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13 August, 2021

Community Connect: Tropical Art Deco Festival is back in full swing this year

THE Tropical Art Deco Festival is back this year with sophisticated jazz tunes, alluring fashion, fascinating Art Deco tours, vintage cars displays and an array of soirees for the community and visitors to attend.

The boutique festival showcases Australia’s most concentrated area of Art Deco buildings in a region rich in tropical natural assets.

The Innisfail and District Historical Society is presenting the jam-packed festival with five days of entertainment beginning on Wednesday 15 September and wrapping up on Sunday 19 September.

Councillor Trudy Tschui who holds the portfolio for Community and Culture said there is so much to discover in and around the region and the festival presents a perfect sample of what we offer in the Art Deco and historical preservation space.

 “For the 2021 Art Deco Festival the organisation was undertaken by Innisfail and District Historical Society which aligns perfectly with their goal of developing and maintaining interest in the town’s history and local heritage.

“It encapsulates the region’s history and brings it to the community on a silver platter.

Trish Ernst, President of the Innisfail and District Historical Society agreed by adding the goal of their work is to continue ‘preserving the past for the future’.

“Our goal as an organisation is the heart of Art Deco Festival and why it aligns so perfectly to fall under our organisation,” Ms Ernst said.

The festival kicks off on 15 September with main events including a Moonlight Ghost Tour in the Innisfail Cemetery. A night of dancing tunes on the Jazz Music Cruise or Art Deco Trivia at the Innisfail RSL.

Pet lovers are encouraged to dress their pooch up at the Doggie Deco Brunch or invite your friends to a day out at the Art Deco High Tea.

Council has organised a ‘Movie Under the Stars’ which will present The Great Gatsby movie at Warrina Lakes. This theme will continue on the Sunday at Jack Fossey Park with a Great Gatsby themed picnic. Patrons can enjoy their BYO picnic, refreshments, music and dance entertainment.

“Council maintains a high priority for preserving the historical and culturally driven style of our region and the Art Deco Festival is one which Council proudly supports.

“Both the community and the tourists who attend will be amazed by the sophistication and fascination which Art Deco delivers and I urge the community where bookings are required to book now for their favourite event as they will fill fast.” said Councillor Tschui. 

To see the full five day schedule of events between Wednesday 15 September - Sunday 19 September and contacts for bookings, please visit

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