the world touring the country on a 50 venue national tour from Feb – Oct 2023.  

Flickerfest returns with this annual one-off chance to see the Best of Australian Shorts officially selected for Flickerfest National Tour programme, before they continue their journey around the world.

*This programme contains mature themes & is not recommended for children under 15.

Classification: Children under 15yrs must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Saturday 7 October

Time: 7pm – 9pm (opening from 6pm)

Cost: $20 +booking fee

More Info & Program: Flickerfest Website

Location: Burnett Heads Community Hall – Jack Norgate Oval, Burnett Heads


Zeatta uses Hebel building blocks which are easy to carve. She creates her own designs for book ends, candle holders, bowls and more. 

This will be a fun workshop where your own imagination and creative instincts will be put to good use. Participants will be provided with everything needed to design and make a candle holder or bowl.

Zeatta is a self-taught artistic “Jack of all trades”. She paints abstract pictures and has dabbled in pottery, macramé and jewellery making. Her interest in Hebel sculpture started when a broken leg kept her confined to quarters for several months.

Date: Saturday 14 October

Time: 9am to 12pm. Morning Tea Provided

Cost: $65 +booking fee (Limited Spots Available)

Location: Burnett Heads Community Hall – 19 Zunker St, Burnett Heads

Materials provided: All materials provided

Following the phenomenal success of the first, sold out, event in 2022, Lighthouse Presents is thrilled to announce the Lighthouse Rock 2023 is returning on Saturday, 14 October 2023 with another lineup of legends ready to rock Burnett Heads. Located by the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, it’s a perfect fit for fans of traditional Aussie rock from the young to the young at heart.

So without further ado, let us introduce you to the stars of 2023 Lighthouse Rock:
Featuring ICEHOUSE, The Living End, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Mason Rack Band, Abby Skye, Evergreen Aus and the Triple M Battle of the Bands Winner. 
Plus, much more!

Wrangle up some of your best mates and organise a day trip to listen to some of your faves by Aussie musical legends!


As part of the Burnett Heads Progress and Sports Association 2023 Art and Photography Show, the Progress Association proposes including a local School Art Project.

Entries will be displayed as part of the Art Show.

This will be a pilot program for an annual perpetual trophy to be held by the winner.


Entries are to take the form of a sculpture using at least some found and recycled materials depicting the Art Show theme each year.

The 2023 theme is River/Land/Sea.

It has been determined that the 2023 School Art Project will be for students from local schools.

The following schools have been identified as the most appropriate schools covering the criteria of river/land/sea and invited to undertake this inaugural prize competition:

  • Burnett Heads Primary School
  • Bargara Primary School
  • Elliott Heads Primary School
  • Wongarra Primary School
  • Kalkie Primary School



  1. Sculpture created by students using at least some found/recycled resources.
  2. The sculpture is to depict one or more aspects of the 2023 Art Show Theme of River/Land/Sea.
  3. The sculpture must weigh no more than 10kgs.
  4. To ensure transparent judging the name of the school is not to be included in or on the sculpture.
  5. Entries to be delivered to the Community Hall on a date in October 2023, which is yet to be determined. Each entry is to be accompanied by a short statement about the sculpture and its creation.
  6. Judging will be based on creativity, how well the sculpture represents the theme and the use of found/recycled items. Judges will be provided with a copy of the statement. Judges will be individuals with no connection to any of the schools.
  7. Schools will be provided with a solid wooden tray to be used as a base for the sculpture



Barb Kruger – Ph 0412 635 199

Gayle Mason – Ph 0401 538 019

Email: burnettheadsprogress@yahoo.com.au


Art & Photography Exhibition 2023

Burnett Heads Community Hall
27 & 28 October 2023.
Opening Night Drinks & Canapes Event – Thursday 26 October

The Burnett Heads Art & Photography Exhibition has developed a reputation for being well organised and easy for artists and photographers to display their work – and for the audience to enjoy it. The exhibition has been extremely popular in Burnett Heads with over 160 pieces of Art in the last show. In 2023, thanks to the help of the Lighthouse Hotel Community Raffles & Australia Post, we expect it will be even bigger offering the crowd plenty of wonderful works to admire.

