The countdown is on to the 13th annual Noosa Long Weekend Festival, with the event now just days away and tickets selling fast to the 80-plus music, dance, theatre, comedy, literature, food and, visual art events being held between 18-27 July.
Festival director Ian Mackellar said the response to this year’s line-up had been overwhelmingly positive, with a number of events having sold out weeks in advance.
“An evening with Queensland Ballet has proved to be one of our most popular events in the festival’s history, with tickets having been snapped up to this exclusive performance in record time,” Mr Mackellar said.
“We’ve also completely sold out of tickets to Rhonda Burchmore’s two cabaret performances on 24 and 25 July; the ‘Puccini and fettuccine’ dinner, featuring arias from Italian composer Giacomo Puccini on 20 July; and the supper club event being held on 22 July, which features star of the Australian/New Zealand production of Jersey Boys, Michael Griffiths.”
“With tickets to the Insiders forum and lunch event hosted by Barrie Cassidy having also been snapped up, festival-goers will need to act quickly to secure their seat to Barrie’s only other festival appearance, the Insiders forum at The J Theatre on 21 July.”
“Other forum tickets to Bias in the Australian Media, Reinventing Retirement and Architectural forums are also selling fast, so we urge people to buy their tickets now.”
Mr Mackellar said this year’s program incorporated a diverse range of free and ticketed events, attracting performers, authors, chefs, artists and media personalities from around Australia and beyond.
“Sydney-based cabaret performer and festival ambassador Catherine Alcorn is set to travel to the coast and dazzle audiences with the premiere of music theatre event Go Your Own Way on 24 July, which tells the tale of international fame, song writing and privacy from the perspective of former Fleetwood Mac songstress Christine McVie,” Mr Mackellar said.
“We’re also particularly looking forward to a local contemporary cabaret performance — Diabolique —from director Sam Coward, which presents a new brand of burlesque and incorporates ancient storytelling through drama and erotic dance.”
Mr Mackellar said other events that were sure to turn heads at this year’s festival included the special screening of the new two-part mini-series Bonnie and Clyde, which is followed by a question and answer opportunity with director Bruce Beresford and Peter Thompson; and the Forbidden Broadway theatre production, which was set to deliver an irreverent take on theatre favourites like Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Annie, Cats, Wicked, Mamma Mia and A Chorus Line.
“Forbidden Broadway is sure to kick-start the festival, toasting and roasting the best musicals and brightest stars in the business,” Mr Mackellar said.
“We’re also confident theatre production Managing Carmen (penned by one of Australia’s most renowned playwrights David Williamson) will take audiences by storm in the four performances offered throughout the festival.”
“Managing Carmen is David’s laugh-out-loud instalment, holding a mirror up to the personalities we’ve all come to love and hate — the ‘whatever-it-takes’ businessman, the trophy wife, and of course, the flawed football hero.”
Mr Mackellar said the festival atmosphere would be buzzing right to the very end, with the 10-day event set to culminate with the Festival Wrap Party on 27 July.
“Our final event will feature guest artists who have appeared throughout Noosa Long Weekend Festival 2014, together with some wonderful local talent including the Barry Charles and the Deeper Beat band.”
“Attendees will also have the opportunity to take part in a five-course degustation lunch.” Strictly limited reserved seats for luncheon are available and selling fast.
For a full program or to purchase tickets to Noosa Long Weekend Festival events, visit www.noosalongweekend.com.au.
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