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Tanks Arts Centre has been awarded Cairns' best entertainment venue for the last seven years (and counting), cementing our position as the leading contemporary music venue in the region.  [More]


Rusty's Botanica - An Exhibition of Botanical Art & Craft

Wed 9 May - Sun 03 Jun
Free

The seed for Rusty’s Botanica was sown when Julie McEnerny realised that many of her workshop participants pursued other creative pastimes. They were invited to exhibit ...
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Spices of Cairns Exhibition

Wed 9 May - Sun 03 Jun
Free

A visual display of spices from our region. See these amazing plants in their original form and learn how to harvest and then use them for everyday purposes.
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N.Q. Weaving 2018

Fri 1 Jun - Thu 14 Jun
Free

During the exhibition and workshops the regions weavers and natural fibre crafters will showcase collaborative and interactive pieces with an emphasis on ecological and c...
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Angela Meyer - Grammars of Ornament: Windows in Time

Fri 1 Jun - Thu 14 Jun
Free

In this body of work Angela Meyer is interested in identity politics, disparity and unity in historical narratives and the tropical world as a place of abundant nature an...
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Hayley McCann - Still Process

Fri 1 Jun - Thu 14 Jun
Free

‘Still Process’ is Hayley McCann’s first solo exhibition, a collection of original works using black ink and coloured pencil on paper, inspired by botanicals observed in ...
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Donna Davis - Unseen

Fri 1 Jun - Thu 14 Jun

Donna Davis navigates the intersection between art and science to develop works that capture and create sites of ecological observation.
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Cosmic Psychos

Fri 1 Jun
$31.50 / $26.25 (CONC) inc b/fee

Australia’s greatest export since Crocodile Dundee, Cosmic Psychos are hitting the road following the upcoming release of their 11th studio album, Loudmouth Soup.
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Art & Science Talk

Sat 2 Jun

Join artist, Donna Davis and ecologist, Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher to hear them discuss some of the artistic and scientific concepts behind the works in the Unseen exhib...
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Dan Sultan - Killer Solo Tour

Sat 2 Jun
$40 / $35 All tickets inc b/fee

Leaving his incredible band at home, the Killer Solo Tour will see the Melbourne musician strip things back to basics – just Dan Sultan, his piano and guitar.
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Botanica Exhibition

Tue 5 Jun - Sun 01 Jul
Free

Featuring work created by JCU Creative Media Students, this exhibition showcases the living wonderland that exists within the gardens.
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The 78-Storey Treehouse

Tue 5 Jun
All tickets $17.85, Group 10+ $13.65 Plus one complimentary ticket for every ten purchased. All prices include b/fee

Andy and Terry’s treehouse just keeps on growing.
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The Whitlams 25th Anniversary Tour

Fri 8 Jun

The Whitlams are marking 25 years in the business
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Tropical Arts Theatre Workshop

Sat 9 Jun
Free

Come and try Tropical Arts' inclusive theatre-making style.
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Yemen Blues

Sat 9 Jun
$36.75 / $31.50 (CONC) inc b/fee

Yemen Blues’ original sound and world-renowned live performances have invented a new language in contemporary music, provoking joy wherever they play.
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Art & Science Talk

Wed 13 Jun
Free

Experience an evening with resident artist Donna Davis and Dr Sandra Abell from the Australian Tropical Herbarium.
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Rainforests - What Makes Them Tick - with Barry Muir

Wed 13 Jun
$5 members / $10 non-members (includes a light refreshment)

This fascinating talk explores the distribution of global rainforest types and the environmental factors that control where they occur in Australia.
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Cairns ARTescape 2018 - Winter School in the Tropics - Cairns Art Society

Mon 18 Jun - Fri 22 Jun

Cairns ARTescape offers a five day program of concentrated workshops with some of Australia’s leading tutors, all highly esteemed in their respective fields.
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JCU Inspire Me Week - Creative Workshops and Demonstrations

