The Greatest Show in Noosa is Alive!

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It’s excitement time again as performers and acts across multiple genres line-up for showtime at NOOSA Alive! Helen Flanagan goes backstage to raise the curtain on some exclusive headline acts.

The energy levels have sky-rocketed at NOOSA alive! this year with the appointment of new Festival Producer Tim Loydell, an accomplished musician, performer, agent and manager in performing arts plus creative genius of theatrical shows.

Tim, also a songwriter and guitarist, says he’s privileged to be part of the team. “I have a responsibility to the existing legacy of the festival and am excited to see how both our established and emerging audiences respond to this year’s program,” he said. “My focus is on artists and acts across genres of music, theatre, dance, comedy, literature and more. We’re putting together a program with every event inviting the community to explore, learn, laugh, cry, watch and listen.

“Some pillars of previous years will be returning but they will be augmented by a diverse array of exciting new performances, from the very best of Australian talent to international performers, who’ll bring a whole new insight into culture and the arts.”

Festival President, Andrew Squires said the festival was incredibly lucky to have someone of Timʼs talent and experience.

“Not only is he an excellent musician, comments Andrew, “he’s a true lover of the arts and has spent the last 10 years working behind the scenes. He certainly has an eye for unique talent and niche markets. The committee is thrilled to be working with him.”

Noosa Alive Committee Andrew Stafford, Anna Richardson, Andrew Squires, Martin Rafter, Caroline Edinton and Tim Loydell. 

An IN Noosa Magazine exclusive is the announcement of Michaela Burger’s A Migrant’s Son. Tim says the brilliant show is an incredible true Australian story that spans 90 years with song, story and humour.

A Migrant’s Son explores one of the most colourful times in Australian history, the arrival of the Greeks during the 1930s. It conveys incredible historical events that are brought to life through original compositions and local community choirs, creating a unique and touching account that is both hard-hitting and hilarious.

“The show is written and performed by award-winning cabaret star Michaela Burger who will be working with the community choir Noosa Chorale, which will join the show on 21 July. It’s a tale about a man, the son of a poor migrant, who defied all odds and rose above adversity. From early morning deliveries for the family bakery at age seven, down opal mines in Coober Pedy and opening a chain of discount supermarkets, his unrelenting determination to build a successful life is comical and dramatic; as he pushes through like an unstoppable force that is willing to sacrifice everything for his family.

Featuring traditional instruments, including bouzouki, the show touches deeply on topics of racism, intolerance, judgement and the struggles presented by migration. The infamous Ruckus Poetry Slam will be at the Noosa Arts Theatre. It’s an all ages open mic poetry event featuring the Ruckus Teen Slam champion and hosted by one half of the much-loved Pub Choir ensemble, Megan Bartholomew.

Shelly Davidow will be launching her new book High Infidelity, taking part in a panel and delivering a unique Writers Workshop in partnership with Noosa Library. This workshop offers the exclusive opportunity to take part in a Pitch Slam where budding writers have the chance to pitch their manuscript to Shelly’s publisher with manuscript assessment also on offer.

Once again NOOSA alive! will be working with the Queensland Ballet to present an exclusive performance series showcasing the very best talent from the major performing ballet company talent. The Slow Food Film will be Chocolat with a three course meal with chefs Aden Moriarty from Relish Restaurant, Matt Golinski from View Restaurant and Lisa Mahar from Makepeace Island designing a menu for the Noosa Springs event.

Tim says keep checking the website for exciting announcements such as one about Australia’s all-time favourite comedy acts; legendary Australian music performers; international works from as far afield as Berlin; and fans of the forum series should stay tuned for newsy identities on the way.

“It’s important that NOOSA alive! Now in its 18th year, continues to evolve, bring new ideas to the table and produce a festival that offers world-class musicians, artists and events,” says Andrew Squires who is supported by a strong group of business people making up the NOOSA alive! 2019 committee. They include treasurer, Martin Rafter, partner of Stratogen Accounting; secretary, Anna Richardson, a solicitor with Cartwrights Lawyers; marketing and advertising Caroline Edginton whose company is CLICCS Digital; and Andrew Stafford who co-ordinates sponsorship networks and associated events within the program.

Noosa comes Alive! from Friday 19 July to Sunday 28 July 2019. Program details will be released soon. Keep up-to-date, become a sponsor, volunteer or book tickets at

About the Author /

Deb has 25+ years' experience providing strategic communications and brand reputation advice to clients in the government, business and not-for-profit clients. She is passionate about Noosa and is an active member of her community, providing PR to Slow Food Noosa and other clients. Her passion lies in working with small businesses to help them succeed. She is planning to release the Tastes of Noosa cookbook with Matt Golinski in 2019.

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