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Festival milestone celebrates the arts


Festival milestone celebrates the arts

Premiere performances and special events will ensure a much-loved program makes the most of its 21st anniversary.

NOOSA alive! Festival is planning a 10-day party to mark its 21st birthday with a guest list of Australian icons, internationally renowned artists and local legends joining the celebrations.

The annual arts and cultural festival returns from July 21 to 30 with a packed program of special events and premiere performances.

NOOSA alive! Festival president Andrew Stafford says it is only fitting that the annual event marks its milestone 21st year with a huge celebration.

“NOOSA alive! is one of the most anticipated events on Queensland’s cultural calendar and we are delighted to present our 21st program filled with big events, big names and big performances,” Mr Stafford says.

“I’m particularly proud that Queensland Ballet has chosen NOOSA alive! to debut its brand-new work: Tartan.

“We will also host the first Queensland performance of Meg Washington and Paul Grabowsky’s new work, plus the ACO’s (Australian Chamber Orchestra) exclusive performance really adds to what will be a fantastic 21st celebration.”

Queensland Ballet will launch NOOSA alive! with the world premiere of its new work, Tartan & Tchaikovsky Mash, at The J Theatre on July 21 and 22.

The two-act performance features Tartan, a new contemporary piece inspired by Scottish music, and a compilation of short works set to music from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty.

Don’t miss the opportunity to join the artistic director of Queensland Ballet for his final appearance at NOOSA alive! Festival as part of an exclusive in-conversation event. Queensland Ballet recently announced that Li Cunxin and his wife Mary would retire at the end of the year.

In a stunning Queensland premiere, Washington and Grabowsky are partnering for an unforgettable evening of music. The pair began collaborating when Washington was a newly graduated jazz singer. Their intimate show at The J Theatre on Wednesday, July 26, reunites the kindred musical spirits.

The program also will include the internationally renowned Australian Chamber Orchestra, plus Cirque
Bon-Bon Encore returns with a new show to dazzle audiences by fusing contortion, aerial artistry, dancing and death-defying acrobatics.

Also announced for the 2023 festival is Tenori under the Stars! – an evening of gourmet food, fine wine and exceptional music on Noosa Main Beach on Sunday, July 23.

Alive in the Woods is another event not to be missed. Headlined by Kate Cebrano, it includes eight hours of live music and entertainment in Noosa Woods. The festival is offering up a feast of fabulous literary events, too, including the newly announced Literary Breakfast with 14-time Walkley award-winning journalist Nick McKenzie.

NOOSA alive! is proudly presented by 2023 principal partners Wilson Foundation and Trevor and Judith St Baker Family Foundation.

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