Festival 2018 seemed to come to us from nowhere and in retrospect we’re still not sure whether that was because we weren’t paying attention or because it was poorly publicised. In any case, it was a week of concerts, dance performances and public art in Queen’s Gardens and Strand Park, complementing the Townsville segment of the Commonwealth Games.
The concerts – some free, some not; some in the Spiegeltent, some in the open air – included The Idea of North (last here in 2006), the Grigoryan brothers, Archie Roach, local youth dance and circus groups, Townsville Guitar Orchestra and many more.
The Queens Gardens site was decorated with hundreds of hanging stars, very pretty at night, but the street art at Strand Park made better photos:
These works were poorly identified and I’m sorry to say that I only picked up two attributions: the octopus is part of Underwater Vortex by Garth Jankovic aka Smizler, and Beastman was partly responsible for the bold geometric work on the outside of the same open stack of containers.
MOUA had a couple of containers nearby, promoting a proposed “Museum of Underwater Art” in shallow waters off Townsville. Not really a Museum, it’s better thought of as an underwater sculpture park; Townsville Enterprise is spruiking the project as a tourism drawcard.
Back to Festival 2018: we loved it and can see no good reason why we can’t have similar Festivals in 2019, 2020, 2021, etc. Please?