Dedicated to enriching the lives of residents and visitors, this vibrant branch delivers an eclectic range of cultural, botanical, historical and interpretive programming, delivered in unique venues, spaces and ways.
The Creative Cairns team is committed to connecting with people, fostering growth and facilitating the expansion of skills and knowledge, embracing best practise in sustainability, with care, empathy and professionalism.
This Cairns Regional Council branch develops synergies with multicultural groups, peak government bodies, the traditional arts community, business, tourism and the community to foster creativity.
Serving the regional community, Creative Cairns has personnel based in strategic locations from Gordonvale to Mossman. The branch hub is in the new Cairns Botanic Gardens Precinct Visitor Centre, nestled at the foot of Mount Whitfield, providing a portal between Tanks Arts Centre and the Cairns Botanic Gardens.
Tanks Arts Centre
Tanks Arts Centre is Cairns' premier contemporary arts venue, incorporating music, performance, theatre and visual art with community events and engagement. Set in the Cairns Botanic Gardens Precinct, nature is entwined with culture here. Tanks takes its name from the past. The site very literally is comprised of three concrete fuel tanks, completed in 1944 for the Royal Australian Navy, decommissioned in 1987 and re-modelled into an arts centre by Cairns Regional Council, opening its doors in 1995.
Cairns Civic Theatre
Cairns Civic Theatre was the first purpose-built theatre in regional Queensland, when it opened in 1974. Capable of seating 669 people for most performances, the Cairns Civic Theatre is both a presenter organisation and a venue, for a range of live stage performances. From community theatre and school productions to touring opera, comedy and musicals, there are few events that have not graced the 11m x 11m stage of the Cairns Civic Theatre over the years.
Cairns Festival is an annual celebration of life in the tropics. A hallmark event on the Cairns calendar, incorporating music, dance, theatre, film, literary arts and collaborative events, Cairns Festival is built on the foundation of Cairns' local identity. It adds meaning to lives and fosters a sense of wonder as to what goes on around us, exploring who we are as a community and the unique sense of place we have.
Creative Partnerships fosters collaborative ventures, hosts innovative workshops and provides the grassroots linkages between Cairns Regional Council, local business, community groups and events. From public art to youth art, beautiful spaces and everything in between, the Creative Partnerships team works tirelessly, with energy, enthusiasm and innovation, to enrich the cultural offerings, development and presentations across the region.
Contact Creative Cairns today for more information on programming, events, workshops, initiatives and opportunities. We know that creativity is essential to growth and sustainability by building a fertile ground for creativity to thrive and flourish across the region.
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