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June 2021

Tue 01

Bridgette Gower - Buggin' and Shroomin'

Tue 1 June - Sun 4 July Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre

Cairns macro photographer Bridgette Gower has spent over 1000 hours photographing the miniature lifeforms in the Cairns Botanic Gardens and her own backyard. 

This small exhibition shows you how much beauty there is to be found if you know where to look. So many animals go completely unnoticed and under-appreciated until you see the incredible details that come into view with a macro photograph. 

Bridgette’s images feature a variety of animals found in Cairns and regularly seen on her Let’s Go Buggin and Let’s Go Shroomin Tours. 

You can also get a the first glimpse of her Disco Bugs Collection that was inspired by her past life as a DJ. A combination of beautiful bugs and jumping spiders photographed in her backyard. 

All the prints are for sale and more photographs can be made to order. 

For more info, see Bridgette's website or The Tanks' website

Exhibition is open: 8.30am – 4.00pm Weekdays, 9.30am – 2.00pm Weekends until 4th July

Tue 01

Hannah Parker and Jane Dennis - SKIN: peels, heals and regenerates

Tue 1 June - Tue 20 July Tanks Arts Centre

A fresh exhibition of recent works on paper and other mediums by two of our region’s favourite artists. 

Knowing that life constantly changes, both Jane and Hannah strive to push through personal boundaries. 

Exploring their own creative processes and perceptions they both yearn to find context in the current landscape. 

Through dissection and reconstruction, their conflict takes form. It is random and eclectic, delicately balanced with the fabulously disturbed. 

Exhibition open through to Sunday June 20, 9.00am – 4.30pm Weekdays, 10am – 2.00pm Weekends

See the Tanks Arts Centre website for more details 

Image caption: Fish Mountain, ink on cloth by Jane Dennis

Thu 03

Ben Elton - Live 2021

Tanks Art Centre

Due to popular demand, Ben Elton’s critically acclaimed ‘Live’ show will be coming to Cairns this June.

As Ben says: "The last time I toured I was still smarter than my phone. Things have definitely taken a funny turn."

Ben Elton exploded onto the comedy scene more than 30 years ago, hosting Channel 4’s groundbreaking Saturday Live. Since then Elton has achieved huge success as a stand-up comic, author, playwright, actor and director. He's written television shows such as The Young Ones, Blackadder 2, Blackadder The Third, Blackadder Goes Forth, The Thin Blue Line, the famous ‘exam’ episode of Mr Bean and many more, as well writing and directing two feature films: 2000’s Maybe Baby and 2017’s Australian-made Three Summers. Last year he wrote Kenneth Branagh’s critically acclaimed biopic of William Shakespeare All Is True which starred Judi Dench and Ian McKellen.

Tickets and tour info

Sat 05

Cairns African Festival 2021

1:00pm - 9:00pm Tanks Arts Centre -Proudly Presented By Cairns African Association

Combining Africa Day and the International Day of the African Child celebrations, the Cairns African Festival this year will be bigger and better!

With free African drumming workshops, African craft and charity stalls, African food stalls, Fashion Parade and an array of talented local and interstate performers, the Cairns African Festival is the biggest African cultural event in the region.

Entry Cost (Excluding Ticketlink fee):-

Adults $25
Pension/ Concession $20
Youth 12-17 years $15
Children under 12 are free.

Tickets available from TicketLink

Sat 05

Jimeoin - Ramble On

7:00pm CPAC

A stalwart of Australian comedy and all-round likeable rogue, comedian Jimeoin in his new stand up show Ramble On! happily imparts his clever and quirky observations on everyday suburban life in his trademark devil-may-care style. 

'Recalls the familiar at fantastically silly level, boiling his audience down to a tear-filled, gibbering mess' (Scotland on Sunday). 

'Hilarious... If laughter's the best medicine, Jimeoin is a course of steroids... Don't miss it!' (Edinburgh Evening News).

Tickets $59.90 from TicketLink.

Sun 06

Good Morning Vietnam, Music from the Vietnam War Era - Live in Concert!

