Munro Martin Parklands

Munro Martin Parklands (MMP) is Cairns' newest community gathering place complete with an outdoor performance space. The Parklands boast tropical plantings, vine covered pergolas and arbours and an open-air plaza to encourage passive, casual use of the facility.

The venue is also equipped to host a wide range of shows and since its opening in August 2016 performances have ranged from Queensland Opera’s Barber of Seville, to the new circus of Circa, Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir and the contemporary music of Passenger.

Survey results from the first three events have shown very high community satisfaction with 99% happy with the new venue and 94% satisfied with their overall experience on the night.

Munro Martin Parklands is open to the public from 6am to 8.30pm, seven days a week except on ticketed event days.

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Upcoming events at Munro Martin Parklands

More than a year in the making, the newly redeveloped Munro Martin Parklands (MMP) opened to the public on Sunday 14 August 2016.

Djuki Mala, Biddigal Dance and Deline Briscoe
15 July 2017

  • 4pm gates open
  • 6pm show starts

Cairns Regional Council presents an evening of dance and music, over 40,000 years in the making. Headlined by YouTube sensations Djuki Mala, with performances by local dance collective Biddigal Dance and singer-songwriter Deline Briscoe, this will be an unparalleled night of storytelling and connection.

Direct from North-East Arnhem Land, Indigenous dance ensemble Djuki Mala, fuse traditional Yolngu, contemporary pop culture dance and storytelling, thrilling crowds with a show that is a marvel of comic timing with a hefty dose of heart and soul. Always exuberant, their appearances have delighted audiences at major festivals and events in China, Canada and Europe and offer a rare and insightful view into Indigenous Australia.

Providing performance opportunities to indigenous performers aged 11-25 years based in Cairns, Biddigal create, choreograph and perform their traditional stories through theatrical presentations. Biddigal artists invite audiences to experience the culmination of their fierce passion to share their culture and personal exploration of their heritage.

A strong Yalanji woman hailing from FNQ, Deline Briscoe’s soulful, tasty songs tell intoxicating stories that empower and inspire all who see her perform live. Having worked alongside prolific Australian artists including Archie Roach and The Black Arm Band, you will feel her deep connection to spirit and the land when you hear Deline sing in her mother tongue.

This event is an official satellite event of the 2017 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF).

Please note:

  • BYO blankets or chairs
  • BYO food / picnics and soft drinks only
  • Strictly no BYO alcohol, a licensed bar is available
  • Food available for purchase

This is a ticketed event. Tickets can be bought through ticketLiNK by phone 1300 855 835 or online.

Adult $31.50
Senior $21
Gov Benefit Holder $21
Youth (12 - 15 yrs) $21
0 - 11 years of age free (ticket required)
Please call 1300 855 835 for Group Bookings.
All prices include booking fee.

All attendees must have a ticket for presentation and scanning at the gate, including young children. ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.

More information is available at ticketLiNK


Opera Australia's The Marriage of Figaro
29 July 2017

  • 5pm gates open
  • 7pm show starts

Experience Opera Australia’s delightful comic masterpiece of Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro under the tropical night sky at the stunning Munro Martin Parklands.

Follow the adventures of a household over one crazy day; Masters are lusting over their servants, servants are outwitting their masters — Figaro is the Downton Abbey of opera, but a whole lot more fun!

In a wealthy household in Seville, Figaro is marrying Susanna, but the Count wants to seduce her first. Marcellina wants Figaro and the Countess just wants her husband back. But Susanna is smarter than all of them. After a crazy day of disguise and duplicity, will she get her happily ever after?

Award-winning creative duo Michael Gow and Robert Kemp have created this brand new production, featuring stunning period costumes and a clever set. A talented chamber orchestra and chorus of Cairns children will accompany some of Opera Australia's finest singers performing Mozart’s beautiful music.

Sung in English, performed with chamber orchestra.

Please note:

  • BYO blankets or chairs
  • BYO food / picnics and soft drinks only
  • Strictly no BYO alcohol, a licensed bar is available
  • Food available for purchase

This is a ticketed event. Tickets can be bought through ticketLiNK by phone 1300 855 835 or online.

