The week and a half from July 28 to August 6 was so full of good things that Townsville’s arty-musical people could hardly keep up. The Australian Festival of Chamber Music alone was a full-time occupation for some, with three or four events per day. It coincided with the Strand Ephemera exhibition and, as if that wasn’t enough, PUNQ.
Pop Up North Queensland, coordinated by Umbrella Studio, coincided exactly with the two longer-established events and could also have been a full-time occupation, with exhibitions by about 40 artists in half a dozen venues around the CBD (map and list), workshops (puppet making, life drawing, petal couture, printmaking and more) and special events including the launch party, a ukestra performance and movie screenings. Wow! but also Phew!
I didn’t manage to get to any of it until the final morning. When I did, all the artists I chatted too were very happy indeed with the way it had all worked out and most of them expressed a hope that it could be repeated. I think that’s a great idea – but please, not in the same week as the AFCM and Ephemera. I know I’m not the only one who ran out of time and energy to see as much as I would have liked.