Cairns Multicultural Month

From 1 August to 9 September 2017, Cairns will join in celebrating Queensland Multicultural Month: the state’s largest multicultural celebration. To download the full program ( PDF, 1.39 MB ) as a PDF see the bottom of this page.

Cairns Multicultural Month provides an opportunity to build and promote appreciation and acceptance for the diverse cultures of our region to strengthen meaningful and respectful community connections. It is a chance to come together to embrace our common values through the sharing of knowledge, tradition, food, music, sport and art.

The key themes for Cairns Multicultural Month 2017 were:

  • Celebrating our region’s rich cultural diversity through providing opportunities for active participation in cultural experiences and traditions.
  • Supporting community cohesion through creating, developing and promoting a sense of acceptance, belonging and connectedness.

Above all, the Cairns Multicultural Month acknowledges that while we may come from different places and cultures, we all contribute to making Cairns a wonderful place to live.

Multicultural Month is in August each year. This page will be updated with information about next year's Multicultural Month in early 2018.

Multicultural Month 2017 - Program of events

Funding opportunity

Community groups, organisations and associations are invited to submit an expression of interest to access up to $1000 to help with events held as part of Cairns Multicultural Month 2017 (1 Aug - 9 Sept). The events, activities and programs should align with the themes of Cairns Multicultural Month listed above.

For more information and to submit an expression of interest, please download Council's Multicultural Month - funding assistance form ( DOCX, 0.07 MB ) and complete and return it to by close of business on 23rd June 2017. 

To discuss your program, activity or event, please contact Council’s Community Development Officer - Multicultural at or 4044 3447.

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.