Illuminate Cairns Program Highlights 

Walk the Illuminate Cairns Trail each night of the weekend to see Cairns creatives lighting up the city. There are 12 dedicated sites. All FREE!

Don't forget to upload your best photos of the event. 

Access the map from home or on your mobile for full details of the program and artist's profiles.


Cairns Post Building, 22-24 Abbott Street

The Cairns Post Colouring Comp plus Live Painting with Light | 7- 7:30pm with Nickeema Williams, 8 - 8:30pm Keemon Williams, 9 - 10:00pm live 3D sculpting with Sid Scott |


Guided tours departing from Cairns Post Building | 7:10 & 8:10pm

*our volunteers, members of The Young Theatre Company and maybe even a Sassy Cat or two will walk the trail with you, pointing out highlights and providing information about the artists.


Adelaide Steamship Building - cnr Lake and Spence

Bonemap performance | 7:30 - 7:40pm & 8:30 - 8:40pm |  

*Rebecca Youdell is a leading movement artist in Australia. Be present for a site responsive interpretation of Bonemap’s interactive artwork ‘Ghost Ships’ that draws on local historical records to examine this site.


Graff Alley - off Grafton St

Reality Painting with Light | 8 - 10 pm |   *Witness world first technology in action as artist draw with light, in real time, right before your eyes using the amazing Tiltbrush technology.


Western facade Rydges Plaza, 50 Grafton St

Interactive Projections using the Kinekt system with Dave Masters | Dusk - Midnight



SATURDAY 12 November

Focus Event

Coco Loco Art Exhibition and Tiki Party | 6pm - late | Pop-up Bar, 34-42 Lake Street (Old BlueSky Brewery) | Free entry 

*Featuring new artworks for sale by esteemed local artists, a custom laser show, roving performances by the Sassy Catz, a specialty Tiki atmosphere and great DJs. Dress tropical tiki. Licensed cash bar.


Laser Art Show | 7pm - Midnight | Preston Law Garage - Bank Lane/Spence Street

*Experience the magic of an Great Barrier Reef inspired light, laser and sound show by FNQ Laser Productions.


SUNDAY 13 November

Focus Event

International Animation Day | 7:30 - 10pm | Petit Cine Bar, 79 Lake Street, access via Graff Alley, Grafton Street. Presented by Animation Alliance Australia and End Credits Film Club

*three free 45 minute animated films (G, PG, MA) by some of the world’s most innovative animators. Alcoholic drinks and crepes available.


FRIDAY 11 November

Focus Event

Opening Night Launch and Projections Viewing | 6-9pm | LILO Bar & Restaurant, Level 3, Rydges Plaza Cairns, 50 Grafton St.  SPECIAL GUEST SINGER TONI CHILDS!!

Drink Special. DJ Dyls Live. Free entry. Minors welcome with over 18 chaperone.

*The best spot in town to relax into the weekend and see the main projection sites light up as the sun goes down. Meet your friends at the pool deck, listen to some groovy tunes, share a drink and some food, then walk the Illuminate Trail.


Rydges Plaza : Launch of the Caroline Mudge & Hayley Gillespie collaboration ‘All That Glitters’, a homage to the Chinese history of Grafton Street | 9pm

Followed by Interactive Projections with Dave Masters | 9 - Midnight | Western facade Rydges Plaza, 50 Grafton St.


Three Wolves Small Bar is open til 2am - off Abbott St

*Finish the trail at Cairns’ newest laneway bar and check out what came before on the Cairns night scene as immortalised on the pages of Barfly magazine.