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Join the ‘world’s largest ukulele marching band’!

Cairns Festival Botanic Gardens

Cairns Festival Parade

Cairns Ukulele Festival is inviting all ukulele players to join Cairns Festival 2016 Grand Parade by becoming a part of the ’World’s Largest Ukulele Marching Band’.

Nicky Bomba, Festival artist and Melbourne Ska Orchestra front man, will lead the band creating a colourful spectacle that will wind its way along the Cairns Esplanade from 5:30pm. With spectators gathering in their thousands, organisers are expecting 20,000 people will line the Esplanade to cheer on a creative collection of floats showcasing Cairns, its lifestyle and magical surroundings that define the community’s sense of place.

The ‘World’s Largest Ukulele Marching Band will exemplify the true Cairns spirit of colour, happy go lucky attitude, Tropicana, fun and inclusiveness.

For more information, please head to the festival web site. 

(Ukulele Clubs performing during the Community Concert Day, your band leader shall be contacted to coordinate logistics and timings)

Introducing: G.J. Lee from Taiwan


We are pleased to be able to present our first ever artist from Taiwan, G.J. Lee!

08907.jpgWell-known in his home country of Taiwan, G.J.’s performances are, as he describes it, “characterised by a richness of emotion and meticulous detail”. Not only interested in the ukulele itself, but also the greater world of music, he has arranged many familiar tunes for the ukulele. He plays a variety of music, including classical, folk, animation and film music, and Eastern and Western pop music, among other genres. His goal is to touch people’s hearts through music, as he believes music is always an effective way to connect with people.

G.J. will perform traditional Taiwanese music on his ukulele during the World Music Dinner Friday August 26th. You’ll also be able to catch him during the Kala Opening Night at the Hilton Thursday August 25th.

In case you were wondering what G.J. stands for, it is in fact “good job”, as he explains, “I always expect myself to do a “Good Job” when performing my own music”. We’re sure he’ll be doing just that during this year’s Cairns Ukulele Festival!

WIN double passes to great attractions


This year, we are running a new campaign to showcase the many iconic attractions that you could visit while here for the Cairns Ukulele Festival and offer attendees discounted prices on all of these tours as well as the opportunity to win tickets through our Facebook campaign.

Visit our web site or Facebook for details and to participate (it’s easy!)


Ukulele workshop bookings open tonight (August 1st)


Tickets to our ukulele festival workshops go on sale today (August 1st) at 5pm. As always, our capacity is limited so please get your tickets as soon as you can!

Below is the workshop time table. The workshops will be held at the Pacific Hotel on the Esplanade.

For workshop descriptions and booking link, please head over to our web site.