City trans­formed as art goes pop

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

IT is set to be a big week­end of art and en­ter­tain­ment across the city with a triple treat of events ex­pected to draw thou­sands to Townsville.

Two iconic fes­ti­vals and a new art ini­tia­tive called Pop- upNQ are work­ing to­gether to make the city a vi­brant place for the arts over the next two weeks.

Jo Lankester from Pop- upNQ said empty shops through­out the city had been taken over as art spa­ces and some would have work­shops where peo­ple could join in.

And 43 na­tional and in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed mu­si­cians and around 9000 fans have trav­elled to Townsville for the Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic which starts tonight with a con­cert at the Townsville Civic Theatre.

Clas­si­cal gui­tarist Craig Og­den, who has trav­elled from the UK, said: “I couldn’t be hap­pier than be­ing in Townsville for this fes­ti­val. It is the best cham­ber mu­sic prob­a­bly the world.”

Also, about 31 artists have al­ready turned The Strand into their can­vas this week, to set up quirky and thought- pro­vok­ing art in time for the launch of The Strand Ephe­mera to­day.

While some artists vie for the $ 10,000 prize, six oth­ers have been com­mis­sioned by the Townsville City Coun­cil. Com­mu­nity and Cul­tural De­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee chair­woman Cr Colleen Doyle said Strand Ephe­mera was an amaz­ing way to show­case art in a unique lo­ca­tion.

“Strand Ephe­mera is held ev­ery two years and draws in ex­cess of 140,000 to the fes­ti­val over the 10 days,” Cr Doyle said.

She said the Ephe­mera would trans­form the city’s Strand into a 2.2km ex­hi­bi­tion space fea­tur­ing art­works, events, work­shops and per­for­mances. fes­ti­val in Aus­tralia and

Pic­ture: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

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