3 April, 2024

Symphony under stars

QUEENSLAND Symphony Orchestra (QSO) is set to captivate audiences under the starlit skies in one of tropical north Queensland’s most iconic locations to celebrate  Port Douglas Carnivale’s 30th anniversary.

By Nick Dalton

Queensland Symphony Orchestra members Nicholas Tomkin (left), Natalie Low, Matthew Kinmont, and Mia Stanton. Picture: Supplied
Queensland Symphony Orchestra members Nicholas Tomkin (left), Natalie Low, Matthew Kinmont, and Mia Stanton. Picture: Supplied

Joining the symphony in this historic performance at Rex Smeal Park on Saturday, May 25, is an electrifying lineup of entertainment at the Wonderland Spiegeltent.

This includes the Absolutely 80s – Smash Hits Show, paying tribute to the iconic tunes of the 80s with a stellar cast of Australia’s favourite pop icons, featuring Uncanny X, Men’s Brian Mannix, Kids in the Kitchen’s Scott Carne, Boom Crash Opera’s Dale Ryder and the Absolutely 80s Band, promising a journey through the greatest hits of the era.

Adding to the carnival atmosphere is the world-class cabaret and circus extravaganza Popcorn Underground, offering a riotous variety show filled with humour, glamour and jaw-dropping acts.

The Greatest Magic Show returns with more whimsical wonders than ever before, promising a spellbinding experience for audiences of all ages.

The annual street parade will be a highlight of the festivities, showcasing the region’s vibrant spirit with this year’s theme ‘Carnivale Classics: Celebrating 30 Years of Port Douglas Carnivale’ inviting participants to relive their favourite memories from events of years past.

Other favourites will also return, including family beach day and the longest lunch along with new events to the program.

The vibrant mix of food, fun and festival kicks off on Friday, May 16 leading into the main Carnivale weekend on May 24-26.

Outgoing Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said the town was ready to welcome both new and returning visitors to the much-loved event.

“For three decades this event has continued to bring our community together in a celebration of culture, creativity and camaraderie,” he said.

“As we mark this significant anniversary, we reflect on the memories and the exciting moments that have defined Carnivale over the years, while looking forward to creating new ones.” 

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