10 DAYS OF ARTS AND CUL­TURE

Noosa alive! is big­ger and bet­ter than ever

Noosa Life and Style - - THINGS TO DO -

Ev­ery year Noosa alive! brings world-class mu­si­cians, au­thors, dancers, artists, food events and more to town for an amaz­ing 10 days of arts and cul­ture.

This year’s event, from Fri­day, July 19 to Sun­day, July 28, fea­tures hun­dreds of acts from around the coun­try, in­clud­ing the Queensland Bal­let, The Um­bil­i­cal Broth­ers and Tim Freed­man from The Whit­lams.

The fes­ti­val kick starts with the of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­mony at the La­guna Look­out on Fri­day, July 19 from 4.30pm.

With a shut­tle oper­at­ing from the J The­atre, the open­ing cer­e­mony will take place as the sun sets over Noosa.

The Gubbi Gubbi Dancers will be joined by Dr Eve Fesl for the open­ing wel­come and per­for­mance.

From 6.30pm, the cel­e­bra­tions re­turn to The J The­atre for an hour of free en­ter­tain­ment with Tane Toko­rangi and drinks on the deck to warm up for the evening’s head­line event, The Mod­ern Maori Quar­tet.

Hav­ing per­formed their award-win­ning show, That’s Us!, to rave re­views across the globe in 2018, The Mod­ern Maori Quar­tet are bring­ing their old-school en­ter­tain­ment and ut­terly in­cred­i­ble voices to Noosa alive! for one night only.

In­spired by New Zealand’s show­bands of the 1960s and 1970s, MMQ merge soul clas­sics with the Maori tra­di­tion of sto­ry­telling in this heart­warm­ing and hu­mor­ous evening for all mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment lovers.

James Tito, Matariki Whata­rau, Maaka Po­hatu and

Francis Kora mix old-school charm with mod­ern quirk, spiced with Maori cul­ture for what is sure to be an un­for­get­table evening.

MMQ brings the con­cept of a Maori Rat­pack into the present with a con­tem­po­rary twist, weav­ing their act­ing and mu­si­cal abil­i­ties to­gether to tell sto­ries, fus­ing hearty and hu­mor­ous Maori sto­ry­telling with the West­ern tra­di­tion of show­band en­ter­tain­ment.

It’s a cel­e­bra­tion of hu­mour and heav­enly har­monies as the MMQ put their stamp on Kiwi clas­sics and some of to­day’s big­gest hits.

The group’s work high­lights New Zealand’s mu­si­cal past and present through a reper­toire that blends old-school charm with mod­ern piz­zazz, fea­tur­ing unique spins on Maori wa­iata, show­band hits and pop mu­sic, all in­fused with the multi-tal­ented Maori four­some’s ir­re­sistible charisma, sub­lime har­monies and uni­ver­sal hu­mour.

MMQ as­pires to be one of Aotearoa’s global cul­tural am­bas­sadors, rep­re­sent­ing the re­vival of a proud her­itage of world-class Maori show­band en­ter­tain­ment, with rel­e­vance and ap­peal to to­day’s con­tem­po­rary mar­kets; at the heart of it all — hearty Maori en­ter­tain­ment. Tick­ets to MMQ are $60–$65 per per­son. To se­cure your seat and for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, visit www.noosaalive.com.au

At­ten­dance to the open­ing cer­e­mony and Tane Toko­rangi is free, as is en­try to the af­ter-hours fes­ti­val venue Hop and Vine from 8.30pm.

2019 EVENTS

MOD­ERN MĀORI QUAR­TET – THAT’S US! | Fri­day 19 July: In­spired by New Zealand’s show­bands of the ’60s and ’70s, MMQ merge soul clas­sics with the Maori tra­di­tion of sto­ry­telling in this heart­warm­ing and hu­mor­ous evening for all mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment lovers.

ONE-ACT PLAY FES­TI­VAL | Fri­day 19 & Satur­day 20 July: Join us for a fab­u­lous feast of the­atre at the One-Act Play Fes­ti­val pre­sented by Noosa Arts The­atre. The two per­for­mances will show­case three one-act plays: Black Mat­ter, Lit­tle An­gels and A Messy En­gage­ment.

KERRY O’BRIEN – IN CON­VER­SA­TION WITH AN­NIE GAFFNEY | Satur­day 20 July: Join one of Aus­tralia’s most dis­tin­guished and re­spected jour­nal­ists (Kerry has six Walkley Awards for ex­cel­lence in jour­nal­ism) over a spe­cial two-course plated lun­cheon from View by Matt Golin­ski.

TIM FREED­MAN – LIVE AND IN­TI­MATE | Satur­day 20 July: Lead singer and song­writer of The Whit­lams, Tim Freed­man takes to the stage for a spe­cial solo per­for­mance shar­ing his songs of well-crafted charm­ing cyn­i­cism – a won­der­ful mix of caus­tic wit and delicate pi­ano.

YOUR WRIT­ING LIFE – WORK­SHOP | Sun­day 21 July: An in­ter­ac­tive sleeves-rolled-up work­shop to hone your writ­ing skills, sharpen your in­ter­est and set you

on a path­way to prac­tice and im­prove­ment. You’ll come away en­er­gised and in­spired!

