Innisfail’s Shire Hall was rebuilt after a disastrous fire in 1938 to calls of among others, “The Town needs a building to accommodate large theatrical shows”. This beautiful building is now Queensland Heritage Register listed as a place of cultural heritage significance and as an unique example Art Deco architecture boasting hand-made concrete tiled floor, original ticket box, sprung timber dance floor, panelled foyer and of course auditorium. After a major reconstruction post Cyclone Larry in 2006, the hall continues to dominate as the regional cultural iconic venue that includes accommodating a Grand Concert D Steinway Piano.
The Innisfail Shire Hall stands on land traditionally owned by the Mamu people.
Festival of Small Halls rolls into Innisfail Shire Hall on Friday, 20th November with women in docs and Karl S. Williams.
Festival of Small Halls Innisfail will be supported By Robert Cini.
Hailing from Innisfail, multi-award-winning singer/songwriter Robert Cini’s deeply melodic songs, infusing multiple genres, accompany a truly unique aura on stage and ability to capture audiences and passers by with his astonishingly powerful soulful voice.
Fresh from the long-awaited release of his debut album ‘Imaginary Fun’, Robert embarks on a new beginning after overcoming serious health issues including Thyroid cancer and a life-long battle with a progressive vision impairment, along the way to making the album. The album testifies to a new authentically raw-earthy sound, showcasing Robert’s prodigious songcraft and has already garnered huge success with the song ‘Different Road’ awarded ‘Best song in the Folk/Acoustic genre’ at the recent Australian Songwriters Assoc. Awards in Sydney. Robert picked up a second award for ‘Best Live Performance’ of the night after taking to the stage to perform the winning song to a record sold-out crowd. His songs receive regular rotation on radio in Queensland, interstate and overseas. It follows the previous success of his self-titled EP which included Australian Songwriters Award winning song ‘Haven’t You Noticed’.
He’s been a top 5 finalist/nominee in other major Australian song competitions such as the ‘MusicOz Awards’ and the ‘Glenn Shorrock Music Scholarship Award’. His music was recognised amongst thousands of artists from around the country by Australian music legend Glenn Shorrock (‘The Little River Band’) who was quoted talking about Cini ‘”Great voice, engaging commercial sound, fabulous”.. Robert performed along with the other finalists, The Little River Band, and James Reyne at Lyndoch Uncorked Festival in the Barossa Valley. He’s also supported Kim Churchill, The Acoustic Guitar Spectacular, and played Tanks Arts Centre’s ‘Uplate’ after the Hoodoo Gurus.
A live film clip of his song ‘Running’ was featured as an Editor’s choice on Balcony TV New York last year racking up 19k+ views. More international recognition has come about with Finalist spots and Honourable mentions in ‘The Billboard World Song Contest’, ‘We Are Listening’ (Nashville), and ‘The UK Songwriting Contest’
Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Tickets available online here
Proudly supported by Cassowary Coast Regional Council and The Regional Arts Development Fund.
The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Cassowary Coast Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.
Please note, this event is operating in accordance with the Queensland Government COVID Safe Event Checklist. Numbers will be strictly limited.
You must not attend the event if you have COVID-19 symptoms – if you become unwell after purchasing a ticket please be reassured it can be refunded in full if you need to go and get tested. If you have a cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath or fell unwell, please protect your community and stay home.
It is a condition of entry that physical distancing be observed.