Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic ( AFCM), in its 25th year, is of­fer­ing fes­ti­val go­ers the op­por­tu­nity to take a walk through its history.

The quar­ter- cen­tury an­niver­sary will be high­lighted by an ex­hi­bi­tion in the foyer of the Civic Theatre of the past 24 fes­ti­val pro­grams, char­coal draw­ings from the orig­i­nal fes­ti­val in 1991, as well as seven photos of last year’s shows from An­drew Rankin.

AFCM artis­tic di­rec­tor Piers Lane said it was a great chance to take a look back on where the fes­ti­val has come from.

“I heard about the first fes­ti­val while work­ing in Lon­don and was ex­cited. I hoped that I would be able to go one year,” Mr Lane said.

“Lit­tle did I know back then that I would di­rect the fes­ti­val for nine years.

“And this year is a real cel­e­bra­tion: the first artis­tic di­rec­tor, Theodore Kuchar, is re­turn­ing to Townsville.”

Mr Lane said the pho­to­graphs from Rankin had “an un­canny way of cap­tur­ing the mo­ment, and his ex­hi­bi­tion re­flects some of those very spe­cial mo­ments.”

Rankin, an award- win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher, said he was ex­cited to be a part of the fes­ti­val again this year.

“I have been com­mis­sioned again this year and love the unique ac­cess to some amaz­ing peo­ple, it’s a won­der­ful as­sign­ment,” he said.

“My par­ents come up from Mel­bourne for the fes­ti­val to thaw out each year and it’s al­ways a great time.

“En­joy­ing fine mu­sic and some time with them, we’ll go to as many events as we can.”

The fes­ti­val opens this Fri­day.

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