Visions & Dreams

We see the Arts as central to who we are as Australians and who we want to be. Our dream for Karnak is still in motion, and no doubt will become bigger and more vibrant than our imaginations. This venue offers unequaled opportunities to support the Performing Arts in Far North Queensland.
Here are three main areas we will initially pour focus on.


 Community-centered Performing Arts
Our Community Engagement is a central tenant of the work of the Diane Cilento Foundation.
Workshops for children, teenagers and adults in a variety of Performing Arts disciplines, as well as Visual Arts and Crafting workshops. Family Movie nights, end-of-year school performances, opportunities for educational bodies to use our facilities, and further collaborations in liaison with the local communities.
Fine Arts and Appreciation
 Our history is filled with performances by many of Australia’s luminary performing artists. Our first full season in 2019 will see a fully realised vision of excellence.
The finest dancers and acrobats, opera singers both classical and contemporary, visceral theatre, hearty think-pieces and provocative collaborations will thrill the most discerning arts connoisseurs. Sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear about our spectacular inaugural program.
A Retreat from where to Rewrite the Code and Generate New Visions?
Diane often talked about ‘Tanglewood’ in the USA where the Boston Symphony Orchestra run their famous summer school, and Diane said that she would like Karnak to be a ‘Tanglewood’ for the performing arts in Australia. Artists, above all else, need energy and space.  Karnak will be in a unique position to offer artists the opportunity to connect, interact, and create. Our dream for Karnak includes masterclasses and onsite immersions for performing artists of all ilks. We wish to bring together the brightest emerging stars with shining exemplars from all fields.

“Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi
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