Cairns Tropical Pride – 12-14th October 2018.
Cairns is known for its natural attractions and also the friendly laid back welcome it offers. It is home to a vibrant LGBT+ community. Welcoming visitors from across the country and around the world every spring.
Wearable Art Gala & Tropical Gaze Art Exhibition
Furthermore, the festival celebrates both the region and the community. In 2018, Cairns Tropical Pride runs for 3 days commencing with the Wearable Art Gala Launch at The Tanks Arts Centre. This also launches the month long Tropical Gaze Art Exhibition which showcases LGBT+ artists from around the region.
Rainbow Flag Flash Mob & Queer Spring Break II
Saturday sees a Rainbow Flag Flash Mob at the Rainbow Street Crossing installed by the Cairns Regional Council each year in honour of Cairns Tropical Pride. In 2018 the Flash Mob will depart the Rainbow Crossing and march up the street to the Cairns Museum for the official handover of the first LGBT+ collection in that institution, a collection celebrating the YES campaign in Cairns. Furthermore Saturday afternoon sees Queer Spring Break II when a secluded tropical beach surrounded by world heritage rainforest comes alive with the Party of the Year.
Pride Fair Day
The Signature event of the festival each year is Pride Fair Day on Sunday 14th October. Cairns Tropical Pride takes over The Tanks Arts Centre, a heritage listed cultural precinct consisting of giant WWII Oil Tanks converted to performance and arts spaces, nestled beneath rainforest shrouded Mt Whitfield. Over 1000 people attended Pride Fair Day in 2017 and in 2018 organisers are predicting a turnout of over 1500.
Visitors enter through the Barrier Reef Food Court on the Promenade. Inside the grounds visitors wander through community and business stalls. In Tank 3, community events occur throughout the day. Adjacent to Tank 3 is the outdoor amphitheatre, which hosts the celebrated Dog Show. Tank 4 is home to Tropical Gaze Art Exhibition.
Tank 5 is the home of day long LGBT+ entertainment starting with entertainers bring the venue alive. There’s local gay indigenous singer Binda Warren, Secret Tuesdays, the Ironing Maidens and more. In 2018, Cairns Tropical Pride promises some surprises in the line-up including an internationally celebrated drag performer and a leading Australian LGBT+ icon.
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