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Cooktown Cantata & Jazz in the Gardens

Fri, 18 June @ 18:30 - 21:00

Pre-purchased ticket required. Commissioned in 2016, for Cooktown Expo 2021, this unique musical work and evocotive poetry encompasses the coming of Cook’s ship, through the eyes of the first peoples, the Guugu Yimithirr and their story of Waalumbaal, The Endeavour River; the extraordinary life of Vera Scarth-Johnson and her fight to conserve the pristine environment of Cooktown from over-development and sand mining and whom the Guugu Yimithirr called Wauru Ngulgurra (Innermost Beauty); her friendship with Gordon Tulo, as they collected together the flowers of Cooktown; and Vera’s fascination with Joseph Banks, including his discovery and naming of the kangaroo (gangurru).

Beautiful music in a magical setting, as two cultures come together in reconciliation and song.

Finish the night with a special Jazz performance.


*Service fee applies.


Fri, 18 June
18:30 - 21:00
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Cook Shire Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which Cooktown 2020 commemorations will be held and pay respect to the Elders past, present and future. 

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