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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]


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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Entropy Exhibition - Deborah Redwood, Dr. Robyn Glade Wright and Barbara Dover

Thu 5 Jul - Thu 26 Jul
Free

Entropy is the big picture in climate change. Entropy states everything heads towards death and disorder.
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Emma Constantine Residency - Me and Nature: Making Sense of Myself and It

Thu 19 Jul - Fri 03 Aug

Emma Constantine is a British performance artist on a tour of residencies around Australia.
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Ephemeral Workshops with Deborah Redwood

Thu 19 Jul
FREE (limited spaces – bookings essential)

Students will be introduced to ephemeral art.
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Introduction to Botanical Art with Jessie Rose Ford

Sat 21 Jul - Sun 22 Jul
$69

Jessie will guide you through her step-by-step process to create your own beautiful botanical art.
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Entropy Workshops with Deborah Redwood

Sat 21 Jul
FREE (limited spaces – bookings essential)

The aim of these workshops is to create coral from wire armatures and paper mache clay.
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Tanks Round Cinema - How They Got Over (2017)

Wed 25 Jul
Adults $17.00 End Credits Members $12.00 Gov Benefit concession $12.00 Seniors $12.00 Tertiary $12.00 inc b/fee

A feature length documentary about the African-American quartets who traveled the back roads of the Deep South in the 1930s and 40s creating a hard gospel sound and vigor...
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Entropy and Climate Change - Deborah Redwood Artist Talk

Thu 26 Jul
Free

Join the artist to discuss entropy in art and how this relates to climate change.
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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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Tanks Unplugged

Fri 27 Jul
$12.60 / $10.50 (CONC) inc b/fee

A Tanks’ series that showcases the best of live and local music.
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Artist's Talk and Workshop with Emma Constantine

Sat 28 Jul
Free

Meet Emma, see her work and join her in a photographic workshop in the Cairns Botanic Gardens.
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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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Tanks' Monthly Markets

Sun 29 Jul
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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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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Unfurl Exhibition - Jessie Rose Ford

Tue 31 Jul - Mon 03 Sep
Free

A body of work encompassing Jessie’s plant explorations during her two week artist residency at the Cairns Botanic Gardens.
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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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Ever Widening Circles

Wed 1 Aug - Thu 30 Aug
Free

A reference to the expanding use of materials and techniques as well as friendships forged along the way.
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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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Trees in History with Peter Hitchcock

Wed 8 Aug
$5 members / $10 non-members (includes a light refreshment)

A presentation about 5 tree species that have played distinctive roles in human history.
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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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Cut and Dried and Twisted Workshop with Wendy Sheils

Sat 11 Aug
$15 Adult / $10 Student/Conc

Cut designs into long-lasting leaves and bamboo sheaths ans also learn to make string from natural fibres.
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New Shoots: A Garden of Poems

Sun 12 Aug
Free (includes afternoon tea following the tour)

Part of the Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, the tour will be led by Friends of the Cairns Botanic Gardens.
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Which Way Home

Tue 14 Aug
2:00pm Performance Prices: All tickets $15.75 | Group (10+) $12.60 per ticket plus one complimentary ticket for every 10 purchased. 7:30pm Performance Prices: Adult $36.75 | Concession/Youth (15-21 y/o) $31.50 | Group (10+) $31.50 per ticket plus one complimentary ticket for every 10 purchased.

Tash and her Dad are going on a road trip. Home to country, where the sky is higher, and the world goes on forever.
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PechaKucha Night - Volume 24

Wed 15 Aug
$5 tickets sold on the door + gold coin donation to PechaKucha

An entertaining evening of spoken word dedicated to National Science Week.
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DIY Resin Art Workshop

Sat 18 Aug
$230

You will be guided through the process in a hands-on workshop and create your very own resin artwork.
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DIY Resin Art Workshop

Sun 19 Aug
$230

You will be guided through the process in a hands-on workshop and create your very own resin artwork.
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Humans by Circa

Thu 30 Aug - Fri 31 Aug
$36.75 / $31.50 (CONC) inc b/fee

Ten acrobats take us on a stirring journey of what it means to be human.
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Energy 2018

Fri 31 Aug - Sun 30 Sep
Free

A presentation of visual art produced by school students across the region.
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Carnival On Collins 2018

Sun 2 Sep
Free

A Cairns Father’s Day tradition! Join in this annual street party celebrated in the Tanks Arts Centre and Cairns Botanic Gardens Precinct.
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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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Sheppard - Watching The Sky Tour

Sun 23 Sep
$45 / $40 (CONC) inc b/fee

Sheppard wield pop music like a weapon, and it hits like a smart bomb.
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Tommy Little & Luke McGregor - LIVE

Sat 20 Oct
All tickets $47 including booking fee

Two of the biggest names in Australian Comedy – Tommy Little and Luke McGregor are bringing their bromance to Cairns this October.
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The Superjesus - 20 Years of Sumo

Sat 17 Nov
$42 / $36.75 (CONC) inc b/fee

20 years of Sumo
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