Romancing The Cane Karnak Playhouse takes a romantic look at the cane industry. This three-day festival embraces exhibitions, installations, performances and public forums. These include: Time walk from 1880 through to the present The South Sea Islander's integral contribution honoured Machinery through the ages Sound scapes of aural histories from the local cane community reaching as far back as Mossman's settlement Machinery relics given new life in sculpture The Fearful Heart exhibition capturing the spectacle of the cane fire, donated by the Australian Sugar Industry Museum Linda Jackson's exclusive screenprints Life size board game "Through the Mill" Musicians and street performers Tribute to Elizabeth Phillips-Turner - her textiles and the Bally Hooley steam train endeavour A pictorial view of the Mossman Central Mill from the beginning A public forum bringing together scientists, farmers, industrialists, special interest groups, government departments, the media and the community to brainstorm Progressive Agricultural Diversification Themed dinners Sunset cocktails "Doll Seventeen", by Frank Theatre. A theatrical fantasy based on Ray Lawler's famous Australian play "Summer of the Seventeenth Doll"

Progressive Agricultural Diversification Public Forum

At this watershed moment for the sugar cane industry, we need to come together with community spirit to brainstorm ideas for progressive diversification. We would love you to join us for this important event. The forum will be chaired by the Douglas Shire Mayor Mike Berwick and attended by scientists, industrialists, cane growers, economists, futurists, politicians, the media and the community.
Thursday 3rd June @ 4pm in the amphitheatre.  more...