Noosa Longweekend 2006 Program Information


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Noosa Longweekend 2006 Program Information
Tickets are available to buy from 9:00am Wednesday 26 April, 2006.  For more information on how to book please visit www.noosalongweekend.com

10 fantastic days of drama film dance world music literary events art gourmet adventures and envirowalks in one stunning location…

Now in its fifth year running, the Noosa Longweekend this year comprises 61 events and 99 performances over ten fantastic days of drama, film, music, literature, art, food and heritage walks from 16 to 25 June. Program and tickets are available from 26 April.

Day 1 - Friday 16 June 2006
12.30pm  Opening of Aboriginal Art Exhibition - 'My Country' & Lunch. Significant works by major artists from private collections, rarely seen. Curated by Lisa Chandler, University of the Sunshine Coast. Introduction by art critic/curator, John McDonald. Noosa Blue Resort. $75 includes lunch and presentation. Exhibition open daily June 16-18, 10am-4pm. Free admission.
6.00pm-8.00pm  QANTAS Opening Celebration on the Beach.  Join the fun and excitement of the opening concert and fireworks spectacular. Featuring MC Jo-Beth Taylor, Gubbi Gubbi Aboriginal Dance Group, Evie Pikley, Flamenco Fire, FourPlay and music by The Blue Moons. Noosa Main Beach, Hastings St. Free to the public.
7.30pm  Marina Prior and Michael Cormick 'In Concert' at berardo's.  Presented by Coral Coast. A magical evening with two sensational stars of musical theatre in the intimacy of one of Noosa's finest restaurants. berardo's Hastings St. $165 per person, four courses + accompanying wines.
7.30pm 
Preview, David Williamson's 'Strings Under My Fingers'.  Presented by Australia Post. A gripping and moving story of a profound musical legacy, starring international guitarist Karin Schaupp. Noosa Arts Theatre, Weyba Rd. $35 Drinks available for purchase. Dinner and show, Humid Restaurant $85
8.30pm  SARS  fiery flamenco-tango-jazz ensemble. Festival Theatre. Noosa Woods $20

Day 2 - Saturday 17 June
9.00am  Islam forum #1. 'Islam - Understanding its origins and development'.  Conveying a greater understanding of Islam. With expert commentators and authors Christopher Kremmer, Imam Dr Mohamad Abdalla, Halim Rane and Shifa Mustapha. Presenter Peter Thompson. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods, $25.
12.30pm  Li Cunxin lunch.  Author of Mao's Last Dancer in conversation with Caroline Baum, tells of his extraordinary journey - a truly inspirational story. Jasper Noosa, Hastings St. $85. Two-course lunch + glass of wine.
2.00pm  Heritage Walk #1  The Gubbi Gubbi were the traditional owners of the land around Noosa. Walk with elder Dr Eve Fesl and learn about their customs and food.
2.30pm  Preview David Williamson's 'Strings Under My Fingers'  Presented by Australia Post. A gripping and moving story of a profound musical legacy, starring Karin Schaupp. Noosa Arts Theatre, Weyba Road $35. Lunch and show Humid Restaurant, $85.
2.30pm  Shakespeare Unplugged  presented by Australia Post. A unique brush with theatre 'royalty', John Bell and Anna Volska as they re-visit some of their favourite plays and roles, interspersed with personal anecdotes. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods, $35.
5.00pm  Music @ the Sunset Bar  A magic hour of live music - something for every palate, while sipping your favourite 'sundowner' Festival Theatre. Noosa Woods. Free entry. Drinks available for purchase.
7.30pm  Opening 'Elegance & Perversity' exhibition  extraordinary and daring photographic art by imaginative Dutch photographer/ film maker, Erwin Olaf. Exhibition open June 18-25, 10am-4pm daily. Noosa Regional Gallery, Pelican St, Tewantin. Free to public.
7.30pm  World Premiere - 'Strings Under My Fingers'  Written by David Williamson - presented by Australia Post. A gripping and moving story of Lotte Reinke, grandmother of internationally acclaimed guitarist Karin Schaupp, and the musical legacy she inspired. Noosa Arts Theatre, Weyba Rd. Noosaville. $75 Performance + post-show cocktails at South Pacific Resort. Drinks available for purchase.
8.00pm  Marina Prior and Michael Cormick 'In Concert' at berardo's  Presented by Macquarie. A magical evening with two sensational stars of musical theatre in the intimacy of one of Noosa's finest restaurants, berardo's, $165 per person, four courses + accompanying wines.
8.00pm  FourPlay & Misinterprotato  A high voltage performance by eclectic, electric string quartet - FourPlay and contemporary, improvised jazz by piano trio Misinterprotato. Festival Theatre. Noosa Woods. $25.

