GENEROUS support by building owners the Speakman family, in association with Raine and Horne’s David Cotton, has enabled the organisers of this year’s Carnivale to have the use of the former Coco’s restaurant building as headquarters.
Carnivale general manager Roy Weavers is delighted with the opportunity and says the new office should be set up by Monday at the latest.
Helping him is Sylvia Healy, who has taken on an administrative role with the Carnivale organisation. ‘‘It will be great if we can have the use of the building through the Carnivale period,’’ Mr Weavers said.
He said the HQ will be valuable also as a VIP lounge, a meeting place, a broadcast site and so on. He will seek to erect signage soon to take advantage of the site’s prime Macrossan St location.
Planning is moving ahead for one this year’s most novel Carnivale attractions – the debut of one of a prestigious Japanese Yabusame tournament.
This is the first time an accredited traditional Japanese horseback archery event has ever been scheduled outside of Japan.
Yabusame is a display of skill and showmanship that has not been seen in Australia before and this year 16 entrants from across Asia including Japan and Malaysia will compete at Carnivale’s Yabusame tournament during the Family Beach Day at Four Mile Beach on Saturday, May 17.
The Yabusame tournament is expected to be one of the highlights of the day, followed by the Medieval Jousting Competition featuring the Knights of Camelot who will ride in full armour and thrill spectators with a display from medieval days.
‘‘This is the first time a Yabusame event has been seen in Australia and we are looking forward to introducing it at Carnivale,’’ Mr Weavers said.