Adult $42 (16 yrs+)
Family $112.00 (2 Adults & 2 Children - Must select 4 tickets)
Babes in arms 0–3 Free
Child 4-15 yrs $36.75
Tertiary Students $36.75
Senior Card Holder $36.75
Government Concession Card Holder $36.75
Group 10+ $36.75 per ticket
Please call 1300 855 835 for Group Bookings.

More information is available at ticketLiNK


The Glenn Miller Orchestra - Dance by Twilight 75th Anniversary Tour
21 October 2017

  • 5pm gates open
  • 7pm show starts

One of the greatest big bands of the 1940’s, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, are returning to Cairns. This will be a concert spectacular with 24 musicians, singers and dancers direct from the USA on the Munro Martin Parklands stage!

The Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform all their great classic hits… Chattanooga Choo Choo, In the Mood, Tuxedo Junction, A String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade and songs from the repertoire from the Andrew Sisters.

The concert will also feature sensational dance routines by the Broadway Swing Dancers.

The unforgettable music of the 1940’s, from the Golden era of Swing.

“An evening of nostalgia… unforgettable music… an absolutely brilliant concert…” The Australian Stage.

Please note:

  • BYO blankets or chairs
  • BYO food / picnics and soft drinks only
  • Strictly no BYO alcohol, a licensed bar is available
  • Food available for purchase

This is a ticketed event. Tickets can be bought through ticketLiNK by phone 1300 855 835 or online.

Adult $57
Gov Concession $47
Senior $47
Tertiary Card $47
Youth 13-17 yrs $47
Child 0-12 Free (must be allocated a ticket)

All prices include booking fee

Please call 1300 855 835 for Group Bookings.

More information is available at ticketLiNK


More info
Contact Council's Customer Service Centre:
Phone: (07) 4044 3044
Email: council@cairns.qld.gov.au

