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March 2021

Sat 06

Have a Cup of Coffee for Cancer

- Kuranda

Over the last 5 years Jennifer Rooks has completed a yearly walk for Cancer Queensland and 2021 and 2022 will be no different.

In a few weeks she will walk the Rail Trails from Kilkivan to Ipswich, solo and a distance of about 300klms.

In late 2022 she plans to finish the Via Francigena Walk from the Italian border in the Swiss Alps to St Peter’s in Rome. This walk will be solo and a distance of over 1000klms. These walks have become very personal for her.

She has promised the Queensland Cancer Council that she would raise $10,000 by the end of 2022 and now asks the people of Kuranda and surrounding towns to support her in buying a cup of coffee or giving a small donation, as everyone has been touched by Cancer.

A percentage of most coffees sold on Saturday 6th March in Kuranda will be returned to Cancer Queensland. There will also be a raffle on the day and tickets are now ready for anyone wishing to purchase. Donation tins are also being placed on some shop counters for individual donations or loose change.

If you have any further queries please contact Jennifer Rooks at the Kuranda Visitor Information Centre or on her  Roaming Roads FB site and she will personally contact you. Please support Kuranda businesses and buy a cup of coffee for a very important cause.

Cancer Council Queensland has helped her to set up a donation site, please visit and donate by clicking he image below.

Wed 17

Jennifer Valmadre - Continuum

Wed 17 March - Sun 21 March Cairns Art Gallery, Cnr Abbott & Shields sts, Cairns

Jennifer Valmadre is a Cairns-based artist who skilfully works across a range of media, including ceramics, sculpture and encaustic painting. Continuum spans seventeen years of her art practice and focuses on three works in the Permanent Collection of the Cairns Art Gallery. Jennifer grew up on the family’s sugar cane farm near Cairns. Land and the cyclical processes of farming informed much of her early work. She explains that the rhythm and predictability of farm life gave her a deep sense of security, even when the landscape around her was utterly transformed after harvesting of the cane, and when the land was laid bare and open to the world.

Thu 18

Wuchopperen Children and Family Centre Open Day

11:00am - 1:00pm 6 Moignard Street, Manoora

Come along to Wuchopperen to find out about all the programs and services available for children and families.

A range of activities will be available on the day including a petting zoo, goody bags and a free lunch!

Fri 19

Reframing the Exotics

Fri 19 March - Sun 2 May Cairns Art Gallery

Truth and fiction, and the dissonance between imagined futures and contemporary existence are powerfully interpreted through the photographs of Sammy Baloji, a contemporary artist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ade Adekola who lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.

Through their work each artist examines the impacts of economic imperialism and globalisation, and the devastating and consequential effects on natural resources, the environment and black communities. 

Sat 20

Archibald Prize 2020

Sat 20 March - Thu 20 May Cairns Art Gallery

The Archibald Prize comes to Cairns for the first time in its 99 year history. Prestigious and controversial, The Archibald Prize is Australia’s oldest and most respected award for portraiture. Featuring portraits of some of Australia’s most well known faces, Cairns Art Gallery are offering free entry to this famous exhibition.

This exhibition is on for 6 weeks only.


Sun 21

THE MARKET PLACE at The Pier Cairns

- The Pier Cairns

The Pier’s markets are back and tastier, craftier, and bubblier than ever! These are great undercovered air-conditioned all weather markets. Bringing you the best in local crafts, you are bound to be surprised and delighted. Plus, as a bonus undercover parking is available. The Market Place at The Pier Cairns will be held on the third Sunday of every month.

Sun 21

30 years of Treeforce

8:00am - 10:00am Goomboora Park, Shale St, Brinsmead

Treeforce is a community group which has been dedicated to planting trees since 1991. In that time, the group has planted countless thousands of locally native trees in the Cairns environment. Its 30th birthday, which coincides with International Day of Forests, will be celebrated from 8am on Sunday March 21 with tree planting, gum boot decoration and throwing competition and a morning tea with cake. Everyone is welcome. 

Follow the signs from the playground in Goomboora Park, Brinsmead.  

