The Festival culminates in the WorkPac Literature Dinner, held on the final night of the Festival. This celebratory event provides an opportunity for guests to meet the authors in a relaxed environment, and to be entertained and inspired by guest speaker, Li Cunxin, author of Mao’s Last Dancer.
Li Cunxin's journey is simply remarkable. He was born into utter poverty in Mao's Communist China and selected, at the age of ten, to train at Madame Mao's Beijing Dance Academy. Seven years of stringent training at the Beijing Academy taught him discipline, resilience and perseverance. Li's astounding drive and work-ethic made him one of the best dancers in the world.
Li's extraordinary and inspirational autobiography, Mao's Last Dancer, was published in 2003, and quickly rose to number one on Australia's bestseller list. A tale of talent, faith and determination, the book is a moving account of the moral complexities, personal costs and rich rewards of following one's dreams. It has been awarded the Book of the Year by the Australian Booksellers Association and the Christopher Award for Literature in the USA. Currently in its 52nd reprint, Mao's Last Dancer is an international bestseller, available in over 20 countries.
In September 2009, a movie adaptation of Mao's Last Dancer, directed by Australia's Bruce Beresford (Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy), was released to great critical and box office success. The highest grossing Australian film of that year, it holds the record for the 12th highest grossing Australian film of all time.
An inspirational and motivational speaker, Li Cunxin's story is a beautiful account of his extraordinary journey, told with honesty, dignity and pride.
Plus enjoy a delicious three-course meal and dance along to the music of Stage Five, a hugely popular local band that will have you up and dancing as soon as they start performing!
Please note > This is an 18+ event.
Please note > Tickets sales cut off Monday 15th July 2019 at 4pm.
Tickets price includes three course meal.
Please call the Box Office on 4961 9777 to advise if you have Wheelchair, Companion Card or Special needs requirements before completing your booking.
Please note > Some dietary requirements can be catered for with prior notice only, please advise full contact name and details of dietary requirements prior to 12pm Monday 15th July 2019. *Some dietary requirements may incur a surcharge – depending on needs
Seating Plan > Please refer to the special seating plan for an indication of the position of your table. The seating map for ticket sales is not a true indication of where the tables are located in relation to the stage area. If you wish to have more information regarding seating or your table's location please contact the Box Office directly.
Please call the Box Office on 4961 9777 to advise if you have Wheelchair, Companion Card or Special needs requirements before completing your booking. We often have patrons with special needs call after they have processsed their order which can make it difficult for us to accomdate their needs.