Carnivale set to raise a few cheeky smiles
PORT Douglas Carnivale coordinators are stepping up a gear for this year’s event, booking world famous comedian Jimeoin and promising more top acts to come.
An original 1930s Belgium Spiegeltent also is being flown in from Melbourne to act as the entertainment hub.
The lush tent will play host to Jimeoin, a late night adults only burlesque show called Vamps and Burns, and others soon to be announced.
“We’re bringing an entertainment element to the event and streamlining it by bringing it all together,” said event director Melissa Head.
“So you can go to the food and wine festival in Rex Smeal Park, then go to the burlesque show in Dixie Park near the Sugar Wharf, and then wander over to the container art and check that out.
“On Sunday the markets will be on so we’ll have this full waterfront activation.”
The official Carnivale pro- gram will begin with the Port On Your Fork lunch on Thursday May 19 and container art on Four Mile Esplanade.
Friday May 20 will feature a pop-up restaurant in the rainforest, as well as the annual street parade which will include fireworks, street food stalls, street entertainment, busking and a family concert.
The Beach Family Day Party on Saturday May 21 will feature sandcastle-making, beach volleyball, yoga, live mermaids, market stalls, face painting, a family carnival, art exhibition and a tropical music festival.
The Wonderland Spiegeltent will host the Carnivale gala show on the Saturday night with Carnivale 2016 to wrap up with the legendary Seafood Extravaganza and a music festival on the Sunday.
Mayor Julia Leu said the new events provided the spark the revitalised festival needed.
“The new events and activities proposed for Carnivale 2016 are a perfect match for the festival and are sure to create plenty of excitement among locals and visitors while retaining the core community elements,” Mayor Leu said.
“The various events also provide amazing opportunities for local restaurants, food stalls, musicians and performers to be involved.”
the poster by Terry Johnson.