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.
The AFCM Team.