Townsville will build on existing arts events next July and August, with Council to host the inaugural Northern Australian Festival of Arts in 2019.
Mayor Jenny Hill said the festival, similar to Adelaide’s Fringe Festival and building on this year’s successful Festival 2018, would be a true celebration of arts and culture in the North.
“The Northern Australian Festival of Arts will be held in July, and builds on our already world-class cultural winter events season – which includes the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Strand Ephemera and many others,” Cr Hill said.
“During Festival 2018, more than 700 performers – mostly local – entertained 100,000 people over 12 days in April this year, with Strand Park transformed into Uncontained and Spiegeltents hosting huge acts in Queens Gardens.”
While details are still being confirmed, the Northern Australian Festival of the Arts has already been likened to Adelaide Fringe – a month-long festival combining theatre, visual art, music, dance, workshops, film, comedy, food and more.
“A Spiegeltent will return for an extended period in Queens Gardens and host local, national and international acts during the Festival,” Cr Hill said.
Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair Cr Colleen Doyle said the Northern Australian Festival of Arts would not only bring big names to Townsville, but showcase them alongside some of the best local talent.
“We have a huge amount of artistic and creative talent here in Townsville and it’s important that we provide a local platform for them,” Cr Doyle said.
“Council is hoping to grow the Festival to become a Northern Fringe similar to the events held in March in Adelaide.
“Next July, Townsville will be showcased nationally with the Northern Australian Festival of Arts, the city’s sporting calendar and winter events season.
“This will be a festival for locals and visitors to celebrate our rich cultural life in tropical North Queensland.”
Catch the Northern Australian Festival of the Arts in venues across Townsville from July 2019. While exact dates are still unknown, it is expected to overlap with Strand Ephemera and AFCM from 26 July – 4 August, and possibly Pop Up North Queensland from 2-11 August. Council has been contacted for further information.