Welcome to the 56th Cairns Festival.

The Cairns Region with its unique natural environment and vibrant community has a lot to celebrate. This year’s Cairns Festival features a range of free and ticketed events across the city and into the suburbs so everyone haMayor Bob Mannings a chance to dance, sing, create, listen, learn and be part of the region’s biggest annual party.

As always the Grand Parade on the opening weekend is the hallmark event of the Festival and provides the perfect opportunity for all to be involved in the celebrations. This year’s theme, ‘Shine’, will no doubt encourage some spectacular decorations from our parade floats, creating a magnificent display made by and for the Cairns community.  

In addition to annual favourites Carnival on Collins and Sunday on the ‘Nard, this year’s Festival truly shines a light on Cairns with the introduction of The Making Place, a dedicated free performance and workshop space where local talents cairns thrive. City Lights will explore a new story from the region and celebrate our unique sense of place through another large-scale, three dimensional projection on the Cairns City Library. The wonderful Circa returns with another internationally acclaimed show presented in beautiful Munro Martin Parklands.

There are many more events on offer throughout the 10 days of the 56th annual Cairns Festival and I encourage you all to get involved. Cairns Festival is the annual highlight of our cultural calendar and joins with major developments across the city bringing us closer to our goal of becoming the Arts and Cultural Capital of Northern Australia.