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Friday 4/7


Not going on the Eddy Finn Ukulele Mystery Cruise?

Why not join us at these festival events:

Hula dancing workshop

Tomoka and her hula dance group stunned last year’s festival audiences with her performance during the Community Concert Day. This year she will host a free hula dance workshop on the Esplanade.

Location: big white marquee next to the Lagoon on the Esplanade

Time: 1pm
all ages


Screening “Under the Boardwalk: A Ukulele Love Story”

Under the Boardwalk, A Ukulele Love Story is the story of how a small house party in an out of the way town in California grows into the biggest ukulele club in the world. It is also the story of how a small instrument makes a long journey from Portugal to Hawaii to the mainland, lands in people’s hearts, and creates a uniquely Hawaiian-American musical tradition that is currently experiencing a world wide revival.


Reef Hotel Casino Sportz Arena / Theatre (upstairs in the Casino, accessible via escalators or elevator)
The biggest LED screen in Queensland

Time: 3.30pm
Free entry
18+ only

Then, in the evening the Cairns Ukulele Festival is proud to present:

8pm Hilton Ballroom: Jazz Concert

Janet Seidel Trio
Abe Lagrimas Jr
Ryo Natoyama


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.