Cairns Multicultural Month

This year, Cairns will join Queensland Multicultural Month, the state’s largest multicultural celebration, in August 2017.

The month provides an opportunity to:

  • showcase and celebrate our unique cultural identity
  • promote community awareness of multiculturalism
  • promote the benefits of living in a culturally diverse society.

Above all, Cairns Multicultural Month is a chance to come together to embrace our common values through the sharing of performances, tradition, food, music, sport and knowledge.

The month acknowledges that while we may come from different places and cultures, we all contribute to making Cairns a wonderful place to live.

Cairns Multicultural Month will replace Cultural Diversity Week as Cairns’ annual celebration of our region’s cultural diversity.

If you, your community or organisation are interested in holding an event or activity in August 2017 as part of Cairns Multicultural Month please contact Council's Community Development Team on 4044 3447 to explore how we can assist.

Diversity Week celebrations

In 2016, Cultural Diversity Week and Cairns Festival were combined to deliver an extensive 10-day program of activities from 26 August to 4 September, celebrating the unique arts and cultural identity of our region. A highlight of the week was the Cairns Festival Grand Parade under the theme the “Colours of Us”.

Planning for 2017 cultural diversity celebrations will commence in early 2017. For more information or to ask about holding a cultural diversity event, for please contact Council's Community Development Team on 4044 3095.

Cairns Cultural Diversity Awards

To recognise the efforts and achievements of individuals, organisations and businesses who promote and strengthen cultural diversity in Cairns, Council has created the Cairns Cultural Diversity Awards.

Awards will be presented to:

  • An Outstanding Volunteer/Individual
  • Business or Community Organisation or Cultural Group

More information on the awards, including criteria and how to enter, is available on the Cultural Diversity Awards page.

Contact us to list your local community event on this calendar.