Cultural Services

Chinese Friendship Garden      

Phone 4032 6653 or contact via email

The Chinese style garden celebrates the Sister Cities arrangement between Cairns, and

Zhanjiang and pays homage to the cultural heritage of the Cairns region. The garden also provides a place of reflection for Chinese people visiting the city.

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Sister Cities

Phone 4044 3044 or contact via email

The Sister Cities program aims to develop meaningful and long term links with cities and communities in other countries to achieve a greater level of international understanding and goodwill between peoples, and to share economic, community, cultural and social interaction.

Sister Cities Youth Ambassadors program

The Youth Ambassadors program seeks to promote international understanding and friendship, and to give young people a chance to experience another culture first-hand. The program invites two students from each of our seven Sister Cities to travel to Cairns to experience our lifestyle and culture. The youth ambassadors attend local schools, where they interact with students to learn more about Cairns and share information about their city and its culture.

Cultural venues

Council owns and operates two of the City's key performance venues which attract national and international acts as well as providing a platform for local artists.

Tanks Arts Centre

Munro Martin Parklands

Cairns Civic Theatre (currently under decommission)

We also look forward to programming The Precinct in the future, which will consist of a new performing arts theatre complex (Cairns Performing Arts Centre) and the Munro Martin Parklands outdoor performance space.

Cairns Festival

Phone 4044 3594 or contact via email

The Cairns Festival vision is simple: to deliver a vibrant, progressive and collaborative community festival which is highly reflective and engaged with the community. The festival aims to seek greater regional and national recognition of our cultural identity in the Far North; to tell our unique stories and celebrate our distinctive, tropical lifestyle.

Why not get your school involved in many of the exciting activities!

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Last updated: 02 November 2016