GC2018 Commonwealth Games

As host of Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games basketball heats, Cairns will be front and centre when the action GC2018 action starts in April 2018.

As an Event City for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Cairns will have an important part to play in making these Games a success. The Games are about the amazing sporting action that will take place at the Convention Centre, however we will also be showcasing the amazing culture and the natural beauty of the region in which we live.

GC2018 Ticket requests

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games tickets are now available via general sales.

Tickets will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis, so some sessions may have limited availability or show as ‘allocation exhausted’ at this time. To purchase, visit the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games ticketing website, select what you want to see from the available tickets and pay for your order.

The eyes of the Commonwealth will be on Cairns from March 15-17 next year, as the Queen's Baton journeys towards its final destination, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018.

Residents from Cairns can begin planning their Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) experience with the street-level detail and community celebrations now available to explore at gc2018.com/qbr.

From the beaches of Palm Cove through to the new community facilities, the QBR will feature many of the iconic backdrops the region is renowned for including the Cairns Esplanade, Cairns Botanic Gardens and Munro Martin Parklands.

Across Australia approximately 3,800 batonbearers are needed to share the dream of the ‘friendly Games’ as part of the QBR. Batonbearers for the Queen's Baton Relay will be announced in November 2017.

Find out when and where the Baton will be in Cairns at gc2018.com/qbr.

Batonbearers will be informed of their street-specific slotting location in December.

Volunteering is a fantastic way to enjoy the Commonwealth Games activities in Cairns in 2018.

Celebrations commence with the Queens Baton Relay, as the Relay visits Cairns on 16 and 17 March. Volunteers are needed to work alongside organisers, ensuring a fun and safe passage of the iconic Baton, as it passes through the Cairns region on its way to the opening ceremony in the Gold Coast.

Cairns will host the preliminary rounds of the Basketball from 4 – 15 April with fans expected to attend the event from afar.  Being part of the City Meet and Greeting team will provide volunteers with the opportunity to meet new people from around the world and assist visitors with information and advice on our region.

Entertainment won’t just be confined to the sporting arena during GC2018. The Festival 2018 arts and cultural program will be a bold, aspirational 12-day program throughout Cairns that will feature extraordinary and memorable artistic events that celebrate the spirit of the Commonwealth and showcase Cairns’  lifestyle, culture and creativity.  Volunteering at Festival 2018 gives volunteers a front-row seat to this exciting program. To register your interest in volunteering for  Commonwealth Games activities in Cairns in 2018 please complete the form below.

For enquiries please contact Jennifer Thompson on (07) 4044 3690 or j.thompson2@cairns.qld.gov.au

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As part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Cairns will host Festival 2018, a bold arts and cultural 12-day program designed to galvanise the region, inspire audiences and celebrate the games.

A key element of the program will be a LiveSite on the Cairns Esplanade where residents and visitors can watch the games live on big screens and enjoy live performances. The LiveSite will reflect the region, beautiful natural environment, cultural diversity and unique Indigenous history.

The full program will be unveiled closer to the Games.

Be part of Festival 2018

Council is seeking local artists, performers, musicians, and creative and community groups to work collaboratively to create a space that is both functional and magical.

Specifically we are seeking:

Performers - child and family entertainers, musicians and roving performers (for land and water)

Visual arts - artists, designers for installation, community engagement

Producers - idea development and delivery

Facilitators - to bring ideas to fruition

Big Design Fabrication Team

Big Design, a Public Art program, will feature temporary sculptural works designed by High School Students from Cairns.

Council is seeking both emerging and established local artists to form a specially appointed fabrication team to construct these artworks.

Opportunity One

An established senior artist with experience in the Public realm to lead the Big Design team. Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 13 December 2017. Apply here.

Opportunity Two

The Big Design team, who will be made up of up to five both emerging and established visual artists willing to both learn and contribute their expertise to the fabrication process. Applications close 5pm, Monday 8 January 2018. Apply here.

Further questions?

Please contact:

Simon Suckling
Public Art Project Officer
Cultural Services,  Cairns Regional Council
Phone: 07 4032 6614

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Last updated: 05 December 2017