Festival Calendar 2015

TICKETS ON SALE AUGUST 21

Love Boat

October 1

The Love Boat
Launch Party

5.30pm to 9pm
Cairns Marina
Entry $30

Rainbow Rave

October 1

Rainbow Rave
7pm til late
Cairns Dinner Theatre
Entry $10

Glitta Supernova

October 2

Lets Get Metaphysical
8pm to 9pm
COCA
Entry $24/$29

Island Idyll

October 3

Island Idyll
8am to 6pm
Fitzroy Island
$95 (incl lunch, transfers, snorkelling)

Glitta Supernova

October 3

Lets Get Metaphysical
8pm to 9pm
COCA
Entry $24/$29

Splash!

October 4

Splash! Pool Party
2pm to 9pm
Rydges Plaza
Entry $20/$25

Splash! After Party

October 4

Splash! After Party
9pm til late
Sugar Hut
Entry $5

Beached As

October 5

Beached As Recovery Party
2pm to 7pm
Kewarra Beach
Free Entry

Starry Gaze

October 6

Starry Gaze Cinema
7pm
Cairns Botanic Gardens
Entry $10

Love Makes A Family

October 7

Love Makes A Family
3 6pm
Curlew BBQs, Cairns Esplanade
Free

Passion IV Fashion

October 9

Passion IV Fashion
5.30  7.30pm
Salt House
Free Entry

Proud Women

October 9

Proud Womens Dance
8pm til late
Kuranda
Entry $10

Rainforest Swim

October 10

Rainforest Swim
12 4pm
Crystal Cascades
Free Entry

GAZE

October 10

GAZE
10 31 October
Tanks Arts Centre
Free Entry

LUXE

October 10

LUXE Drag Show
9pm to 12am
12 Bar Blue
Entry $10

Fair Day

October 11

Fair Day
11am to 5pm
Tanks Arts Centre
Entry $5

Tropical Mardi Gras launches on Thursday 1st October with a Rainbow Rave for LGBT youth and The Love Boat Launch Party for sea faring party people. Over 18s and under can equally enjoy entertainment, great beats and fabulous company at the opening events for our inaugural Tropical Mardi Gras.

Special guest artist, international burlesque star Glitta Supernova, will perform her one woman show Lets Get Metaphysical for Tropical Mardi Gras on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd October. The adults-only sex clown cabaret will run at the Centre of Contemporary Arts, Abbott St Cairns.

The parties continue through the opening weekend with our Island Idyll, a tropical island party day, on Saturday 3rd, the Splash! Pool Party and After Party on Sunday 4th, and the Beached As Recovery Party on Monday 5th October.

Starry Gaze Cinema in the beautiful Cairns Botanic Gardens screens on Tuesday 6th, inviting LGBT folk and friends to gather on the lawns amidst the lush tropical foliage, chill out and enjoy the wonderful English film Pride.

Wednesday 7th brings the Love Makes A Family picnic, an event for rainbow families and supporters to show their love right on Cairns famous esplanade. Yummy organic snacks, games for kids and their grown-ups, and a pride ride by the sea, all under the team equal rainbow banner.

Passion IV Fashion kicks off activities on Friday 9th, showing the styles of Cairns premier designers in the gorgeous waterfront locale The Salt House. Meanwhile, in a secret hill top location, the wild women of the north and their southern sisters will be celebrating Tropical Mardi Gras in style at the Proud Womens Dance.

On Saturday 10th, swim with the locals in our gorgeous Crystal Cascades. A chilled out Saturday afternoon in a freshwater, croc-free, rainforest waterhole, complete with waterfalls and astonishing butterflies. Plenty of hot rocks for sunbaking, sandy banks for the kids, and cool deep swimming spaces for the grown-ups.

Saturday 10th sees the launch of Gaze, a three week long exhibition of LGBT visual arts, showing some of the tropical norths best loved artists, and featuring special guest Deborah Kelly, and the first ever Cairns showing of the gay arts icon David McDiarmid. After 9pm, party animals can take in a drag show by LUXE at the intimate 12 Bar Blue.

Sunday 11 October is Tropical Mardi Gras Fair Day, a rainbow family fun day for LGBT folk and their friends, with fabulous entertainment all day, drag races, the Bitch and Butch Dog Show, a Variety Hour, Cairns own ExDRAGavanza, aerial performers, circus workshops, face painting, balloon twisting, food, drink, and JELLY WRESTLING! Enjoy plenty of chances to meet and mingle under the sun, all in the superb surrounds of the Tanks Arts Centre.

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