Cairns Festival weekend brings activities for youth

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The 2017 Cairns Festival is set to entertain the youth of Cairns with a lineup of creative, energetic, and inspiring events created specifically for, and by, the region’s teens.

On Friday 1 September, Cairns teens are invited to converge at the Tank 4 Gallery of the illustrious Tanks Arts Centre for the annual Energy Exhibition and Opening Party. This free event will see the launch of the annual ‘Energy’ exhibition, which unveils the work of the region’s Senior Visual Arts students. Throughout the night bands from local high schools will perform, thrilling crowds and keeping energy levels high.

Also on Friday 1 September is the opening of The Young Company’s rendition of Lord of the Flies. From 7pm at The Young Company Theatre Studio on both Friday 1 September and Saturday 2 September, this professional youth theatre will take the audience on a journey based on the famous dystopian novel by William Golding.

During the day on Saturday 2 September those aged between five and 15 years will have the opportunity to participate in a painting workshop titled Action Painting. With two sessions running from 10:30am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 4pm at the KickArts Contemporary Arts space, participants can unleash their creative talent while learning several canvas painting techniques. The event is $30 per person; bookings essential, and are to be made via 07 40509496 (Parents must accompany children.)

The Under 18 Illumination multi-arts party will be a highlight of the Cairns Festival’s final weekend for teenagers aged 13 and 17years. The Cairns Skate Centre will host the event on Saturday 2 September, headlined by local funk, rock, indie band Machine Machine and DJ group Jakknife.

Throughout the night aerial and fire performers will stun guests as sounds from African drumming builds the intensity of the shows. Wearing white, guests will find themselves a part of the laser shows, as 3D visual mapping brings the walls to life.

Now in its 56th year, Cairns Festival 2017 is a 10-day celebration (Friday 25 August to Sunday 3 September) of life in the tropics with performances, exhibitions, music and film – proudly brought to the community by Cairns Regional Council.

The full Cairns Festival program can be downloaded from the Cairns Festival website, or pick up a copy from Council’s customer service centres, Cairns Libraries branches and local shopping centres.

Grand Parade to Shine in 2017

Cairns Festival’s Grand Parade and Fireworks on Saturday 26 August provides an exciting start to the 2017 program. Our parade is the largest community showcase of its kind in Australia, per capita, and this year Cairns Festival celebrates its 56th year with the appropriately sparkling theme of “Shine”.
As Festival’s number one highlight, the Grand Parade attracts local families and visitors in their thousands who gather along the Esplanade to cheer on the colourful procession of floats representing local schools, charities, sporting clubs, cultural groups and businesses.
In 2016 the Parade featured a record breaking 90 entries, more than 3,000 participants and approximately 20 dogs that combined to mirror the lifestyle and magical surroundings that define the Far North community and its sense of place.
This year the Parade is destined to be even better thanks to a series of free, workshops hosted by Festival’s Parade team that focussed on lifting the production value of floats to new and unprecedented levels of excellence. Added motivation comes with a generous prize haul of $8,500.
Warming up the city in the lead up to Saturday’s Grand Parade will be free entertainment on the main stage along with roving performers throughout the afternoon.

Prior to the afternoon activities, the Esplanade will host the biennial Australian and New Zealand Steelband Festival PANZfest from 10am on the main Festival stage. Eight steel bands from across Australia and New Zealand will compete for the title of 2017 Panorama Champion throughout the morning, astounding audiences with sounds from the unique instruments originating from Trinidad and Tobago. Following the competition, the bands will unite under the musical direction of internationally acclaimed steelpan drummer Lennox Jordan from Aria Award winning Melbourne Ska Orchestra. The group will premiere a piece created for the Cairns Festival: 1.5 Climate Change.
The sounds of steel pans will echo throughout the night as the artists continue their performances following the conclusion of the Festival’s Grand Parade at 7.30pm.
Now in its 56th year, Cairns Festival 2017 is a 10-day celebration (Friday 25 August to Sunday 3 September) of life in the tropics with performances, exhibitions, music and film – proudly brought to the community by Cairns Regional Council.

The full Cairns Festival program can be downloaded from the Cairns Festival website, or pick up a copy from Council’s customer service centres, Cairns Libraries branches and local shopping centres.

Family fun as circa goes Troppo in the parklands

On a deserted island far, far away, a rag tag circus troupe is washed up on a beach. Dazed and unfamiliar with their bold new world they venture into the island with often hilarious results. Will they make it off or will the tropical, warm climate make them all go a little… ‘troppo’?
Circa is back and once again destined to be a highlight of the 2017 Cairns Festival with their latest offering, TROPPO, in the stunning open air arena of Munro Martin Parklands on Saturday 2 September. As part of the Cairns Festival program, the beautiful Parklands will host this evening of world class entertainment that will appeal to the entire family.
Enjoying its Brisbane Festival premiere last year, TROPPO has been applauded by audiences for its daring acrobatics and energetic, ‘Alice in Wonderland meets The Tempest’, colourful journey through dazzling landscapes. In this action-packed new show, Circa invite you into their daring acrobatic world… Colourful and energetic, funny yet insightful, TROPPO is full of wonder, comic misadventures and circus, mixed together like a fine cocktail; an explosively fun beach party the whole family will enjoy.
Since 2004 Circa has been at the frontier of new circus – creating powerful works of circus art that challenge, thrill and delight. Featuring an ensemble of multi-skilled circus artists under the direction of Yaron Lifschitz, Circa’s award-winning works have been seen in 39 countries across six continents. Circa’s shows are renowned and admired for being unique as they push boundaries of the circus art form and blur lines between movement, dance, theatre and circus. Family entertainment will begin at 5pm in the Parklands, prior to the performance at 7pm, with a magic mime show, roving entertainment and Cairns’ own Cycas Circus showcasing their new spectacle ‘Cirque de Couleurs’.
Last year Circa presented the wildly popular show ‘Carnival of the Animals’ as part of the 2016 Cairns Festival. Now in its 56th year, Cairns Festival 2017 is a 10-day celebration (Friday 25 August to Sunday 3 September) of life in the tropics with performances, exhibitions, music and film – proudly brought to the community by Cairns Regional Council.
The full Cairns Festival program can be downloaded from the Cairns Festival website, or pick up a copy from Council’s customer service centres, Cairns Libraries branches and local shopping centres.