Watchwords

Happy New Year!

‘The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!’ – Edward Payson Powell. (Photo Greeting Courtesy of 123NewYear.com)

Watchwords

Coming up - lots of events for January 2019. See below the quick list for further information and go to pages 1, 2, 4 and 5 for more events.  

  • Remember that moment when Susan Boyle said on Britain’s Got Talent that her greatest ambition was to sing like Elaine Page - and then went on to do just that? As a musical theatre performer ELAINE PAGE has starred in more smash hit West End and Broadway musicals than anyone else of her generation. Her Australian tour follows on from the huge success of Elaine’s last series of concerts in the UK in 2016 and 2017, which received standing ovations from audiences and critics alike. Lend her your ears in the Concert Hall, QPAC, South Bank on Tuesday, 29 January 2019.
  • By popular demand, irrepressible comedian, author and artist ANH DO returns with his smash hit stage show ANH DO – THE HAPPIEST REFUGEE LIVE!, which combines stand-up comedy with real life stories, photos, and filmed pieces to retell his amazing story. Tickets are selling fast! Skate into the Concert Hall, QPAC, South Bank, on Friday, 1 February, Saturday, 2 February, or Sunday, 3 February (best bet) 2019.
  • CELEBRATE WORLD WETLANDS DAY with a FREE informative guided walk around the gentle 2 km Billai Dhagun Circuit and learn the international significance of the shorebirds to our world-renowned Boondall Wetlands. Meet up at the Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre on Saturday, 2 February 2019 from 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
  • THE NOOSA SUMMER SWIM FESTIVAL is a weekend festival offering a range of distances from junior events to the 5.0KM NOOSA GRAND PRIX, as well as events and activities for the whole family from Sunrise Yoga and an Outdoor Cinema, to short course ocean swims designed for juniors and beginners. Join thousands of Queenslanders and special guests for a huge weekend of sun, surf and swims at Noosa Main Beach on the Sunshine Coast, on Saturday, 2 February and Sunday, 3 February 2019.

 

The Event: PRESENTING BRITAIN’S FIRST LADY OF MUSICAL THEATRE – ELAINE PAGE

Date and time: Tuesday, 29 January 2019.

Venue: Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Cnr Melbourne & Grey Streets, South Bank, Brisbane. 

Ticket price: Mortgage your house and phone 136 246 or go to the website at http://qpac.com.au to book online (Susan Boyle would have). PLATINUM $157.85, GOLD $137, SILVER $107.15. A transaction fee of $7.20 applies per transaction.

What’s happening: Britain’s first lady of musical theatre ELAINE PAIGE has announced an eight-date series of concerts which will see her perform songs from her illustrious career alongside an array of her favourite tracks by contemporary songwriters.

This tour follows on from the huge success of Elaine’s last series of concerts in the UK in 2016 and 2017, which had audiences and critics alike rising to their feet in praise. ‘An exceptional show that represents both a carefully formulated evening’s entertainment and a genuine labour of love, said musicaltheatrereview.com.

Elaine said: ‘I’m so excited about taking this concert to more venues across the globe. It allows me to do something completely different celebrating songwriters I love such as Harry Nilsson, Jim Webb, Burt Bacharach, Lennon & McCartney, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber ... the list goes on … as well as many of my hits such as I Know Him So Well, Don’t Cry for Me Argentina and of course my signature Memory. This music has been the soundtrack to all our lives, not just mine. And it’s the ideal opportunity to perform in an intimate way.’

Elaine has performed live in concert all over the world and as a recording artist has worked with legendary producers such as Tony Visconti, Dennis Lambert, Peter Matz and Phil Ramone amongst others, and has released 22 solo albums (four multi-Platinum and nine Gold), been featured on seven cast recordings and has had several major worldwide hits.

As a musical theatre performer Elaine has made a major contribution to the modern musical. She has starred in more smash hit West End and Broadway musicals than anyone else of her generation and continues to present the hugely successful weekly BBC Radio 2 show Elaine Paige on Sunday, now approaching its 15th year on air, which is devoted to musical theatre and film music and continues to delight audiences of over 2.5 million listeners each week across the UK.

 

The Event: ANH DO – THE HAPPIEST REFUGEE LIVE!

Date and time: Friday, 1 February, Saturday, 2 February, and Sunday, 3 February 2019 (1 hour 30 mins no interval)

Venue: Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Cnr Melbourne & Grey Streets, South Bank, Brisbane. 

