Queens Gardens alive with the sound of music!

Date published: 27 July 2018

Music lovers are invited to a free concert in Queens Gardens on Sunday.

Townsville City Council has partnered with Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) to bring some of the best music talent around the world right here to Townsville for free.

Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair Councillor Colleen Doyle said Townsville’s best local artists will also be there to perform at the free concert.

“The Great Barrier Reef Orchestra and 1RAR band will be playing some tunes along with Townsville Guitar Orchestra, so there will be heaps of local talent on display,” Cr Doyle said.

“The free outdoor concert will give a taste of what the Australian Festival of Chamber Music brings to our city and to build excitement for the Festival later this month.”

Council is a strong supporter of the AFCM and has provided over $140,000 in support for this year’s Festival – which runs until August 5.

Mayor Jenny Hill said major events such as the Festival played an important role in creating jobs in the local economy.

“My Council is proud to invest in bringing these major events to our city because they provide a major boost to business throughout the community,” Cr Hill said.

“These big events increase the number of people staying in our hotels, eating at restaurants and spending in retail shops.

“The Festival is one of the most important events in our cultural calendar and – just as important – it helps to create jobs for locals.”

Cr Hill said Council has provided the venue free and offered technical assistance to host the concert at Queens Gardens on Sunday.

“Council is supporting this free event by providing the grounds, security, fencing and other facilities to the concert while AFCM brings the amazing program of talent,” Cr Hill said.

“Concert goers can bring their picnic blankets and chairs to enjoy a great afternoon in the park with a cheese and wine bar onsite.”

Gates open at 1:30pm for a 3pm start.

For further information visit Council's What's On website