2:00pm CPAC

It was the war that generated some of the 20th Century’s most iconic pop, folk, soul and rock songs. The music of a generation who stood on the precipice of massive change! These were the songs of hope, courage, love, loss, anger, and resistance…most of all, these were the songs of connection. 

This was a generation defined by its music: The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Peter, Paul and Mary, and the list goes on…just like the beat! 

Good Morning Vietnam – Music from the Vietnam War Era, Live in Concert! features some of the most iconic songs from the 60's and 70's. Come and relive the music of the Vietnam War Era, as you sing and dance along to every iconic song! 

$1 per ticket is donated to Guitars For Vets Australia - Tickets $69.90from TicketLink.

Mon 07

Ask Me Anything 'Social Media' Workshop - Business Station

10:30am Level 2, Centrepoint Arcade, 8 Rankin St, Innisfail

The digital world is ever-evolving, it can be hard to keep up! In this session, presenter Renee Dembowski will answer your questions about the most frequently used platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Google My Business, LinkedIn, Snapchat and TikTok. No question is too big or too small (OR silly).

If you’ve wanted someone to break down aspects of social media specific to your business/industry or to get more clients and build your business using social media, this is the workshop for you. 

PLEASE NOTE: To register for this event you must be a business (0-19 employees) and provide your ABN. 

Bring your laptop, this is a practical, hands on workshop.

This workshop is brought to you by Business Station and AusIndustry under the ASBAS Digital Solutions Program.

Tue 08

Energy Healings, Tarot, Intuitive & other Readings Evening

6:30pm - 8:00pm Cairns Spiritual Centre Inc. 1/194 Spence Street Bungalow

Everyone is welcome at these friendly and informal evenings. You are also welcome to volunteer your gift as a healer, reader or both! We aim for everyone attending to receive at least one healing or reading of 20 minutes.
Healing practitioners of various modalities including Reiki, intuitive channelled energy, the Emotion Code and Healing Touch are regularly available. These evenings have an exceptional energy about them, which is very relaxed.

Entry: $10.00

Volunteer card readers, healers and admin always welcome.

Wed 09

Cairns Spiritual Centre - Open Day

9:00am - 12:30pm Cairns Spiritual Centre Inc. 1/194 Spence Street Bungalow

The Centre is open Wednesday 9am-12.30pm.  $5 entry includes refreshments and meditation. (meditation 9.30 - 10am) Healings and Readings - $20 (approx. 30 mins) concessions available

Drop in for a cup of coffee or tea and a biscuit.

Browse the extensive library, borrow books, hire DVDs and CDs.

You can meet with like-minded people, reconnect with yourself and find new friends.

One of our members leads a different meditation each week.

Healing Book ~ Add the name of the person, country, event that you would like to be healed and healing energy will be focused there at every Meditation. We invite you to volunteer and lead one of your favourite meditations.

Volunteer card readers, healers and admin always welcome

Thu 10

Spiritual Development Evening

6:30pm - 9:30pm Cairns Spiritual Centre Inc. 1/194 Spence Street Bungalow

Each week we have a different facilitator talking about and teaching their special subjects. Some of the subjects covered are numerology, tarot, different healing modalities and even mediumship. To find out what is on this week like our Facebook page or email the secretary to get our weekly "what’s on" newsletter.

Cost to members is $5.00, non-members $8.00

You can join on the night for only $10.00. Membership entitles you to borrow library books and hire CD’s and DVDs at a reasonable cost.

Volunteer speakers, card readers, healers and admin always welcome.

Sat 12

Gordonvale Sugar Solstice

2:00am - 8:00pm Norman Park

Gordonvale Sugar Solstice is a good old fashion country fair. In it's first year, run by the Gordonvale Chamber of Commerce it will be enjoyable for the whole family.  

The Fair will include Stalls, Food, Entertainment, Show rides, Tractor & Car display, and much much more.

This event will include fireworks in Norman Park Gordonvale from 7:45-8pm. Please think of your animals if you live in the area.

