Noosa Alive wrapped up

Midnight Serenade Opera on the beach.

Margie Maccoll

As jazz and blues played in the tent on Noosa Main Beach last Sunday, artistic director Ian Mackellar reflected on the 10 days and more than 25 events of the Noosa Alive festival just before the final act concluded.

“I think we’ve successfully celebrated our 20th anniversary in style,“ he said.

“I think it’s been splendid.

“We’ve been blessed with lovely weather. The general visitor had a glorious time and the standard of talent was world class.

“I had to pinch myself sitting in The J. It was fantastic to witness the artists in the intimate setting.

“The festival opened with James Morrison, closing with Paul Kelly. They were perfect book ends and everything in between was wonderful.

“Moonlight Serenade Opera was beautiful.

“The long lunch was blessed with perfect weather, the (street theatre) mask characters brought out the child within us.

“The little Beanies were fun.

“Seaside Vibes was a great success. The talent in Noosa Stars Alive was magnificent.“

So warmly embraced was the inaugural Noosa Stars Alive it will become a feature event in Noosa Alive 2023, Mr Mackellar said.

To wrap up with six hours of jazz and blues was a lovely way to finish, he said.