Bill shapes up for Car­ni­vale

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - Shane Ni­chols

JOE Camil­leri and the Black Sor­rows will head the bill, sup­ported by the Hill­billy Goats, at the Port On a Fork food and mu­sic event at this year’s Car­ni­vale.

Car­ni­vale event di­rec­tor Melissa Head, of Mel­bournebased Knock­out Events, was in the Shire again last week for a spe­cial event in con­junc­tion with Tourism Port Dou­glas and Dain­tree, to fa­mil­iarise south­ern jour­nal­ists with plans for this year’s Car­ni­vale.

Ms Head also an­nounced to the re­porters that Knock­out had signed an international cir­cus spec­tac­u­lar called Limbo, which has sold out in Lon­don, Perth and Ade­laide fes­ti­vals, to ap­pear in the Spiegel­tent, which is com­ing to Port Dou­glas for the first time.

“We’re very ex­cited to bring a world class at­trac­tion o Port Dou­glas. As well we have Jimeoin, a bur­lesque show called Vamp and Burn, and Dream Boo­gie, Desert Blues Car­tel, Toni Swain and More

Ms Head out­lined the role of the Spigel­tent in the up­com­ing fes­ti­val. It will open well ahead of Car­ni­vale it­self, on May 12, and con­tinue to the end of fes­tiv­i­ties.

The unique vin­tage 1930s wood­enm mir­rored tent is a ma­jor as­set of the des­ti­na­tions and events com­pany, a Bel­gium dance hall with lush red cur­tains and gold trim, “a beau­ti­ful sexy and amaz­ing and a dance hall that Edith Piath would have sang in”, Ms Head said.

“We wanted to tour our Spiegel­tent theatre up here when we de­cided to take up the ten­der. “There’s not many in the world and we bought it from a fam­ily that had been in six gen­er­a­tions of spiegel­tents.

“Luck­ily, they come out and help us put it up and down. It goes up in three days and down in three days as well.”

Turn­ing to Port On a Fork, Ms Head said it would be a glam­orous event that you kick your heels off to dance in the moon­light.

The event is also a show­case of lo­cal pro­duce and prod­uct where you can taste all the flavours of Dou­glas and take some home if you like.

“On the Sunday there’s a seafood mu­sic fes­ti­val with the sounds of jazz and blues, free event, li­censed venues, fam­ily entertainment, mar­ket stalls.

“En­joy a bucket of prawns and the many seafood dishes at the beau­ti­ful lo­cal restau­rants or some fish n chips at a mar­ket stall

“Stages are lo­cated at the Ma­rina, a stage at the Con­tainer Art Park, a stage at the Spiegel­tent, the Rex Smeal Park and the Court­house Ho­tel – all pro­grammed, so that peo­ple can move around and ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing dif­fer­ent in each area at dif­fer­ent times of day.”

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

The Car­ni­vale pre­view for jour­nal­ists at Kar­nak re­cently.

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