Quest to find face, song for fes­ti­val launch

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

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.

Photo by GREG MCLEAN

Get­ting into the spirit: Car­ni­vale am­bas­sadors Bon­nie Hart and Mon­ica Reid with lo­cal song­writer Kim Hur­ley

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