MACRAME WORKSHOP with Kelly Stevens

If you can tie a knot you can be a macramé expert in no time! There is no experience required, just a willingness to learn. This fun hands-on creative workshop will show you how to create a range of knots that you can use to create your own unique wall and plant hangers. Firstly you will learn some basic macramé knots, then move on to making a beautiful Boho inspired Macrame Plant Hanger using recycled cotton cord.

Everything you need will be provided so you can come and create and learn a new skill in the company of like-minded people.

Kelly Stevens from Soulful Stones has recently relocated to Burnett Heads and will lead the workshop. Kelly has been creating macramé for over 5 years teaching group and individual workshops with people of all ages and abilities. What started as a creative outlet – making jewellery incorporating macramé as gifts for loved ones – became a passion for bringing to life unique macramé décor pieces. Kelly says that macramé is more than just learning to knot. It’s about mindfulness, self-confidence, building connections with your community and sharing ideas and so much more.

Date: Saturday 12 August

Time: 9am to 12pm. Morning Tea Provided

Cost: $65 +booking fee (Limited to 10 participants)

Location: Burnett Heads Community Hall – 19 Zunker St, Burnett Heads

Materials provided: All materials provided


RAG MAT WORKSHOP with Jeanette Keir from Keir’s Krafts

If you can plait or braid (or we can easily teach you), you can make an adorable rag mat in no time from your recycled sheets/doona/material scraps. We will provide pre-cut material but contact Gayle Mason for cutting instructions on 0401 538 019 if you have a favourite piece you would like to recycle.

There is no experience required, just a willingness to learn. There are no tools required for this fun creative workshop just your hands. Any sort of craft can relax, relieve stress & give the participant a sense of satisfaction & well-being.

Jeanette has been creating and teaching all sorts of crafts for 50 years. Beading, crochet, long stitch, embroidery, macramé & sculptures using fabric hardener & recycled materials. Prior to Covid teaching in Vanuatu and more recently in her home of 41 years at Yandaran showing how to make beanies, socks and much more on a Circular Loom.

Date: Saturday 2 September

Time: 9am to 12pm. Morning Tea Provided

Cost: $65 +booking fee (Limited to 10 participants)

Location: Burnett Heads Community Hall – 19 Zunker St, Burnett Heads

Materials provided: All materials provided


RAFFIA WEAVING WORKSHOP with Elaine Kirk – Baffle Baskets

Would you like a craft that allows you to unplug, slow down and create something with your own hands, maybe a gift for someone special?  Have you tried Basket Weaving?

Elaine is an experienced weaver who has been weaving with various materials for several years. She has had her work chosen for several major Art Shows.

This class is suitable for beginners as well as for those who have participated in a previous class. Elaine will teach you how to weave as well as expanding your weaving knowledge.  In this workshop you will be working with raffia but Elaine will teach methods that can be used with many other materials.

Elaine conducted a workshop in our 2022 COTA Workshop series and participant’s feedback praised her ease in teaching a new skill to beginners.  Participants all agreed that it was a fun and happy workshop.

Date: Saturday 30 September

Time: 9am to 12pm. Morning Tea Provided

Cost: $65 +booking fee (Limited Spots Available)

Location: Burnett Heads Community Hall – 19 Zunker St, Burnett Heads

Materials provided: All materials provided.


The Celebration of the Arts is brought to you by

Thanks also to the Baguette Ladies, Steve Burdee & Daniel Walshaw




Contact Us

Please feel welcome to get in touch with us no matter what aspect of the festival your enquiry relates to.

Burnett Heads Progress & Sports Association Incorporated

P.O Box 9041, Burnett Heads QLD 4670

By Email: burnettheadsprogress@yahoo.com.au




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