The Kuranda Billabong hosts Rock This Country Blue festival next Saturday (October 15). Patrons can relax on a custom-built timber deck, looking out over the water, surrounded by wildlife that calls The Billabong (below) home, including turtles, kangaroos, eels and more. The festival features a great cross-section of artists from Rock, Country and Blues genres. Free camping is available. There is no alcohol permitted at this event. Visit rockthiscountryblue.com Shay Rampal is an emerging interdisciplinary artist based in Cairns. The World Heritage area in which she lives influences Rampal’s installation and photographs. Her works are created using seasonal detritus and debris to create ephemeral, visual, and aural works. Avifauna explores the temporary and cyclic environment of the tropics. During the monsoon season in Far North Queensland avian life is at its peak, with the building of nests, finding of mates and more. The Strip Show examines the influence of comic strips on the work of Australian artists Stephen Bird, Sharon Goodwin, Chayni Henry, Shin Koyama, Jonathan McBurnie, Brian Robinson (work pictured, right) and Charles Street. The accessibility and mass consumption of comic strips ensures an ongoing interplay of mythology within contemporary culture. These artists utilise the subversive nature of the comic medium to unveil universal truths of humanity where tragedy, humour, violence and erotica comfortably sit alongside each other. The ‘dangerous’ imagery that results, transforms the lineage of comics’ sequential storytelling into re-imagined cultural archetypes.