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.

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.

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

Expression of Interest

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Volunteering Information

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Additional Information

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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

Information session

A second information session for artists interested in being part of the LiveSite has been scheduled to discuss Festival 2018, the vision for the LiveSite and how artists, performers and community groups can be involved.

When: Tuesday 10 October 2017, 12:30pm  to 1:30pm

Where: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

How to apply

If you are interested in being part of Festival 2018 please complete the EOI form by 5pm on Monday 16 October.

The Artist Brief will provide more information on how to complete your submission. 

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Proven ability to deliver quality outcomes in similar projects
  • Demonstrated ability to provide resources to complete the project
  • Response to the themes of Festival 2018 (written response to the Artist Brief)
  • Detailed budget. Please consider value for money options

Complete the Festival 2018 Expression of Interest Form

Further questions?

Please contact:

Sam Gibb,
Technical & Production Coordinator Commonwealth Games
Cultural Services
Cairns Regional Council
Phone: 07 4050 7715
Mobile: 0458 073 898

Last updated: 06 October 2017