Shakaya headlining Cairns Pride Fair Day this Sunday

shakaya cairns pride fair day

Australian girl group Shakaya will headline Cairns Pride Fair Day at the Tanks Arts Centre this Sunday. Longtime community allies Simone Stacey and Naomi Wenitong will perform, among other music, their 2002 Top Ten hit ‘Stop Calling Me’.

Shakaya will headline a spectacular entertainment line-up and can’t wait to help share the love, colours and fun. And this year, there’s FREE Entry for all.

Organisers told QNews, “Cairns Pride Fair Day is a wonderful day for our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Sistergirl and Brotherboy people and allies. Shakaya are super excited about supporting Cairns Pride and we can’t wait to see them shine on stage once again!”


Simone Stacey and Naomi Wenitong from Shakaya met in 1999 while studying an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music course. Following the success of their debut single, the group toured with Destiny’s Child, Usher, Kylie Minogue and Ja Rule.

After disbanding in 2006, Simone and Naomi’s Pride performance comes in the lead-up to the 20th anniversary of their success with ‘Stop Calling Me’.

Cairns Pride Fair Day

Also joining the lineup in Tank 5 are the Birds of Paradise samba dancers. Meanwhile, Pippi the Fairy will spread magical fairy wishes to all the beautiful rainbow children of the world.

Sonic Neo-Futurist, Tegan Koster Project will bring their freshest and feistiest brand of Post-Pop Synth Fun! Combining collectable classical synthesisers, bold and captivating vocals, TKP will transport audiences into a nostalgic synth-pop fun with all the force, fun and vigour that they are known for.

Dog Show

Long a Cairns Pride Fair Day highlight, the Dog Show returns at 2.30. Start your engines… and may the best pooch win.

Cairns Tropical Pride Fair Day.

Entertainment, stalls, food and community.

Tanks Arts Centre from 10.30 am.


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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at

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