ALSO Mill street along the Norman park section will be closed from 12pm-8pm. Alternative route is available.

Sat 12

Tarot and other readings, Energy Healings, Intuitive Circle and Meditation

9:30am - 2:00pm Cairns Spiritual Centre Inc. 1/194 Spence Street Bungalow

The Centre is open Saturdays 9.30 am to 2pm.  $5 entry includes refreshments and meditation. (meditation 12 noon)

Join in the Intuitive Circle between 10 and 11 am

Healings and Readings - $20 (approx. 30 mins) concessions available

Drop in for a cup of coffee or tea and a biscuit.

Browse the extensive library. Borrow books, hire DVDs and CDs.

You can meet with like-minded people, reconnect with yourself and find new friends.

One of our members leads a different meditation each week.

Healing Book ~ Add the name of the person, country, event that you would like to be healed and healing energy will be focused there at every Meditation. We invite you to volunteer and lead one of your favourite meditations.

Volunteer card readers, healers and admin always welcome

Sat 12

Festival of the Knob 2021

10:00am - 4:00pm Community Centre, Old School Parklands, Wattle St, Yorkeys Knob

Celebrate 16 years of the Festival of the Knob with "The COVID Creation" 

The festival is back, and COVID compliant. 

Entertainment includes the Official Crowning the King & Queen of the Knob 2021 

Voting at Yorkeys Knob Post Office

Market Stalls, Food, Rides and raffle drawn on the day 

A family fun day for all at the Community Centre, Old School Parklands, Wattle St, Yorkeys Knob 

Enquiries: David 0422 469 174 or Lorri 0427 694 036 or

Sat 12

Cairns Bat Festival 2021

5:00pm - 8:00pm Wharf One Cafe

What's all the fuss about bats? Find out at the Cairns Bat Festival, 12 June at Wharf One Café, Cairns city (on Trinity Wharf) from 5pm till 8pm. Yes, the bat festival is back- it's a bat party and it's bigger and better. Celebrate bats and delve into their mysterious world. Get the true Bat Facts and bust those bat myths. Watch endangered spectacled flying-foxes fly over Trinity Inlet. Learn how you can help conserve this flying-fox by recording your sightings as we officially launch the Save Our Spectacled Flying-fox Watch project. 

The event features live music by Toshi and friends, guest speakers Drs Tessa Laird and David Westcott, a surprise play, face painting and glitter bat tattoos, a microbat walk, wildlife art and other 'bat' shopping and a raffle to win prizes that get you closer to the wonderful world heritage nature of the region. Prizes for best bat costume. 

All funds raised assist bat care. To get you in the mood discover the Flying-fox Cocktail (and mocktail) trail - various venues from 4th - 18th June and thank bats for the ingredients of your drink. Then to finish off the festival, find us at the Bat Cave at EcoFiesta on Sunday 13th June (Munro Martin Parklands 10am - 6pm) for more batty fun. 

Don't forget those bat costumes!

Cairns Bat Festival is supported by Cairns Regional Council and is part of the Australasian Bat night Program. The Save Our Spectacled Flying-fox Project is made possible through a Queensland Government Community Sustainability grant, Protecting Queensland’s threatened Satellite event of EcoFiesta Cairns species. 

Sun 13

Cairns Gem Club Open Day and Markets

8:00am - 2:00pm 85 Greenslopes St, Edgehill

Jewellery stalls, coffee van, sausage sizzle, home made cakes and cold drinks, raffle cent sale, gem sand sieving for kids, kids lucky dips, jewellery making demos , membership sign ups, class sign ups and rock and fossil displays. To raise money for our not for profit organisation to cover costs of site and tools. To show case our members talents in jewellery making.

Sun 13

Cardwell Art in the Park

8:00am - 1:00pm Cardwell Jetty

Come out and enjoy a weekend in Cardwell at Art in the Park. Bringing artistic expression out into a shared community space, it creates opportunities for everyone to engage with, be challenged by, and be inspired by art in its many forms. Set along the beautiful Cardwell Foreshore.

