The Mission Beach Community Cassowary Festival will be held on the 4th June at the beginning of the tourist season so we are expecting a big audience and participation. The festival will include media. The whole community is being encouraged to be involved (individuals and groups, young and old) taking part in the fun a creativity - celebrating nature.
There might even be a flying cassowary!
The festival opens with the Rotary village market. Extra stalls will be set up toward the beach where there will be displays and information from groups or individuals working with the natural environment, particularly wildlife. They will be sharing knowledge about the work they do. The focus is on ecologically sustainable wildlife tourism and/or wildlife protection.
Various performances will be MC'd from a stage under the main marquee during the day. There will be a 'Community Open Mic' giving the public an opportunity to join the stage for a performance of their choice. It might be their best cassowary sound or dance or ....whatever!!
Over the weekend, local businesses will be competing for the best dressed shop front or theme. Workshops are underway now with kids and adults working together to design and create life size cassowary sculptures for the Drumming of Cassowaries parade to launch the festival on Sunday in conjunction with the Rotary Village markets. Follow the progress of the sculptures on the link above.
The markets will expand to include stalls for individuals or groups to share their messages or experiences celebrating nature and the cassowary.
A beachside marquee and stage will host guest speakers, live music, performances, etc. There will be beach activities, fancy dress competitions, art displays land art and much more!
Leading up to the event the Mission Beach state school kids will design colourful artwork for their new, now famous, roadside signs which will alert visitors traveling to the festival through cassowary habitat that Mission Beach is a 'Slow Down Town'. Slow down on the way and slow down when you get there!
We invite you to visit Mission Beach to share in a community celebration of nature and the cassowary.
Contact us now if you would like to participate by sharing a great idea, booking a space, registering to perform or busk, or helping out on the day.
Come to Mission Beach for a Slow Down weekend. See here for info on accommodation.
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