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Cairns CG2018 Festival Over For now

Festival 2018 wrapped up over the weekend with a massive finale featuring one of Australia’s best-loved party-starters The Cat Empire on Sunday.

Delivering a melody-driven, joyful sound that makes everyone want to dance, The Cat Empire is known for their high-energy live shows.

On the final day of the 12-day free arts and culture festival, held in conjunction with the GC2018 Commonwealth Games, live music featured on the Cairns Esplanade from 4pm.

The Live Site boasted a full weekend of activities and entertainment, with Torres Strait hip hop artist Mau Power the headline act on Saturday.

Driven by a passion for storytelling and inspired by the culture of hip hop, Mau Power is the first rapper to emerge out of the Torres Strait. Having performed at the Opening Ceremony of the GC2018 Commonwealth Games nine days ago, he was a certainty to play a major role in the closing weekend of Festival 2018.

He was supported by the Deline Briscoe Trio and ska reggae outfit Skanq.

The weekend also represented the final chance to view a series of art exhibitions and installations, including the spectacular Big Design outdoor gallery on the Cairns Esplanade. Exhibitions are also hosted at the Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns Art Gallery and Umi Arts Centre.

South of here there was plenty of crtiticism of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games closing ceremony which failed to show the athletes entering Carrara Stadium.  Paralympic flag bearer and great Aussie hero Kurt Fearnely nowhere to be seen.   Apparently the athletes entered before the closing ceremony commenced.