24 Jul 2018

FROM the colour and excitement of the Grand Parade to the Superhero sounds of Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the 2018 Cairns Festival features a blockbuster line-up to suit every taste.

Cr Linda Cooper, who today launched the 2018 Cairns Festival Program at Munro Martin Parklands, said residents and visitors were in for a colourful display of art and culture when Cairns Regional Council presents the festival on 24 August to 2 September.

“This year, the theme of the Grand Parade is Kaleidoscope, celebrating our ever-changing and evolving city and community,” she said.

“This colourful event will set the tone for 10 days of entertainment and activities for everyone to enjoy.

“In particular, the expansion of the popular City Lights program will bring plenty of interest as it – quite literally – lights up the night.”

The projection-based artwork has become one of the most-loved features of Cairns Festival. The Heritage-listed Cairns City Library will be bathed in colour as Mix Tape comes to life every evening after dark.

In a new twist, two new locations will be added to the City Lights program. Spectrum will be a pop-up dance party in the heart of Cairns, featuring lasers and projection.

Outside the Lines is a live drawing event, where animations and doodles will be projected onto the Fig Tree outside the Tanks Arts Centre.

Both events are interactive, with everyone invited to join in the creative effort.

In another 2018 program highlight, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra will fill Munro Martin Parklands with the sounds of cinema, presenting Superheroes. A full 60-piece orchestra will perform famous musical scores from such films as Superman, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean.

“The Queensland Symphony Orchestra has not performed in Cairns since 2015 and this will be their first time at the spectacular Munro Martin Parklands,” Cr Cooper said. “This really is an event not to be missed.”

Tickets for the performance are available via Ticketlink from today. Visit www.ticketlink.com.au for more information and to book.

Mayor Bob Manning said Cairns Festival was a special time for the region.

“This is a festival that is for and by the people of Cairns,” he said. “It’s a celebration of who we are, where we live and everything that makes our region unique.

“The depth of our artistic community is on display with this diverse program, which really does offer something for everyone.

“While there are a few ticketed events, the vast majority are free to attend, so there is no reason not to be part of this great festival.”

Grand Parade float entries have been extended until 29 July, so there is still time to become involved in Cairns Festival’s largest annual event.

Among the highlights of the 2018 program are:

Festival Friday – Featuring live local music on the Cairns Esplanade from 6pm and extending into Elixir Bar on Abbot St for an adults-only comedy night.

City Lights – Having established itself as a festival favourite, City Lights has expanded this year to include two new interactive events – Spectrum and Outside the Lines.

Grand Parade & Fireworks – Head to the Esplanade for one of the biggest community events on the Cairns calendar. This year’s them is Kaleidoscope, celebrating our ever-changing and evolving city and community. Live music from 1pm, parade starts at 5.00pm, fireworks at 7.30pm.

Sunday Funday – Loads of kids’ activities and a family concert on the picturesque Cairns Esplanade.

The Magic Garden – A fun, interactive journey of exploration and creativity at Muddy’s Playground and Tanks Arts Centre. Meet mythical Australian creatures and observe them in their habitat in this creative theatre show.

Humans by Circa – Circa  takes an acrobatic look at what it means to be human when they bring their latest offering to Tanks Arts Centre. Tickets on sale through Ticketlink.

Superheroes – The Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents a program of musical scores from movies such as Superman, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean. Tickets on sale through Ticketlink.

Carnival on Collins – The traditional Father’s Day finale to Cairns Festival attracts up to 25,000 people to the Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct. Featuring loads of free entertainment for people of all ages and 200-plus market stalls offering local art and craft, produce, plants, food and refreshments.

View the full program online at www.cairns.qld.gov.au/festival/news-events/events