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Our Top 10 NOOSA alive! picks

From Fire in the Sky to some seriously hot talent on stage, warm up in Noosa this winter with NOOSA alive! – 10 magical days and nights of music, theatre, food and fun from 21-30 July.

Luke Kennedy, Opera Australia, Queensland Ballet, Lior, Sigrid Thornton, Matthew Mitcham, Rachel Berger, David Williamson, Simon Taylor and conversations with Professor Bob Carr, Kerry O’Brien, Wendy Whitely and more – where else but Noosa could you see and hear from all this talent in just 10 days!

With more than 100 free and ticketed events in intimate theatres and restaurants, on the beach, in parks, galleries and on the streets, it’s the perfect time to BOOK A RELAXING NOOSA WINTER HOLIDAY. .

Read on for our Top 10 NOOSA alive! picks or see the full program and book at

NOOSA alive! opening night is an unmissable live experience for fans of brilliant music and power vocals. Accompanied by seven of Australia’s finest musicians Luke Kennedy slides effortlessly through musical styles as he takes you from pub rocker to the Ten Tenors and grand finalist on The Voice.
Friday 21 July, 8pm, $72.50, The J Theatre, Noosa Heads

Queensland Ballet presents a superb program of classical, contemporary and neo-classical ballet in The J Theatre’s intimate setting. Also hear Queensland Ballet artistic director Li Cunxin in-conversation.
Saturday 22 July, 2.30pm and 7.30pm, $85, The J Theatre, Noosa Heads

The skies above Noosa will come alive for Fire in the Sky on Saturday 22 July with an afternoon of free fun, live music and a spectacular fireworks display on the Noosa River foreshore, Lions Park, Gympie Tce, Noosaville.

Singer-songwriter Will Anderson performs, see the NOOSA alive! dancers on stage, a Waterways Spectacular created by Leah Barclay, and performances on stage throughout the afternoon. Bring a picnic to share with friends and family and enjoy the best Noosa has to offer. Fire in the Sky starts at 3pm, with fireworks at 6pm.

A festival highlight and a ‘must’ for serious music lovers, Opera Australia brings Mozart’s brilliant opera, The Marriage Of Figaro, to Noosa for one performance only … It’s the Downton Abbey of opera but a lot more fun!

With stunning costumes, a fabulous set and a chorus of local school kids accompanying some of Australia’s finest singers, if you’ve never been to the opera, this is the perfect introduction.
Tuesday 25 July, 7.30pm, $15-$189, Noosa Leisure Centre, Wallace Drive, Noosaville

With a dynamic Latin beach club atmosphere, the Rococo Beach Club Marquee is four full days of cabaret, dinner and shows, beach parties, Broadway on the Beach, Miss Hummingbird at The Ultimate Ladies Lunch, Flamenco Fire, Flying Down to Rio Rococobana Beach Party and Salsa by the Sea – all right on Noosa’s Main Beach, overlooking beautiful Laguna Bay and Noosa National Park from Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 July. High heels not recommended on the sand!

Buy tickets to individual events or the best value ticket in Australia – a weekend pass from $115 to some events!

RAGTIME, A BOOGIE WOOGIE BRUNCH: Jan Preston, the Queen of Boogie Woogie shares the arena with Wil Sargisson (The Finger Breaker), Andrew Farrell (The Wizard) and The Andrew Sisters Tribute with three pianos played simultaneously in a roaring tribute to the sounds of boogie woogie.

Thursday 27 July, 10.30am, $115 (brunch and beverages).

BROADWAY ON THE BEACH: Be transported back in time to the sounds of Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gilbert and Sullivan and Porter in this spectacular cabaret performance on the beach with The Queensland Session Orchestra, Joe Ruberto and Fem Belling in a journey through the golden age of musical film and theatre.

Thursday 27 July, 5pm, $189 (table seating, 3-course dinner and beverages) or $135 (cocktails, canapes and lounge seating).

