Noosa Long Weekend Festival 2013: the countdown begins!

The real countdown to the Noosa Long Weekend Festival began today, when I looked at the calendar and realised it’s June tomorrow! I know!


Because I’m completely insane overly ambitious and wanting to share the love, I’m going to be at a LOT of fantastic events during the festival. I know! Thanks to the hard-working, awe-inspiring festival team, and especially to Festival Director, Ian Mackellar, I’ll be able to tell you what’s happening when it’s happening. You’re most welcome.



Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and find us on Facebook to keep up with a whole heap of entertainment (and who we’re with, and what we’re wearing, eating and sipping) during the festival! I can’t wait to tell you more over the next week and a half. If you’ve attended, or if you’ve been involved in the past, you’ll know there is literally something for everyone at Noosa Long Weekend!

I always look forward to seeing David Williamson’s latest work – this year it’s Happiness – and I love the cabaret, and the sublime supper clubs. This year the cabaret line-up includes Meow Meow, Sheridan Harbridge, Tyran Parke, Naomi Price, Bradley McCaw, Amelia Ryan, Tom Sharah and David Pomeranz. And then of course there’s Bobby Fox, Bernadette Robinson, Michael Cormick and Rachael Beck!

If you can get to just one event I guess you’ll fight for Festival Highlights tickets, which is FOUR HOURS of amazing entertainment, food and vino, on the final day of the festival. Of course, once you’re there, you might as well stay for the Australian Cabaret Showcase the same night! And that’s how the festival experience goes – you go to one thing and you can’t leave without seeing another incredible artist…and another, and another. But be quick to book because many events have already sold out!

I only wish I could get to all of the literary, forum and foodie events as well! Where will we see YOU?



More than 85 cultural events make up the Noosa Long Weekend Festival program. Now in its 12th year, the festival takes place over 10 days and nights from Friday June 14 to Sunday June 23 at various venues around Noosa.


Festival director Ian Mackellar said the multi-arts genre program, which includes music, cabaret, comedy clubs, dance, theatre, literature, forums, film, workshops, food events, supper clubs and free events, would tempt every cultural taste and cater to every budget.



“The uniqueness of the Noosa Long Weekend Festival is the diversity of the program of world-class acts on offer, all set against the stunning backdrop of Noosa,” Mr Mackellar said.


“Whether you are a fan of classical music or kamikaze cabaret, literature or long lunches, cartoonists or tea cosies, drama or documentary films, or anything in between, the festival provides an opportunity to artistically indulge in a broad range of events.


“A new addition to our program is the Festival Comedy Club, which will take place over four nights. This should be a sell-out event, and we hope to include it in future festivals.



“For those who wish to enjoy a variety of acts in the one event, the four-hour Festival Highlights Celebration Concert is a great show held on the last day of the festival, Sunday June 23.”


Special festival accommodation packages can be found on the website


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WIN accommodation and festival tickets here


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