10 Aug 2016

The big brass sound of nine-piece band, BULLHORN, will set the scene for a rollicking day of free family fun to close Cairns Festival at Carnival on Collins, the much-loved event which has become firmly entrenched as a local Father’s Day tradition.

More than 25,000 people will flock to the city’s Botanic Gardens and the cultural precinct of the Tanks Arts Centre on Sunday 4 September to celebrate the vibrant lifestyle of the tropics, with live music, circus entertainment and non-stop fun for the kids, amidst more than 200 market stalls offering local arts and crafts, produce and plants, and delicious food and refreshments.

In 2016, the acclaimed nu-wave brass band, BULLHORN, bring their dynamic sound to the main stage in Flecker Garden from 2pm, headlining the event as they showcase their unique and energetic style, courtesy of seven hard-hitting horn players, one drummer and an MC who is guaranteed to get the crowd up on its feet.

Joining the line-up for a huge day of free entertainment for all ages, the explosive Cairns Taiko Drummers open the show on the main stage at 10:30am, before Circa concludes their 2016 Festival contribution with the enthralling presentation, 31 Circus Acts in 30 Minutes.

Local talents, the soulful Emmaline Anderson performing as Sister Liberty and Triple J Unearthed local artist, Kanishk, round out the program, while a colourful cast of roving entertainers will work their magic as they weave their way through the throng – among them, the ever-popular one-man band extraordinaire, “Uptown” Brown, is back along with the gorgeous Synchronised Swimmers, the iconic Ulysses and Dixie Jazz. The Day will also host newcomer performances by Upbeat the Drum Monster and the Cuddle Crew.

As always, this year’s instalment is shaping up as paradise for children, with a diverse range of fun activities and entertainment on offer throughout the day at the dedicated Kids’ Carnival.

Dream State Circus will host two Toy Box workshops in Fitzalan Garden, at 9.30am and 1pm, with plenty of other attractions throughout the site, including orienteering with the Scouts, timber assemblage workshops with local artist, Ian Tunbridge, a rock climbing wall, and basketball with Cairns Taipans players.

Families can also take part in One Million Stars To End Violence, a special community project with people from all over the world coming together to weave a total of one million stars from ribbon, to be collectively displayed at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 as a symbol of light and solidarity against violence in all its forms. The Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre will hold a star weave jam throughout the day, where locals can contribute their own handiwork to the initiative.

Our tropical environment is the focus of interactive displays at the Eco Zone, in Tank 3, which showcases the region’s green economy, and the Energy Exhibition by the region’s school children, in Tank 4.

The Wild Zone in Tank 5 is set to be another popular destination, with visitors able to get up close to meet some of the Far North’s legendary wildlife, including birds, snakes, and even the possibility of a baby crocodile.

Carnival on Collins is a free, all-ages event taking place from 9am to 3pm.

Now in its 55th year, Cairns Festival 2016 is a 10-day celebration (Friday 26 August to Sunday 4 September) of our tropical lifestyle with performances, exhibitions, music and film – proudly brought to the community by Cairns Regional Council.

Cairns Festival program, a full-colour listing of what’s on each day of the celebration, is available free of charge from Festival venues, libraries and shopping centres across the region, or download the program at www.cairnsfest.com.au

For more information, visit www.cairnsfest.com.au