Cello, Goodbye

The 28th Australian Festival of Chamber Music will be the last with Executive Director Justin Ankus at the helm.

The 28th Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) which begins one month from today will also mark the last for Executive Director Justin Ankus, who will return to his hometown of Sydney following this year’s event.

Justin said the 2018 Festival would be unmissable – not only marking his last one at the helm, but the first for Artistic Director Kathryn Stott.

“Kathryn has settled in to her role really well and brought a lot of new and exciting ideas to the table which are already being introduced across the Festival. One of the new events, our Cleveland Bay Supper Club, will be a three-part concert at the Ville featuring some of the music you’d expect from AFCM plus some that’s not quite so classical,” Justin said.

“Ticket sales are going well across the board – the Orpheus Island Concert and AFCM After Party have both been sold out for a while now, which is really exciting. There’s a few others close to selling out too so if you are interested in coming along, I definitely encourage everyone to book as soon as possible.”

Despite moving South, Justin said AFCM would always hold a special place in his heart.

“The Festival is an event that brings artists from around the world who have normally never played together to perform amazing music with each other. Last year we had two performers from Prague who literally lived around the block from each other, but they played more together in Townsville than they ever did back home! Little things like that are cool on their own, but for it to happen here in North Queensland – what could be better?

“I’m going to miss everything so much. The people, the Arts scene and the great weather, what more could you need. The AFCM board brought me up to Townsville for a look when I was in talks for this job, and at that time the World of Wearable Art exhibition was on at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. I thought to myself ‘any town that can host an exhibition like this has to be a good place to live,’ and I was right. That was essentially what helped me make up my mind!”

Catch the 2018 Australian Festival of Chamber Music from 27 July – 5 August at venues across the region. For more information and tickets, click here.

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