Tenth anniversary program unveiled for The Noosa Longweekend Festival
The full program of events for The Noosa Longweekend Festival - a 10 day cultural feast of art, literature, food and fun - was unveiled today (3.5.11) in Noosa Heads, Queensland. Festival Director, Ian Mackellar announced details of the festival’s tenth anniversary program which includes over 70 free and ticketed events staged in various venues in Noosa from Friday 17 June to Sunday 26 June, 2011.
Ian said that the ten year celebrations represented a significant milestone for the cultural event which boasts leading Australian playwright, David Williamson and writer Kristin Williamson as two of its patrons. The Williamsons are also co-founders of the festival. A number of festival guests from the last nine years will make a return appearance in 2011.
“As well as the festival’s tenth birthday, this year marks David Williamson’s fortieth anniversary as a playwright.
“Fittingly our 2011 program includes a number of Williamson related events including exclusive world preview performances (ahead of the play’s official premiere in Sydney) of David’s and Mohamed Khadra’s new play, At Any Cost as well as a gala, tribute dinner attended by VIP guests who have worked with David over the last forty years. Film director Bruce Beresford, Sydney Ensemble Theatre Company Director Sandra Bates, actor and journalist Graeme Blundell, David’s actor sons Felix and Rory Williamson and a few mystery guests will be joining us on the night.
“These exciting events will be complemented by a stimulating and diverse festival program of over 70 events including world class cabaret, theatre, literary events, dance, food, forums, workshops, late night supper clubs, film, music and magic,” Ian said.
The festival program was launched in style with Australian cabaret sensation (and Helpmann and Green Room Award winner), Mitchell Butel taking the stage. Mitchell treated assembled guests to a preview of his new show, Killing Time which will form part of the festival.
Direct from the United Kingdom, professional, six man sound machine and a capella group, The Magnets will ‘headline’ this year’s festival with an opening performance on Friday 17 June and return performance on Saturday 18 June. The Magnets fuse vocal harmonies with beatboxing and impressive choreography.
This year’s festival guests include: Paul Barclay, Les Wicks, Bollywood Dreams, Tom Keneally, Peter Thompson, Peter Goldsworthy, Ita Buttrose, Caroline Nin , Michael Futcher, Avigail Herman, the Queensland National Dance Company, Leslie Cannold, Barrie Cassidy, Bettina Arndt, Mungo MacCullum, Hetti Perkins, Alexandria Bernard, Caroline Overington, Anita Heiss, David Williamson, Meg Mundell, Toby Francis, Mrs Bang (aka Sheridan Harbridge), Hugh Mackay, Marika Aubrey, Oscar Theatre Company, Steve Ross, Brendan Cowell, Virginia Duigan, Yayoi Negishi, Yasuhiro Saruta, William McInnes, Sandra Bates, Richard Fidler, Richard Flanagan, Karin Schaupp, Katie Noonan, Stephanie Brownlee, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Noosa Chorale with Noosa Sinfonia Orchestra and Opera Australia soloists Gaynor Morgan and Patrick Donnelly, Nickleby the Magician and others.
Ian said that whilst the 2011 festival included many big names, the emphasis was on “colour and culture”, as well as affordability and accessibility for all.
“This special Noosa Longweekend Festival program includes something for all tastes, age groups and budgets including a number of free events, and a special ‘festival highlights’ celebration concert for all the family to enjoy on the last day of the festival, Sunday 26 June,” he said.
“The calibre and talents of our guests along with the diversity of the program and attraction of Noosa itself is what has made The Noosa Longweekend Festival such a success year after year. We trust our guests and audiences will continue to enjoy the festival for the next ten years and beyond,” he said.
Some of The Noosa Longweekend Festival 2011 program highlights include –
• Theatre: Exclusive world preview performances of David Williamson and Mohamed Khadra’s At Any Cost and three, One Act Play Festival performance and presentations of Jenny Bullimore’s Star Crossed, Mark Langham’s Nothing and Bruce Olive’s The Knock on the Door.
• Musical theatre: (title of show) musical performed by Oscar Theatre Company.
• Music, cabaret and supper clubs: The Magnets; Avigail Herman; Sydney Cabaret Showcase Winner Toby Francis; Mrs Bang (aka Sheridan Harbridge) A Series of Seductions in 55 minutes; the ‘Crown Prince of Cabaret’ - Steve Ross; French chanteuse Caroline Nin; Marika Aubrey with Redheads and Mitchell Butel with Killing Time; Mitchell Butel’s Excellent Adventure supper club performance; dual piano concert L’ail Kreiss with Yayoi Negishi and Yasuhiro Saruta from Japan; Brilliant Brahms Noosa Chorale with Noosa Sinfonia Orchestra and Opera Australia soloists, Gaynor Morgan and Patrick Donnelly; Karin Schaupp and Katie Noonan’s duet show; local Sunshine Coast teen star, Stephanie Brownlee and leading Australian independent band, Skipping Girl Vinegar; and a ‘best of the fest’ concert featuring a selection of festival highlights and special guests.
• Dance: Romeo and Juliet ballet by the Queensland National Dance Company.
• Film and film events: Short film selection by Noosa Film Society; Slow Food with Film event – screening of Julie and Julia with French food
• Workshops: Magic workshop with Nickleby the Magician; Plan to be Published poetry workshop with Les Wicks; Bollywood Dancing learn to dance workshop with Bollywood Dreams; Playwrighting Master Class with Michael Futcher; Voice and Song Master Class with Avigail Herman; and a Theatre Directing Master Class with Sandra Bates.
• Food: Progressive food events including the Crab Crawl, Gourmet Hinterland Safari , Street Beach Promenade and Beef Burlesque events at some of Noosa’s and the Sunshine Coast hinterland’s most successful restaurants and chocolate shops.
• Forums: Engaging and insightful forums including Australia Talks’ Paul Barclay on The Great Barrier Reef; The Insiders’ Barrie Cassidy on Julia and Tony: Who’ll last the distance?; Mungo MacCallum and friends’ on Political Leadership; and, Graeme Dobell on Nukes, madmen and religion – the makings of a nuclear holocaust?
• Literary events: Literary lunches, book readings and interviews with - Tom Keneally; Peter Goldsworthy; Leslie Cannold; Bettina Arndt; Hetti Perkins; Caroline Overington; Anita Heiss; Peter Thompson; Meg Mundell; Hugh Mackay; Brendan Cowell; Virginia Duigan; William McInnes and Richard Flanagan.
• Special guest interviewers: Heather Ewart; Peter Thompson; Ita Buttrose; Alexandria Bernard; Kristin Williamson; Richard Fidler; David Williamson; Hugh Mackay and Barrie Cassidy.
• Celebrity special events: David Williamson gala tribute dinner hosted by Richard Fidler.
• Free events: Heritage walks and presentations (9) at key historic locales including Noosa, Tewantin, Mill Point, Pomona, Eumundi, Cooran, Cooroy and Kin Kin; and a free children’s magic performance.
downloadable: "2011 The Noosa Longweekend Festival" pdf program
TICKET SALES AND FESTIVAL PROGRAMS
• The full festival program can be viewed on line at www.noosalongweekend.com. Printed versions are available by phoning the festival office on (07) 5474 9941.
• Tickets for all festival events are on sale from 10am Monday 9 May at The J Box office, Noosa (07) 5455 4455.
• Ticket prices range from $10 to $190 (for the David Williamson gala tribute dinner inclusive of all food and beverage). FREE events also form part of the festival program.
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various locations, Noosa Heads
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