Day 3 - Sunday 18 June
9.00am  Islam Forum #2 - 'Understanding Islam in South-east Asia'  presented by close observers of Islam in South-east Asia and Australia, Sally Neighbour, Rosie Scott, Christopher Kremmer, Mohammad Abdalla with presenter Peter Thompson. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods, Hastings St. $25.
11.30am  Li Cunxin  Author of 'Mao's Last Dancer' reflects on his life's incredible journey. In conversation with Caroline Baum. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods, Hastings St , $25.
1.00pm  Peter Fitzsimons  Fun lunch with ex-Wallaby, journalist, author and biographer of sports-greats and other people we admire. Trio's, Noosa Harbour Marine Village, $75 includes two course lunch + glass of wine.
2.00pm  Heritage Walk #2  Tewantin was the bustling early hub for the timber industry, and Cobb and Co gateway to the Gympie goldfields. George Pearce will guide you, finishing at Parkyn's Hut. Meet at the old river baths, next to Noosa Harbour Town. Free event
3.00pm  Opening of Ken Done exhibition - 'Art for Life'  a joyous celebration of what it means to be Australian. Cooper Beachside Gallery, Hastings St. Free to the public. Exhibition open June 17-25, 9.30am - 5pm.
3.00pm  Dynamic folk/country duo Women in Docs  supported by supercharged roots guitarist, Asa Broomhall. Presented by Wide Bay Australia. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods, Hastings St. $25. Drinks available for purchase.
6.30pm  Dolphin Glide  With special pre-show performance by OKA. An awesome film about being with dolphins, in the ocean - from the dolphin's perspective. With band. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods $20
7.30pm  Trio Novalis  In association with the Noosa Music Society, classical music concert with vibrant and passionate interpretations of Mozart, Dvorak and Brahms. Good Shepherd Lutheran Hall, 115 Eumundi Road $35.
7.30pm  Shakespeare Unplugged  Presented by Australia Post. An intimate dinner evening with theatre 'royalty' John Bell and Anna Volska, revisiting some of their memorable roles and career anecdotes in one of Noosa's finest restaurants. berardo's $145 per person, includes three courses + a glass of wine per course.
7.30pm  'Take a Chance on Me'  Rehearsed play-reading. A superb comedy about finding that special someone, 20 years after your last date, from one of New Zealand's finest playwrights, Roger Hall. Noosa Arts Theatre, Weyba Rd. Noosaville $20 . Drinks available for purchase.

