City transformed as art goes pop
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