Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - JANE AR­MIT­STEAD

AUS­TRALIAN Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic or­gan­is­ers are gear­ing up for the big­gest and best event yet.

The pop­u­lar fes­ti­val will of­fi­cially be­gin on Fri­day with thou­sands of peo­ple ex­pected to travel from all over the coun­try to at­tend the nu­mer­ous con­certs dur­ing the jam- packed pro­gram.

To celebrate the fes­ti­val’s 25- year an­niver­sary, fam­i­lies are en­cour­aged to throw down a pic­nic rug and join in the An­niver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion Con­cert: The 1812 on Sun­day. The free event will see crowds fill out Queens Gar­dens to hear mu­si­cians Amy Dick­son, Ch­eryl Barker, Rainer Hersch and the Aus­tralian Brass Quin­tet and Cam­er­ata of St John’s.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill was look­ing for­ward to the sig­nif­i­cant North Queens­land event.

“The AFCM is a sig­na­ture fes­ti­val on the city’s events cal­en­dar and Towns- ville City Coun­cil is pleased to be pre­sent­ing this free con­cert in Queens Gar­dens in the fes­ti­val’s 25th year,” Cr Hill said. “We hope ev­ery­one comes down to en­joy the high cal­i­bre of lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional cham­ber mu­si­cians with our beau­ti­ful Queens Gar­dens as the back­drop.”

Townsville’s pop­u­lar 1RAR band willll en­ter­tain crowds along­side the Bar­rier Reef Or­ches­tra and premier AFCM artists. The con­cert be­gins at 3pm in Queens Gar­dens.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic and the full pro­gram, visit


SOAK­ING IT UP: Rachael and Richard

White with Zach, 4, Henry, 2, Thomas,Thom homas, 10, and Caden, 9, and ( right) ht) He­len and Bart Bar­tulovich

with Amali, 5, and Milla, 10.

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