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Cairns Regional Council area


Cairns Regional Council area manages several creative venues and delivers many artistic and cultural programs to enrich the lives of residents and visitors. It works closely with the creative industries, multicultural groups, government bodies, businesses and the wider community to foster creativity in their area.

Arts and Culture

Current relevant plans and strategies

Cairns Regional Council Corporate Plan 2013-2018

Festivals and Events

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF)

Cairns Tropical Writers Festival

Babinda Harvest Festival

Cairns Airport Adventure Festival

Festival of the Knob

Cairns Ukele Festival

Cairns Underwater Film Festival

Cairns Festival

Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival

Reef Feast – Palm Cove

Solid Screen Festival

Understory Film Festival

Iranian Film Festival

Artists of the North

Carnivale on Collins

Yarrabah Band Festival


Arts and Cultural Assets


Cairns Convention Centre

Cairns Little Theatre Rondo Theatre

Tanks Arts Centre

Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns (Includes KickArts Contemporary Arts; and Jute Theatre)


Cairns Regional Gallery

Canopy Art Centre

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

UMI Arts

Museums and Heritage

Cairns Museum

Cairns Historical Society


Arts Queensland investment

We are proud to partner with Cairns Regional Council to support a range of local arts and cultural initiatives through the Regional Arts Development Fund in addition to investments through our other funding programs.

View previous funding recipients.

Other Queensland Government investment 

The Queensland Government also provides funding for local arts and cultural activities through the following investment programs: