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Cairns Ukulele Festival

Updated: 27-Jul-2015

Cairns Ukulele Festival will take a break in 2015.  After six years of enormously hard work and five very successful festivals, the organisers will not be running the festival this year but promise to make up for it in 2016 with fresh and exciting ideas. 

Cairns Ukulele Festival is again returning in 2014, with an even bigger and better line-up than ever before.

No doubt there will be a world record attempt on Saturday afternoon (tba).

As usual we will be hosting an art exhibition as well as a ukulele building course which will start earlier that week.

Kicking off early on July 4th with the launch of the Uke Art Exhibition, the festival officially runs for four days from July 3-6. 

For those visitors here at this time you will no doubt happen across groups of Ukelele players strumming away and singing tunes outside the local pubs, particularly the Crown.  This is a brilliant fun event for people of all ages and you can't help but think the Ukelele is a perfect fit for our relaxed tropical lifestyle.  

More information on the program will be provided in early 2014. 

In 2012 the program was at Low Isles, Fogarty Park and Tanks Arts Centre.  The program included the traditional Concert Day at Tanks and Community Day and World Record Attempt at Fogarty Park, alongside a selection of new events including the Wavedancer Low Isles Ukulele Cruise, replacing 2011's event at Green Island.

The festival offered an expanded workshop program, which included a two-day “build your own KoAloha ukulele” workshop.

International performers in 2012 were Hawaiians Herb Ohta Jr and Craig Chee, US stars The Quiet American (aka Aaron Keim) and Paul Hemmings & The Uketet, Fulare_pad out of Japan and Canadian Manitoba Hal.

They were joined by the finest uke players from around Australia including Cute Ukes, Peace Lutheran College, TAS Ukes, Uke-Phoria (St Andrew’s College), Townsville Ukulele Club, Torres Strait Ukulele Club, Ukenasia, Sydney North Ukulele Gang, Nullarbor Nelly, The Dukes etc.

To celebrate the launch of 2012's festival, Cairns Ukulele Club Inc released a special live album of 2011's event, recorded on the Concert Day at Tanks Arts Centre.  The 2012's special live album is realeased in November 2012.

The CD is available now at Music City on Sheridan St or online at


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