NOOSA ALIVE!

An­nual fes­ti­val of at arts has put Noosa on the cul­tural map

Noosa Life and Style - - THINGS TO DO - MICHELE STERN­BERG

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ARTS FES­TI­VAL: Aus­tralia's most ac­claimed play­wright and Pa­tron to Noosa Alive, David Wil­liamson.

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