3. An Orchestra Under the Stars – Following the Grand Parade and Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday 27 August, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra takes over Munro Martin Parklands on Sunday 28 August for its Superfamous show. For all those times you’ve recognized a tune but can’t quite remember what it’s called – this concert is for you. A non-stop romp of excerpts from some of the most famous pieces ever written. QSO – Superfamous | Munro Martin Park | Aug 28 | $35
4. Lies With An Audience – Could you lie in front of an audience? Would you…? In the award-winning social experiment Truthmachine, biometric sensors and live voting systems test volunteers from the audience with the ultimate game of truth. Body responses and polygraphs convert into an intricate symphony of light and sound, while the interrogator probes for the hard, cold truth! Truthmachine | The Court House | Sept 1 – 4 | $19
5. Live and Loud – Musical mania at this year’s Cairns Festival is jam packed with some stellar sounds at some of the city’s most iconic venues. Amy Shark and Alex the Astronaut raise the roof at Tanks Arts Centre. The Court House turns into Festival HQ with a full line up of live artists including Lady Valiant, Ally Row, Kaweyova and Phat Earth Theory, while the Festival Main Stage on the Esplanade hosts Hope D, 19 Twenty, and Fat Picnic. Various bands, locations, dates, and tickets.
6. Hypnotic Dance – A rousing aural, visual and sensory trip, created by Amy Hollingsworth and Jack Lister, Aftermath is an electric collaboration performed by the Australasian Dance Collective to a blistering original score performed live by the award-winning composer Danny Harley. Aftermath | Tank 3 | Sept 1 + 2 | $30
7. Comedy Central – The grand dames of the Australian comedy circuit Judith Lucy and Denise Scot guarantee to make audiences ask themselves all the big questions while heaving with laughter with their CPAC show, Still Here. One night only, don’t disappoint yourself… Jude & Scotty – Still Here | CPAC | Aug 31 | $69
8. Skyline Sculptures – Patricia Piccinini’s colossal artwork, Skywhales: Every Heart Sings, comes to the Tropical North Queensland skies on September 3. In conjunction with The National Gallery of Australia and the Cairns Art Gallery, the Cairns Festival invites you to bring the whole family to experience first -hand two giant hot air balloon sculptures suspended over the city from dawn.
The full line up of free and ticketed events along with more information can be found here at https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/festival.