Website puts Cairns’ art and culture on the map

Published: 21 Feb 2018

A website mapping arts and cultural facilities and features is set to go live, as Cairns Regional Council takes further steps to gain recognition as the Arts and Culture Capital of Northern Australia.

The Cairns Arts and Culture Map is just days away from being launched, following an extensive development phase involving the local arts community.

Mayor Bob Manning said the website would act as an online tool to geographically map and promote the region’s cultural assets.

“It will include a compilation arts facilities and spaces, major festivals, public art locations, creative industries, arts organisations, places of historical significance and artworks held by Council,” Cr Manning said.

“We will soon be inviting everyone in the Cairns arts and cultural sector to create a free listing to promote their services.”

The website is a key element of a proposed five-year Strategy for Culture and the Arts 2022, which was today supported by Council’s Cultural Services Committee.

“This strategy sets out the key steps that we need to take to uncover the true cultural potential of our city,” Cr Manning said.

“It identifies opportunities that exist and the actions we can take to grow and advance our city’s cultural identity – including where further investment is needed.”

The draft plan contains 26 strategies and 99 actions separated into three core priority areas.

It identifies the completion of the Cairns Performing Arts Centre and the future Cairns Courthouse Arts Precinct as key milestones, along with the presentation of the upcoming Festival 2018 as part of Cairns’ role as a GC2018 Commonwealth Games Event City.

Other priority initiatives include actions to improve access to cultural experiences, increase youth engagement in the arts, and invest in the development of the region’s Indigenous performing arts sector.

In addition, a State of the Arts research project is proposed to be undertaken in partnership with James Cook University and Central Queensland University

“This has the potential to be a ground-breaking collaboration, providing insight into the value of culture and the arts to our community both in social terms and economically,” Cr Manning said.

The draft Strategy for Culture and The Arts 2022 is recommended to be adopted by Council at next week’s Ordinary Meeting.

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Last updated: 21 February 2018