Category Archives: Uncategorized

Thursday 3 July


Afternoon movie documentary session with Q & A with the KoAloha crew.

3.30pm at Reef Hotel Casino Sports Arena (18+ only)

Free entry


This year, the festival presents a new event, Maton Ukulele Songwriters on the Waterfront at Mondo Restaurant. The show will feature several ukulele songwriters from around Australia and New Zealand. While the sun sets over the Trinity Inlet and Marina – which form the backdrop of this event – punters can enjoy a delicious meal, a cold drink and fresh ukulele sounds. Songwriters on the Waterfront has been running for many years and has been the launching pad for numerous successful artists, including Emma-Louise who has now chart hits around the globe.

The inaugural Maton Ukulele Songwriters on the Waterfront will feature Nick Paisley, Cameron Murray and Mirrabooka from NSW, local songstress Rachel Bradley and Paul Jonson from New Zealand. These acts will cover a range of musical styles from pop to classic 20′s style music to country and blues.

Following their performances, we will head upstairs to the Hilton Six Degrees Bar for the Opening Night activities.

To book your seat at Mondo’s, please give them a call and indicate you are with the Cairns Ukulele Festival. Also please confirm whether you will be dining or just enjoying a drink. The food is always amazing at this restaurant, so we highly recommend to plan to have your dinner there with us. Capacity is limited so please book early.

Mondo Restaurant @ Cairns Hilton
5pm start
Phone 07 40526780 (outside Australia: +61 7 40526780)


Come along to the Cairns Ukulele Festival Kala Ukulele Opening Night at the Hilton 6 Degrees Bar and meet and greet the artists, learn to play the world record song, and enjoy live music!

The night starts with a free Uke ‘n Play workshop with Mike Jackson at 7pm. There will loan ukuleles available as well as ukes for sale for those who are interested in learning the ukulele. At the end of this session you will be playing basic songs and have enough knowledge to play the world record song (which will be announced early May).

After the introductory Uke ‘n Play lesson, we’ll opening the festival officially, by playing the world record song.

Festival headliners will be featured in the musical segment that follows.

Entry is free and all ages.

Wednesday 2 July


Uke ‘n Play (absolute beginners) workshop

Come along and learn to play the ukulele in an instant! Hosted by the famous Mike Jackson, you will learn how to play ukulele in 5 minutes.
The workshop takes place on the Esplanade, in a big marquee next to the Lagoon.
These shows are for all ages.
10am: Uke’n Play Ukulele Workshops    Whether you’re 6 or 96, in 5 minutes you’ll be happily strumming along on this joyous little instrument
11am: Dr Knickerbocker’s String Magic    Musical fun and games plus Mike shares heaps of holiday fun tricks and games with just a loop of string.

Join the regular Bad Boys and Girls of Uke jam at beach front cafe Strait on the Beach at Holloways Beach. We get together every Wednesday and play mostly from the “Ukulele Club Songbook” by Sasha Publishing.

Starts at around 6pm.

This is a restaurant so join us for a meal and a drink if you like.

Strait on the Beach
100 Oleander Street, Holloways Beach