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Cairns Festival Kicks Off 51st Season Today

Cairns, QLD, Australia – (News4us.com) August 17, 2012

 

Cairns Festival Kicks Off 51st Season Today Cairns Festival Kicks Off 51st Season Today

Cairns Festival Kicks Off 51st Season Today

Cairns Festival officially kicks off its 17 day celebration today with a program of more than 100 events and activities spanning music, art, dance, culture, comedy and more. 

As the person at the helm of Cairns Regional Council’s Creative Cairns, who is responsible for delivering this year’s Festival, Leslie Sparkes said she is looking forward to seeing the last six months of hard work come to fruition in coming  weeks.

“This is a great time of year to live and visit Cairns.”

“The weather is great and the city is in full celebration mode with Cairns Festival providing the perfect excuse to appreciate just what it is that makes our city so great.”

“When it comes to the Festival, this year’s new event, The Village on Esplanade is particularly exciting for our team.”

Finally our vision to provide a melting pot of entertainment across genres, including a strong community focus, will become a reality.”

“We are confident our community will embrace its delightfully unique concept that will be easily identified on the Esplanade by its cluster of colourful Moroccan tents.  We invite everyone, one and all, to join us there for some really good fun. “

With CIAF now open to the public, UMI Arts’ Big Talk One Fire taking over Fogarty Park from 2pm, the opening of The Village on Esplanade and Men at Work legend, Colin Hay entertaining music lovers at Tanks Arts Centre from 7pm tonight, Cairns Festival’s 51st season begins at full throttle. 

And the pace is set to continue in coming days – promising a whole lot more fun with plenty of free, family style entertainment (Overflow FNQ Grand Parade, Fireworks, Children’s Village at The Village on Esplanade), a feast of Indigenous art and culture at CIAF and music galore that includes local talent, Cairns Pan Stars and Chris Ah Gee performing on the Cooked in Cairns stage (The Village on Esplanade) tomorrow night, Don Quixote and the Australian Ballet at Civic Theatre also opening the Festival with a touch of class and Sarah Blasko and Holly Throsby capping off the first weekend at Music Botanica on Sunday.  

The following line up itemises events happening in and around Cairns over the next three days.

Friday 17 August

Bird Watching on Cairns Esplanade       Friday 17 August – Sunday 2 September

FREE.  First tour starts today.  Visit www.cairnsbirds.blogspot.com  for information and times.

 

CIAF at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal Friday

FREE. 10 am to 6pm.  For information, www.ciaf.com.au

 

CIAF Symposium at Centre of Contemporary Arts 

9am to 12pm. Tickets $25/15 conc per session from www.ticketlink.com.au

 

The Trinity Luncheon on Cairns Esplanade

This event by Events NQ will showcase contemporary cuisine and catwalk fashion to a ticketed guest list of 200 from 11.30 – 3.30pm. 

 

UMI Arts Big Talk One Fire at Fogarty Park

FREE.  2pm to 10pm.  Featuring music and dance by Troy and Trevelyn, Black Image, hip-hop sensation, Jordan Oliver and special guest, Naomi Wenitong.  Actor Aaron Fa’aso will emcee this great event that includes a special opening ceremony in front of the stage at approximately 7.30pm.  For information, www.umiarts.com.au

 

CIAF Zugub, The Mask, The Spirits and the Stars at Centre of Contemporary Arts

FREE. 3.30pm to 5pm. World premiere of Zugub, the mask, the spirits and the stars – a film directed by Creative Cowboy Films.  Offers an intimate insight into the creative process of artist, printmaker, carver, mask maker, singer and choreographer, Alick Tipoti.

 

The Minute Exhibit at The Village on Esplanade (The Palace)

Gold Coin Donation.  6pm to 8pm.  The Minute Exhibit.  The original red velvet one minute box features a tiny art curator preparing an exhibition in his gallery.  Cute, funny and surprising.  Suitable for ages five and up.

 

Fire Art at The Esplanade Sandpit

FREE.  7pm to 8pm. Be thrilled as the Cycas Circus troupe amaze with their feats of fire.

 

Australian Ballet’s Don Quixote at Cairns Civic Theatre

“The Dancers Company” will present the lively ballet classic Don Quixote. Based on the legendary tale by Spanish author Cervantes, this classic ballet tells the story of the knight Quixote on a quest to find his lost loveAdult $51, Child $25.  7.30pm. www.ticketlink.com.au

 

An Evening with Colin Hay at Tanks Arts Centre

Men at Work front man, Colin Hay will open the Tanks’ Festival music program. Doors open 6.30pm and show starts at 7.15pm. Tickets $50/$45 conc. www.ticketlink.com.au 

 

All Jazz and Jam at Bernie’s Jazz & Piano Cafe, 92 Abbott Street

Free live music showcasing the best jazz musos and vocalists Cairns has to offer. 7.30pm to 11.30pm throughout the Festival.  For information, ph: 4041 4603

 

Wakaid Girl / Lyndhurst Kid at Centre of Contemporary Arts

A riveting tale that melds traditional cultural dance and song with contemporary music and story telling.  Tickets $15 Adults/U15 Free. From 7.30pm.  For information and to book, ph: 4050 9400 www.artscairns.com.au

 

Cult Classic Movies – Every Festival Friday at City Place

FREE. 8pm showing of Mad Max

 

Proper Solid by Steven Oliver at Centre of Contemporary Arts

FREE, public play reading of a new script in development, Proper Solid, by Steven Oliver.  Commissioned by JUTE Theatre Company and based on success stories told by local indigenous people.  For time and details, www.jute.com.au

 

LUSH Cabaret at The Village on Esplanade (The Performery)

9pm.  LUSH Cabaret’s The Clown Fish Saloon. Tickets $15 at the door.


