“Cinecittà” Gala Ball


August 4, 2023

6:30 pm

- 12:15 am






Pullman Cairns International, 17 Abbott Street, Cairns City



Bella Notte - A Night of Italian Elegance

The Cairns Italian Festival Gala Ball – Bella Notte, at the Pullman International in Cairns promises to be a night of glamour and excitement, themed after the iconic Cinecittà film studio in Rome – the Italian Hollywood on the Tiber.

Guests will walk the red carpet and be transported to a world of Italian cinema and elegance. The event will take place over five hours, featuring a four-course Italian meal expertly crafted by the Pullman International’s chefs. The meal will be accompanied by a five-hour drink package featuring a selection of Italian wines and other beverages.

An important part of the evening will be the Hall of Fame Awards which celebrates past and present Italian/Australian who made a significant contribution to the North Queensland region. Nomination for the Awards are now open. Nominate Now!

Throughout the evening, live entertainment will keep the atmosphere lively and engaging. Guests will be able to dance the night away to music from the 1940 to 2023.

The venue will be decorated with elegance, classic Italian touches, creating an immersive experience that celebrates the timeless glamour and allure of the Italian actors. With the dress code of glamour, guests are encouraged to dress to impress, adding to the enchanting ambiance of the evening.

Overall, the Cairns Italian Festival Gala Ball at the Pullman International is an event not to be missed, offering a unique and unforgettable celebration of Italian culture and cinema.


  • Adults: $250
  • Prices don’t include booking fees


  • Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony
  • 4 Courses including Antipasto, Primo Piatto, Secondo Piatto and Dolce
  • 5 Hours drink package
  • Life member Award Ceremony
  • Live Dancers
  • Live band, Siesta Cartel and DJ Stefano to party the night away!

For all the pictures of the 2022 Masquerade Gala Ball, please click here.


Cinecittà is an iconic film studio complex located in Rome, Italy. In its past, it was a hub of Italian and international film production Cinecittà is a symbol of the enduring legacy of Italian film and its impact on global culture.  Hollywood and Universal Studios of Italy

Venue – Pullmans International

The Cairns Italian Festival’s Cinecitta Gala ball, will be held at Pullman Cairns International, promises to be a glamorous event that should not be missed. With the hotel’s elegant ballroom, convenient location, and exceptional service, guests can expect a night filled with sophistication and luxury. The combination of the festival’s Italian flair and Pullman Cairns International’s upscale offerings will create a memorable and stylish gala ball experience that is not to be missed.

Chef Bios

Chef Simon Capewell

“I have been a chef for over 25 years. My passion for experiencing different cultures through food. It is what drove me to the industry. It’s been a rewarding journey that has shaped me into the professional chef l am today. Working with many great chefs from around the world such as Michel Roux Snr and being invited to work at the River Cafe London has given me unique perspective into the culinary industry. I have lived in countries such as Brunei, Belize and Anguilla to have a first-hand experience of flavours, textures and philosophies. I have attended food workshops with Gordon Ramsay and worked alongside some of the greats such as Pierre Koffmann, Peter Gilbert and Donovan Cooke. I love being a part of creating a memorable dining experience for people. An experience they will talk about for years to come because the food created by dedicated chefs has touched all their senses.”

Pastry Chef Ashleigh Otto

Born and raised in lush tropical Cairns, North Queensland, Australia. From a young age i was always involved in the kitchen with the family creating and baking. Discovered my true passion for cooking throughout the schooling years, and progressed quickly into a pastry kitchen from which began my career at age sixteen. From then my passion and drive continued to grow; competing and being awarded multiple medals in local and national competitions to then joining the Culinary Youth Team to compete in the Food Hotel Asia in Singapore to represent Australia.

“Pastry is magic and endless creativity. I’m deeply passionate about contributing to the community to share my mastery and give an experience to remember. I’m constantly surrounded by inspiration and imagination for the next dessert.”


“At our Italian Festival gala, we are proud to showcase a menu that is inspired by the rich culinary traditions of Italy. Our Antipasto course features an array of Italian delicacies that are designed to awaken your taste buds and whet your appetite for the courses to come. For the Primo Piatto course, we draw on classic Italian recipes to bring you two indulgent options: Beef Cheek Gnocchi with Roma Tomato, Parsley Chilli, and Truffle Oil, and Mushroom Risotto with Thyme Lemon Zest and Grana Padano. Our Secondo Piatto course features dishes that are both hearty and refined, including Pan Seared Barramundi with Confit Cherry Tomatoes, Caper Caponata, and Herb Oil, and Braised Chicken with Pancetta, Borlotti Beans, and Kale. Our dessert selection is a celebration of Italy’s sweet traditions, featuring a variety of tempting treats that will leave you feeling satisfied and indulged. We hope that our menu will transport you to the heart of Italy, and that you will enjoy this culinary journey through its vibrant flavours and textures.” – Simon Capewell, Chef

