Unconventional Arts with Anywhere Festival

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Pete Goodlet discovers a delightfully unconventional Arts Festival that will literally be happening anywhere!

Anywhere, anyway, anywho! The Anywhere Festival is on its way to inspire, challenge and delight us this Autumn. 

In a host of unconventional venues, you will witness unique theatrical performances, anywhere but the norm. 

Be prepared to suspend belief as your wildest imaginings are bought to life by superbly talented, theatrical folk. 

Here you will find the spark of creativity is more akin to an explosion in a fireworks factory.

The diversity of venues is cleverly complemented by a diversity of theatre, music, drama and comedy. 

Anywhere Festival is a globally-unique and cultural experience for all to enjoy where local businesses, private residences and public spaces provide the stage for artists to deliver spectacular performances.

Created in 2011 by Paul Osuch and Alex McTavish as Brisbane’s take on a fringe festival, Anywhere Festival has grown over the past five years with Toni Wills appointed as the Noosa and Sunshine Coast Creative Producer.

She has been working on a host of fabulous festival fun for Noosa and beyond with dates now extended to cope with demand. 

According to Toni, there was great potential for mind-blowing and memorable experiences to celebrate the return of Anywhere Festival. 

 “In the past two years, we have had to live the mantra that we are all in this together and collaboration between performers and artists and local businesses will save the day in this post-pandemic recovery period!” she said. “Anywhere Festival has always been about bringing people together and creating extraordinary experiences in the everyday. This year’s program is a chance for people to gather again and celebrate the joy and lightness of life and have some good old-fashioned fun.”

Business, community groups and artists are banding together to bounce back from the pandemic. Live shows are a celebration of creativity and Anywhere Festival gives you the opportunity to support local creatives and businesses as we all look for a new way forward.

Toni and the Anywhere Festival team are committed to bringing creative joy to Noosa in abundance.

“We’d love to see lots of local support for the venues that are putting themselves out there to provide a magic place for creativity,” Toni said. 

“I’m super excited about this year’s program as there are so many performances to surprise and delight.”

The joy of the Anywhere Festival is discovering the new: new artists, new ideas and new venues. 

Anywhere Festival shows seek out the new, the unusual and the spectacular and this year sees two of Noosa’s newest venues play host with a pop-up Speakeasy at Nudge Nudge Wink Wink and a special Women and Wine by Muses Trio event at Alba by Kuruvita for Mother’s Day. The much-loved and lauded Shakespeare on the Lake will also return.

Get in early with your bookings as tickets are limited.



If you haven’t discovered the hedonistic delights lurking behind the beckoning yellow doors at Nudge Nudge Wink Wink, this is your opportunity! Speakeasy by Candy Shop Show Australia is a nod to the jazz age of the Roaring 20s in all its lickety-split glory. Grab your most fabulous of friends, snuggle up on a velvet banquette and soak up the glamour, gorgeous dancers, sassy cabaret, and an afternoon cocktail or two at Noosa’s most stylish new bar.

When: Sunday 1 May, 4pm
Where: Nudge Nudge Wink Wink – 26 Sunshine Beach Road Suite3/Rear, Noosa JunctionHOW: book via www.anywhere.is  Cost: $35 admittance fee
Get in early with your bookings and check the festival updates as (Nudge Nudge Wink Wink) there may just be an extended season on this feast of fabulosity.


In celebration of that famous line, Shakespeare on the Lake is returning for its sixth instalment at the Amphitheatre at Noosa Botanic Gardens in Cooroy with As You Like It. Little Seed Theatre Company’s talented cast will woo audiences with their comedic mastery overlooking the stunning Lake MacDonald. The beauty of this setting will be matched by the frivolity and light-heartedness of this classic. Pack a picnic, a blanket and a cush for your tush. Gather friends and family and let the real fools be the ones without a ticket!

When: Saturdays 14 and 21 May, Sundays 15 and 22 May, 2.30pm
Where: Outdoor Amphitheatre, Noosa Botanic Gardens, Cooroy
HOW: book via www.anywhere.is Cost: $35 admittance fee


A signature event of the festival this year for Mother’s Day is Women and Wine by the talented Muses Trio. Joining forces with the new Alba by Peter Kuruvita and IN Noosa Magazine, this show is a celebration of all the women who do all the things. Playing divine music on piano, violin and cello composed by women from all over the globe, this talented trio perfectly accompany the curated three course plus canapés menu and carefully paired wines by female winemakers. Hosted by IN Noosa Magazine, this event will celebrate the fun and feminine in us all. Treat your Mum or grab a bunch of your besties and raise a glass to all the women in your life. Tickets are strictly limited.

When: Sunday 8 May, 12noon
Where: Alba by Kuruvita, 3 Alba Close, Noosa Heads
HOW: book via www.albanoosa.com.au  Cost: $150 (including food and wine)

Get out, get onboard, get Anywhere!  www.anywhere.is

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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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