What's on

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Artists of the North - Cairns Art Society

Fri 5 Apr - Sun 05 May
Free

Gathering its members and other artists from North Queensland, in one of the largest group exhibitions in the Cairns cultural calendar, Cairns Art Society presents their ...
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Peter Shanahan's Insect Exhibition - Children's Activity

Tue 16 Apr - Sun 19 May
Free

Peter Shanahan has spent a lifetime collecting insects and educating children and adults about the fascinating lives of these little creatures.
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Nahko

Wed 24 Apr
$36.75 / $31.50 (CONC) inc b/fee

Nahko is returning to Cairns for Bluesfest Touring, featuring a solo performance at Tanks Arts Centre!
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Harmony Day Festival - Free Event

Sun 28 Apr
Free

Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity, and is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
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Tanks' Monthly Markets

Sun 28 Apr
Free

Tanks Monthly Markets are a unique slice of cultural life in the tropics and a must-do event on the Cairns calendar.
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Guitarra Flamenca - World Music

Fri 3 May
$36.75 / $31.50 (CONC) inc b/fee

Acclaimed flamenco guitarist Paco Lara together with ARIA nominated flamenco guitarist Damian Wright present a performance of spectacular flamenco guitar music.
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Moth Night with Dr David Rentz (AM)

Wed 8 May
Free (light supper provided)

This extremely popular annual event is back! For those unfamiliar with Moth Night, large white sheets are attached to trees in the Gardens to attract flying insects.
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QMusic & Close Contact Present - Industry Connect Regional Workshop

Sat 11 May
Free

Industry Connect looks at bridging the gap between in knowledge and knowhow for artists and industry professionals looking to create careers in the music industry.
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Bamboo Connect by Co-Lab | Free Activities for Kids

Sat 11 May
Free

Come and build a giant art installation out of bamboo for the Cairns Children’s Festival.
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Zennith - Flame.Music

Sat 11 May -
$25 / $20 (CONC) inc b/fee

Originating from the tropical rainforest of Kuranda, Zennith embrace a solid mix of roots, reggae, funky hip-hop and indigenous world music and now they are set to celebr...
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A is for Art Forum - Children's Art Forum

Thu 16 May
Free

This year, the Cairns Children’s Festival is holding its first exhibition of children’s art, A is for Art.
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Meg Mac - Give Me My Name Back Tour

Thu 16 May
$44 / $39 (CONC) inc b/fee

‘Give Me My Name Back’ the first track taken from Meg Mac’s forthcoming record is a compelling rallying cry about reclaiming identity, dignity and self-worth.
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The Bamboos

Fri 17 May
$43 / $38 (CONC) inc b/fee

Award winning eight-piece powerhouse, The Bamboos, continue to redefine Australian Soul music and cement their reputation as harbingers of musical evolution.
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Tinkering Tank

Sat 18 May - Sun 19 May

Come in and discover a space dedicated to tinkering!
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Karrkay Binalmal -The infant Zone

Sat 18 May - Sun 19 May
Free

Karrkay Binalmal is an exclusive space for expectant parents, partners, carers and their children aged 0-12 months.
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Lift Off

Sat 18 May
Free

It’s time for our youngest creatives to light the spark and LIFT OFF.
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The Undersea Garden

Sun 19 May

Dive into the Undersea Garden, save a whale, explore the reef, learn about recycling, invent new fish species and play in this undersea wonderland.
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Creation Stations

Sun 19 May
Free

Be surprised by these innovative installations
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screenPLAY

Sun 19 May
Free

Catch the newest releases from our youngest filmmakers.
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The Whale’s Tale by Born in a Taxi

Sun 19 May
Free

It’s time to put on your shrimp helmet, take a deep breath and dive inside the jaws of Manilayo the giant humpback whale that needs your help!
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Creepy Crawly Cardboard Castle

Sun 19 May
Free

Join C&K at the Creepy Crawly Cardboard Castle to invent, draw, make and create a creepy crawlies to adorn this cardboard play space.
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5 Minutes of Fame Stage

Sun 19 May
Free

At this year’s festival, children from around the region have an awesome opportunity to perform live on the fully produced ‘5 Minutes of Fame Stage’.
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Jina's Journey - A Show for Kids

Sun 19 May
$15.75 (ONE PRICE) | Family (2 adults + 2 children) $47 | 0-3 FREE (on parents lap only) inc. b/fee

A journey of adventure, a journey of discovery, a journey of learning.
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Undersea Garden - Re-imagined Recycled Reef Exhibition

Tue 21 May - Sun 23 Jun
Free

It’s a re-imaged reef made from recycled materials – all on dry land!
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Cop's Day Off

Fri 24 May - Thu 13 Jun
Free

See the diversity of passion and pursuits of over 60 Police Officers, from collecting honey to running a zoo, from doing yoga to running a marathon, from riding motor bik...
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Pete Marshall, BVSC, SAA, AFC, AGRA - Birds of Cattana

Fri 24 May - Wed 12 Jun
Free

Internationally recognized artist, Pete Marshall specialises in bird art and has travelled to remote and wild places around the world, researching material for her work.
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Shaz Spannenburg - Sky Flowers

Fri 24 May - Thu 13 Jun
Free

Some people chase storms, others chase eclipses. Cairns based photographer, Shaz Spannenburg chases fireworks.
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Tiki Taane & P-Digsss

Fri 24 May
$40 / $35 (CONC) inc b/fee

Tiki Taane is renowned as much for his powerful, headlining live performances as he is for the anthems he writes and produces
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Tanks' Monthly Markets

Sun 26 May
Free

Tanks Monthly Markets are a unique slice of cultural life in the tropics and a must-do event on the Cairns calendar.
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Cairns African Festival

Sun 26 May
$25 / $15 CONC / Children (16 and under) Free (Tickets at the gate)

A cultural event open to all showcasing African cuisine, music and dance with artistic performances.
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Florian Hoefner - International Jazz Quartet

Fri 31 May
$26.25 / $21.00 (CONC) inc b/fee

Led by pianist Florian Hoefner, the quartet combines highly inventive writing with electrifying improvisations and interplay.
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Birdlife Drawing with Pete Marshall

Sun 2 Jun
$40 each session

Two workshops are offered by widely recognized and multi-award winning artist, Pete Marshall.
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Arts Law Advice for Artists Workshop and One On One Clinics

Mon 3 Jun - Wed 05 Jun

These workshops and one on one advice appointments will be facilitated by lawyer Suzanne Derry.
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Birdlife Drawing with Pete Marshall

Sun 9 Jun
$40 each session

Two workshops are offered by widely recognized and multi-award winning artist, Pete Marshall.
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Deborah Conway, Willy Zygier & The Men

Fri 28 Jun
$45 / $40 (Concession, Children 6-17 years) / Children under 5 free on laps (prices include booking fee)

Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier are set to launch their 10th album together, The Words Of Men and will perform it at Tanks for one special night alongside their first alb...
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