Day 4 - Monday 19 June
10.00am  Sarah McDonald & Christopher Kremmer - Views of India  Presented by Tingirana. A rollicking journey through an ancient culture with authors Christopher Kremmer and Sarah McDonald, revealing very different experiences - in conversation with Caroline Baum. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods, $25.
12.30pm  Ken Done  Presented by Coral Coast. Lunch with the celebrated artist whose images have come to symbolise Australia. Caroline Baum will ask about the rules he's broken. Sails restaurant, Hastings St. $85 includes two courses + glass of wine.
2.00pm  Heritage Walk # 3  A disused coal mine site; the reclaimed land at Hays Inlet; Hacks farm; the original river mouth, groins and the bar. Local historian and author Emma Freeman will guide this fascinating and charming stroll around Hastings Street.
4.30pm  Queensland wine tastings by the river - Jimbour wines at Pure  Taste and learn from master of wine, Peter Scudamore-Smith. Pure, 269 Gympie Tce, Noosaville. $25 per person, includes wine and food tastings, and discussion.
5.00pm  Music @ the Sunset Bar  A magic hour of live music - something for every palate, while sipping your favourite sundowner. Festival Theatre. Free entry, drinks available for purchase.
6.00pm  Candy  Two young lovers abandoned to the wild beauty of love - and to an addiction that nearly destroys them. Adapted from Luke Davies' best-selling novel, starring Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish, delivering a fearless portrayal of a young artist whose lust for life takes her to the edge of sanity. Fresh from the Berlin Film Festival. See the film and discuss the likely future direction of Australia film production with Margaret Fink, Australian film pioneer. AMC Noosa 5 Cinemas, Noosa Junction $20
7.30pm  'Take a Chance on Me'  Rehearsed play-reading. A superb comedy about finding that special someone, 20 years after your last date, from one of New Zealand's finest playwright's, Roger Hall. Noosa Arts Theatre. Weyba Rd, Noosaville $20 . Drinks available for purchase
7.30pm  Marina Prior & Michael Cormick 'In Concert'  Presented by Coral Coast. A magical evening with two sensational stars of musical theatre in the intimacy of one of Noosa's finest restaurants. berardo's. $155 per person, three courses + accompanying wines.

Day 5 - Tuesday 20 June
9.30am  Derek Hansen & Peter Temple  This is for crime-novel and thriller addicts. Analysing their chosen genre are crime writers Derek Hansen and Peter Temple in conversation with Caroline Baum. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods. $25
12.00pm  Nick Earls  Humorous and entertaining, Nick Earls writes prolifically for both youth and adults. Now he lays bare his newest novel, about the power of first love and memory. In conversation with Caroline Baum. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods. $25
12.00pm  Tasty Prawn Trawl  A progressive lunch to discover the most delicious ways to treat a prawn at Quamby Place's famous three - Parc, Riva and Rock Salt. $75 includes three courses and wine tastings.
1.00pm  Heritage Walk # 4  Mill Point. For 20 years to 1892, Mill Point boasted a 'state-of-the-art' timber mill. A tramway brought logs to the mill on Lake Cootharaba, then floated to Tewantin. Learn more of this fascinating history in a 5km walk with Dr Sean Ulm. Meet at the Elanda Point Parks and Wildlife Service office. Free event
2.30pm  Introduction to Aboriginal Art  Judy Mayall, former manager at Melbourne's Kimberley Gallery and lecturer on Aboriginal art, backgrounds the emergence of the modern Aboriginal art movement, outlines the major art producing communities and gives tips on assessing works. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods. $15 discussion only
4.30pm  Queensland wine tastings by the river, Robert Channon wines  Taste and learn from winemaker Robert Channon. Pilu, 2/257 Gympie Tce. $25 per person, includes wine and food tastings, and discussion.
5.00pm-6.00pm  Music @ the Sunset Bar  A magic hour of live music while sipping your favourite 'sundowner'. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods. Free entry, drinks for purchase
6.00pm Tasty Prawn Trawl  A progressive dinner to discover the most delicious ways to treat a prawn at Quamby Place's famous three - Parc, Riva and Rock Salt. $75 includes three courses and wine tastings.
7.00pm  Documentary film makers - Mad idealists? Or just plain mad?  Featuring Bob Connolly, David Bradbury and Olivia Rousseau. Passionate and driven; filming and gathering material against all odds -often at great risk. In conversation with Stephen Crittenden, discover the most dangerous & emotional moments they've faced, with relevant footage. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods. Hastings St. $25
7.30pm  'Strings Under My Fingers'  David Williamson's new play, starring guitarist, Karin Schaupp. Presented by Australia Post. Noosa Arts Theatre, Weyba Rd, Noosaville. $38 . Drinks available for purchase.

