The spectacular Spiegeltent is returning for Port Douglas Carnivale 2017 with another tantalising Circus cabaret, more sidesplitting stand-up comedy and a sizzling late night burlesque show performing under the big top.
For the first time ever, organisers are also bringing a giant ferris wheel overlooking Dickson’s Inlet for Carnivale 2017, to be held from 26-28 May.
In more great news for the Douglas Shire’s signature cultural festival, multiple ARIA award-winning musician Ben Lee will return home to Australia to perform exclusively at the Fisherman’s Village Music Festival and the Port on a Fork food, wine and music extravaganza in Rex Smeal Park.
In a major coup for local musicians, Lee will also be holding a songwriting workshop to help them refine their craft during Carnivale.
Other confirmed acts for Carnivale 2017 include ABC TV’s hugely popular Lah Lah Band and the world-renowned Kids Are Stink circus show starring a family-friendly Wonderland Little Big Top.
Carnivale organiser Melissa Head said there would be more exciting announcements in the coming weeks as additional headline acts are confirmed.
“We’re absolutely delighted with how Carnivale audiences embraced the Spiegeltent last year and we’re really excited about the shows we have lined up for 2017,” Ms Head said.
“The Circus cabaret was like nothing audiences have ever experienced before in Far North Queensland, everyone loved it and the new show promises to be even more breathtaking under the big top.
“Securing a major internationally-renowned musician like Ben Lee to not only perform but host a workshop for local musicians is an indication of how Carnivale is evolving into a major national cultural event.
“Carnivale 2017 will also feature the Paradise on a Plate luncheon in Rex Smeal Park and the Tropical Destinations Photo Exhibition as well as the hugely popular Street Parade and Beach Day which locals and visitors love to celebrate.
“To make sure you don’t miss out on the details of any of these events plus more major announcements in the coming weeks, keep an eye on the Port Douglas Carnivale Facebook page.
“We’re also keen to hear from any local musicians interested in participating in the workshop with Ben Lee, so if this sounds like you email Melissa@knockoutevents.com.au.”
Mayor Julia Leu commended the efforts of organisers to secure such a fantastic line-up of events.
“Melissa and her team at Knockout Events are really taking Carnivale to the next level and the calibre of shows we’re going to be treated to is equal to anything you will find in a major capital city,” Mayor Leu said.
“I’d like to thank the Queensland Government for their support through Tourism and Events Queensland’s Destination Events Program.
“I’m also very grateful to the huge amount of work done by Council staff behind the scenes to ensure we can all participate in and enjoy these world-class events in addition to our major sponsorship of Carnivale.”
The Queensland Government is proud to support Carnivale 2017 through Tourism and Events Queensland’s It’s Live! In Queensland events calendar.