Saturday 22 August 2009

Festival kicks off at 6pm tonight

The much-anticipated and revamped Festival Cairns kicks off tonight, with the Parade from Munro Martin Park, along the Esplanade.

There's also a line up of art exhibitions, entertainment and you can even stick a song on one of the public pianos placed outside around the city.

This year's festival adds food and lifestyle events, along with educational displays and even a walking meditation programme.

“No one should be left out of this year’s Festival Cairns – businesses, individuals, families and visitors all have the chance to join in something,” Cairns Mayor Val Schier says.

“We want to encourage people to just come out and get amongst it – get involved in celebrating our Cairns lifestyle.”

Events on this weekend include...
  • Spraying Our Stories; an aerosol art project to transform temporary buildings, Marking Places - New Voices Now, visual art exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Art.
  • Tropical Wave Festival, six short plays by young playwrights.
  • 3 Million Shades of Grey, a multi-cultural visual art and entertainment display, contemporary art exhibition by three local artists.
  • Keys to the City, community piano playing throughout the city.
  • Pacific Toyota Grand Parade and Fireworks
  • Esplanade Free Concert with Saltwater Band
  • Festival Hub Market Square.
  • Street markets showcasing local produce and celebrity cook-offs
  • Cairns Street Busker’s Festival, six of the best national buskers perform.

"I'll be attending most of the events throughout the festival as an astonishing collection of talent would be on display," Councillor Di Forsyth says.

“I am looking forward to watch the parade, as I am sure it will be the best event to start the celebrations for this year’s Festival Cairns. It's the finest way to get to know what amazing talent we have in this region.”

See the Festival Cairns website for the full programme or collect a copy around town.
Pictured: Dom Johns Cupcake on the Cairns Esplanade

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