26 July - 4 August 2019

Welcome to our March e-newsletter which includes information about artist support, holiday packages and a special new event on the Tuesday day off.

It’s been an exciting time for us this month with Artistic Director Kathryn Stott in the country to announce the 2019 Program and artist line-up. Kathryn spent ten days on a whirlwind media tour of six cities doing various TV, radio and other media interviews as well as meeting with AFCM donors and supporters before heading here to Townsville for the launch of the 2019 Festival, which she’s aptly themed ‘Origins’.

If you are yet to purchase tickets, please do so soon as some concerts, particularly the two Sunday night Church concerts, are almost at capacity. Call the TicketShop on 1800 44 99 77 or book
online. We still have a limited number of Gold and Gold Plus Subscriptions remaining if you are keen to attend most concerts over the 10 days. Or if you can only make it for a short time, then a three-night holiday package might be a great option. See below for more information.

Warm regards

The AFCM Team

New Event Announced - Magnetic Island Discs
This wonderful alternative to Orpheus Island will have you heading across to Magnetic Island for a pleasant two-course lunch with Artistic Director Kathryn Stott. Over lunch Kathryn will share stories about her favourite pieces of music, why they’re special to her and how they’ve influenced her musical career. She will also then play each piece of music on disc...hence the title of the event! Tickets on sale now, book online or call TicketShop on 1800 44 99 77.

Tuesday 30 July, 12.00pm
Peppers Blue on Blue, Magnetic Island
Adults $95, AFCM Friends $86, includes return ferry and two course lunch
Say Hello to a Holiday Package
Relax with a Festival holiday package and have all of the work done for you! Choose from an Opening Weekend Extravaganza, mid-week Sunset Spectacular or Closing Weekend Indulgence package. Each includes three nights’ accommodation at one of our preferred hotels, reserved seating and discounted tickets to 3 Festival concerts. Prices start from $377 per person twin share, less for AFCM Friends. What’s more, everything can be booked in the one place including flights, extra nights, extra concerts, car hire, day tours and more. Call Australian Holiday Centre on 1300 799 342 or find out more here.

Our holiday package hotels are all quality properties in fabulous locations.
The Ville Resort - Casino offers stylish hotel rooms, multiple dining options and a stunning new lagoon pool. Rydges Southbank is located on Palmer Street, handy for the theatre and provides fully serviced hotel accommodation. The Park Regis Anchorage also on Palmer Street offers self-contained apartments, an onsite restaurant and two swimming pools. The Grand Chancellor is located in the heart of the CBD and offers stunning views, contemporary guest rooms and a rooftop pool.



Artist Support Campaign
At this time of year one of my favourite ways of becoming better acquainted with our donors and our artists is matching one with the other through our artist support campaign. Donations towards artist support cover about 50% of the cost of bringing them to Townsville and it can open up a whole new world of music, friendship and connections with great musicians from around the world. Generous individuals like Jan and David Robinson support an artist each year with a tax-deductible donation and since their first Festival in 2007 they have not only made good friends, they have developed an unexpected expertise in instruments like the sheng and saxophone. This year they are supporting Amy Dickson for the third time, an artist they first met and supported at AFCM in 2011 and it will be yet another happy reunion in Townsville.

Many of this year’s artists are already generously supported but we still need to find a match for some of them and you’ll find the list here.


The donation for Australian based artists is $4,000 and for overseas based artists it’s $7,500. We organize a get together at the Festival for you with your artist as well as fellow supporters and their artists. It’s something that friends or families can share too, we have a number of groups of up to four people who share support. Why not get together with a few others and become even closer to the music whilst supporting the AFCM at the same time. I’m happy to help you round up your numbers while I’m busily matchmaking! We are grateful for all support and for how it contributes to the AFCM’s success.

Sue Hackett– Philanthropy Manager
Tel 07 4771 4144

Photo : Jan & David Robinson (pictured above) with 2018 Festival Artist Wu Tong and 2019 Festival Artist Amy Dickson.
Sydney International Piano Competition Concert Series
Oxana Shevchenko is internationally recognised as a pianist of outstanding artistry, sensibility, and versatility and is equally in demand both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Oxana will make her Melbourne debut at the Melbourne Recital Centre Tuesday 9 April and in Sydney with the Tinalley String Quartet on Sunday 14 April. Receive a 15% discount on A reserve seats when booking by using the promo code AFCMPIANO.