Cairns and District Chinese Association (CADCAI) is a vibrant community arts and heritage organisation. It has played a pivotal role in presenting Chinese culture and heritage activities since its establishment in 1978. CADCAI has operated as an incorporated not-for-profit organisation since 1986, and is overseen by a management committee.
Our mission is ‘to inspire present and future generations to celebrate and value North Queensland’s distinctive Chinese history, objects, performance and stories’.
CADCAI is custodian of one of the nation’s hidden treasures, the Cairns Lit Sung Goong (LSG) Temple collection. This nationally significant collection of over 240 artefacts from the temple which operated in Cairns between 1886 and 1967 is an outstanding example of the material culture of Chinese Australian religious practices, and one of the few tangible links to what was once a flourishing Chinese community more than a century ago. This collection is material evidence of the important role Chinese migrants played in the region’s development. Establishment of the proposed Cairns Chinese Cultural Centre will provide for the important professional preservation, storage and public exhibition of this collection.
CADCAI volunteers also organise the annual Cairns Chinese Lunar Year Festival, a major event attended by up to 20,000 visitors and offer regular classes in Chinese performing arts such as lion, dragon and traditonal dance, drumming, and Chinese language.
Download the CADCAI Strategy Plan 2018- 2022.