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.
Strategy for culture and the arts
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 and Arts 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.
Ticketlink, operated by 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 (Cairns Little Theatre), 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.
- Based 100% in Cairns
- Uses the proven global ticketing system, ENTA by Vivaticket
- Is staffed by friendly, service-oriented, industry-trained professionals
- Follow Live Performance Australia's Ticketing Code of Conduct
Creative industry development programs
Cairns Arts and Culture Map website
Cairns Arts and Culture Map website has been developed by Cairns Regional Council to underscore the depth and breadth of the arts and culture in the region. Discover creative businesses, cultural organisations, festivals, public art, visual and performing artists, historical sites and so much more. All artists, organisations and creative industries in the Cairns region can create their own entry, so get on the map!
Flame.Arts responds to priorities identified in consultation with the local arts and cultural sector, where the development of pathways for further education and employment in the cultural industries is recognised as one of the top five challenges in the region. Flame.Arts is divided into five arts streams; Flame.Music, Flame.Visual, Flame.Design, Flame.Stage and Flame.Screen. Click here to find out more.
The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is delivered as a partnership between the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and eligible local councils across the state. It promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities and strong regions. RADF invests in local arts and cultural priorities, as determined by local communities, across Queensland.
Council's Community Grant Program provides financial and in-kind assistance to eligible community groups and organisations for cultural, social, sport and economic development initiatives.
Multi arts Residency Program
Developed by Tanks Arts Centre, the Artist in Residence program caters to a range of arts practitioners across multiple disciplines. Opportunities for both long and short term projects exist, especially those which include a connection to or a presentation outcome at Tanks Arts Centre. Click here to find out more about this program.
Public art in the Cairns region reflects the unique character and lifestyle of the region. Cultural Services is responsible for the management and maintenance of Council’s extensive public art collection, as well as the acquisition and commission of new works, as underpinned by Council's corporate objectives that seek to build Cairns’ reputation as a vibrant and contemporary public art city.
Currently, there are several opportunities for artists to submit concept development quotations to acquire and commission up to three new public artwork opportunities, and one additional public artwork opportunity from up to three artists. View more information about these public art opportunities at the Cairns Esplanade Dining Precinct. Submissions close 10 February 2021.
Cultural Services is also actively involved in public art projects, including the facilitation of the popular Community Murals Program.
Public art continues to play a central role in Council’s creative place making initiatives. A new Public Art and Creative Placemaking Strategy ( PDF, 2.02 MB ) was endorsed by Council in November 2020 to provide guidelines and procedures for the commissioning, management, maintenance, de-accessioning and implementation of public art.
Cultural Services delivers an exciting program of projects and events each year catering to all sectors of the community. Our volunteer program is designed to provide a range of benefits for people wanting to contribute their time to our projects. Click here to read more about the volunteer opportunities available.