Ticket price: Selling fast! Best seats available for the Sunday, 3 February 2019 performance! Phone 136 246 or go to the website at http://qpac.com.au to book online.

What’s happening: ANH DO must be one of the most popular people in Australia. Not only is he a fine stand-up comedian and author, but also a very talented artist who scored a TV show of his own on the ABC. Ahn’s bestselling book The Happiest Refugee made readers laugh and cry, and was described by Russell Crowe as ‘the most surprising and inspiring read I have had in years.’

Now, by popular demand, Anh returns with his smash hit stage show ANH DO – THE HAPPIEST REFUGEE LIVE!, which combines stand-up comedy with real life stories, photos, and filmed pieces to retell his amazing story. When one of Australia’s most talented comedians delves deep into his own life’s joys and sorrows, the result is an unforgettable night at the theatre that leaves an audience uplifted and quite simply experiencing ... happiness. Arts Hub agrees: ‘The happiest audience experience I have ever had,’ they said.

 

The Event: WORLD WETLANDS DAY WALK AT BOONDALL WETLANDS

Date and time: Saturday, 2 February 2019 from 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.

Venue: Meet up at the Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre, 31 Paperbark Drive (entry via Stanworth Rd), Boondall (UBD Map Reference 111 C14). View on Google Maps

Ticket price: FREE and no bookings are required. Volunteer guides lead walks for groups of up to 20 people.

What’s happening: CELEBRATE WORLD WETLANDS DAY with an informative guided walk around the gentle 2 km Billai Dhagun Circuit. Learn the international significance of the shorebirds to our world-renowned Boondall Wetlands. Discover the traditional uses of plants and other wetlands resources. After the walk, enjoy other trails close by, relax in the picnic area or visit the environment centre.

Requirements: Children must be accompanied by an adult. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, secure, fully enclosed walking shoes, sun-smart clothing, sunscreen and insect repellent. Please bring drinking water and a snack or picnic lunch as there are no food outlets on site.

 

The Event: THE NOOSA SUMMER SWIM FESTIVAL – INCLUDES NOOSA SUMMER SWIM | WORLD SERIES SWIMS

Date and time: Saturday, 2 February and Sunday, 3 February 2019.

Venue: Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Ticket price: See the website at http://worldseriesswims.com.au/noosa-summer-swim for what’s on where, and how much it costs. ENTER ONLINE NOW >> if you want to participate in the swim events.

What’s happening: THE NOOSA SUMMER SWIM is a bucket list event for any keen ocean swimmer with a festival atmosphere that only Noosa Main Beach can deliver. In 2019, the weekend festival will again offer a range of distances for all abilities, from junior events to the 5.0KM NOOSA GRAND PRIX, where seasoned swimmers can push their limits alongside current Olympic swimmers. Join thousands of Queenslanders and special guests for a huge weekend of sun, surf and swims on Noosa Main Beach.

THE NOOSA SUMMER SWIM FESTIVAL includes events and activities for the whole family, from free public events, like Sunrise Yoga and an Outdoor Cinema, to short course ocean swims designed for juniors and beginners.

SUNRISE YOGA SESSIONS! Begin your day with a Sunrise Yoga session on Noosa Main Beach. All you need is a beach towel (instead of a yoga mat). Times: Sunrise Yoga at 6.00 a.m. daily on Saturday and Sunday. Location: Noosa Main Beach, near Noosa Heads Surf Club.

OUTDOOR CINEMA – SATURDAY at 6.45 p.m. Location: Noosa Woods (far end of Hastings Street). What a way to finish your Saturday – kick back and enjoy a movie under the stars. Starry Night Movies will host two sessions, so you’ll have some cartoons for the kids then a movie to follow: both are FREE for the whole family. Cartoons: 6.45 p.m. Main Movie: 7.15 p.m. NOTE: This is an alcohol free event.

JUNIOR GIANTS OCEAN SWIMS: The Junior Giants events are a great opportunity for kids aged 8–16 years to compete with other swimmers their own age.

We have a short & long course to choose from:

  • 300m Short Course (8–16 yrs)
  • 1000m Long Course (10–16 yrs)

Organisers also encourage family and friends to share the experience and swim the course alongside the kids in the 300m Dash. VIEW COURSE MAP >>

 

WHAT'S ON NOW? P.4

WHAT'S ON NOW? P.5

WHAT'S ON NOW? P.2

WHAT'S ON NOW?

WATCHWORDS HOME

‘We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.’ – Ellen Goodman. (Photo Greeting Courtesy of 123NewYear.com)