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Li Cunxin and his Queensland Ballet, Carlotta (the inspiration for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert),
theatre legend Maggie Dence, young music theatre
sensation Blake Bowden, Katie Noonan and Michael Leunig, Barrie
Cassidy with Insiders, actor and comedian Stephen Curry, legendary press
Bruce Postle and songwriter Mike McClellan are just some of the 250
Australian and international artists heading to Noosa for some winter
NOOSA alive!, our annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, food, art and all things entertainment.
Gorgeous Noosa winter days roll into stellar shows as NOOSA alive! comes to Noosa’s stages for 80+ free and ticketed events from 20-29 July 2018.
With world premieres and Australian exclusives in intimate theatres and restaurants, in parks, galleries, on the streets and in the sky, NOOSA alive! presents stunning sopranos, musical theatre stars, a capella grooves, Latin machos, vaudeville, ballet, theatre, forums with some of Australia’s best political and current affairs minds, literary talks, food feasts, comedy, photography, art exhibitions, Heritage Walks, fireworks and much more.
See the story of Aussie darlings Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen in Livvy and Pete, head to Fire in the Sky for free fireworks, rub shoulders with the stars at Rococo Noosa’s late night supper club, and wander the street-side markets of the Maze Art Street Village and Latin carnival.
Here are a few of our top picks from NOOSA alive!, but with a 10-day program, there’s plenty more happening, so check it out.
NOONAN, LEUNIG AND STRINGS
Multi-platinum selling and four-time ARIA award-winning singer and songwriter Katie Noonan is joined by Australia’s poet laureate Michael Leunig, her trio Elixir and a string quartet in a premiere performance for one show only. The concert features the new Gratitude and Grief collaboration with a unique combination of poetry, angelic vocals, and sublime improvisation.
Sunday 29 July | 4pm | The J Theatre | $85 | all ages.
MARJORIE PRIME ON STAGE
Direct from a sell-out season at the Ensemble Theatre Sydney, Marjorie Prime is a thought-provoking play that explores life, relationships, technology and its impact in today’s world. Australian theatre icon Maggie Dence stars in this Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama, directed by Mitchell Butel and featuring Lucy Bell, Richard Sydenham and Jake Speer.
Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 July | The J Theatre | $57.50 (matinee) | $62.50 (evening).
STRAIGHT FROM THE HART
Australian star of music and stage Blake Bowden (The Book of Mormon, South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof) kicks off a national tour in Noosa with his new show, Straight from the Hart, the story of world-famous lyricist Lorenz Hart, arguably the father of American musical theatre and of Broadway.
Accompanied by a nine-piece band, Blake performs favourites including Blue Moon, My Funny Valentine, The Lady is a Tramp and With a Song in my Heart.
Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 July | The J Theatre | 2pm matinee $57.50 | 7.30pm evening show $62.50.
MAZE ART STREET VILLAGE AND LATIN LOVE CARNIVALE
The Maze Art Street Village and Spanish Quarter, presented by Rococo Noosa and Boardwalk Bistro is three days of culture, colour and culinary delights in the heart of Hastings Street. Wander the laneway and narrow alleyways for delicious foods from around the globe, music and street performances, an artist colony, Spanish quarter, tap alley, dancing, face painting and more.
Friday 27 July 3-9pm | Saturday 28 July 11am-9pm | Sunday 29 July 11am-4pm, Maze car park, Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, free entry, food and drinks from $3.
NOOSA alive! finishes with the Latin Love Carnival of Colour finale party with music from the 11-piece Afro-Cuban band El Timbon, Australia’s leading dance band Martini Club, the Brazilian Dance Troupe and DJ, JJ Dub. There will be Flamenco, Salsa, Rhumba and Tango dancing in the street.
Sunday 29 July | 5-9pm | Maze car park, Hastings Street, Noosa Heads | $39 | 18+ only.
OLE! FLAMENCO MAGIC MEETS SLAPSTICK
Party on with OLE!, 3 Latin Machos in their world-acclaimed Flamenco guitar comedy show. They play like Paco De Lucia, sing like The Bee Gees and rumba like The Gypsy Kings, combining serious musical talent with zany slapstick as they duel with three Flamenco Guitarras.
Two shows on Friday 27 July | The J | 5.30-7.30pm and 8.30-10.30pm | $69.50, all ages.
