Do you need an extra reason to visit the “sunshine state” this winter? Here it is: the 2015 Noosa Long Weekend Festival, featuring more than 75 cultural events at various locations around the popular Queensland region, from July 14-26.
Tickets are selling fast to the much-anticipated annual festival, which will showcase literature events, forums, live music, theatre performances, interactive art, films, cabaret and supper clubs.
And the literary luncheons are already in hot demand, with book lovers embracing events such as the In Conversation series which sees top authors interviewed by the likes of ABC journalist Kerry O’Brien about their inspiration and writing process.
This year’s author line-up includes Helen Garner, author of This House of Grief; Barrie Cassidy, host of ABC’s Insiders and author of the bestselling book The Party Thieves and Private Bill; and best-selling author Liane Moriarty (pictured), author The New York Times bestseller The Husband’s Secret and her recent sixth novel Big Little Lies, which has been adapted into a TV series of the same name.
And this year’s festival will also include a twist on the more traditional literary events, incorporating a five-course degustation dinner focusing on authors Evan and Brian Mitchell’s bestselling book The Psychology of Wine.
But it’s far from being just about books: this year’s expanded festival is expected to attract record crowds to other top events such as a special one-off performance by Opera Australia; An Evening with the Queensland Ballet; and David Williamson’s new play Dream Home.
Last year’s festival attracted more than 10,000 visitors to 35 venues and locations, says event director Ian Mackellar.
“Last year’s festival was undoubtedly a hard act to follow, with but we’ve worked hard to lift the bar even higher in 2015 and are thrilled to have Opera Australia perform a fully staged production of its acclaimed opera The Magic Flute — the last opera ever written by Mozart — to the Sunshine Coast for the first time,” Mr Mackellar said.
“The cast and orchestra will open the festival and will set the stage alive with an Egyptian-themed set and costumes straight from the 1930s.”
- 13-day festival
- 75 ticketed and free events
- 35 locations around Noosa
- 260 nationally and internationally acclaimed actors, writers, artists, musicians, performers, film makers, environmentalists and commentators
- 9000 tickets on sale
- Book tickets and more information via noosalongweekend.com