Art events bring city to the world

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A TRIO of art fes­ti­vals are set to get Townsville buzzing next month.

From July 28, the city will come alive with the Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic, bi­en­nial out­door sculp­ture fes­ti­val Strand Ephe­mera and a new fes­ti­val of pop- up ex­hi­bi­tions and shops.

AFCM ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Justin Ankus said the city would look and sound in­cred­i­ble dur­ing the fes­ti­val pe­riod, with artists from all over the world con­verg­ing on Townsville.

“As most of Aus­tralia shiv­ers through a cold win­ter, the AFCM to­gether with Strand Ephe­mera and Pop Up North Queens­land will shine the light firmly on Townsville as one of the most spec­tac­u­lar lo­ca­tions any­where in the world,” he said.

Ev­ery two years, the AFCM and Strand Ephe­mera co­in­cide, with Pop Up North Queens­land a new ad­di­tion fill­ing the CBD with ex­hi­bi­tions, work­shops, artist talks, clas­sic film screen­ings and shops.

Mayor Jenny Hill said the three events com­bined would make for a stun­ning events pro­gram.

“Townsville prides it­self on host­ing world- class events,” she said.

“The mu­sic, the art and the en­gag­ing pro­grams associated with these three events with the back­drop of Townsville at this time of year, is just un­beat­able.”

The events will run from July 28 un­til Au­gust 6.

VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

Pic­ture: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

FEAST OF FES­TI­VALS: Um­brella Stu­dio’s Linda Yeo with Justin Ankus and Mayor Jenny Hill with a Strand Ephe­mera in­stal­la­tion.

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