Full details: or

Sun 21

Cairns Mr Perfect - Free BBQ

10:30am - 12:30pm Cairns Esplanade

Cairns Mr Perfect, Mental Health’s Mate is holding an informal free BBQ for men at Sea Eagle BBQ Area on the Esplanade. The format is simple, informal and completely inclusive. It is a chance to get out of the house in the sun, socialise and connect with some great people to form a supportive community. Mental health may be discussed at times and is purely optional. 

Full details:

Sun 21


3:00pm Cairns Performing Arts Centre

In their first concert for 2021 the NQ Chamber Orchestra presents a concert comprised solely, of music composed by Italian composers. The soloist for Italian Dreams will be the popular, local professional flute player, Jane Linstead. Jane is the leader of Orchid Quartet, a member of the NQ Chamber Players and is a regular guest soloist with NQ Chamber Orchestra.

For more information see the CPAC Website

Bookings through TicketLink 

Mon 22

ADFAS Cairns Inc - Iran in a Headscarf

7:15pm Sheridan Room, Cairns Sheridan Hotel, 295 Sheridan Street Cairns - enter via McLeod St

Are you interested in art, design, architecture, sculpture, music, film, photography, pottery, textiles, jewellery and other aspects of the ‘Fine Arts’?

ADFAS Cairns Inc is a branch of The Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society - there are 38 ADFAS societies in Australia. Cairns’ ADFAS is in its 25th year.

The first illustrated talk this year will be on Monday 22 March, at 7.15pm. Come & Enjoy!

“Iran in a Headscarf” is a fascinating presentation by Master Quilt Maker, Jenny Bowker, invited by the Ministry of Education in Iran to teach patchwork to 18 women brought to Tehran for four weeks from provinces all over Iran. Tehran has 3,000 sewing schools, but patchwork and quilting were not really part of their tradition before that class. Now there is a Patchwork Guild - Patch Iran. Jenny’s students were already expert stitchers, Iranian women understand patterning so they quickly grasped patchwork concepts utilising traditional designs from Persian culture.

For other lecture dates and topics find us at, or facebook page, or phone Lynn 0414 12 100

Fri 26

Mossman Easter Night Markets

5:00pm - 9:00pm Foxton Ave, Mossman

Cotter's Market Art and Craft Stalls will be selling an array of locally hand crafted Gifts. Food vendors will be selling a range of delicacies suitable for dinner. Bring your picnic blanket or chair and enjoy a meal under the Raintree lights. 

Presented by St David's Anglican Church. 

Fri 26

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

7:30pm Tanks Arts Centre

Evening Performance at 7.30pm
QSO Connect presents an intimate chamber orchestra experience. Join Queensland Symphony Orchestra for a breath-taking, heart racing, spine tingling performance. Enjoy music from Prokofiev's magical Romeo and Juliet, Bizet's evocative Carmen, Ravel's show stopping Bolero, and much more. Marvel as thirteen talented musicians from Queensland Symphony Orchestra showcase their talent and artistry in this unmissable concert special to Cairns. Don't miss out, book your tickets now.  

Sat 27

Cent Sale - Innisfail Friends of the Hospital

2:00am Innisfail State College

The Innisfail branch of the Friends of the Hospital Foundation are hosting a Cent Sale to raise funds for Vital Care equipment for the Innisfail Hospital.

Doors Open at 1230pm for a 2pm start

The day will include giveaways, Lucky door prizes, Raffles and afternoon tea will  be provided.

Entry: Adults $5, Primary school age children $2

Sat 27

Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets

9:30am - 3:00pm 7/13 Therwin St, Kuranda

Located in the heart of beautiful Kuranda, the Rainforest Markets the best of local crafts, gourmet foods, clothing and gifts and features a tropical garden to walk through.

Sun 28

Port Douglas Markets

8:00am - 2:00pm Rex Smeal Park, Port Douglas

The Port Douglas Market has one of the most diverse stallholder communities of any market in Australia. Frequented by locals and visitors alike, the market is a regular “must do” for people from all over the world. It’s a great day to find a few treasures in our paradise which we call home, and hang out with the locals..

Sun 28

Cairns Brass – Brass on the Grass

4:00pm Fogarty Park

Cairns Brass presents it’s first performance of the year, and their first with their newly appointed musical director Oscar McDonald.

Come along with your chair or picnic blanket and enjoy some live brass music on a Sunday afternoon.