First Fire to light up sugarcane field with multimedia spectacular

Films and photographs depicting the sugarcane industry in the Burdekin will be projected onto the purpose-grown cane crop at Home Hill Showgrounds before the first fire of the season lights up the sky, at the spectacular opening night of the Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival this Wednesday 30 May.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the unique multimedia installation would use high powered laser projectors to emblazon still and moving images onto the cane field.

“Just as large urban events such as the White Night Melbourne festival are using projectors in this way to transform buildings into art installations, the Burdekin Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival will use the cane as the canvas,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“We are excited to be introducing this very unique attraction to the First Fire of the Season this year. The fire, when it is lit, will actually form part of the installation.”

McLaughlin said Sweet Days, Hot Nights was a new festival in the Burdekin, incorporating the First Fire and the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships.

The First Fire of the Season will see festival-goers enjoy food, live music by Rene Le Feuvre and cultural activities before experiencing the raw power of a cane fire up close.

Entertainment and activities will commence at Home Hill Showgrounds from 5.30pm.

“In keeping with the fire-theme of the evening, festival-goers will be able to participate in our very own Burning Man ceremony. We’ll be encouraging everyone to write down a secret, a fear or a concern – anything you’d like to get off your chest – before we set it on fire with our Burning Man sculpture,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The main event of the evening will see a roaring cane fire light up the night sky as our purpose grown crop is set alight, marking the first cane fire of the season here in the Burdekin.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to safely view a cane fire up close. It is an awe-inspiring sight.”

The celebrations continue at the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships from 11am to 4pm this Saturday 2 June, when Home Hill Showgrounds is transformed into a fun-filled festival of entertainment, food, children’s activities, fresh local produce and historical displays.

“During this event, festival-goers will witness a true test of skill and endurance as the competitors line up in Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships, bringing to life the back-breaking work of a by-gone era,” Cr McLaughlin.

The Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival is being launched in partnership with the Queensland Government Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors and will kick-start a three-year campaign aiming to drive visitation to the Burdekin region.

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