Saturday, 18 August

Julie McEnerny: Wandering Sketch Workshops

9am to Noon, meet at Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre.  Tickets $20/$15conc www.ticketlink.com.au

 

Children’s Village at The Village on Esplanade (The Pavilion)

FREE.  10am to 4pm. Storytelling, printmaking, workshops and more.

 

CIAF at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal Friday

FREE. 10 am to 6pm.  For information, www.ciaf.com.au

 

CIAF Symposium at Centre of Contemporary Arts. 

8.30am to 11.30am. Tickets $25/15 conc per session from www.ticketlink.com.au

 

Puppetry for TV Workshop at The Village on Esplanade (The Performery)

FREE. 12 noon to 1pm.

 

Roving Entertainment at The Village on Esplanade (Throughout The Village)

FREE. 2pm to 11pm.  Igor and His Evil Genius, Synchronised Swimmers, Robo Rockers and The Mermaids.

 

Ronald McDonald Magic Show at Muddy’s Playground

FREE.  2pm to 3pm.

 

Men + GODS Artist Talk and Opening at KickArts

FREE. 3pm to 4pm. Talk by artist, Brian Robinson who will speak about his new body of work.

 

FREE. 4pm.  To be opened by Avril Quaill, Artistic Director, CIAF.  Men + GODS is Brian Robinson’s new body of works in sculpture, etching and linocut that have evolved from a 12-month residency at Djumbunji Press KickArts Fine Art Printmaking Studio.

 

Napolean Oui Rainforest ID Opening at KickArts

FREE. 4pm Gallery 2.  To be opened by Avril Quaill, Artistic Director, CIAF

 

The Overflow FNQ Grand Parade and Fireworks

FREE.  5.30pm to 7.30pm.  Watch the procession of 58 floats along the Esplanade with free music from Cairns Pan Stars and fireworks lighting up The Esplanade foreshore from approximately 7.30pm.  The Village on Esplanade comes alive with roving entertainment, music on the Cooked in Cairns stage and more.

 

The Cairns Festival VIP Party at Kani’s, 59 The Esplanade

5.30pm to 7.30pm. Festival’s VIPs will catch all the action from the balcony of Kani’s Restaurant overlooking the Esplanade.

 

The Minute Exhibit at The Village on Esplanade (The Palace)

Gold Coin Donation. 7pm to 9pm.  The Minute Exhibit.  The original red velvet one minute box features a tiny art curator preparing an exhibition in his gallery.  Cute, funny and surprising.  Suitable for ages five and up.

 

Cairns Pan Stars at The Village on Esplanade (Cooked in Cairns stage)

FREE.  7pm to 7.30pm

 

Fireworks over The Esplanade Foreshore

FREE. 7.30pm to 7.40pm

 

Wakaid Girl / Lyndhurst Kid at Centre of Contemporary Arts

A riveting tale that melds traditional cultural dance and song with contemporary music and story telling.  Tickets $15 Adults/U15 Free. From 7.30pm.  For information and to book, ph: 4050 9400 www.artscairns.com.au

 

Seiji Yamauchi – The Fusion of Passions – at The Village on Esplanade (Cooked in Cairns stage)

FREE.  7.40pm to 8.10pm.  To the sounds of an ambient soundtrack augmented with accomplished violinist Amy Stevens and piano accordionist Julie Mercer, Seiji creates a striking art piece live on stage.

 

Chris Ah Gee at The Village on Esplanade (Cooked in Cairns stage)

FREE. 8.20pm to 9.20pm.

 

LUSH Cabaret’s at The Village on Esplanade (The Performery)

9pm.  LUSH Cabaret’s The Clown Fish Saloon. Tickets $15 at the door.

 

Sunday 19 August, 2012

CIAF at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal Friday

FREE. From 10 am to 6pm.  For information, www.ciaf.com.au

 

JCU Open Day at Smithfield Campus

FREE.  From 10am to 2pm

 

Children’s Village at The Village on Esplanade (The Pavilion)

FREE.  10am to 4pm. Make a “Kid’s Longest Print” with Inkmasters artists, storytellers, KickArts mini-zine workshops and performance workshops.

 

Napolean Oui Rainforest ID Artist Talk at KickArts

FREE. 11am to 12 noon.  Gallery 2.  Artist, Napolean Oui will discuss his new body of work.

 

Music Botanica at Cairns Botanic Gardens

From 12.30pm to 6pm. Featuring Sarah Blasko and Holly Throsby. Tickets $60 /55 conc / 30 ages 5 – 12www.ticketlink.com.au

Roving Entertainment at The Village on Esplanade (Throughout The Village)

The Bower People and Igor and His Evil Genius.

SKA B Que at The Village on Esplanade (The Performery)

FREE. From 1pm to 6pm. Local bands playing their latest originals to some classic old school Ska with a healthy mix of barbie action.

The Minute Exhibit at The Village on Esplanade (The Palace)

Gold Coin Donation.  2pm to 4pm.  The Minute Exhibit.  The original red velvet one minute box features a tiny art curator preparing an exhibition in his gallery.  Cute, funny and surprising.  Suitable for ages five and up.

Food & Film at Arthouse

From 6pm Tickets $12/$10 Concession www.onedgeart.com

Movies That Matter – The Oneness Project at City Place

FREE. 7pm. The oneness project is a series of short films from around the world exploring the idea that we are all one human race.

About Cairns Festival

Cairns Festival runs from August 17 to September 2, 2012.

Cairns Festival is supported and presented by Cairns Regional Council with generous support from event partners and sponsors. For more information, www.cairnsfest.com.au

 


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