Quest to find face, song for festival launch
THE countdown is on to find the face as well as a song to celebrate the launch of Carnivale 2011 next month.
More than a dozen songwriters have already entered the Song of Carnivale competition, with the winner announced and the top three songs performed live during the launch, to be held at the Sugar Wharf on April 2.
Budding performers still have until the end of March to get their entries in, with Douglas Songwriters Challenge organiser Drew Weyand giving a few tips about what judges were looking for.
“The successful song should use the word Wonderland, be positive, include references to the Douglas region and Carnivale, have strong lyrics, structure and originality and appeal to all ages,” he said.
Local performer and radio identity Kim Hurley describes her Song of Carnivale entry as a “cheeky pop song”.
“The concept of Wonderland was the stimulus for my lyrics, which I wrote quite quickly after I’d decided to enter the competition,” she said.
“The lyrics are reflective of our gorgeous ’backyard’ here, and acknowledge that things haven’t been as great as they could have over the last year but also that they’re coming good now - it’s a positive song.”
The Song of Carnivale will get widespread exposure in the leadup to and during Carnivale as the theme song for festivities.
The Face of Carnivale will also be announced as the launch, with seven ambassadors vying for the accolade.
Bonnie Hart is only 19 but she is a seasoned fundraiser who jumped at the chance to promote Carnivale as an ambassador.
“It’s a fantastic experience and a great opportunity to get involved in the community and give back to the beautiful Port Douglas/ Mossman region,” she said.
“I hope it teaches me even more about the culture and the people of this magnificent area - I just want to do the most I can for the community I love.”
Fellow Face of Carnivale entrant Monica Reid is equally excited to be an ambassador.
“I love the festivity of Carnivale,” she said.
“Port Douglas and Mossman to me means friendship and the sharing of adventures in a welcome, family-like community.”
Bonnie is hosting a monster raffle at the Court House Hotel on March 20 from 6.30pm. Tickets for the Carnivale launch cost $40 and are available at www. carnivale.com.au.
Getting into the spirit: Carnivale ambassadors Bonnie Hart and Monica Reid with local songwriter Kim Hurley