As they say in showbiz, ‘the show must go on’ and that is exactly what will happen in 2014 when the 13th Noosa Long Weekend Festival is staged from Friday 18th – Sunday 27th July.
In October this year, the 10 day arts festival was facing an uncertain future due to an operational budget shortfall and the subsequent departure of the major naming rights sponsor.
Festival organisers were determined not to let the curtains close on the 10,000 attendees and nearly $1.5m that the event generates for the local economy, and so called on those who love the festival most – the local community, sponsors, patrons, partners and festival friends – to help.
The end result was a budget injection that will ensure the festival shines brightly for another year.
Festival President, Karen Mitchell expressed her gratitude to the local and business community.
“The artistic, intellectual and economic stimulus that the festival provides is invaluable and the overwhelming level of support we’ve received in these past few months proves that, Karen said.
“Although we are still seeking a naming rights sponsor, we would like to express our sincere thanks to local arts lovers and philanthropists who have signed on as patrons and festival friends as well as acknowledge the support of our ongoing sponsors including Tourism Noosa, Ecomnoosa and local accommodation providers for their unwavering commitment and belief in the festival.
“A special mention must also be made of festival co-founders and patrons, David and Kristin Williamson. Their generosity and commitment to ensuring the festival has a future has been extraordinary.”
Festival Director, Ian Mackellar said that the 2014 program was almost finalised and the “lucky thirteenth” festival would deliver a few surprises.
“The 2014 festival will feature a more intimate and unique program with many of the guests never seen in Noosa.
“We’ve also moved the festival dates into July to allow more separation from other festivals and better alignment with our range of associated events.
“Each year our festival audiences and guests provide us with feedback that confirms the festival’s role in enhancing the regions’ worldwide reputation for quality entertainment and cultural activity and strengthening the diversity of our Noosa events calendar. We’re overjoyed to continue to present the festival through 2014 and beyond.”
The official program and ticket sales will be released for next year’s Noosa Long Weekend Festival in March-April 2014 but until then, mark 18-27 July in your diary now!
To support the Noosa Long Weekend Festival as a Friend of the Festival, Patron or Sponsor visit the website: www.noosalongweekend.com and click on the ‘Be Involved’ tab for more details.
An overview of The Noosa Long Weekend Festival 2014 program includes:
Music and Dance:
One of the opening night events, ‘Forbidden Broadway – Greatest Hits – Volume One’ will be toasting and roasting the best musicals and brightest stars presented by Squabbalogic Independent Music Theatre; listen to the finalists of the Dame Joan Sutherland Vocal Award; the Streeton Trio are described as ‘Australia’s most internationally successful piano trio’; Festival Ambassador and songstress, Catherine Alcorn; an evening with the Queensland Ballet; Queensland Youth Orchestra 2 will perform a twilight concert at Bicentennial Hall; Ali McGregor’s ‘Alchemy’ draws on all her influences from opera, burlesque and trashy pop divas and ‘Melody Beck Unseen’ delivers a tribute to Marni Nixon.
Comedy and Theatre:
A fabulous night of comedy with Fiona O’Loughlin; the One-Act Play Festival featuring three finalist plays from the National One-Act Playwriting Competition 2014; ABC Radio National storytelling show – ‘Now Hear This’; ‘Managing Carmen’ written by David Williamson and directed by Sam Coward and the intriguing - ‘Diabolique – the story of a ruined woman’ directed by Sam Coward.
A list of authors and guest speakers confirmed include:
(Australia’s favourite Poet) Dr Bruce Dawe AO, Nick Earls, Anna Goldsworthy, Mandy Sayer and Josephine Moon
‘Bias in the Australian media’ with panellists Hedley Thomas, Andrew Jaspan, Tom Switzer and Dr John Harrison; ‘Architecture - Should architecture be an expression of local identity’ with Paul Barclay moderating three of Australia’s most celebrated architects – Peter Stutchbury, Brit Andresen and Ian McDougall; Barrie Cassidy’s Insiders with Niki Savva, Malcolm Farr and Dennis Atkins; ‘Reinventing Retirement’ with speakers Dr Patricia Edgar AM, Val French AM, Adele Horin and ABC Big Ideas host Paul Barclay moderating these forum events.
Sunday at the movies with Bruce Beresford ‘Bonnie and Clyde’.
Moderators and Interviewers:
Barrie Cassidy, Paul Barclay, Phil Brown, Peter Thompson, Richard Fidler, Gail Arnold and Melanie Tait
‘Puccini and Fettuccine’ with Louise Kennedy and Roger Davy; ‘Piano Lessons’ with Anna Goldsworthy; ‘Prawnisimo Promenade’ at Sunshine Beach; Film with food screening of ‘Haute Cuisine’; ‘Red, Hot and Saucy’, Rhonda Burchmore; ‘Adolescent’, starring star of Jersey Boys Australian and New Zealand production, Michael Griffiths; ‘Up the Lazy River’ with seven Noosaville restaurants in delivering fabulous festival deals; ‘Cocktail Capers’, with Hastings Street restaurants serving up special festival cocktails with lunch and dinner specials and then the Festival Wrap Party with four hours of non-stop entertainment and a five course degustation luncheon.
Kicking off the opening of the festival is Carnevale where street musicians and performers bring Hastings Street alive; Heritage Walks; the welcomed return of the popular Teddy Bear’s Picnic held in Lion’s Park, Noosaville; Judy Watson exhibition held at the Noosa Regional Gallery; Noosa Long Weekend Festival Retrospective Photographic Exhibition by Barry Alsop and an exhibition by Leigh Gordon.
The Noosa Long Weekend
Friday 18th to the 27th of July 2014
15 Jul 2014 - Countdown commences for Noosa Long Weekend Festival
10 Jul 2014 - Free and Family Festival Favourites
20 Jun 2014 - Noosa Long Weekend Festival one for the books
03 Jun 2014 - Full program released for Noosa Long Weekend
03 Mar 2014 - Noosa Longweekend Festival banks on Bendigo as new sponsor
Various Locations, Noosa Heads
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