Garden festival lines up local talent
THE grass is looking greener on the other side of Mowbray St in anticipation of the inaugural Port Douglas Community Garden Festival.
The line-up of talented musicians and bands has been confirmed with organisers of the free community event working hard to ensure a fun music-filled day for the family.
Community garden project manager and festival coordinator Kevin “K-star” Eldridge is excited to present talented bands Hillbilly Goats, Walker Brothers and the Cold Water band as headliners.
“The Cold Water Band is brilliant, they’re from Wujal Wujal and have played at the Wallaby Creek Festival but have never played in Port Douglas,” he said.
The festival day will kick-off at 9am until noon with the Origin Espresso Youth singer/songwriter competition showcasing the talent of the region’s finest rising stars.
Then at noon the Mossman State High School Jazz Band will get the crowds swinging with some smooth tunes.
Local musicians who donated their time to lay down tracks on the Port Douglas community garden CD will be playing a combination of their own music and songs off the album before handing over the stage to the headline acts.
The day will also have indigenous cultural displays with a Kuku Yalanji “Welcome to Country” ceremonies and dance.
There will be art on display and various short films and documentaries by local producers aired at the Clink Theatre, which will also host several drama productions throughout the day.
And if that was not enough, there will be sporting displays, jumping castles and waterslides, dance and fitness displays, stalls, food and drink and an open air jam stage for all local musicians.
Eldridge said it was thanks to all of the volunteering and support that such an action-packed program could be put on for the community.
“I can’t get over it, especially at this time of year when things are a bit tough, the overwhelming generosity of the community, from as far away as Cape Tribulation and Julatten,” he said.
“We’re very excited with how many people are involved and the level of excitement, from the Port Douglas gardeners to people putting up hands left right and centre, wanting to get on board.”
“Any community groups, sporting groups, musicians, artists, store holders and not-for-profit groups are more than welcome to get in contact to support the festival.”
The festival is on state election day - Saturday, March 24 - at the Port Douglas community garden on Mowbray St.
If you are interested in getting involved get in touch with Eldridge via email communitygarden@ pdnc.org.au.