There will be a great variety of media including pottery, glass, jewellery, furniture, woodworking, fibre, paintings, photography, and apparel handmade by the various artists.

Sun 13

Cairns Ecofiesta 2021

10:00am - 6:00pm Munro Martin Parklands

Immerse yourself in a day of stellar performances, hands on workshops and a massive eco-expo at Queensland's premier sustainability festival, the Cairns Ecofiesta. 

Skills and thrills abound, with free entry at our new venue, the lush Munro Martin Parklands. 

The Ecofiesta features a dedicated family program to please all ages - come and see why it really is the festival with a difference.

Mon 14

Meditation on Twin Hearts & Mini Pranic Healing Clinic

6:30pm Cairns Spiritual Centre Inc. 1/194 Spence Street Bungalow

Join Kaylah for this very rewarding healing meditation, followed by mini Pranic Healing sessions... Come early for intro and a chat.

Meditation on Twin Hearts is a core meditation of Pranic Healing. It activates the Heart and Crown chakras by blessing the Earth with Loving Kindness.

Benefits Include.....

Inner peace and happiness

Improving mood and physical vitality

Better memory and concentration

Harmonious relationships and better self confidence

Clarity of mind and improved efficiency

The practice is guided and suitable for beginners and experienced meditators.

For more information call Kaylah on 0438 183 951.

Sat 19

Cairns Men's Shed - Garage & Car Boot Sale

8:00am - 12:30pm 186 Irene Street Mooroobool

Cairns Men's Shed is holding a Garage and Car Boot Sale at their premises at 186 Irene Street Mooroobool (next to the Football Grounds) on Saturday 19th June at 8am to raise funds for our community projects help in the local community.

Items for sale: Tools; Plants & Seedlings; Books; CD'S; Paints; Toys; Clothes; Turned Timber Items; Brick-a Brak; Sausage Sizzle; Cold Drinks; and lots more.

Car Boot sites cost $15.00 and contact: Bruce Bimrose 4054 1949 

If you require any further information you can contact Stall Supervisor Bruce Bimrose Ph. 4054 1949 or 0407 889 430 Email:

Fri 25

Inkmasters Print Exhibition 2021

Fri 25 June 9:00am - Sun 25 July 4:30pm Tanks Arts Centre

This exhibition, part of the fifth biennial InkFest, features print-based works by regional, national and international artists.

InkMasters Cairns promotes printmaking in all its various forms, traditional and contemporary. New works by local and emerging artists are shown alongside those of prominent national and international artists. Judges will select works for the award of prizes which will be announced at the launch. 

The InkMasters Print Exhibition is part of InkFest 2021, an art festival of all things print. InkFest is supported by a range of program partners. 

Exhibition dates: Fri 25 June - Sun 25 July 

9am - 4.30pm weekdays, 10am - 2pm weekends 

Venue: Tank 4, Tanks Arts Centre, Edge Hill, Cairns 

Cost: Free

Image caption: The Flowering, reduction linocut by Anna Curtis

Sat 26

Grrrls to the North

7:00pm Tanks Arts Centre

Presented by QMusic and supported by the Queensland Government via the Advancing Women in Business initiative. 

Grrrls to the North is proud to bring Brisbane based hip-hop sensation Jesswar to Cairns alongside a lineup of prominent local artists as part of a regional tour to Far North Queensland. Join Jesswar, Dizzy Doolan, Kayla Gagai, and Bellani for a night of female empowerment and a celebration of women in the music industry. 

Grrrls to the North is a live music regional tour visiting 4 location in Far North Queensland across 4 days in June. Bringing prominent Brisbane rap/hip-hop artist Jesswar alongside a lineup of local artists from each region, the tour aims to highlight the impact that women and female-identifying artists and industry professionals have on the Queensland music industry. The tour is produced by a team of 9 emerging music industry professionals/mentees working alongside their 8 mentors to create a sensational tour for the local communities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

QMentorship is a QMusic Women in Music program, Produced by QMusic and supported by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training's Advancing Women in Business initiative.

Tickets $29.90 available through Tanks Arts Centre