Fer­ris wheel top of the list for Car­ni­vale

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE spec­tac­u­lar Spiegel­tent is re­turn­ing for Port Dou­glas Car­ni­vale 2017 with an­other tan­ta­lis­ing Cir­cus cabaret, more stand-up comedy and a siz­zling late night bur­lesque show per­form­ing un­der the big top.

For the first time ever, or­gan­is­ers are also bring­ing a gi­ant fer­ris wheel over­look­ing Dickson’s In­let for Car­ni­vale, to be held from 26-28 May 2017.

In more great news for the Dou­glas Shire’s sig­na­ture cul­tural fes­ti­val, mul­ti­ple ARIA award-win­ning mu­si­cian Ben Lee will re­turn home to Aus­tralia to per­form ex­clu­sively at the Fish­er­man’s Vil­lage Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

In a ma­jor coup for lo­cal mu­si­cians, Lee will also be hold­ing a song­writ­ing work­shop to help them re­fine their craft dur­ing Car­ni­vale.

Other con­firmed acts for Car­ni­vale 2017 in­clude a fam­about ily-friendly mu­sic event fea­tur­ing a ded­i­cated chil­dren’s stage star­ring ABC TV’s hugely pop­u­lar Lah Lah Band and the world-renowned Kids Are Stink cir­cus show.

Car­ni­vale or­gan­iser Melissa Head said there would be more ex­cit­ing an­nounce­ments in the com­ing weeks as ad­di­tional head­line acts are con­firmed.

“We’re ab­so­lutely de­lighted with how Car­ni­vale au­di­ences em­braced the Spiegel­tent last year and we’re re­ally ex­cited the shows we have lined up for 2017,” Ms Head said.

“The Cir­cus cabaret was like noth­ing au­di­ences have ever ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore in Far North Queens­land, ev­ery­one loved it and the new show prom­ises to be even more breath­tak­ing.

“Se­cur­ing a ma­jor in­ter­na­tion­ally-renowned mu­si­cian like Ben Lee to not only per­form but host a work­shop for lo­cal mu­si­cians is an in­di­ca­tion of how Car­ni­vale is evolv­ing into a ma­jor na­tional cul­tural event.

“Car­ni­vale 2017 will also fea­ture a food, wine and mu­sic event in Rex Smeal Park as well as the hugely pop­u­lar Street Pa­rade and Beach Day which lo­cals and visi­tors love to cel­e­brate.

“To make sure you don’t miss out on the de­tails of any of these events plus more ma­jor an­nounce­ments in the com­ing weeks, keep an eye on the Port Dou­glas Car­ni­vale Face­book page.

“We’re also keen to hear from any lo­cal mu­si­cians in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the work­shop with Ben Lee, so if this sounds like you email Melissa@knock­outevents.com.au.”

Mayor Ju­lia Leu com­mended the ef­forts of or­gan­is­ers to se­cure such a fan­tas­tic line-up of events.

“Melissa and her team at Knock­out Events are re­ally tak­ing Car­ni­vale to the next level and the cal­i­bre of shows we’re go­ing to be treated to is equal to any­thing you will find in a ma­jor cap­i­tal city,” Mayor Leu said.

“I’d like to thank Tourism and Events Queens­land for pro­vid­ing $40,000 through the Queens­land Des­ti­na­tion Events Pro­gram (QDEP) for Car­ni­vale 2017 in ad­di­tion to Coun­cil’s con­tri­bu­tion of $50,000 plus $15,000 in-kind.”

Pic­ture: ALI­SON GE­ORGE

A scene from in­side the pop­u­lar Spiegel­tent at last year’s Car­ni­vale

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