Bill shapes up for Carnivale
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.”
The Carnivale preview for journalists at Karnak recently.