Big day looms at Kar­nak

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE renowned Kar­nak Play­house takes an­other step this month on its road of re-awak­en­ing, with an open day.

The com­mu­nity is in­vited to a fun day at the Play­house in Whyan­beel on Satur­day, Au­gust 26, from 10am to 4pm.

Live mu­sic, the­atre, work­shops and circus per­for­mances will take place un­der the trees at this won­der­ful the­atre in the rain­for­est, 20 minutes north of Port Dou­glas.

Af­ter years of dis­use, the Kar­nak Play­house is be­ing ren­o­vated un­der a plan to make it a vi­brant per­form­ing arts venue.

Gio­vanna Volpe, daugh­ter of founder Diane Ci­lento, will be giv­ing talks about the his­tory of the Play­house and there will be a spe­cial cameo per­for­mance by world-renowned flautist Jane Rut­ter, Che­va­lier des Arts et Let­tres (French Knight).

Per­form­ers are fly­ing in from around Aus­tralia to per­form and teach work­shops and there is a pro­gram of rov­ing artists and pop-up per­for­mances for all ages.

There are lots of work­shops to par­tic­i­pate in – chil­dren can dec­o­rate their own Kar­nak but­ter­fly to dance on your fin­ger­tips, or make a bub­ble wand, jug­gling balls, ‘poi’ or a hula hoop to keep for free.

Kar­nak in­vites all lo­cal artists to present up to 15 minutes of the­atre, poetry, vaude­ville, dance, circus or song.

Bring a pic­nic rug and a packed lunch, or pur­chase a treat from the food stalls. Fam­i­lies and chil­dren are very wel­come, the or­gan­is­ers say.

En­try is by do­na­tion, with all funds go­ing towards the ren­o­va­tions of the site.

If you can­not af­ford to donate please come and en­joy re­gard­less.


Ali­son Wilde and Nick Ci­lento take time out amid ren­o­va­tions at Kar­nak

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