FIRE IN THE SKY
Noosa’s skies light up with this free, family-friendly event in Lions Park, Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, on the Noosa River shores. The fun starts at 3pm with performances from Emma Beau, Doolie, Izack Hunt and Her Majesty's Fire and Belly Dancing Troupe. Fireworks light up the sky from 6.15pm.
Saturday 21 July, 2-6.30pm | Lions Park, Gympie Terrace, Noosaville | free.
QUEENSLAND BALLET AND LI CUNXIN
The Queensland Ballet performs a world premiere of a new contemporary work choreographed by Rani Luther, and excerpts from classical ballet, including divertissements from Don Quixote. The program includes an 'in conversation and Q&A session with artistic director Li Cunxin.
Saturday 21 July | 2.30pm | The J Theatre | $85 (evening show sold out).
Main image: Queensland Ballet principal artist Yanela Piñera and soloist Vito Bernasconi. Photo by Justin Ridler.
There's art popping up around Noosa with artists creating paintings outdoors, inspired by Noosa’s urban and natural environments in arts-insit-u : INTERACT, a series of random live-art happenings. See artists Pete Goodlet, Chris McKenzie, Alison Mooney, MÖBIUS (aka Brian Keayes), Mics Lab (aka Mic Black) and Kasper create art at the Maze Art Street Village (see above) from 27-29 July.
Check-in daily to NOOSA alive! on Facebook or Instagram to find the location of an arts-insit-u : INTERACT artist. Also see a showcase exhibition at The J Theatre, Noosa Junction, from 9am Wednesday 18 to Sunday 29 July, 2018. All artworks created during the arts-insit-u : INTERACT program, are available for purchase.
There are also free art exhibitions:
No Human Being is Illegal (In all our Glory) at Noosa Regional Gallery, Riverside, Pelican St, Tewantin, from 20 July to 2 October, open Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm; and on weekends from 10am to 3pm, free entry.
Connect 3 at Butter Factory Arts Centre, Maple St, Cooroy, from 20 July to 19 August, open Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm; and on weekends from 10am to 3pm, free entry.
FOOD & CULTURE
Australian actor Stephen Curry appears in an evening of food, music and wine at Noosa’s ‘hatted’ restaurant, Noosa Waterfront, with a superb menu directed by owner and chef, Andrea Ravanezzi.
Noosa Waterfront is also the venue for food shows with Carlotta, Queen of the Cross and another with singer/songwriter Mike McClellan. Other food events include Asian infusion Embassy XO @ Sunshine Beach; the famous Duck Waddle on Hastings, a progressive dinner at Noosa Beach House, Rococo and Sails; and Snapped, 50 years through the lens of press photographer Bruce Postle at a lunch and presentation at Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort. The slow food and film event showcases Paris Can’t Wait, with an inspired 3-course menu by chefs Aden Moriarty from Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort, Glen Barratt from Wild Canary and Matt Golinski.
FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE & FORUM
Dorothy Johnston, twice shortlisted novelist for the prestigious Miles Franklin award will talk about her latest novel, The Swan Island Connection. Also hear from Diana Thompson about her novel Unbridled Passion and Sara Dowse about her book As the Lonely Fly.
Thought forums include Whither Australia’s Energy Future, featuring some of Australia’s leading commentators on the truth of Australia’s energy future; and Paul Barclay in conversation with Peter Greste, a foreign correspondent who has reported from some of the world’s most dangerous and troubled places and who was incarcerated on terrorism charges in Egypt in 2013.
NOOSA ARTS THEATRE SERIES
The Noosa Arts Theatre in Noosaville presents:
In cabaret, Helpmann Award winner Michael Griffiths joins the legendary Carlotta Queen of the Cross, for one show only. Michael Griffiths and cabaret darling Amelia Ryan are in Livvy & Pete which tells the story through popular song and dance of two of Australia’s greats, Olivia Newton John and Peter Allen, their wonderful friendship and professional associations.
NOOSA alive! in association with Mad About Theatre presents an Australian preview season of Disenchanted, the hilarious hit musical. The National One Act Playwriting Competition will see the stage premiere of the three finalists’ plays from nearly 70 entries from across Australia, New Zealand, USA and PNG.
See noosaalive.com.au for program and tickets.