Arts Update: March 2018

After selling out its 2017 season, Theatre iNQ's original adaptation of 'Alice in Wonderland' will return as part of Festival 2018. IMAGE: Chrissy Maguire

The next few months are an exciting time for Townsville and especially lovers of arts and culture.

In February, we unveiled the details of Festival 2018 – a 12 day arts and culture festival which is part of our role as an event city for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

It’s an event on a scale that our city has never seen before, with 164 arts and culture events in three spectacular locations from April 4 – 15.

Jezzine Barracks will host the opening and closing events as well as an exciting array of performances throughout the festival. Strand Park is going to be a hive of activity built around Uncontained. The 30 stacked shipping containers covered in street art will transform the park into a jaw-dropping art installation. Queens Gardens will morph into a tropical wonderland of creative arts – music, dance, theatre, cabaret, comedy, and circus spilling out from two amazing Spiegeltents.

The line-up we have coming to Townsville is world-class. There are names like Thundamentals, Peter Helliar, Archie Roach, Ian Moss, Diesel, Lior, Jay Laga’aia, Peter Combe, Vaudeville Smash, and The Idea of North – a total of 665 performers and visual artists.

But something I’m especially proud of is how many local artists are going to be involved in the festival.

Our very own Dancenorth has been selected to perform as part of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games opening ceremony which is an incredible opportunity and so well deserved. Luckily for us, they will be repeating their performance live in Townsville as part of Uncontained.

Theatre iNQ is reviving its sell-out production of Alice in Wonderland for the Queens Gardens program and we have performances by Full Throttle Theatre, Cajam Circus, Kurt Phelan, and many more.

We have a vibrant, eclectic and thriving arts community and the festival is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the amazing depth our talent here in Townsville here.

Festival 2018 will showcase our region to visitors from all over the world and give us the chance to show them what we’re made of. I can’t wait to see our city come alive with arts and culture in April and I’m looking forward to seeing all the incredible work by our community centre stage.

Outside of Festival 2018 there are also some wonderful exhibitions now showing at our galleries which I’d urge you to check out. At Pinnacles we have Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow which is an innovative body of work by Brisbane-based artists Kim Demuth and Henri van Noordenburg that explores childhood memories, family histories and the concept of dystopia. I spent some time with Kim and Henri during the installation and was so impressed by their work, as I’m sure you will be too.

Over at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery we have the internationally touring exhibition Manga Hokusai Manga which explores the whole culture around Japanese manga, and showcases works from different time periods. It’s quite an amazing exhibition and a must for any lover of Japanese culture.

Finally, I’d just like to say a big congratulations to the Townsville Choral Society on its superb production of We Will Rock You in February. I’m constantly in awe of the talent that exists in our community and this show was another blaring example of that. It’s going to be tough to top that Bohemian Rhapsody finale, but somehow you manage to up the ante with each and every show. Well done to everyone involved!

Councillor Colleen Doyle
Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair

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