FROM STO­RIES TO MAR­KET – DIS­CUS­SION PANEL & BOOK LAUNCH | Sun­day 21 July :A sen­sa­tional panel of pub­lish­ing and writ­ing ex­perts will dis­cuss the op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges fac­ing to­day’s writ­ers, read­ers and pub­lish­ers, fol­lowed by the launch of Shel­ley Davi­dow’s High In­fi­delity – a ‘fab for­ties’ ro­man­tic com­edy about midlife, in­fi­delity and find­ing hap­pily ever af­ter.

MICHAELA BURGER – A MI­GRANT’S SON | Sun­day 21 July: Award-win­ning cabaret star Michaela Burger and her riv­et­ing true story, A Mi­grant’s Son, ap­pear­ing for the first time in Queensland be­fore she tours Lon­don. This spe­cial show will be per­formed with Noosa’s own amaz­ing com­mu­nity choir, Noosa Chorale.

SLOW FOOD WITH FILM – CHO­CO­LAT | Mon­day 22 July: Chefs Aden Mo­ri­arty from Noosa Springs, Matt Golin­ski from Peppers and Lisa Ma­har from Make­peace Is­land will pro­vide a three-course feast for the senses while you sit back and en­joy Cho­co­lat, a most de­li­cious comic fa­ble and a cel­e­bra­tion of dif­fer­ence.

AUS­TRALIAN PO­ETRY SLAM | Tues­day 23 July: Get ready for Aus­tralia’s big­gest spo­ken word com­pe­ti­tion! Aus­tralian Po­etry Slam is a live lit­er­ary per­for­mance pro­gram where the au­di­ence de­cides the cham­pion.

BEST MEDICINE – STAND-UP COM­EDY | Wed­nes­day 24 July: Four top stand-up co­me­di­ans take to the mi­cro­phone at Land & Sea Brew­ery for a spe­cial laugh-out-loud per­for­mance.

SA­HARA BECK | Wed­nes­day 24 July: Bomb­shell Sa­hara Beck re­turns home to the Sun­shine Coast for a spe­cial NOOSA alive! all-ages per­for­mance. Af­ter tak­ing off with her soar­ing sin­gle Here We Go Again, she re­turns with her new red-hot re­lease I Haven’t Done A Thing To­day.

THOMAS E.S. KELLY – (MIS)CON­CEIVE | Thurs­day 25 & Fri­day 26 July: High en­ergy mash-up of tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary dance styles chore­ographed by the in­cred­i­ble Thomas E.S. Kelly. A fu­sion of hip-hop, phys­i­cal per­cus­sion and rhyth­mic cul­tural pat­tern.

GANZ A CAPELLA – HOME IS CALL­ING | Thurs­day 25 July: Di­rect from Ber­lin, the clas­si­cal six-piece vo­cal group GANZ A Capella are tour­ing their in­cred­i­ble ta­lents across the world this July, show­cas­ing their in­spir­ing ded­i­ca­tion to the power of voice.

THE UM­BIL­I­CAL BROTH­ERS – SPEEDMOUSE | Fri­day 26 July: Aus­tralia’s own comedic roy­alty, The Um­bil­i­cal Broth­ers, are bring­ing their multi award-win­ning show Speedmouse to The J The­atre for one night only.

OPERA FUNK | Satur­day 27 July: Award-win­ning Bel Canto So­prano singer/song­writer Emma Brid­get Tom­lin­son presents her own pro­duc­tion Opera Funk ac­com­pa­nied by two of Aus­tralia’s finest mu­si­cians/ com­posers, Sean Peter Ross and Peter Koppes (The Church).

NOOSA ORCHES­TRA | Satur­day 27 July: Con­ducted by mae­stro An­toni Bonetti and star­ring vir­tu­oso clar­inet­tist Sacha Gibbs-McPhee, along with soloists Cas­san­dra Wright, Kris­tian Scott and Sarah Winn — who will be shar­ing fa­mous opera arias.

MORPHE NOOSA | Satur­day 27 July :An avant-garde im­mer­sion of hair, art, fashion and food! Event will fea­ture run­way creations from the re­gion’s best hair and make-up stylists, fashion and cos­tume de­sign­ers among an ex­hi­bi­tion of thought-pro­vok­ing art­works by Raquel Ormella.

QUEENSLAND BAL­LET | Satur­day 27 July: Re­turn­ing for two spe­cial per­for­mances pro­duced specif­i­cally for the fes­ti­val, wit­ness the mas­tery of Queensland Bal­let alive, in­clud­ing a Q&A ses­sion.

STARS OF TO­MOR­ROW | Sun­day 28 July: Dis­cover how dancers are made — from their first ten­ta­tive moves at the barre to their first pointe shoes and danc­ing their first Swan Lake. Ex­pe­ri­ence the en­ergy and am­bi­tion of th­ese dy­namic, pas­sion­ate and tal­ented young dancers.

For ticket purchases and more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.noosaalive.com.au

Queensland Bal­let (above) and (at right) The Mod­ern Maori Quar­tet.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

The Um­bil­i­cal Broth­ers

Tim Freed­man of The Whit­lams.

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