Reserve your spot to witness the magic of Festival 2018

Date published: 9 February 2018

Residents will be able to start reserving their seats for shows at the action-packed Festival 2018 when tickets become available on Monday 12 February 2018.

The 12 day arts and culture spectacular is being held from April 4 – 15 to coincide with Townsville’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games basketball.

Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair Councillor Colleen Doyle said although most of the festival’s events were free, residents need to book tickets because seating is limited in some venues.

“We have a world-class program of events planned for Festival 2018 and we want everyone to be able to enjoy as much of the festival as possible,” Cr Doyle said.

“That’s why we’ve made sure that around 95 percent of events on the program are free. But festival goers will still need to reserve tickets for some events because seating is limited in some of the venues.”

Strand Park, Jezzine Barracks and Queens Gardens will come alive with live music, dance, visual arts, theatre, cabaret, circus and more with up to 12 hours of events per day over the 12 days.

There are a total of 162 events which features 74 local acts, 61 national acts, 28 international acts and approximately 665 performers, including comedian Peter Helliar, hip hop group Thundamentals, rock legend Ian Moss, Diesel, Lior, Archie Roach, and children’s performers Jay Laga’aia and Peter Combe.

Local acts include DanceNorth, TheatreiNQ’s Alice in Wonderland, Kurt Phelan, Cajam Circus, and Full Throttle Theatre.

“Festival 2018 is on a scale that Townsville has never experienced before,” Cr Doyle said.

“The calibre of acts that we have coming to Townsville for the festival is outstanding and I encourage locals to get in quickly to reserve their seats so they don’t miss out.

“This is not only a great chance to see some incredible international and national acts performing locally, but it’s also an excellent opportunity for us to showcase the amazing talent that exists here in North Queensland.”

Tickets for Festival 2018 events are available from Monday 12 February. Bookings available at TicketShop, or by visiting