Day 6 - Wednesday 21 June
9.00am  Introduction to the Didgeridoo - Mint'ji  Chris Adnam lived with the Yolngu in Arnhem Land and played didgeridoo with Yothu Yindi. As well as being a musician Chris studied the instrument's origins. Learn of the song lines that carried it across our country. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods. $15 demonstration and talk only.
9.30am  Poetry Readings  With Matt Hetherington, Graham Nunn and David Stavangar. The River Read, Gympie Terrace, $20 inc tea/coffee & pastry.
11.00am  Bill Leak - 'Do you really think that's funny?'  Provocative cartoonist for 'The Australian', Bill Leak has a sharp eye for satire and strong convictions about who or what deserves a serve. In conversation with Caroline Baum. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods, $25.
2.00pm  Heritage Walk # 5  Pomona's rich built heritage includes the Majestic Theatre, Masonic Lodge, former council chambers, Pomona Hotel and Pomona Courthouse. Meet at the Shire Museum, Factory St, and allow two hours for a fascinating insight into the villages history. Free
2.00pm  'Strings Under My Fingers'  Presented by Australia Post. Written by David Williamson, starring Karin Schaupp. Noosa Arts Theatre, Weyba Road. Special student and pensioner price of $28, with chance to meet David Williamson. Drinks available for purchase. Lunch & show package $85 at Humid.
3.30pm  'Specky and the Boyz'  Actor/writer Felice Arena is a wiz at energy-packed, interactive, good fun with kids from 6 years to young teens - especially fans of 'Specky Magee'. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods. Kids $10, bring an adult for free.
4.30pm  Queensland wine tastings by the river, Sirromet wines at River Edge  Taste and learn from wine-maker Adam Chapman. River Edge, 251 Gympie Tce. $25 per person, includes wine and food tastings, and discussion.
5.00pm  Music @ the Sunset Bar  A magic hour of live music while sipping your favourite 'sundowner'. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods. Free entry, drinks for purchase.
6.30pm  Seafood Swim  A decadent winter feast in the cosy confines of Sunshine Beach restaurants; Café Stella, Alegria & Squid Ink. $90 includes meal + accompanying wines.
7.00pm  'Last Drinks' La Boite Theatre play-reading  A journalist seeks out hidden survivors of the infamous inquiry into Queensland corruption, to find a way to let the dead rest in peace. From La Boite, the theatre company with a history of bringing Queensland stories to the stage. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods. $20
7.30pm  'Strings Under My Fingers'  Presented by Australia Post. David Williamson's new play, starring Karin Schaupp. Noosa Arts Theatre. $38. Drinks available for purchase. Dinner & show $85 at Humid restaurant.

