27/07 — 05/08/2018
December E-newsletter
2018 is almost upon us
Dear ,
Christmas is almost upon us, and whilst it heats up in Townsville, we're putting together the booking brochure and program for the launch on 6 March 2018. This year our Launch will take on a different format with the inclusion of a recital by Kathryn Stott following the release of the 2018 Festival program. Tickets for the launch in Townsville will be available to Members on 22 January and released to the public on 29 January. Tickets to the Sydney reception and recital by Kathryn Stott will also be available during this time.
Whilst on the topic of Memberships, make sure you take advantage of the renewal period which ends on 31 December 2017, after this time all memberships will incur an additional $10 joining fee. The first 28 members who joined on 1 November will soon be receiving their free magazine thanks to Limelight, featuring an article on our Artistic Director - Kathryn Stott.
Festival Tickets go on sale to members at 9am, Wednesday 7 March for an exclusive 3 week Member Priority Booking Period. You must be a current 2018 Member to buy any tickets during this time, including Platinum, Gold & Silver passes as well as Holiday and Festival Four packages. Tickets will be on sale to the General Public from 9am, Thursday 4 April. If you would like a copy of the 2018 Booking Brochure mailed to you but you have not registered your address with us, please email 
We were thrilled to take out Best Festival and Event 2017 at the recent Excellence in Tourism & Events awards in November. The awards night was held at Peppers Resort on Magnetic Island and Justin, Jacqui and Rebecca were there to accept the award for AFCM.   
Please note the Festival office will be closed for two weeks over Christmas and New Year from 5pm, Wednesday 20 December to 9am, Thursday 4 January 2018.
Warm regards for the festive season, 
The AFCM Team. 

Goodness - it’s almost the end of the year! As we all hurl towards Christmas, now is the time to put all the finishing touches to the festival program. Myself and the AFCM team are pulling out all the stops to have everything ready for printing early in the new year. It’s agonising not to be able to spill any serious beans before the launch on 6th March, but it’s exciting to keep looking at what’s on the musical menu and I, for one, will be thrilled when I can share my plans with you.
As many of you know, I’m rather partial to the cello, so for the festival I thought we’d have eight - yes 8 cellos! This is truly a magnificent sound and you’re going to love it. What else can I tell you? Well, one of our evening performances will be a lounge concert in a new venue, in three parts, and with a slightly different slant on our festival artists. Curious? I’ve also been doing a count of our premieres and unless I’ve missed anything, we have sixteen Australian premieres and seven world premieres. Plus, apart from our composer in residence, I’ve invited 3 musicians who all compose which is just thrilling.
I still have some work to do this month and will be giving performances of Shostakovich Concerto No.2 in nearby Liverpool and making my final teaching visit to Oslo, besides meeting some artists who will come to AFCM in 2019…..oops, I’m getting ahead!
Wishing you all a wonderful festive season and a very Happy Christmas! 
Warmest regards,
Advertise to reach a wide audience
Don't miss out!
Don’t miss the opportunity to advertise in the Festival’s 2018 major publications including the Booking Brochure. For just $350 + GST you can place an ad in our Booking Brochure which is distributed to over 10,000 households nationally in March. You can also place an ad in the official Festival Program, a must-have booklet for all Festival audiences. Or why not advertise in BOTH for just $650 + GST and save! It’s a great way to enjoy fantastic exposure for your business. For more info please click below or phone 07 4771 4144.
Launch Date
Save the date for our 2018 festival launch
Guaranteed to be an exciting evening, the 2018 Festival launch will take place on Tuesday 6 March at 5pm in C2 at the Townsville Civic Theatre. We will present a new format for the unveiling of the program by combining it with a very special recital by incoming AD Kathryn Stott. Not only will you hear Kathryn share insights about the program she’s created and the line-up of artists she’s invited, you will also enjoy a one hour piano recital. Tickets are $55 and will be on sale in January 2018.
Gift Vouchers
The Perfect Christmas Gift
Stuck for Xmas gift ideas? Why not purchase an AFCM concert gift voucher and give the gift of music. You can purchase a voucher for any amount from $5 upwards and it can be redeemed for any concert or concerts in the AFCM program during the festival*. To purchase an AFCM gift voucher call TicketShop on 1800 44 99 77.
* Valid for 12 months. Lost, stolen or destroyed certificates will not be refunded in cash or be replaced by another gift certificate. 
Sponsor an artist
Donations and sponsorships
We’re excited to announce that even though artists for next year are still top secret, we’ve already had an offer of Artist Sponsorship! Donations and Sponsorship packages are a vital means of keeping the festival alive and for just $3250 you can sponsor an Australian Artist. Or for $6500 you can bring an international artist to the Festival. If you’d like more information, please contact us on 0747 714 144. 

New Year's Eve Celebration 
Welcome in the New Year in a relaxed, North Queensland style with Townsville City Council's New Year's Eve celebrations! Watch a movie, listen to live music, ride free amusements or watch the fireworks at Strand Park, Riverway or Nelly Bay! What a fun family night out to celebrate the new year.
Melbourne Arts Centre Tour  
Did you know Arts Centre Melbourne extends five floors underground? Take a tour to explore the labyrinth beneath the famous spire and uncover the fascinating story of this 130 year old entertainment precinct. You’ll also enjoy an insiders look at the current gallery exhibition and significant works of Australian art throughout the foyers. Tour runs most days at 11am with morning tea included from 9.30am. 
Spirit of Christmas 2017 
Presented in the grandeur of QPAC's Concert Hall, Spirit of Christmas has become a cherished annual tradition at QPAC.  So gather your friends and family and join in this magnificent celebration, including traditional carols the whole family can sing!  

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