Last updated: 13 July 2017

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+++ OPERA UNDER THE STARS +++ Follow the adventures of a household over one crazy day; Masters are lusting over their servants, servants are outwitting their masters — Figaro is the Downton Abbey of opera, but a whole lot more fun! Experience Opera Australia’s delightful comic masterpiece of Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro under the tropical night sky at the stunning Munro Martin Parklands. A talented chamber orchestra and chorus of Cairns children will accompany some of Opera Australia's finest singers performing Mozart’s beautiful music. Sung in English, performed with chamber orchestra. One show only. Opera Australia's The Marriage of Fiagro Saturday 29 July, Munro Martin Parklands Tix: http://bit.ly/2nl85zR Photos by Jeff Busby.
+++ ON SALE NOW +++ One of the greatest big bands of the 1940’s, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, are returning to Cairns. This will be a concert spectacular with 24 musicians, singers and dancers direct from the USA on the Munro Martin Parklands stage! The Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform all their great classic hits… Chattanooga Choo Choo, In the Mood, Tuxedo Junction, A String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade and songs from the repertoire from the Andrew Sisters. The concert will also feature sensational dance routines by the Broadway Swing Dancers. The unforgettable music of the 1940’s, from the Golden era of Swing. “An evening of nostalgia… unforgettable music… an absolutely brilliant concert…” The Australian Stage. One show only. Saturday 21 October 2017. Munro Martin Parklands Tix: http://bit.ly/2tRPteI
+++ THIS SATURDAY 15 JULY +++ An evening of dance and music, over 40,000 years in the making. Headlined by Indigenous dance ensemble DJUKI MALA, with performances by local dance collective Biddigal Dance and singer-songwriter Deline Briscoe, this will be an unparalleled night of storytelling and connection. * BYO blankets or low level chairs * BYO food / picnics and soft drinks only * A licensed bar is available (strictly no BYO alcohol) * Food available for purchase Djuki Mala, Biddigal Dance and Deline Briscoe Saturday 15 July 2017, Munro Martin Parklands $31.50 / $21 (conc) / 0 - 11 years of age free (ticket required) Tix: http://bit.ly/2nI1tvv Deline Briscoe Music
FINAL CHANCE to get your tickets for tonight's performance of The Royal Ballet right here in Cairns. There are 22 allocated fixed seats available and just over 100 general admission remaining (for you to bring your own chair or rug). Get your ticket emailed to your phone right now, contact Ticketlink ph 1300 855 835 or online www.cairns.qld.gov.au/ticketlink/whats-on/dance/the-royal-ballet-cairns-gala-performance And yes, it's true, you can stay and enjoy the State of Origin on the Parklands screens after the Gala Performance (ticket holders only).
Due to The Royal Ballet Cairns Gala Performance on Wednesday 12 July and the Djuki Mala, Biddigal Dance and Deline Briscoe event on Saturday 15 July, Munro Martin Parklands will be closed to the public from 6am on Saturday 8 July. The Parklands will reopen at 6am on Monday 17 July. It's not too late to secure tickets for these fantastic shows! The Royal Ballet Cairns Gala Performance, Wed 12 July. Tix: http://bit.ly/2rgWYwk DJUKI MALA, Biddigal Dance and Deline Briscoe Music, Sat 15 July. Tix: http://bit.ly/2nI1tvv
Due to The Royal Ballet Cairns Gala Performance on Wednesday 12 July and the Djuki Mala, Biddigal Dance and Deline Briscoe event on Saturday 15 July, Munro Martin Parklands will be closed to the public from 6am on Saturday 8 July. The Parklands will reopen at 6am on Monday 17 July. It's not too late to secure tickets for these fantastic shows! The Royal Ballet Cairns Gala Performance, Wed 12 July. Tix: http://bit.ly/2rgWYwk DJUKI MALA, Biddigal Dance and Deline Briscoe Music, Sat 15 July. Tix: http://bit.ly/2nI1tvv
Dancing with the Royal Ballet: bringing world-class dance to marginalised Australia - the guardian.
CAIRNS - Not only is London's Royal Ballet performing under the stars on Wednesday 12 July, the organisers of this event have also extended the opening hours of the Parklands to broadcast the State of Origin on the stage screens. All ticket holders are welcome to stay on after the Royal Ballet performance to enjoy the Parkland's facilities. Gates open: 4pm NAISDA Dance College: 5pm We All Dance: 5.35pm The Royal Ballet: 6.30pm Following these performances, Game III of the State of Origin series will be broadcast live on the park screens from 8pm. Come and make a night of it with your family as the best of dance and the Origin decider come together under the tropical night sky! Tickets selling fast, get yours now http://bit.ly/2rgWYwk Please note: BYO blankets or chairs BYO food / picnics and soft drinks only Strictly no BYO alcohol, a licensed bar is available Food available for purchase Presented by Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Cairns Regional Council
+++ ATTENTION DANCERS +++ Next month QPAC and Cairns Regional Council proudly present The Royal Ballet Cairns Gala Performance, for one show only on Wednesday 12 July at Munro Martin Parklands. Tickets for this once in a lifetime production are selling fast. Secure your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2rgWYwk In addition to this extraordinary event, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Cairns Regional Council in association with FNQ Dance Academy are presenting The Royal Ballet Masterclasses, consisting of a Creative Ballet Workshop and an Advanced Ballet Masterclass. Join former soloist and dance teacher from London’s The Royal Ballet – David Pickering, and dance practitioner and choreographer Elizabeth Foster, for a unique opportunity to explore and develop your ballet potential. Places in these classes are strictly limited. DATE: Thursday 22nd June 2017 VENUE: FNQ Dance Academy, 168 Draper St, Cairns MORE INFO & BOOKINGS: http://bit.ly/2rZCeJD
