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Douglas Shire Council is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Port Douglas Carnivale with a history-making performance by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO).

The QSO’s Symphony Under the Stars concert will be held at Rex Smeal Park on May 25.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said he was thrilled the iconic event will be partnering with the QSO for the first time.

“The Queensland Symphony Orchestra is one of the finest orchestras in the country and we are honoured to have them perform at Carnivale for the event’s 30th anniversary,” Mayor Kerr said.

“They will bring a new dimension to the anniversary program and will create a memorable night for families and people of all ages, with entertainment that crosses generations.

“I encourage everyone to experience classical music live and presented in one of the most beautiful settings in the world, for the upcoming Carnivale.”

The Symphony Under the Stars concert on May 25 will feature the world premiere of Symphony No.3, Great Barrier Reef (2024) by Queensland’s acclaimed composer Paul Dean, dedicated to the Great Barrier Reef.

QSO Chief Executive Yarmila Alfonzetti said the performance is part of QSO’s ambitious five-year Regional Touring Strategy which will see the orchestra travel some 13,445 kilometres in 2024 alone.

“Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) was already the most travelled Orchestra in the country, constantly fulfilling its commitment to share orchestral music with all Queenslanders,” Ms Alfonzetti said.

“We are thrilled to be performing this world premiere in Port Douglas, the perfect location as the neighbour to the reef.”

Next year’s 30th Carnivale runs from May 24-26 and will celebrate the diverse and vibrant culture of Tropical North Queensland, showcasing the best of its food, natural beauty, art, community and entertainment.

Mayor Kerr said the Spiegeltent would again prove a highlight.

“The Spiegeltent is a magical venue that transports you to another world where anything is possible,” he said.

“It’s a much-loved part of the Carnivale, which aims to surprise and entice our visitors with a variety of experiences.”

Expressions of interest are now open for Carnivale sponsors, partners and event organisers to be involved with the 30th Anniversary event.

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