Day 7 - Thursday  22 June
12.30pm  Judy Nunn lunch  Presented by Seahaven Resort. Actor, television star, writer. Join the 'mistress of the ripping yarn' for lunch and knockout stories covering an amazing career. Boathouse Floating Restaurant, Gympie Tce. $65 includes two course lunch + glass of wine.
12.30pm  Festa Cucina  Pilu will showcase food with selected wines married to particular dishes - one glass per course. This was one of the most popular food events in 2005. Pilu, Gympie Terrace $85.
2.00pm  Heritage Walk # 6  The Noosa River, an icon of the Shire, was important for timber transport. Its beauty and abundant fish made it a favourite for holidaying Gympie gold miners. Meet at the tennis courts then trace its history with Anne-Marie Fewtrell and Louise Jorgensen. Free event
2.00pm  'The Narcissist' La Boite Theatre play reading  A riotous comedy! Drawing on the traditions of a French farce, this modern comedy of manners looks at some of the broad cultural trends and fads of our times. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods. $20.
4.30pm  Queensland wine tastings by the river - Clovely Wines  Taste and learn from wine-maker Nick Persudores. Noosa Waterfront Restaurant, 142 Gympie Tce. $25 per person, includes wine and food tastings, and discussion.
5.00pm  Music @ the Sunset Bar  A magic hour of live music, while sipping your favourite 'sundowner'. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods, Free entry, drinks available for purchase.
5.00pm  Dame Joan Sutherland Vocal Awards  Six operatic aspirants, finalists from May auditions in Brisbane, will compete for the richest and most prestigious singing competition in regional Australia. Join the judges and vote in the People's Choice Award. Good Shepherd Lutheran Hall. $25
6.30pm  Seafood Swim  A decadent winter feast in the cosy confines of Sunshine Beach restaurants; Café Stella, Alegria & Squid Ink. $90 includes meal + accompanying wines
7.00pm  Acoustic Night  When the song writing soul of Midnight Oil's Rob Hirst meets singer/songwriter Paul Greene you get the electric chemistry of 'Hirst & Greene". Together with Sydney singer/songwriter duo Suzy Connolly and Matt Fell from 'Butterfly 9' - you are in for an acoustic treat!. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods $25
7.30pm  'Strings Under My Fingers'  Presented by Australia Post. David Williamson's new play, starring Karin Schaupp. Noosa Arts Theatre. $38. Drinks available for purchase. Dinner & show $85 at Humid restaurant.
7.30pm  Festa Cucina  Centuries of tradition and millions of happy diners attest to Italian food's popularity. Pilu will showcase food from three regions - Amelia Romana, Tuscany and Sardinia. Selected wines married to particular dishes - one glass per course; more available for purchase. This was one of the most popular food events in 2005. Pilu, Gympie Terrace $85 per session.

Day 8 - Friday 23 June
10.00am  Tara Moss - 'Models, FBI, psychopaths and critics'  From international model to a shooting-star of popular crime fiction. This sparkling author in conversation with Caroline Baum, has definitely been there and done all that. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods. $25
12.30pm  Workshop with Rachel Lucas  How to make and market your digital film. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods $15
12.30pm  Bill Leak lunch  Provocative cartoonist for 'The Australian' with a sharp eye for satire and a strong conviction about who or what deserves a serve. Ivory Bar, Hastings St $65 includes two courses + glass of wine.
2.00pm  Heritage Walk # 7  Cooran, in one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Noosa Hinterland, was once a thriving railway town. Its original community hall survives. Local identity and tree-hugger Phil Moran will bring yesteryear to life in a gentle two-hour stroll. Free event.
3.00pm  'Running a reading group'   Everybody's into it, now discover how to work the group effectively from different models, new ideas and great reading suggestions - in a workshop with journalist and book guru, Caroline Baum. Festival Theatre. $15
5.00pm  Music @ the Sunset Bar   A magic hour of live music while sipping your favourite 'sundowner' Festival Theatre. Free entry, drinks available for purchase.
7.30pm  Bondi Tsunami - Pop Cinema Fusion   Groove to Rachel Lucas's cult film of Japanese surfers in Australia while absorbing the sounds of Pico, and the mixes of DJ Nefarius. Festival Theatre $25
7.30pm  Six Chefs Gala Dinner & Opera Showcase  A degustation menu of fabulous dishes by six of Noosa's top chefs and the sumptuous voices from Opera Australia's leading male singers. A simply delicious event - and festival highlight. Sheraton Noosa Resort. $170 includes performances and six courses with accompanying wines.
7.30pm  'Strings Under My Fingers'  Presented by Australia Post. David Williamson's new play, starring Karin Schaupp. Noosa Arts Theatre. $38. Drinks available for purchase. Dinner & show $85 at Humid restaurant.

