The Noosa Long Weekend Festival


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 The 15th Annual Noosa Long Weekend Festival will be held 15 – 24 July, 2016. More details coming soon!

More than 10,000 event and culture enthusiasts are gearing up to attend the much anticipated 2015 Noosa Long Weekend Festival, with tickets set to go on sale on Monday, 2 March.

With a line-up that includes a special one-off performance by Opera Australia, an evening with the Queensland Ballet and David Williamson’s new play Dream Home, which he is directing, Festival Director Ian Mackellar has said that the 2015 event had now grown to 13 days to accommodate the program and will be presented  between 14 and 26 July 2015.

“Last year’s festival was undoubtedly a hard act to follow with more than 10,000 visitors to 35 venues and locations, 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 to the Sunshine Coast for the first time ever,” Mr Mackellar said.

“This is a real coup for the Sunshine Coast community and is bound to attract visitors from around Australia.”

The Magic Flute cast and orchestra will perform a full scale production of the last opera ever written by Mozart at the Noosa Leisure Centre on Tuesday 14, July as the opening event for Noosa Long Weekend Festival 2015.

“The production is set in the 1930s, complete with authentic-looking Egyptian tomb set and sensational 1930s costumes. The stage will come alive with colour and movement, as our hero embarks on a quest to find wisdom and true love,” Mr Mackellar said.

The Noosa production of The Magic Flute will be sung in English and performed with a chamber orchestra, as well as a choir of local Noosa children.”

Other festival highlights include An Evening with the Queensland Ballet led by artistic director Li Cunxin (author of autobiography Mao’s Last Dancer), as well as an exclusive performance by internationally acclaimed concert pianist and Steinway artist Julian Gargiulo (direct from New York’s Carnegie Hall), and the Queensland premiere of David Williamson’s play Dream Home.

“We’re also thrilled to be welcoming star of The Voice 2014 Jackson Thomas in concert, as well as energetic and talented entertainer Rob Mills.”

Mr Mackellar said the 2015 Noosa Long Weekend Festival would feature more than 75 events at various locations around Noosa including literature events, forums, live music, theatre performances, interactive art, films, cabaret and supper clubs.

“Based on previous years, we expect to see events booking out soon after tickets are released. Our 2014 Queensland Ballet performance was one of the many events sold out within a matter of days, so it’s crucial that people wanting to attend get in early to secure their seats,” Mr Mackellar said.

To find out more about the 2015 Noosa Long Weekend Festival or purchase tickets, please visit, call The J booking office on (07) 5329 6560 or visit The J at 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction. Tickets go on sale on Monday, 2 March and the complete festival program will be released in the coming weeks.

Noosa Long Weekend Festival fast facts:

The 14th Noosa Long Weekend Festival takes place from Tuesday, 14 to Sunday, 26 July 2015.

  • The festival comprises 13 days (and nights) of music, musical theatre, theatre, dance, literature, forums, film, food and visual arts staged at various venues in and around Noosa Heads, Queensland.
  • Full program of event will be available will be released for sale from Monday, 2 March 2015.
  • 75 ticketed and free events will be on offer with in excess of 9,000 tickets on sale. Over 260 local, national and international artists, authors and guest speakers will participate in the 2015 Festival.
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Opera Australia

Prepare to be enchanted, when this new, fully-stage production of The Magic Flute comes to the Noosa Long Weekend Festival, complete with fabulous 1930s costumes, a chamber orchestra and a vibrant cast of singers. (Also featuring a local/Noosa children’s chorus).

7.30pm, Tuesday, 14 July
Noosa Leisure Centre, Wallace Drive Noosaville.
Premium reserve – $197.50
AA reserve seating – $102.50
A reserve seating – $87.50
B reserve seating – $82.50
Tiered stadium bench seating – $42.50 (Adult) and $27.50 (Concession/Children (under 16))
All prices include booking fee. No concessions.

An Evening with the Queensland Ballet

Back by popular demand and a sell-out show, the Queensland Ballet will deliver a program that includes beautiful pas de deux and ensemble work from world-class classical ballets and inspired contemporary dance works.
This specially designed program featuring Queensland Ballet dancers and young artists will give audiences a unique insight into our state ballet companytogether with a fascinating conversation with Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin.

7.30pm, Friday, 24 July
The J Theatre, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
$77.50 (includes booking fee)
$72.50 – mezzanine seating (includes booking fee)

Dream Home – Written and directed by David Williamson

David Williamson’s brand new comedy about the true cost of buying property in Sydney combines an all-star cast from Sydney and Queensland.

Dana and Paul finally have it all: creative careers, a baby on the way and an apartment in Bondi.  They can’t quite believe their luck. As it turns out, they shouldn’t. With an ex-lover, her jealous husband and a kleptomaniac for neighbours, things are bound to get complicated!

2.00pm and 7.30pm – Tuesday, 21 July and Wednesday, 22 July
The J Theatre, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads

Evening performances (7.30pm)
$62.50      (includes booking fee)
$57.50     Mezzanine seating (includes booking fee)

Matinee performances (2pm)
$52.50     (includes booking fee)
$47.50      Concessions and mezzanine seating (includes booking fee)

Julian Gargiulo

Combining rigorous Russian conservatory training with an informal style of presenting classical music, Steinway Artist Julian Gargiulo, direct from the USA, has been receiving standing ovations on both sides of the Atlantic.
Whether performing for thousands of people on Singapore’s Symphony Stage or Carnegie Hall or for an eclectic group of fifty in the 5th Avenue home of the Avery Fisher’s, Julian is able to transmit a unique concert experience to each one present.

7.30pm Saturday 18 July and Sunday 19 July (second show option – subject to demand)
The J Theatre, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
$67.50 (includes booking fee)
$62.50 – mezzanine seating (includes booking fee)

“Rob Mills is Surprisingly Good” Supper Club

“Rob Mills is Surprisingly Good” is much more than the standard cabaret fare.  ‘Millsy’ brings us an eclectic mix of music and stories in an intimate setting with a cracking band and the self-deprecating humour that has seen a nation fall in love with him.

Musically, the show is as unpredictable as him, covering artists as far reaching as Taylor Swift, Queen and Pharell, as well as hits from several of the musicals in which he has appeared; The Last Five YearsLegally Blonde, and of course, Wicked.

8.30pm Thursday, 23 July and Friday, 24 July (second show option – subject to demand)
Berardo’s Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
$87.50 (includes booking fee)

This includes a two course supper and glass of wine and supper cabaret performance. All tables are shared seating and allocated in order of date of booking. Numbers strictly limited to 100.

Jackson Thomas

Jackson is a Melbourne based musician who recently found great success starring on The Voice 2014. Finishing second, he knocked out all of the ‘favourites’ of the show to be Ricky Martin’s last man standing.

Drawing inspiration from the likes of Jeff Buckley, his pure tone and haunting voice complements his raw interpretations of popular covers and original music. Jackson has also been invited to tour with Ricky Martin in 2015 and recently opened for Robbie Williams on his Australian tour.

“Jackson has the ability to draw people in, telling them a secret. There is no one else in this competition with that emotion.” Ricky Martin

7.30pm, Saturday, 25 July
The J Theatre, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
$57.50 (includes booking fee)
$52.50 – mezzanine seating (includes booking fee)