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14 - 16 July 2017


Kamali perform at Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2016. Photograph Blueclick Photography

General FAQs


What are the dates of CIAF 2017?

CIAF 2017 is July 14-16, with Opening Night celebrations, Thursday 13 July.

How do I get a CIAF program?

Once the 2017 Program is released, the best way to get all the information on events is here at the CIAF website. Also be sure to follow CIAF on Facebook as this social media is regularly updated with announcements, news and previews. 

Please note that CIAF hardcopy programs are available at tourist information centres, cafes and major hotels from Port Douglas to Townsville. If you would like a hard copy of the program, please contact Wanda on 07 4050 7712 or wanda@ciaf.com.au

Can I perform at CIAF?

The Artistic Director decides upon the theme of each CIAF, and the performance programs are curated events that express that vision. Please refer to 'Participate' section on website.

Where will I park to attend CIAF events?

There will be parking at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal (CCLT) during CIAF events, as well as nearby street parking along Wharf, Grafton, Lake and Abbott streets. Cairns City Council parking fees apply to street parking 8:30am-5pm Mon-Fri and 8:30-11:30am Sat.  Alternatively there is underground and parking lot parking at the Pier for an hourly rate daily.

Is there public transport to CIAF?

Cairns has a great public transport service in Sunbus, offering connectivity between the city centre and all suburbs on a regular timetable, seven days a week . See the Sunbus schedule here

Can I buy food at CIAF?

Food and beverage vendors will be located on the CCLT grounds with 'EAT STREET', offering a wide range of international and local food, from snacks to full meals and excellent coffee.

Can I bring my own food and drink to CIAF?

Yes, except for alcoholic beverages, you can bring your own food and drink to all free events at CIAF held at the CCLT. Ticketed events vary. Opening Night has food included in the ticket price and a licensed cash bar is on site.  The CIAF fashion performance does not include food in the ticket price; cash bar will be on site.     

CIAF events held at venues other than the CCLT may vary in regulations about food and drink. Please contact the venue directly.

Can I take my dog to CIAF?

No. Dogs will not be permitted inside venue buildings or on the CCLT grounds.

Are any events age prohibitive and are children permitted?

Entry to CIAF events is not age prohibitive. However for ticketed and evening events, during licenced hours (from 12pm on weekends, 4pm on Fridays and 5pm on Tues–Thurs), children may enter when they hold a valid ticket to a performance and are accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.

Are any performances Auslan interpreted?

Currently CIAF does not provide Auslan interpretation, however it is service we hope to provide in future.

Patrons with disabilities:

CIAF requests PWD patrons attending ticketed events to approach the CIAF Box Office on arrival to arrange assistance.

For regular daytime events, there is a drop off and pick up point inside the front gate for PWD.  Please advise gate attendant on arrival of your need to use the PWD drop off point.

 All other PWD enquiries should be wanda@ciaf.com.au or 07 4050 7712.

Will there be toilets for patrons during CIAF?


CIAF respectfully acknowledges the First Peoples’ and Custodians of the lands, waters and seas on which we work and live. We honour their Elders, past and present