Gar­den fes­ti­val lines up lo­cal tal­ent

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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.

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