Spectacular lights kick off Cairns Festival

A laser and light projection show inspired by the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef will bring Cairns Festival to life on Friday night.

The Cairns Festival continues in spectacular style this weekend with fireworks, dozens of traveling performers, free concerts and the ever-popular Grand Parade along the Esplanade on Saturday.

Cairns Mayor Bob Manning said it was only fitting that the 60e installment of the festival was shaping up to be the largest in its history.

“The Cairns Festival had its humble beginnings in 1962, culminating in the inauguration of a new pier on Green Island,” said Cr Manning.

“It should also be noted that the Ellis Beach Surf Life Saving Club was instrumental in its creation.

“Since then the festival has undergone a number of name changes including Fun in the Sun, the Reef Festival and Festival Cairns, but what has remained unwavering is the community support for this event.”

Councilor Kristy Vallely said the 10-day program featured a varied and exciting range of events.

“We have a program of 78 events, many of which are free, featuring some 1,200 artists, technicians and performers for our Diamond Jubilee program,” said Cr Vallely.

“Magnificent light shows, giant hot air balloon sculptures, modern dance and exceptional musical performances, the festival will feature local, national theatre, art, music, circus cabaret films and comedy and world-class internationals.

“The Cairns Festival is the perfect time to come together to enjoy and celebrate the creativity of our community and the rich cultural identity of our vibrant city in tropical North Queensland.”

Kicking off the program will be the breathtaking Reef Light: Illuminate the Tropics light and laser show from 6:30 p.m. on Friday August 26, which will illuminate venues along the Esplanade and the popular lagoon during the 10 days of the festival.

The facility was designed to bring the Great Barrier Reef to life through a virtual underwater experience, which will see sharks and turtles swim through the skies and lasers light up the land.

Complementing Reef Light is festival favourite, City Lights, which illuminates the facade of the Cairns City Library building on Abbott St with projected artwork by Françoise Lane.

Another spectacular new addition to this year’s Cairns Festival program will be Patricia Piccinini’s hot air balloon artwork, Skywhales: Every Heart Sings.

This free, paid event will be held at the Cairns Showgrounds on September 3.

Several suburban satellite events are also scheduled throughout the festival, including Light Moves at Lake Placid on Wednesday, August 31 – a cycle of projection, dance and live music performances that share motifs from the history and creation of the place. of Djabugay history by the artist Bernard Singleton Junior.

This year’s Cairns Festival program includes popular events such as the Grand Parade and fireworks display on August 27; free concerts every night at the festival headquarters (on the courthouse lawn) or on the main stage in the Cairns Esplanade, Carnival on Collins on September 4th and plenty of live entertainment including Amy Shark (sold out ), Alex the Astronaut and the Australian Dance Collective.

Festival road closures

Council advises of the following road closures associated with the Cairns Festival Grand Parade on Saturday 27th August and the Collins Carnival on Sunday 4th September.

Grand Parade (City of Cairns) – Saturday 27 August

  • Lake St, Minnie St to Florence St, 4-10 p.m. No parking from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Minnie St, Lake St to Esplanade, 2-10 p.m.
  • The Esplanade, Minnie St to Spence St, 5am-10pm
  • Pier Point Rd (half road closure), no access to bus stops, 5am-10pm
  • South Esplanade Parking Lot (Lagoon Carpark), West Section Only, 5am-10pm

Carnival on Collins (Edge Hill) – Sunday, September 4

  • Collins Ave, McLean St. to Mayers St., 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • McCormack St from Collins Ave to Walsh St, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Goodwin St from McCormack St and Macdonnell St, 5am-6pm
  • Walsh Street, McCormack Street to Macdonnell Street, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friend St. from Collins Ave to Walsh St 5am-6pm

Residents and merchants are asked to observe and obey traffic controllers and signs indicating changes to normal traffic conditions, and to follow indicated detours.

The council appreciates the cooperation of road users and apologizes for any inconvenience caused.

Elna M. Lemons