One week to cham­ber mu­sic fes­ti­val

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS SILVINI

THE count­down is al­most over for one of Townsville’s iconic cul­tural events, with the Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic just one week away.

Fes­ti­val ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Justin Ankus said ticket sales and es­ti­mated vis­i­tor num­bers were look­ing strong ahead of open­ing night on July 28.

“Peo­ple of Townsville have re­sponded re­ally well, and so have our vis­i­tors that are com­ing from down south,” he said. “We’ve al­ready got seven events … sold out and a cou­ple more that are get­ting close.”

The AFCM at­tracts thou­sands of cham­ber mu­sic lovers to the city each year, , and Mr Ankus said it looked like e an up­ward trend would con­tinue in 2017.

“Anec­do­tally it’s look­ing like vis­i­tor num­bers might be slightly higher this year, but over­all the num­bers seem to be trend­ing up,” he said. “We usu­ally get a lot of sales in the last week, , es­pe­cially from lo­cal peo­ple … but it’s cer­tainly look­ing as solid as last year.”

The fes­ti­val in­cludes the Cur­ra­jong House Gar­den Party on July 29, where au­di­ences are en­cour­aged to take a trip back in time and dress in pe­ri­odp cos­tume. . It is held at the Townsville Her­itageg Cen­tre, , where cel­list Rike Wolf ( pic­turedp d) tuned up with a 1936 Mor­gan Road­ster yes­ter­day.

The nine- day fes­ti­val in­cludes 30 events fea­tur­ing more than 40 of the world’s finest mu­si­cians. A full AFCM pro­gram will be avail­able in­side to­mor­row’s Townsville Bul­letin.

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