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USC festival to fire up Coast’s imagination


USC Drama students Brock Gregory and Gemma Elsom will perform at the Sunshine Coast Imaginarium on Sunday 10 August

17 July 2014

The University of the Sunshine Coast is transforming its annual open day this year into a community festival aimed at firing up the imaginations of all Coast residents.

USC has invited the entire community to attend its first Sunshine Coast Imaginarium – a free event that will feature live entertainment, interactive activities, technology, fun games and sporting demonstrations – from 11am on Sunday 10 August.

A large crowd is expected, with top drawcards including a concert by singer Darren Percival, an ambitious bid to snap the Coast’s biggest “selfie” and a quirky Quidditch match.

Those attending will have the chance to win some amazing prizes like a plane flight over the Antarctic, a family balloon flight over the Scenic Rim, a shark dive, a whale watching trip and tickets to Australia Zoo and Underwater World.

And, of course, prospective students will be able to take campus tours, chat one-on-one with academics, gain career advice and find out all they need to know about starting study.

Full details about the free festival are at

USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said Imaginarium was shaping up to be a community event unlike any other before in the region.

“We’ve organised a great program to welcome, excite and inspire Sunshine Coast residents to connect with their university,” he said.

“Education is clearly transformative, and this fun festival will give people a chance to discover the life-changing opportunities available to them at USC.”

Visitors to Imaginarium will be invited to wander through eight exciting precincts, each featuring a range of fun activities and showcasing what USC has to offer its students and the community at large.

Examples of activities at some of the precincts include:

  • Science and Technology – play serious computer games, build a bamboo bridge, try out a driving simulator and learn how your body works;
  • Creative – Play in a kinetic sandpit, watch drama presentations, join a drumming circle and dress up as your favourite superhero; 
  • Research – Get some tips on how teenagers think, koala preservation and some amazing environments threatened by climate change;
  • Indigenous – try your hand at bark painting, traditional rope making and an animal imitation dance; and
  • International – learn Indonesian martial arts, Indian dancing and Italian card games, play like the Vikings and enjoy a Japanese tea ceremony.

At 2pm, all attention will turn towards USC’s sports precinct as it hosts some energetic demonstrations of roller derby, women’s rugby 7s, basketball and athletics.

 — Terry Walsh

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