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Please VOTE! Cairns Ukulele Festival nominated in HIT Awards


The Cairns Ukulele Festival has been nominated once again for the Cairns Post’s HIT Awards in the “favourite festival / best major event” category. Please help us take out the award this year by following the link and voting for us on page 2 (Question 5) of the survey. If you only have a couple of minutes, please go there and to the last page to fill out your details.


Two of the festival venues have been nominated: The Jack and The Crown Hotel (both in “best pub” category), so please give them your support too. Festival act The Montgomery Brothers have also been nominated in the  “Far North Queensland solo artist or duo” category. Feel free to nominate any of our national or international acts as a wild card touring act – Question 14 / 15 – and please include in brackets ‘Cairns Ukulele Festival’. 

Thank you for your support and see you in 2014 for the fifth edition of the Cairns Ukulele Festival!

If you haven’t seen it yet, please make sure you check out our 2013 Highlights Video


Performer, stall holder and volunteer forms online


With the dates for next year locked in (3-6 July 2014), we would love to hear from those who would like to participate! 

For those interested in performing at the festival please fill out the application form:

Market stall holders are invited to complete an expression of interest. Please note that spaces are limited.

We are also looking for volunteers to help out long or short term. A great way to connect, participate and develop or learn new skills!

If you or your business would like to be involved, partner, or contribute in any other way, please contact us direct. 

Competition winners


We ran a couple of competitions this year, one was a kids colouring-in competition and the other an online photo competition, sponsored by Maton Ukuleles.

The entries below are the winners of the 2013 Cairns Ukulele Festival colouring-in competition. You can collect your prize from Music City (55 Sheridan Street, Cairns) on or after July 15th.

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Kaylin, 8 years

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Ryley, 10 years

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Monique, 5 years

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Kezia, 8 years


We also held a Facebook photo competition. Entrants had to comply with the following brief in order to be eligible to win:

Submit a photograph taken during any of the previous Cairns Ukulele Festivals. You must be the person who took the photograph in order to be able to participate in this competition. We are looking for artistic, beautiful, creative, crazy and fun submissions. Help us relive the magical moments of the past years, and get into the spirit of this year’s festival!

While some excellent photos were submitted, quite a few did not comply with the brief. The one that did, and received the most votes, was the photo taken at the 2011 world record attempt submitted by Patricia Brosnan. She’s the winner of a beautiful Maton ukulele!  Patricia, you can collect this from July 15th at Music City (55 Sheridan Street, Cairns).


“Just loving the vibe at Cairns Uke Fest. Hoping to beat the world record.” – Patricia Brosnan