SALSA BY THE SEA: A salsa dance spectacular on the beach with Gustavo Cereijo’s 10-piece Cuban salsa band, Chukale teaming up with dance guru Israel Ortiz, The Brazilian Carnival Dancers, Latin Fire and The Reverend Jackson to light up the evening in song and dance. Also informal dance instruction by some of Australia’s greatest salsa and tango prodigies.

Friday 28 July, 5pm, $165 (table seating, dinner, beverages) or $85 (Latin beach BBQ food).

FLAMENCO FIRE: Be transported to the provinces of Spain with the song, dance and drama of Flamenco. Shenton Gregory, Simone Pope and Clara Domingo lead an all strings 14-piece ensemble directed by Andrew Veivers.

Saturday 29 July, noon, $165 (table seating, lunch, beverages) or $50 (drink on arrival).

Singer-songwriter Lior’s intimate performance featuring a string quartet features songs from his five albums, including his much-loved classic This OldLove, and songs from his new album to be released next year. Lior burst on to the Australian music scene with his stunning debut album Autumn

Flow, oneof the most successful debut albums in Australian musical history. Hear Lior’s beautiful voice and favourite songs.

Sunday 23 July, 7.30pm, $52.50, The J Theatre, Noosa Heads

Share Matthew Mitcham’s personal journey from history-making Olympic diving gold medallist to cabaret star, plus the highs and lows in between. This all-singing,all-dancing cabaret double bill is full of twists and turns … a perfect 10!The two performances feature Twists and Turns, an inspiring story ofa true champion in and out of the pool, and Under the Covers, full of effervescence, charm and hilariously-brutal honesty.

Thursday 27 July, 7.30pm, $52.50, The J Theatre, Noosa Heads

Comedian Rachel Berger leaves the microphone behind and opens the door of her parents’ delicatessen to deliver stories of love, loss and longing, featand belonging in this extraordinary night of theatre. This is the Queensland premiere of this critically acclaimed event after its sold-out season at the State Theatre in Victoria.

Wednesday 26 July, 1pm and 8pm, The J Theatre, Noosa Heads


Hear Professor Bob Carr in conversation with Kerry O’Brien as they discuss contemporary issues, Sunday 23 July, 10am, The J Theatre, Noosa Heads.

Insiders returns to Noosa for the 11th consecutive year with Barrie Cassidy, Niki Savva, Katharine Murphy and Mark Kenny, Monday 24 July, 10.30am, The J Theatre, Noosa Heads.

Kerry O’Brien in conversation with David Leser over lunch at Noosa Waterfront Restaurant, Saturday 22 July, 12.30pm.Euthanasia, an expert panel discusses this challenging issue, Saturday 22 July, 10am, Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort.

The Future of Work – How will job markets evolve in the digital economy? Saturday 29 July, 2pm, Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort.

The Secret Garden Lunch with Wendy Whitely and Janet Hawley over lunch at Noosa Waterfront Restaurant, Wednesday 26 July, noon.

With more than 130 events on offer, you really must check out the whole program. There's a Koala Kids Picnic; free family entertainment at Noosa Civic Shopping Centre; Locale After Dark late-night entertainment; the sounds of rainforests, rivers and reefs on Aurality; free heritage walks - and so much more!

Aurality is an amazing reality audio experience that transports you to Queensland’s iconic rainforests, rivers and reefs through music, sound and acoustic ecology. The brainchild of Leah Barclay (pictured), Aurality is a free experience over the 10 days (21-30 July 2017) that lets you hear how nature and art combine. Download the Aurality app and hear the sounds any time. Also head to the Aurality launch at Noosa Regional Gallery on Saturday 22 July, 1pm.

There’s free entry to Locale After Dark at Locale Noosa Restaurant, Hastings Street, Friday 21 to Tuesday 25 July, 9pm till late with international burlesque sensation Sunday Lucia. For dinner reservations phone 07 5447 5111.

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