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NightQuarter set to move to the Sunshine Coast in 2019

24 Jul 19 | Source: NightQuarter

The award-winning street food, night market and entertainment destination NightQuarter is set for a new home on the Sunshine Coast.

Stockland announced that it has submitted a development application to bring the iconic NightQuarter Markets to Stockland Birtinya Shopping Centre.

Heralded a ‘cultural revolution’ during its three years at Helensvale on the Gold Coast, NightQuarter attracted thousands of locals and tourists on weekends and became one of the area’s most iconic food and music destinations.
NightQuarter is an ever-evolving festival with unique blend of street food, community and culture and an ethos of shared eating, shared experience and shared conversation.

The shipping container urban playground is set to open at Birtinya in late 2019 and become a new iconic destination for the Sunshine Coast community to enjoy.
“We’re excited to be developing a NightQuarter concept for the Sunshine Coast community. The warm welcome from Stockland and local councillors has been heart-warming,” says co-owner, Michelle Christoe.

“NightQuarter is a platform for entrepreneurship and creativity. It has always been an incubator for talent with many vendors going on to open restaurants and retail stores, and artists going from our stage to the largest stages in the world." said Christoe.

"The Sunshine Coast is alive with creativity, so the potential and the possibilities are endless. The space is a collaboration with the local community, and we are excited to see how it evolves” said Christoe.

NightQuarter Sunshine Coast will be bursting with energy, colour, and plenty of ridiculously good smells.

The venue will open every Friday and Saturday from 4pm-10pm with its signature foodie precincts, cultural festivals, interactive installations and beating heart of live music.
 “The live music space made famous on the Gold Coast and winner of the 2019 ‘Best Regional Venue’ at the Queensland Music Awards will be a major feature at the new location.

The space has previously hosted artists like The Cat Empire, Xavier Rudd, UB40, Amy Shark, RUFUS, Flight Facilities, Illy, The Screaming Jets, The Living End and more.

Legends from the Sunshine Coast music scene will already be familiar with the venue.  We have always been blown away by the talent on the Sunshine Coast.”
“NightQuarter is the first stage for aspiring musicians, it is a place where grandparents, great-grandparents, parents and young siblings can all come together to watch them perform.

We had the biggest artists in Australia inviting their grandmas to come and watch them perform at NightQuarter because it is such a family-friendly community environment,” said Christoe.

The new venue will be adjacent to the Stockland Birtinya Shopping Centre. The space has been secured in collaboration with Stockland.
Shane Monro, Centre Manager, Stockland Birtinya Shopping Centre, said: 
“NightQuarter is a family-friendly marketplace that offers the very best in street food, market stalls and live entertainment, while also placing particular emphasis on nurturing new local artists, performers and musicians.
“We’re incredibly excited to work with the Sunshine Coast Council to welcome NightQuarter to the Sunshine Coast and look forward to the grand relaunch at its new home at Stockland Birtinya Shopping Centre.
“We’re committed to curating exciting, memorable experiences for our customers, and the addition of activations like the hugely successful NightQuarter will help to build a dynamic heart in our community. Birtinya will, even more so now, be seen as a great place to live, work and play.”
Ian Van der Woude, Managing Director, NightQuarter, said: “The site offered to us by Stockland is perfect and we look forward to working with the local community to build a great business on the Sunshine Coast.
“NightQuarter specialises in incredible food and music and will also feature a dedicated live music venue space with capacity to hold up to 1,500 people.
“NightQuarter will attract some of the best touring artists and bring over 300 employment opportunities to the Birtinya area.”
Kawana MP, Jarrod Bleijie said he was fully supportive of the new development and noted that the new creative precinct will create over 150 new jobs for the area as well as opportunities for skill development for high school students who will get the opportunity to do a school based traineeships in hospitality and events at NightQuarter.

This is the type of business that exemplifies the entrepreneurial culture that benefits the whole of the community. I’ve seen what Ian and Michelle did on the Gold Coast and look forward to welcoming them at Birtinya when it opens later this year.
As recently announced, the team behind NightQuarter will also be opening a new brew pub in the Stockland Birtinya dining precinct, Malt Shovel Taphouse. The first-of-its-kind in Queensland, it will feature an extensive range of craft beers and rotisserie-style dishes made from local ingredients.

Subject to approvals, NightQuarter Sunshine Coast will be coming to life in late 2019 operate on Friday and Saturday evenings.


“It’s an experience, a place to go with friends and family and connect with local entrepreneurs, foodies, makers and artists. Everything is personal. The people making your food are local stall owners, they live in our community and your food is created just for you. ‘Made with love’ as one of our vendors always says to every customer... and it is, the whole place is made with said love.’ Christoe.

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