Looking to soak up some culture while still being able to lounge on the beach and gobble up some delicious food? Here is the festival that ticks every box.

The Noosa Long Weekend Festival is a 10 days of of theatre, literature, music, dance, film, visual arts, cuisine and barrier-breaking forums and luckily for us Brisbaneites it’s just around the corner in picturesque Noosa Heads.

The event was launched in 2002 by a local group of creative visionaries wanting to blend their passions with the beautiful environment that is Noosa. The festival’s founding members include prominent Australian playwright David Williamson, author Kristin Williamson, internationally renowned violinist Brett Dean, environmental activist Dr Michael Gloster, restaurateur Leonie Palmer-Fisher together with Rick Clayton and Ros McCauley.

The festival will kick off on 18 July and run until 27 July with a slew of exciting events.

Fiona O'Loughlin

Fiona O’Loughlin

An Evening With The Queensland Ballet will take place on 25 July and features Queensland Ballet dancers and young artists in a special performance that will give audiences a unique insight into the state ballet company, while the Queensland premiere of Forbidden Broadway Greatest Hits Volume One will take place from 18 to 19 July. It’s a show which promises to toast and roast the best musicals in a night that will delight those who love show tunes… and those who loathe them. Originally opening Off-Broadway in 1982, Forbidden Broadway has become a New York institution, having received over 9,000 performances and played in 200 US cities as well as around the globe.

Forbidden Broadway Greatest Hits Volume One is a compilation of the best material from the show’s lengthy history. Skewering the Great White Way’s greatest showstoppers, a stellar cast parades the hits (and misses) in this hilarious, loving and endlessly entertaining tribute to the theatre’s premiere stars and songwriters, including especially cheeky takes on Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Annie, Cats, Wicked, Mamma Mia and A Chorus Line.

With sell-out shows at last year’s festival, the Sit Down Comedy Club returns to Noosa Long Weekend Festival with an even bigger show in 2014. The hilarious Fiona O’Loughlin will be the headliner act, supported by some of Australia’s most exciting stand-up talent including MC/Comic Mandy Nolan, James Tinniswood and Joe Shaffer. A big laugh is known to do more good for your mind and body than most other legal, affordable and morally sound activities, so this Long Weekend, give your soul a spa-treatment with a rejuvenating shower of laughs.

The event also includes a range of supper clubs, forums and workshops so attendees can jump into the fun and get their hands dirty. While you’re in town for the festival you can also discover Noosa’s natural environment, watch whales, enjoy pristine beaches, explore the dramatic hinterland landscape and visit the world’s largest sand island. Have an outdoor adventure by walking, diving, paddling, riding or cycling through Noosa’s coastal and hinterland landscapes.

You can also sample the extraordinary breadth of the Noosa gourmet scene. Attend a cooking course, experience local produce at farmers’ markets or book a table with a view at a Noosa restaurant or seek out a romantic getaway. Dine out, spend an idle hour in a café, take a twilight gondola ride, shop in style or pamper yourself with a day spa treatment or with a relaxing massage while in town for the Noosa Long Weekend Festival.

For more information and to book tickets to Noosa Long Weekend Festival visit www.noosalongweekend.com .