Annual festival of at arts has put Noosa on the cultural map
BACK in 2002, a group of friends had a great idea – to launch a festival of the arts in Noosa. They called it the Noosa Long Weekend Festival and over the years it grew beyond its three-day roots to become the Noosa Alive! festival held over 10 days. Noosa Alive! is now a cosmopolitan 10-day festival of theatre, literature, music, dance, film, visual arts, cuisine and barrier-breaking forums. Those friends who founded the festival were prominent Australian playwright David Williamson, author Kristin Williamson, internationally renowned violinist Brett Dean, environmental activist Dr Michael Gloster, restaurateur Leonie Palmer-Fisher together with Rick Clayton and Ros McCauley. David and Kristin, who still call Noosa home, remain connected to the festival as patrons. This year former Deckchairs frontman Tim Loydell was announced as the new festival producer. The accomplished musician has lived on the Sunshine Coast since 2018 and will soon be releasing details of the 2019 Noosa Alive! festival program. “We are incredibly lucky to have someone of Tim’s status and experience joining the Noosa Alive! team,” festival president Andrew Squires said. “Not only is Tim an excellent musician, he is also a true lover of the arts and has spent the last 10 years working behind the scenes supporting visual, musical and written art. “Tim has an eye for unique talent and niche markets, and we are thrilled that he will be working with the festival.” This year’s Noosa Alive! festival runs from Friday to Sunday, July 19–28.
ARTS FESTIVAL: Australia's most acclaimed playwright and Patron to Noosa Alive, David Williamson.