Get swept up in the festival by the sea

The NymphsThe loveliest length of the Great Ocean Road will soon come alive for the 3rd 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 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 for this year includes 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 in two full length shows – Beer Drinking Woman and Neurotic Ladyland and the return Festival favourite Mikelangelo performing a 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,” says Artistic Director Monique Harvey.

“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. We are very proud to announce the talent that audiences can expect this year.”

This year’s music program includes sensational rockabilly trio The Rechords, the ever-dynamic Melbourne sextet The Tiger & Me and acapella vocal quartet The Nymphs.

Spicing up the 2013 Festival program are respected burlesque beauties Gypsy Wood and Melbourne’s Maude Davey, who brings her newest show My Life in the Nude, in which she bares all for the very last time.

Live comedy is represented by award-winning comedian Asher Treleaven in his brand new hour of comedy Bad Dandy which is full of – as he puts it himself – ‘socially responsible cock jokes, vigorous gesticulating and impotent left wing rage from Victoria’s favourite foppish idiot’.

Shows for the whole family to enjoy include the fast-paced, highly humorous and frantic physical comedy of Dislocate in Three Speed Crunch Box, the cheeky and giant kangaroos on bouncing stilts in Icarus Roo’d, The Biscuits Readings which will reveal your inner biscuit and The Memorandium an exploration of memory – the stories, feeling and thought that reside within all of us.

The Festival just wouldn’t be complete without its very own big top and for the first time the Festival will collaborate with one of the most loved and successful circus companies in Australia, Melbourne’s own Circus Oz.

Pitching their much lauded foyer tent on the Mantra lawn for the duration of the event, it will play host to the festival merriment and will provide a visual presence that will be hard to miss.

The Lorne Festival of Performing Arts runs form Friday 6 – Sunday 8 September. For more information, visit: for details.

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