29/07 — 07/08/2022
Crystal Creek
November E-newsletter
New Beginnings....
Dear Alexis
The AFCM has new talent onboard! We are absolutely delighted to welcome two new members to our team, Alexis Vaughan and Jacqui Bekker.
Alexis is our new Communications and Development Executive, and has extensive event marketing experience, built over 20 years in the industry. She also managed touring exhibitions, events and festivals around Australia and overseas, most recently at the helm of Titanic, the Exhibition.  Based on Magnetic Island, Alexis is a history and arts lover who is very much at home in the tropics.
Jacqui Bekker, our new Administration and Production Assistant, comes to us from Volunteering North Queensland, where she was the manager and operations administrator. Prior to that she worked in the media industry for over 20 years, where she gained extensive experience that will be well utilised at the AFCM.
On behalf of the AFCM I would like to welcome Alexis and Jacqui onboard and wish them a joyous time as part of the AFCM family.
There is a lot exciting news from many of our fellow arts organisations as they announce their 2022 seasons, and we too are looking forward to revealing our 2022 season announcement early next year. Our big reveal will be on 1st March 2022, unless of course you are an AFCM Friend, which means you will have first access to our stunning 2022 program on the 1st of February 2022. Join here and get in first!
Warm regards,
Ricardo Peach, Executive Director, AFCM 2022
Image: Crystal Creek, photo by Tourism & Events Queensland

Looking Ahead with Jack Liebeck 
As we finally sow the seeds of the upcoming AFCM program ahead of our musical harvest next July, I thought it was time to share with you all some of the ideas behind the Festival experience the team and I are planning for AFCM 2022… without prematurely giving the game away!
Our AFCM family, made up of audience members, artists, production team and volunteers are most certainly the very thing that makes the atmosphere so special year after year, and my vision is to bring this to the front and centre of the Festival’s programming. Alongside maintaining the winning formula that has been going strong for 30 years, we have exciting plans to grow the heart of the Festival and broaden the AFCM experience.
We hope to welcome new audiences, nurture our old friendships and make the Festival more relevant in an ever-changing world. Our beloved music is not an isolated medium - it is and always has been a reflection of the times in which it is written, and from that we can learn so much. I plan to embrace these elements of change and influence as well as provide the catalyst for a jolly good celebration of what it is to be human.
I can't wait to see you all there.
Jack Liebeck, Artistic Director, AFCM 2022


Highlights of North Queensland
From Paronella Park to Cleveland Bay
North Queensland is blessed with so many hidden treasures, natural and manmade. Just three hours north of Townsville is Paronella Park – a truly stunning site that houses castles, waterfalls and beautiful rainforest. If not next year, in 2023 we will host a concert there. In the meantime, we’re putting together a special 3-day tour package you can take pre or post AFCM 2022.
Another treasure closer to home is the Cleveland Bay Lighthouse. Our friends at SeaLink offer a half-day tour including devonshire tea. The isolation and beauty of this part of North Queensland is just as striking as it was when the lighthouse was built back in 1879. So much to explore so make sure you stay long enough to see the sights. 
  Support the AFCM Future Fund
Help us reach our goal in 2021!
Our final goal for this year is to get our Future Fund  to $400,000 and to do that we needed $12,500 when the last E-news went out. Thanks to generous supporters we received $3.500 so the final target for 2021 is now $9,000. We can do this!
We all like a nice rounded figure so if you were thinking of AFCM with fondness and remembering fabulous musicians and music in Townsville, and you want to help secure AFCM’s future then please join us for this last round.  You can donate here or contact me Email or 07 4771 4144. 
Image - Adam Chalabi mentors and inspires the Amiti String Quartet to greater heights at AFCM Winterschool 2021 - Photo Andrew Rankin

Thank you from all at AFCM.  
                           Sue Hackett, Philanthropy Manager

Direct Flights from Adelaide & Darwin  
Did you know Qantas now offers direct flights to Townsville from Adelaide and Darwin? The airline recently increased its Adelaide-Townsville flights to four per week; and commencing 31 January will offer 3 services per week from Darwin.
We’ll be sure to let you know when Qantas announces its Townsville-Sydney and Townsville–Melbourne new flight schedules too. Surely that’s even more reason to make your way here next winter!  
Bendigo Chamber Music Festival
Celebrate the return of travel and live music by joining Chris Howlett and Howard Penny for the Bendigo Chamber Music Festival from February 2 – 6, 2022. 
Over 5 days enjoy 15 chamber music recitals performed by Australia’s leading and most loved artists including Sophie Rowell, Natsuko Yoshimoto, Daniel de Borah, David Elton, Grace Clifford, Stephen King and so many more. 
Festival passes are selling extremely fast. 
TKS Winner Aimee Segal w. Townsville Mayor, Cr Jenny Hill
And the winner is...       
Townsville Grammar School student Aimee Segal is the 2021 winner of the Theodore Kuchar Scholarship.
“I am incredibly grateful that this scholarship will help further my studies in music with the hope of one day becoming a professional musician. These funds will give me the opportunity to attend some specialist woodwind and bassoon courses in Brisbane, as well as giving me the opportunity to have some face-to-face lessons with my tutor. These funds will contribute to the maintenance of my instrument as well,” said Aimee.
Congratulations Aimee. We are looking forward to seeing where this opportunity takes you!

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