Festival 2018 officially launches today!

Date published: 4 April 2018

The wait is over with Festival 2018 and the Commonwealth Games officially launching at an Opening Event at Jezzine Barracks tonight.

The event will kick off at 5pm and audiences can watch Townsville’s own 1RAR band perform and catch the official Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on the big screen.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill encouraged residents to come along and get a taste of what is in store for the next 12 days.

“I’d really like to see residents and visitors at Jezzine supporting the opening for this amazing event,” Cr Hill said.

“We officially welcome our national and international athletes to Townsville tonight and this is our chance to show the world that Townsville is a destination city.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing Festival 2018 bring Townsville to life over the next 12 days.”

The festival’s major art installation, Uncontained, will officially open on Thursday 5 April and Queens Gardens will open on Friday 6 April.

Commonwealth Games Working Group Chair Councillor Kurt Rehbein said he is excited to see all the hard work and preparation in action.

“It’s been hard work getting ready for Festival 2018 and to see it all come together like this is really exciting,” Cr Rehbein said.

“Jezzine Barracks, Strand Park and Queens Gardens all look fantastic and are ready for the 12 days of culture, music, theatre, art and sport.

“I really recommend that if you still haven’t booked tickets for the performances you do it now so you don’t miss out.”

Tickets are available now from Council’s website or the Box Office at Townsville Civic Theatre and Riverway Arts Centre.

For more information about Festival 2018 visit our Festival 2018 website, or view the full program.