“The dessert for the Italian Gala draws inspiration from traditional Italian flavours and showcases a modern twist. It features a mascarpone mousse with espresso-soaked sponge fingers, offering a delightful combination of creaminess and the rich aroma of coffee. A chocolate crumble adds decadence, while a coffee ganache intensifies the coffee flavour. The dessert also includes a honey panna cotta with strawberry soup for elegance and freshness, an orange wafer for a crispy texture, and a lime meringue for a tangy element. The overall creation aims to combine traditional Italian flavours with modern techniques for a memorable culinary experience.” -Ashleigh Otto, Pastry Chef

The 5-hour drink package includes a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options to suit different preferences.

The sparkling wine included in the package is the Divici Prosecco DOC from the Veneto region of Italy.

Red Wines
The package features two types of red wine:

  1. Vernaiolo Chianti DOC 2019 from Chianti, Italy
  2. Trediberri Barbera D’Alba made from Barbera grapes

White Wines
For white wine lovers

  1. The Pala I Fiori Vermentino Di Sardegna DOC from Sardinia
  2. Tre Stelle Greco-Fiano

Beer options in the package include

  1. Byron Bay Premium Lager
  2. Hahn Super Dry
  3. James Boags Light

Those who prefer non-alcoholic options can choose from a range of soft drinks and juices.


Frank Dangelico – Master of Ceremony

Frank was born in Sydney in 1967 to Vito and Antonia Dangelico, Italian migrants from Puglia in the south who met at a hostel in Ultimo and who were active community members, with his mother also a keen folk singer.

Frank established various organisations and hosted and organised countless events to help ensure the preservation of Italian culture in Australia.
In 2016 he performed in the Opera Queensland production of “The Barber of Seville” at the grand opening of the Munro Martin Parklands.

Frank also performed two roles in ”Beginnings” – one as a singing Italian cane cutter called Giovanni, and one as Jeremiah the landlord in the Malaytown scene.
He trained with Opera Queensland in Brisbane in 2017.
In 2018 he performed in the Opera Queensland production of “Ruddigore” in the Munro Martin Parklands and co-produced “Sunday at Six”, a presentation artworks and songs featured on the TV show “Countdown”.
In his spare time, Frank is the lead singer and guitarist with the band “The Southside Band” which performs regularly in Cairns.

In 2021 Frank, along with colleagues Kathryn Ash, Roz Pappalardo & Rubina Kimiia co-wrote and acted in Jute Theatres production of “La Bella Figura”, a complete season sell out and breaking all previous box office records.

Frank has owned & operated “The Wine Tradition NQ” since 2007 where he distributes wines from around the world (with a heavy focus on Italy) to restaurants and venues in North Queensland.

Frank, along with his wife Bec contribute significant hours and support to many locally based charities & organisations.

He has also recently become a Nonno to grandson Beau Bentley Francesco Dangelico

Dj Stefano

A resident DJ at Italian bars and clubs nights around Melbourne, headline DJ for the Melbourne Italian Festa and playing guest spots across Italy, he has continued to develop his sound by hitting the studio to remix and re-imagine hits of the Italian stalwarts of the 60s-90s. He’ll have you dancing to songs you didn’t know you know and spark a nostalgia for a time you probably didn’t live through.

Siesta Cartel

Siesta Cartel are a unifying musical movement led by a group of young Italians from Melbourne whose hearts beat to the music they play from a time long ago, where their beloved traditions was born. On a mission to unite all Italians in Australia with the music that helped raise them and they still love today.

“The sound of that music reminds me of my heritage. That sound today is Siesta Cartel”

Turning Pointe Dance Studios

Turning Pointe Dance Studios is synonymous with providing spectacular entertainment and are delighted to be performing at the 2023 Cairns Italian Festival. Enriching the Cairns region for over 25 years, the highly acclaimed local dancers have received accolades both interstate and internationally. Dancers will present a stunning evening of entertainment at the Gala Ball, “Bella Notte” and will deliver a night of Italian elegance with glamours girls showcasing the music of many classic Italian films and cinematic masterpieces.

Cairns Italian Festival 2023 at Pullman Cairns International

To celebrate the Cairns Italian Festival 2023, Coco’s Kitchen + Bar at Pullman Cairns International has curated a special 3-course Italian feast that will be available for the duration of the festival.

Booking is essential. Click here to book your table now.