+++ OPERA UNDER THE STARS +++ Experience Opera Australia’s delightful comic masterpiece of Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro under the tropical night sky at the stunning Munro Martin Parklands this July. Follow the adventures of a household over one crazy day; Masters are lusting over their servants, servants are outwitting their masters — Figaro is the Downton Abbey of opera, but a whole lot more fun! In a wealthy household in Seville, Figaro is marrying Susanna, but the Count wants to seduce her first. Marcellina wants Figaro and the Countess just wants her husband back. But Susanna is smarter than all of them. After a crazy day of disguise and duplicity, will she get her happily ever after? Award-winning creative duo Michael Gow and Robert Kemp have created this brand new production, featuring stunning period costumes and a clever set. A talented chamber orchestra and chorus of Cairns children will accompany some of Opera Australia's finest singers performing Mozart’s beautiful music. Sung in English, performed with chamber orchestra. The Marriage of Figaro Saturday 29 July, Munro Martin Parklands Gates open 5pm Tix: http://bit.ly/2nl85zR
+++ WIN 4 TICKETS TO SEE DJUKI MALA +++ Thrilling crowds with a show that is a marvel of comic timing with a hefty dose of heart and soul, DJUKI MALA, direct from North-East Arnhem Land, fuse traditional Yolngu, contemporary pop culture dance and storytelling. Always exuberant, their appearances have delighted audiences at major festivals and events in China, Canada and Europe and offer a rare and insightful view into Indigenous Australia. To be in the running to WIN a 4 tickets to see Djuki Mala perform with accompany performances by local dance ensemble Biddigal Dance and singer/songwriter Deline Briscoe Music, on Saturday 15 July at Munro Martin Parklands, simply tag 3 friends who you would like to take to the show with you. It's that easy. t&c's: The competition (Promotional Period) starts on Monday 12 June 2017 at 3pm and ends on Monday 19 June 2017 at 9am AEST. To enter, you must do the following during the Promotion Period: Tag three (3) friends in the comments section of this post to be in the running to WIN. Incomplete, indecipherable, or illegible entries will be deemed invalid, as will entries containing expletives. The winner will be selected at random and this decision will be final. The winner will be announced on Monday 19 June 2017. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.
+++ DJUKI MALA +++ “They had a tale to tell about a journey that began way back before time. The story of when their culture, which more recently has seen the edges of extinction, existed whole and unharmed. In bare feet, loin cloth and ceremonial white paint, their language is movement…” – AussieTheatre.com Direct from Elcho Island in North East Arnhem Land, indigenous dance troupe, the infectious DJUKI MALA (Djuki meaning ‘Chooky’ with a Yolngu accent and Mala meaning ‘mob’), fuse traditional Yolngu and contemporary pop culture, thrilling crowds with a show that is a marvel of both comic timing and a hefty dose of heart and soul. The then-called ‘Chooky Dancers’ achieved overnight success when a video clip of the group dancing to “Zorba the Greek” was uploaded to YouTube in October 2007. Within twelve weeks the video peaked at over 500,000 hits worldwide and, to-date, it stands at over 2.7 million views. Always exuberant, their appearances at major festivals and events in China, Canada and Europe, offer a rare and insightful view into Indigenous Australia. With accompany performances by local ensemble Biddigal Dance and singer songwriter Deline Briscoe Music, this is an event not to be missed. Djuki Mala, Biddigal Dance and Deline Briscoe Saturday 15 July 2017 Munro Martin Parklands Tix: http://bit.ly/2nI1tvv
The Royal Ballet Cairns Gala Performance | Wednesday 12 July. On sale now. Call Ticketlink on 1300 855 835 or book online: http://bit.ly/2rhSCoy
Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Cairns Regional Council are proud to announce, for the first time performing in Cairns, The Royal Ballet staging a very special gala performance at Munro Martin Parklands on Wednesday 12 July. With an illustrious heritage built on the innovation and extraordinary creativity of dance royalty Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan, The Royal Ballet is truly one of the world’s great ballet companies. Featuring an ensemble of dancers from the company, the Gala Performance will feature beautiful solos and duos from the company’s broad repertoire including Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote and Romeo and Juliet This performance follows The Royal Ballet’s International Series season at the QPAC in Brisbane from 29 June until 9 July. Tickets on sale now at Ticketlink: http://bit.ly/2rgWYwk
+++ Join us for an unparalleled night of storytelling and connection +++ An evening of dance and music, over 40,000 years in the making. Headlined by YouTube sensations DJUKI MALA, with performances by local dance collective Biddigal Performing Arts and singer-songwriter Deline Briscoe Music, this will be an unparalleled night of storytelling and connection. One show only. Saturday 15 July. Munro Martin Parklands Tix: http://bit.ly/2nI1tvv
8 months ago, Munro Martin Parklands welcomed one of the world's greatest vocal ensembles, the four time Grammy Award winning, Soweto Gospel Choir, as part of the 2016 Cairns Festival. Their soaring harmonies proved a truly moving and unforgettable experience and all who witnessed the performance would agree it was a soul-lifting explosion of musical passion. This clip of their rendition of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' was recorded on that extraordinary night and uploaded online to share with the world, and has now reached over half a million views. What a beautiful keepsake of a spectacular evening. Enjoy <3