Festival heads in a bold new direction

Festival heads in a bold new direction

Noosa Alive! is the new name for the popular Noosa Long Weekend Festival, reflecting the mix of music, theatre, food, dance, visual arts, workshops, film and thoughtful seminars in Noosa from 21-30 July 2017.

The festival has evolved over 16 years and expanded into a 10-day celebration of food, wine and events in Noosa.

Festival director Ian Mackellar says there is a host of ‘cutting edge’ programming ideas in store, and plans to use Noosa's natural environment as the perfect backdrop for outdoor events … the river, parks, hinterland and beach.

The full program will be released in late March, but highlights so far include:

  • Opera Australia will bring a full-scale touring production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro to Noosa together with chamber orchestra and a local school choir of 24 students from Sunshine Beach High School. Noosa Leisure Centre will be transformed from a basketball stadium into a 750-seat performance space for one night only, with 90% of the seating being tiered, and enhanced sound added for the chamber orchestra and opera singers.
  • The return of festival favourite An evening with Queensland Ballet, presenting their young artists in an evening of superb dance and an ‘In Conversation’ with Queensland Ballet artistic director, Li Cunxin.
  • 2017 Festival Ambassador is Australian star of stage and screen, Naomi Price who will star in her new show, Lady Beatle, paying tribute to the music of the Beatles and centring around the women behind such great songs as Eleanor Rigby, Lady Madonna and Penny Lane.
See noosalongweekend.com for information.

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