Cairns Festival’s 2017 line-up will be unveiled this Friday, with a pop-up “mini-Festival” on the Cairns Esplanade offering a taste of what’s to come.
Entertainment by local performers beside the iconic lagoon will mark the release of the full program, which spans 25 August to 3 September.
“We don’t want to give away too much just yet, but it’s safe to say there will be plenty of highlights in Cairns Festival 2017,” Mayor Bob Manning said.
“All of the regular events will be there – the Grand Parade and Fireworks, Sunday on the ’Nard and Carnival on Collins will be as big as ever; and The Making Place, which premiered last year, will be back with a range of performances and workshops.”
Cr Manning said there would be a focus on free outdoor events that highlight the beauty and unique natural environment of Cairns.
“Cairns Festival is all about celebrating our region, our lifestyle and our people,” he said. “It will showcase our local talent and everything that we love about Cairns.
“There will be some fabulous visiting acts rounding out the program. All the details will be revealed on Friday.”
The launch is open to the public and will feature entertainment from 9.30am, including Jeremiah Johnson, CQUniversity Buskers, the Blue Line Brigade and a human knitting demonstration.
“The launch will offer a peek into the diversity of the program, which really does have something for everyone,” Cr Manning said.
Hard copies of the program can be picked up at the launch and will be available to download from the Cairns Festival website from Friday.
The launch event will be on the Cairns Esplanade, adjacent to the lagoon, from 9.30am to 11am this Friday, 7 July.