23/07 — 01/08/2021
November E-newsletter
Where has the year gone? 
Dear ,
The weather is definitely warming up nicely here as we approach year end - there's just 43 days left until Christmas!
Last month, AFCM Presents broadcast the first-ever live-streamed concerts from Townsville to the world, from the C2 Studio at the Townsville Civic Theatre and from Queens Gardens. We are so thankful for the hard work and assistance our artists and partners gave us in doing something never attempted previously. Not only were these the first live concerts streamed digitally from Townsville, but they were also the first for the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall to have a live audience and people streaming from the UK, Ireland, Poland and America - what an experience!
Our guest artists Daniel de Borah and the Orava Quartet also gave well-received workshops and masterclasses to Townsville music students in place of our regular Winterschool, which sadly had to be cancelled this year.
The Queens Gardens Concert was highly innovative as it featured pre-recorded performances compèred by live MCs Glenn “Minty” Mintern and AFCM Board member Judy Higgins-Olsen. Some 500 people enjoyed the atmosphere in the park, including members of the 1RAR band who had the unusual experience of being in the audience watching themselves “live”. The concert also featured the Amadeus Singers Youth Choir, formed in 2015 for that year’s AFCM Families Concert; along with fabulous performances by AFCM artists from their home cities around the world.
We are now turning our focus to delivering a COVID safe Festival in 2021 – to be held from 23 July to 1 August. It will be a wonderful celebration of our 30th anniversary and we look forward to sharing that with you all.
We hope our southern supporters are enjoying the relaxing of restrictions and we cannot wait to welcome you all back to North Queensland soon.
Warm Regards, 
The AFCM Team. 

Artist Connections
Wu Man
Who could ever forget the magical sounds of the pipa and the joy and warmth of Wu Man at last year’s Festival? She was such a delight and her performances alongside the harp, the cello and percussion were superb. And of course who was lucky enough to join us on Orpheus Island where Wu Man performed on the beach? Do take a look at this month’s Artist Connections video where she shares her happiest memories of Townsville and performs a fun little piece on the pipa. 
Kathryn Stott and Yo-Yo Ma
Songs of Hope
Performing live from Taiwan, Yo-Yo Ma and our Artistic Director Kathryn Stott share songs of comfort and hope, bringing together traditional and new takes on familiar works from Europe, Asia and the Americas. This program is purposeful and offers solace and connection in a time of anxiety and isolation. This 80-minute concert will be streamed LIVE from Weiwuying Concert Hall in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Buy tickets online here:
Texas Longhorns
are Good to Go 
Just an hour inland from Townsville is the historic township of Charters Towers, originally built on the wealth of the gold mines. Just outside Charters Towers, Leahton Park is home to the most handsome herd of Texas Longhorns, African Watusi, Scottish Highland, American Bison and more. The owners, Mick and Lynda are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about their work and the animals. Their morning tours of the property are truly brilliant and we thoroughly recommend a visit when you come for AFCM2021. 
AFCM Friends
Just a reminder that all 2020 AFCM Friends have been automatically transferred to 2021. 
Our AFCM Friends will be amongst the first to see our 2021 program updates and have the ability to book (or rebook) tickets prior to general release.There are also ticket discounts, special events and digital subscriptions.
To find our more or sign up if you are yet to become an AFCM click the link below

Sydney Dance Company - 
Our friends at Sydney Dance Company, return to the stage for the first time in 2020. Showcasing four world premieres by four emerging Australian choreographers. ★★★★“Bold journey into the imagination… always worth seeing”– The SMH.
Come celebrate fresh choreographic ideas coming to life and don’t miss this limited season of raw talent from some of Australia’s most exciting dance creators.
26 Nov – 12 Dec. Tickets from $35.
Chasing Shangri-la    
Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts exhibition Chasing Shangri-la showcases long time friend of the Festival Gerald Soworka.  The residency program is a partnership between Umbrella Studio and PressNorth Printmakers and features work developed from sketches produced whilst in Bhutan and other locations. 
Open Tuesday to Friday, 9am - 5pm and Saturday - Sunday 9am to 1pm at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, 408 Flinders Street, Townsville - and finishes on 15 November. 
Ephemera returns in 2021
Not that you need another reason to visit Townsville and the AFCM next year, be that as it may Townsville City Council are giving you one! 
Strand Ephemera returns in 2021 and will celebrate it's 20th year from 17 - 25 July. 
Exhibiting 20 competitive sculptures along side a curated selection of sculptures by invited artists, The Strand will once again come alive over this 10 day festival. Why not come to Townsville a day or two ahead of AFCM's Opening Night so you can enjoy these wonderful works by the Sea.


Would you like to forward this email to a friend? Click here.

Share This Email: Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Linked In