More than 2500 adoring fans astounded members of The Royal Ballet by braving inclement weather to watch a once in a lifetime performance at Munro Martin Parklands last night.
Mayor Bob Manning said his pride in the city was at an all-time high after the show.
“I would like to say a personal thank you to all those who came along to demonstrate that this level of performance is respected and appreciated by Cairns audiences,” Cr Manning said. “It will go a long way to help attract other shows of this magnitude to the region.
“I was quite humbled to see that almost the full contingent of ticket holders stayed until the end of the show,” he said.
“A number of the performers commented after the show that seeing the dedication of the crowd kept them inspired and committed to continuing the show, despite the weather.
The Royal Ballet visit is an indicator of potential future collaborations with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) seeking regular visits from artists previously not able to be accommodated in the far north.
“Munro Martin Parklands has proven time and time again that it is not just an outstanding outdoor venue, but one of the premier performance venues in Australia.
“Last night, we hosted one of the biggest audiences ever at the venue, and the biggest single audience on The Royal Ballet’s tour of Australia.
“I would also add that I think it was one of the most committed as well – they toughed it out, just like the Queensland team did on the football field” he said.
While the Cairns Performing Arts Centre (CPAC) has been under construction, alternative venues across the region have been utilised to accommodate local and visiting artists.
“As a result of the CPAC construction, we have had the opportunity to upgrade and showcase many of Cairns’ magnificent venues
“With the addition of CPAC next year to the venue circuit, we will have a complete suite of some of the most modern, flexible and state of the art performance venues in the country,” Cr Manning said.
Special thanks once again to QPAC, the Queensland Government and The Royal Ballet for their support.
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