Maroochydore will come alive to the sights and sounds of the most colourful nations on earth at the Ocean Street World Festival 2018.
Performers, artisans and chefs from all over the globe will showcase their talents in a celebration of diversity promising a feast for the senses on Easter Sunday, 1 April.
The free event, expected to attract some 50,000 people, will feature a stellar line-up of performers from Bolivia to Budapest and Jamaica to Japan.
Samba will rub shoulders with Bollywood, djembe players will jostle with belly dancers as Ocean St becomes a melting pot of customs, colours and flavours.
And as the sun goes down, the entertainment ratchets up with sets from the unique flamenco electronica fusion that is Tijuana Cartel, and the irresistible Latin big band salsa of Chukale.
Now in its 7th year, the Ocean Street World Festival injects some $2M into the local economy and has grown to become Australia’s largest free cultural festival and a premier event in the Queensland calendar.
It features home-grown and international acts across four stages as well as spectacular roving performances, live art installations and a vast designated kids’ area.
Around 100 stalls will intermingle with the street’s many well-known restaurants, shops and bars.
Run by the not-for-profit Maroochydore Revitalisation Association, it is designed to mark Ocean Street as an artistic and cultural hub for the entire region.
A 13-piece Afro-Cuban big band which has played and recorded with many of the greats in Latin American music. We dare you not to dance!
are renowned for their live shows and unique mix of world music, flamenco rhythms and electronica.
30 acts across four stages include everything from Bollywood artists Dance Masala to Djembe masters The Off Beat, and from Cuban Salsa crew Latin HQ to European gypsy musicians Rubatuba.
Learn from the masters. Maori drummers, belly dancers, flamenco guitarists and reggaeton hip hoppers are just some of the experts on hand to teach festival goers new skills.
Our vast indoor children’s area includes giant Jenga, giant Connect 4, roller skating, kids’ stage, face-painting, putt-putt, magic shows and balloon artists.
Watch internationally-renowned street artist Thomas Jackson turn an ordinary wall into an underwater wonderland in front of 50,000 people through the day.
Food & drink
Ocean Street is known for the quality of its restaurants and bars. During the festival those venues are joined by some 100 stalls featuring food, drink and produce from across the globe. The World Stage is served by the main Captain and Duke Bar featuring Stone & Wood beers. And over 18s can kick back beneath orange umbrellas and savour Cointreau Fizz cocktails at the laneway Oasis bar.