What to do on the Coast this weekend
TAKE a tip if you want to fit in at this weekend's Wanderlust festival at Novotel Twin Waters Resort: slow down and smile.
More than 500 people have already arrived for the four-day festival of yoga, music, mindfulness and wellness.
The vibe is relaxed as they wander, in yoga tights and singlets, between teepees, domes, clean food cafes and classes.
More than 3000 people are expected to attend the four-day event, which is being held for the second consecutive year at the resort but is part of a series held internationally every year.
Festival director Jonnie Halstead said the event was a chance for people to "give back to themselves” and "find their true north”.
The event has drawn top teachers in their fields, including Shiva Rea, described as "the Madonna of yoga”, but is not just about yoga.
A "choose your own adventure” program includes stand-up paddling, a learn to surf class, hiking, dance, and massage.
One of the more popular activities is slackline yoga, a type of yoga on a stretched line.
Raquel Hernandez-Cruz, a teacher with YogaSlackers.com, described slackline as an "extreme yoga” designed to bring people who practise yoga back to basics.
"After you've been doing downward dog a while, you do it while you're thinking of your shopping list,” she said.
"The slackline brings you back to that one point of focus.”
Wanderlust continues on Saturday and Sunday. Day tickets for the remainder of the festival start at $155 and three-day tickets start at $430.
Sunday night's performance by Xavier Rudd is sold out but tickets are still available to a Saturday night concert featuring the singer-guitarist, as well as Deya Dova, Eligah Ray and Tasha Blank, are still for sale from $48-$52.
For information, go to wanderlust.com/festivals/sunshine-coast/
More than half of Wanderlust's visitors are from outside Queensland and it is not the only event drawing visitors to the Coast this weekend.
Ink Attack Tattoo Convention
THE stars of the tattoo world will be inking up the Sunshine Coast at the second annual Ink Attack Tattoo Convention at The Shed, Aussie World, starting this afternoon.
The guest tattoo artist list includes television stars Joey Tattoo, from Tattoo Rescue, Asaru Mushavu and Jersey Joe, from Tattoos After Dark and Jayvo Scott, from Ink Master.
The four Americans and as many as 60 other artists will make their mark on the people of the Sunshine Coast during the three-day festival.
The event has been organised by Ink Attack Tattoo Studio owner Damien Wickham, who has travelled the world attending tattoo conventions and decided that ink-lovers of the Sunshine Coast were missing out.
"So many tattoo artists that I talk to at other conventions, say how much they love Australia or want to come here, then I show them where I live and they're blown away,” Wickham said.
There will be tattoo contests taking place across the three days including Best of Day, Best of Show and Tattoo Artist of the Year. The show will also have live entertainment and market stalls.
The event starts at 2pm this afternoon. Tickets are $25 for one day or $60 for a three-day pass.
For more information about Ink Attack Tattoo Convention and tickets visit: www.inkattacktattooconvention.com.au
(The Bunch of 5 things to do on page 2 of today's Sunshine Coast Daily incorrectly advised that admission to the convention was free.)
The Sunshine Coast Home Show and Caravan, Camping and Boating Expo
The Sunshine Coast Show and Caravan, Camping and Boating Expo opened at the Kawana Sports Precinct, Bokarina, this morning and will continue for the next two days.
This brings together the latest in home materials, innovations and accessories, and camping, caravanning and outdoor equipment.
The annual event has grown in popularity to become 20% bigger this year, and organisers were turning down exhibitors who could not fit in.
Festival director Bob Carroll said the event was a chance for smaller and local businesses to showcase products that were not always seen at the major chains and stores.
"Even though Bunnings is good, it does have an impact on small business on the Sunshine Coast, and we do have some really good small businesses on the Sunshine Coast.
"We encourage people, and people who are new to the region, to get in and see what local businesses have to offer and try them when they can.”
The combined show and expo is open until 5pm today, from 9am to 5pm tomorrow, and from 9am to 4pm on Sunday.
Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors card holders, and children are fee with an adult. On-site parking is available off the Nicklin Way for $5.
The Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival
The Sunshine Coast's most stylish will make a beeline for The Events Centre, Caloundra, tomorrow night for the ninth Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival, the region's premier fashion event.
Tickets at $15 are still available to a fashion industry Q & A session at 2pm. Experts on hand will include Margaret Rushe Farrell, a board member of the World Fashion Organisation; Thang de Hoo, a designer at RIVIV6269; designers Nicola Finetti and Paul Hunt; stylist and fashion and beauty editor Kellie Alderman; SCFF director and founder Jacinta Richmond; fashion agent Amy Boer; and Ragtrade Magazine editor Assia Benmedjoub.
Get a look at some of the stylish attendees as they arrive on the red carpet from 4.15-4.45pm for the 5pm catwalk show.
Tickets at $45-$150 are still available to the catwalk show, which will be followed by the SCFF awards and Hall of Fame winners.
For information go to sunshinecoastfashionfestival.com
Hundreds of people are expected at Cotton Tree Park tomorrow to express their solidarity with Australians of all backgrounds, including asylum seeker sand refugees.
The Walk Together event is part of a nationwide initiative to break down barriers and welcome newcomers to the community.
The walk, led by musicians,will start near the war memorial at the western end of Cotton Tree Park about 9am. After walking by the river, guest speakers will address those present about building a stronger and more vibrant community.
The event is family-friendly and wheelchair friendly. Coffee and entertainment will be available.
More information is available at www.welcometoaustralia.org.au/walk-together-2016