Arts and culture

Council manages several creative venues and delivers many artistic and cultural programs to enrich the lives of residents and visitors. We work closely with the creative industries, multicultural groups, peak government bodies, business, tourism and the broader community to foster creativity.

Tanks Arts Centre

Tanks Arts Centre is Cairns' premier contemporary arts venue, incorporating music, performance, theatre and visual art with community events and engagement. Opened for its current purpose in 1995, the Tanks takes its name from the past: the site is comprised of three concrete fuel tanks, completed in 1944 for the Royal Australian Navy and decommissioned in 1987, before being re-modelled into an arts centre by Council.

Cairns Civic Theatre

Cairns Civic Theatre opened in 1974 and was the first purpose-built theatre in regional Queensland.  With seating for 670 people, the theatre presents a range of live stage performances. From community theatre and school productions to touring opera, comedy and musicals, there are few events that have not graced the 11m x 11m stage over the years. 

Cairns Festival

Cairns Festival is an annual celebration of life in the tropics. This hallmark event on the Cairns calendar incorporates music, dance, theatre, film, literary arts and collaborative events.  

Creative Partnerships

The Creative Partnerships unit fosters collaborative ventures, hosts innovative workshops and provides grassroots linkages between Council, local business, community groups and events. From public art to youth art, beautiful spaces and everything in between, the team works to enrich the region's cultural offerings, development and presentation. 

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