Carnival on Collins finale to Cairns Festival

Carnival on Collins finale to Cairns Festival


Sunday’s Carnival on Collins will be the signature event of the spectacular two-week celebration of far northern culture, the Cairns Festival.

Cairns Regional Council will have a strong presence at the traditional Father’s Day event, a bonanza of activities and entertainment with 200 stalls, including plant sales, lifestyle products, arts and crafts, food and refreshments.

There will be live entertainment and a free children’s wonderland, amusement rides, roving entertainers and a coffee retreat for the adults.

Mayor Val Schier said the Cairns Festival events had high ticket sales, demonstrating that the region’s residents enjoyed being involved with local festivities.

“The Cairns community loves to celebrate local culture and art and this year’s composite of activities is an expression of just how much talent there is locally,” Cr Schier said.

“Certainly the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) was a huge success for the second time this year. Coverage of the event has brought national and international attention to the amazing breadth and quality of local indigenous art.”

Three thousand art lovers visited CIAF over the weekend of August 19-21.

Huge crowds turned out to cheer on the opening parade that wound its way down the Cairns Esplanade Saturday 21 August.

The delightful and explosive colour of spectacular fireworks ended the night for the estimated 20,000 attendees.

“Music on the Cairns Esplanade is such an enormous part of the local culture and most of the concerts played to packed crowds. More than 2,000 turning out to see local band Zennith.”