Tue 19 Jun - Sun 24 Jun
Free

James Cook University presents a week of free activities, workshops, and demonstrations designed to inspire, educate and create!
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QMusic & Close Contact Present - Industry Connect Regional Workshop

Sat 23 Jun
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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Body, Mind & Soul Market Day

Sun 24 Jun
Free

The 13th annual BMS Market is a day of inspiration, information and messages from beyond, with over 180 market stalls including the addition of new age healers and local,...
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Tanks Round Cinema - The Song Keepers

Wed 27 Jun
Adults $17 End Credits Members $12 Gov Benefit concession $12 Seniors $12 Tertiary $12 inc b/fee

Award winning documentary filmmaker, Naina Sen, takes us on an adventure as the unlikeliest band on earth goes on tour… to the other side of the world!
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Pride in Authority - An Exhibition of Cultural Longevity

Fri 29 Jun - Tue 24 Jul
Free

A major highlight of CIAF’s program of satellite exhibitions stemming from a collaboration between CIAF and three remote Aboriginal communities: Aurukun, Pormpuraaw and B...
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Vera Blue

Fri 29 Jun
All tickets $54 inc b/fee

Vera Blue, one of Australia’s most exciting breakthrough artists, has announced her first ever headline show in Cairns, after a recent standout performance at Groovin The...
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Bulmba-Barra - CIAF 2018 Fashion Performance

Thu 12 Jul - Sat 14 Jul
Preview Performance $26.25 inc b/fee (PG) All other Performances $67 inc b/fee (PG)

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Fashion Performance is a new way for audiences to experience artistic and cultural practice of Queensland's Indigenous peoples, through art...
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Tanks Round Cinema - The Edge of Film Culture

Wed 25 Jul
$17 / $12 (CONC) inc b/fee

Attention film devotees! Tanks Arts Centre and End Credits Film Club present a fresh cinema series on the edge in the cool comfort of climate controlled Tank 5.
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Inkmasters Print Exhibition 2018 by Inkmasters Cairns

Fri 27 Jul - Sun 19 Aug
Free

The fourth biennial InkFest print exhibition features print-based works by regional, national and international artists.
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QMusic & Close Contact Present - Industry Connect Regional Workshop

Fri 27 Jul
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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VEXPO

Sun 29 Jul
Free

A community event showcasing a range of Volunteer opportunities available for Cairns people of all abilities and ages to join groups and build social connection around co...
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The Big Print - Inkmasters Cairns

Sun 29 Jul
Free

The Big Print, part of InkFest 2018, is a community activity involving Cairns Pan Stars Steel Orchestra and many pairs of dancing feet to create a very, very large print.
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Tue 31 Jul - Wed 01 Aug
All tickets $17.85, Group 10+ $13.65 Plus one complimentary ticket for every ten purchased. Prices include b/fee

This is a timeless classic for all generations.
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Bungalow featuring Mike Rivett

Fri 3 Aug
$26.25 / $21.00 (CONC) inc b/fee

With their feet planted in the cool school tradition of jazz, Bungalow lays bare their hearts, holding them out for the audience to behold.
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Kasey Chambers - Campfire Tour

Thu 9 Aug
Show Ticket Only Adult - $61 Child (under 15yrs) - $42 Show Ticket + CD Bundle $61 + $15.50 (CD & postage component) = $76.50

Join Kasey Chambers by the “Campfire” for a musical journey through the stories of places, people, cultures and sounds that have inspired one of Australia’s most revered ...
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Bell Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

Fri 14 Sep
Adult - $44.00 Gov Benefit Card Holder - $38.85 Seniors Card Holder - $38.85 Child/Youth (13-17) - $19 Group (10+) - $38.85 (1 comp per 10) School Group - $15.75 inc b/fee

Brutus is suspicious. Cassius is conspiring. Caesar’s days are numbered.
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Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Sat 15 Sep
All tickets $56 inc b/fee

Witnessing Melbourne Ska Orchestra live is explosive and infectious.
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