Cultural Services are facilitators, planners, presenters and animators who are connected to our community and respond to its needs with creative, flexible support and development. Our role is to harness the ample creative energy of Cairns and build upon the strength of the cultural sector as a whole, through relevant and informed strategy setting, productive partnerships and innovative programming across our branch.
in 2020 Cairns Regional Council launched a new magazine that highlights the arts and cultural programs, projects and events of Cultural Services. Read more about Vibrance.
Arts and Culture Strategy for Cairns
Cultural Planning plays an important role in decision making and guides the delivery of cultural services. Cairns Regional Council’s Strategy for Culture and the Arts 2022 provides a framework for Council to prioritise, coordinate and manage the city’s resources, and deliver ongoing programming and provision of grants and infrastructure that will stimulate and sustain the cultural and creative vitality of the region. Read more about Council's Culture Strategy.
Council owns and operates three of the City's key performance venues which attract national and international acts as well as providing a platform for local artists.
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.
Many of Council's creative programs are provided by Cultural Services with an emphasis on capacity building to continually develop and strengthen the creative industries in the City.
- Cairns Arts and Culture Map website
- Cairns Children's Festival
- Cairns Minecraft Server
- Children's Entertainers & Workshops Facilitators
- Close Contact Cairns
- Community grants
- Community Murals Program
- Cultural Services Volunteer Program
- Moving Picture Nights
- Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)
- Strategy for Culture and the Arts 2022
- Understory Film Festival
Cultural Services Volunteer Program
The Cultural Services Team of Cairns Regional Council delivers an exciting program of projects and events each year catering to all sectors of the community around our beautiful city and unique venues, contributing to the creative diversity in the Far North.
- Read more about volunteer opportunities available
Ticketing specialist for Far North Queensland
Ticketlink, operated by the Cairns Regional Council, provides ticketing services for events held at the Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Munro Martin Parklands, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns Convention Centre, the Rondo, and many other venues in Far North Queensland.
Ticketlink is a local alternative to national ticketing agencies and impersonal online packages. We provide genuine insight into the local market and, being locally based, offer an unmatched commitment to the local arts industry and the local community that supports it.
- Ticketlink, based 100% in Cairns, provides ticketing services for entertainment, sporting, community and other special events
- Ticketlink uses the proven global ticketing system, ENTA
- It is staffed by friendly, service-oriented, industry-trained professionals