Day 9 - Saturday 24 June
9.30am  Global Warming - Man-made or natural?   Two experts, two contrasting opinions. But both Professor Ian Lowe, President of the Australian Conservation Foundation and Professor of Geology, Bob Carter of James Cook University agree that climate change poses a threat. Moderator, ABC's Peter Thompson, asks the difficult questions. Festival Theatre. $25
12.30pm  Tara Moss lunch  From international model to a shooting-star of popular crime fiction. This sparkling author reveals some of her meticulously researched tools of crime writing, over lunch. Riva, Noosa Wharf, Quamby Pl. $80 includes two courses + glass of wine.
1.00pm  Heritage Walk # 8  Cooroy's main street townscape is unchanged since World War 1. Interesting public buildings remain, with the Shire's lone surviving butter factory in the main street. A leisurely 3km stroll with Dr Ruth Kerr. Free event.
1.30pm  Sustainable Design Forum & Awards  Presented by Living Smart Noosa. "Green is the new Black". 'Sustainability' and 'Green' issues have become hot topics in the race to adapt to rapidly changing environmental conditions. Join eminent designers and architects in a candid forum to discuss solutions. Stay for the '2006 Glossies' awards, celebrating Noosa's achievements. Festival Theatre. $25
2.00pm  'Strings Under My Fingers'  Presented by Australia Post. David Williamson's new play, starring guitarist Karin Schaupp. Noosa Arts Theatre. $38. Drinks available for purchase. Lunch & Show package available $85 at Humid restaurant.
4.30pm  Freedom of Expression   ABC's Peter Thompson raises questions on freedom of speech, democracy and the sedition laws with 'free-radicals' David Williamson, Richard Neville & Bill Leak. Australis Noosa Lakes Resort, Hilton Tce Noosaville $35.
5.00pm  Music @ the Sunset Bar  A magic hour of live music while sipping your favourite 'sundowner' Festival Theatre. Free entry, drinks available for purchase.
7.30pm  'Strings Under My Fingers'  Presented by Australia Post. David Williamson's new play, starring Karin Schaupp. Noosa Arts Theatre. $38. Drinks available for purchase. Dinner & show package available $85 at Humid restaurant.
8.00pm  World Music - DVA and Doch  A double dose of world melodies. Doch are a highly energetic and outrageously talented gypsy band whose passion and lyricism connect with hot-bloods of any age, joined by DVA. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods. $25

Day 10 - Sunday 25 June
10.00am  Teddy Bear's Picnic  A magical adventure of storytelling, music and fun for little Longweekenders and their parents. Bring Teddy along! Special guests are children's writer Wendy Alice Wearing, Jude Mayall showing how to paint like Aboriginal people do, and didgeridoo player Chris Adnam. Festival Theatre, Noosa Woods. Free event
2.00pm  Heritage Walk # 9  Kin Kin, nestling among picturesque hills, was a timber and dairying centre. An historic hotel and original timber mill still operate today. Find its charm with local mango farmer John News. Free event
3.00pm  Kate Miller-Heidke & Band   with support by Chris Pickering. Fall for Kate's witty, quirky charm and her incredible, classically-honed voice, in an entertaining cabaret-style performance. Festival Theatre. $25. Presented by Wide Bay Australia.
7.30pm  Opera Australia   With Noosa Music, a sumptuous showcase of talent from Australia's national opera company. With soprano Antoinette Halloran, tenor Rosario La Spina, baritone José Carbó and brilliant participants from the Young Artists' Program in a glorious program of excerpts from your best loved operas. Good Shepherd Lutheran Hall, Eumundi Road $35.
9.00pm  Opera Supper at berardo's   An intimate supper concert with the Young Artists from Opera Australia in a high-octane program to wind up the Noosa Longweekend. berardo's restaurant

Tickets are available to buy from 9:00am Wednesday 26 April, 2006.  For more information on how to book please visit www.noosalongweekend.com

 

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