Held on 29-31 August 2014, the 4th annual Lorne Festival of Performing Arts is set to delight crowds with circus, cabaret, music, dance and more!
Culture By The Sea! Guests can bathe in an ocean of stories, tunes and visual treats including circus, bawdy burlesque, cracker comedy as well as poetry, dance, music, street & physical theatre, workshops and something for children too.
The loveliest length of the Great Ocean Road will come alive in 2014 for the 4th Annual Lorne Festival of Performing Arts, hosted by Love Lorne and celebrating culture by the sea. Audiences can bathe in an ocean of stories, tunes and visual treats including thrilling chanteuses, bawdy burlesque, cracker comedy as well as poetry, dance, music, workshops and something for children too. The 2014 program will bring Lorne to life in late August in venues all around town.
The Lorne Festival of Performing Arts offers a chance for both local audiences and those making a special trip to town to experience some impressive talents performing against the backdrop of a relaxed seaside lifestyle in a unique and engaging environment.
The weekend of talent the 2013 Festival included; cabaret-theatre wonders such as Wes Snelling in Kiosk, the witty and wonderful Tina Del Twist, the genre-bending, blues-belting, cabaret vixen that is Christa Hughes presented two full length shows – Beer Drinking Woman and Neurotic Ladyland and the return Festival favourite Mikelangelo who performed a sell out tribute to Johnny Cash in Song of the Outlaw, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the death of the Man in Black.
“The Lorne community is not only tight-knit, friendly and rightly passionate about their part of the world, they also have an appreciation for artistic expression, which likely comes from being surrounded by a stunning piece of paradise. As the Lorne Festival of Performing Arts establishes itself more and more each year, we love to see locals and visitors from out of town enjoying the treasures of the Festival,” says Artistic Director Monique Harvey.
Aiming to attract 3,000 people in 2014, the Lorne Festival of Performing Arts is increasing its sprawl and will bring to life venues including Qdos Arts, the art deco Lorne Theatre, the Grand Pacific Hotel, Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park and will also include performances right on the streets.
The Festival just wouldn’t be complete without its very own big top and for the first time in 2013 the Festival collaborated with one of the most loved and successful circus companies in Australia, Melbourne’s own Circus Oz who pitched their much lauded foyer tent on the Mantra lawn for the duration of the event. The 300 seat venue played host to the festival merriment and provided a visual presence that was hard to miss. We hope that this wonderful collaboration will continue for future festivals.
Monique Harvey – Artistic Director
Penny Whitehead – Festival Producer
Emma Jarman – Festival Operations
Cath Hedge – Tent Production Manager