4 April, 2024

Top quality vocalists feature of gala ball

THREE of Australia’s premier male vocalists are coming together exclusively for the Cairns Italian Festival Gala Ball in August to create the ultimate Italian musical experience.

The Italian Stallions will be a highlight of the Italian Festival Gala Ball in early August.
The Italian Stallions will be a highlight of the Italian Festival Gala Ball in early August.

The ball is just one of many events for the festival which starts in late July and finishes with the Mareeba Salami and Sausage Festa on 4 August.

A highlight of the ball will be performances from Tony Mazell, George Vumbuca and Dean Canan, known as the Italian Stallions, who will be backed by some of the country’s finest musicians, as they showcase and pay tribute to the Italian classics from yesteryear which will also include San Remo hits and modern-day tunes.

The prestigious event will be held at the Pullman Cairns International on 2 August and promises to be a night of glamour and excitement, themed after the iconic Tuscany region.

The glamorous event, spanning five hours, will transport guests to the heart of Tuscany with its thematic decor and celebration of the timeless beauty of the Italian countryside.

Attendees will be treated to a sumptuous four-course Italian meal meticulously crafted by the talented chefs at the Pullman Cairns International. This will be complemented by a selection of exquisite Italian wines on each table and other beverages available for purchase.

The Hall of Fame Awards will also be presented on the night, which celebrates past and present Italian/Australians who made a significant contribution to the North Queensland region. Nominations will open soon.

Live entertainment will create a lively and engaging atmosphere, allowing guests to dance and revel in music ranging from the 1940s to 2024.

The venue will be adorned with classic Italian touches, providing an immersive experience that mirrors the rustic elegance of Tuscany.

Tickets are on sale now via

The festival has already begun selling its popular raffle which delivers a trip for two to Sicily for the lucky winner, including airfares, three nights’ accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Sicily, daily breakfast, return transfers, and a cooking class.

Second prize is an oil painting by local artist, Jori Poutanen, valued at $2,500. This is a special commissioned oil on canvas and will be ready to hang.

Ten prizes of EFTPOS cards valued at $200 each will also be won.

To buy tickets, go to

Tickets are $10 each but reduce in cost if you buy more. The raffle closes on 5 August 2024 and will be drawn that day.


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