Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Nominations are open for the Recycled Royals — two environmental heroes to be honoured in the 2010 Cairns Festival Opening Parade.

Royalty could be lurking in a landfill near you — Recycled Royalty, that is.

Set to be the crown jewel of the 2010 Cairns Festival Parade, the Recycled Royals is a special Cairns Regional Council float devoted to the pair deemed to have made the greatest contribution to our beautiful natural environment.

Cairns Festival Parade organisers are seeking nominations for our region's King and Queen of Green, who will shed gardening gloves for the day and perfect their regal wave from the float as they pass the 20,000 strong crowd along the Esplanade on Saturday 21 August .

“Cairns Festival is looking for any outstanding community members that have devoted time and energy into devising or implementing green initiatives in our community,” Cairns Festival Parade coordinator Nerissa Brandenberger said.

“In the current environmental climate we want to acknowledge the wonderful locals that are acting to make the world a better place for us all.”

Ms Brandenberger said great prizes are on offer, including cash prizes for the two people crowned as Recycled Royals. Perhaps the biggest honour will be the recognition of hard work and dedication on behalf of our environment and local sustainability.

Talented local artists Meiyin Ahnsuz and Hans Jurrs have been enlisted to create the Recycled Royals float and costumes, and they are doing so almost entirely from recycled materials.

“For their commitment to preserving and conserving the natural wonder of our area, they're heroes in my view and I'm delighted to ensure they'll be dressed to shine for the Festival Parade,” said Meiyin.

The Recycled Royals will make a regal entry in Festival’s Opening Parade, heralded by the 60 strong member Cairnsbands performing rock marches before the King and Queen as their personal Regal Orchestra.  Cairnsbands incorporates three performing groups: Tropical Brass, Cairns Concert Band and Cairns Youth Stage Band and for this event only, will join with Woree High School Band.

About the Artists:

Hans Jurss has been performing and sculpting since 1996 - starting at Adelaide Fringe in Earth Circus and then moved to Melbourne and created his own circus toy box while  inventing his own style of show and sculpted backdrops. He has also worked with Melbourne Under Ground Development for many years creating installations for corporate and local electric music festivals. In 2002 he rode around the world on a bicycle.

Meiyin Ahnsuz is a  freelance artist, based in Cairns, who travels internationally for work and inspiration. Her career began during high school, with the creation of avant-garde, haute couture for inner-city Brisbane boutiques and an acting role for an ABC TV series. For the past four years Meiyin has enjoyed a close association with JUTE Theatre and Tropical Arts, working regularly as Set and Costume Designer or in Production Management. Greatly inspired by  nature and the  vibrant, diverse and creative culture of the Cairns region, Meiyin is delighted to be creating costumes for the King and Queen of Green.

“For their commitment to preserving and conserving the natural wonder of our area, they're heroes in my view and I'm delighted to ensure they'll be dressed to shine for the Festival Parade,” said Meiyin.

To have your say in who will grace the Recycled Royals float, nominate your king or queen of the green via Southern Cross Media’s website and then click on Recycled Royals page. Then in 100 words or less explain why the individual they are nominating should be a Recycled Royal.

For more information contact Nerissa Brandenberger on (07) 40443332 or email

Cairns Festival is supported and presented by Cairns Regional Council. Now the region's largest annual cultural celebration, this year's festival season will run from August 20 to September 5 at venues all over Cairns. The full program, and information about events and activities, will be available in late July. For more information visit

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