The Noosa Longweekend
PROGRAM AVAILABLE 1 MAY
TICKETS AVAILABLE 3 MAY
At today's program launch for the 2005 Noosa Longweekend the general warning was again sounded to get in early for tickets for an outstanding program featuring the cream of Australia's artistic talent.
"We have another outstanding program," Rowland Hill told Friends of the Noosa Longweekend, and 2005 program sponsors. "As usual, it includes all major aspects of the arts, and provides for the full spectrum of patrons' interests - from the populist to the erudite.
"There are Queensland premiere performances in film, drama and a concert with Three Dollars, Operator and Gerard Willems playing Beethoven on the Stuart piano.
"Our intimate venues bring patrons closer to our guests and performers than is possible at the metropolitan festivals.
"With this unique blend, and the support of two of the most influential and respected figures in the Australian arts scene, David and Kristin Williamson, we expect strong bookings once again."
Ticket sales open on Tuesday, May 3.
The Noosa Longweekend's backbone event is traditionally a David Williamson play. This year Operator will run for its premiere Queensland season, starring David and Kristin's son, Rory and Katrina Milosevic', well known from the TV program "Stingers". Operator opened in Sydney in February and has just closed after an extended season and general critical acclaim.
"The Noosa community is particularly supportive of the Noosa Longweekend and we want to ensure locals have first access to tickets. The program will be in Noosa shops and hotels on 1 May, ticketing will be available by phone 07 54424546 or at www.noosalongweekend.com from 3 May, and the program will go out in the Noosa Journal on 5 May," Rowland Hill, vice-president of the organising committee, said.
He noted that in addition to this year's David Williamson play and a range of special food and wine offerings that befit Noosa's culinary reputation, the 2005 Noosa Longweekend's talented guests and events include:
- Internationally renowned author, Bryce Courtenay
- Michael Leunig, philosopher, artist and poet
- Comedienne and writer, Wendy Harmer
- Film reviewers Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton
- Brett Dean and members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
- Film Director Robert Connolly and a leading actor from his recent film "Three Dollars"
- Marina Prior, one of Australia's greatest stage performers
- Environmentalist and scientist Tim Flannery
- Author and former diplomat Alison Broinowski
- Current affairs journalist Maxine McKew
- "Floating Land" - with artists making sculptures over the 10 day event in Noosa Woods
- The Reelmad 24 Hour Film Making Competition and Reelmad Film Festival
- Two free Gala Concerts - opening and closing events
- The ever-popular kids' Teddy Bears Picnic, and environment and heritage town walks
The final program will be available in mid-April and tickets will go on sale late April. Ring 07 5442 4546 or check out www.noosalongweekend.com for both.
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