Carnivale’s 25th anniversary to be celebrated in style
PLANS for Douglas’ milestone Carnivale are in motion.
Douglas Council has locked in the fan favourite, the Wonderland Spiegeltent, until 2021.
The salacious cabaret and breathtaking circus show, which attracted more than 4000 people this year, injects about $800,000 annually into the local economy.
Carnivale will turn 25 next year and council plans to highlight its true essence
“Carnivale 2019 will be a dynamic and attractive festival designed to appeal to the regional FNQ market through a fantastic mix of free and ticketed events,” Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said.
“Council expects businesses and community groups to get involved in this momentous occasion to further beef-up the program and cement it as an irresistible drawcard for locals and visitors. Next year’s event will be a fantastic cause for celebration and also a timely catalyst to refresh the event moving forward.”
“Silver and Sunshine” is the proposed festival theme for next year to celebrate the event’s 25-year milestone.
Council endorsed a draft program for Carnivale 2019 that will focus on the core foundation events – the street parade, family beach day and Tropic Rock concert – in a bid to celebrate the essence of Port Douglas.
Some proposed fresh events include a Jazz & Shiraz Twilight Cruise, Sunday kids concert, Latin pool party and Saturday surfside session.
Council’s move to lock in the Wonderland Spiegeltent until at least 2021 is also a huge boost for the event’s future.
Cr Leu said the high quality attraction had become synonymous with Carnivale.
“The hilarious show adds another dimension to the festivities and encourages visitors to spend more time in Douglas Shire,” she said.
“This is a welcome boost for our overnight accommodation and small businesses who are often looking to kickstart an influx of tourists.
“The Spiegeltent adds value to the Carnivale activities by including a float in the street parade, entertainment for the Longest Lunch and makes their facility available for community use.”
The Wonderland Spiegeltent has been an annual fixture at Carnivale since 2016. Organisers will be encouraged to promote community workshops with local performing arts and gymnastics groups.
Mason West and Caz Walsh at the iconic Wonderland Spiegeltent.