THERE have been few spare seats as arts afficionados have flocked to a jam packed program of brilliant performances, forums and food experiences.
The Noosa Longweekend stellar line-up has showcased shows from opera to ventriloquists.
At the same time Noosa News has listened to responses from forums discussing coal seam gas and authors covering subjects as diverse asylum seekers.
Today, Radio National's, Big Ideas presenter Paul Barclay hosts "The GFC - What are its lessons? Is anyone really listening?"
This Saturday Noosa has been chosen to stage the Queensland premiere of the Expression Dance Company's performance of a brand new work, created by EDC Artistic Director Natalie Weir especially for the Australian Ballet's 50th Anniversary.
"On June 22, EDC will draw on the talents of their extraordinary resident and guest dancers to present a collection of seven works including solo, duet and ensemble pieces which we have billed as the EDC Gala Dance Performance," Festival Director Ian Mackellar said.
On a more bookish note, this Sunday Australian author of four acclaimed novels Charlotte Wood presents her latest book Love & Hunger.
This is a book about home cooking; associated traditions, cermonies, joys and symbolism, much of it expressed through her own experiences.
"It was rather like writing a love letter to a friend," she said.
As the author of four critically acclaimed novels, she found the writing on this subject, in this style a totally new experience.
"A novel needs more detachment,' she said.
"And its so much hard work to craft - this was just a joy to write."
Wood's own food journey has travelled from the teenage "eat to survive" mentality to the drudgerie of cooking, culminating in a sublime appreciation of the innate creativity that produces a meal.
Minus the glossy food pics, Love & Hunger contains more then 75 simple, classic recipes and hints.
It's a big weekend here with plenty of fabulous show. See longweekend.com.au.
Expressions Dance Company
Friday, June 22, 7.30pm. Cost $50
100 minutes with intermission at the J Theatre.
Charlotte Wood is on Jennifer Byrne's First Noosa Book Club panel:
Saturday, June 23 at 10am. Cost $35.
Charlotte Wood interviewed by Jennifer Byrne on her book Love & Hunger
Sunday, June 24, 10am, Cost $25.
The J Theatre
Bookings: see noosalongweekend.com
Paul Smith's photographic show, 10am - 7pm Friday and Saturday and 9am-12noon Sunday at The J.
Heritage walks at 1pm Friday (Cooran), Saturday (Cooroy) and Sunday (Kin Kin).