Get ready Townsville; our tropical city is set to come alive with music, celebrations and events, unlike anything we’ve seen before thanks to the vibrant 12-day Festival 2018 during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Happening from April 4th to April 15th, we’ll get the chance to cruise around three of our iconic destinations – The Strand, Jezzine Barracks and Queens Gardens – in order to soak it all in. So what can we expect?
To start with, you’d be crazy to miss the opening festival happening at Jezzine Barracks, which will coincide with a live site broadcast of the 2018 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on the Gold Coast. Here you’ll be treated to the band of the First Royal Australian Regiment, which will officially bring our 12-day Festival 2018 to life.
From there, make your way around the city, experiencing everything the festival has to offer. The Strand will be a true highlight for everyone, with a celebration of arts and music taking our iconic beach to a whole new level. It’s here that you’ll see Uncontained – a massive industrial installation that will see 30 shipping containers stacked up to four storeys high and decorated with artworks from some of Australia’s best street artists. The Uncontained installation will feature illumination, projection, film screenings, a skate bowl, chalk art, Commonwealth Games broadcasts and live entertainment.
In between admiring this colossal display of artwork, you’ll be able to enjoy a stunning array of live music from international, national and local artists.
The Thundamentals and Vaudeville Smash will take to the Strand Park stage with free public performances.
Meanwhile, the Queens Gardens stage will boast a diverse collection of musicians such as Lior, Archie Roach, and the AUSLAN choir – but that’s not all. Modelled on Adelaide Fringe Festival’s famous Garden of Unearthly Delights, Queens Gardens will be alive with performances, day and night to keep you entertained regardless of your work schedule.
For the first time, Townsville will also see not one but two amazing Spiegeltents featuring national and international performers throughout the festival with a program that’s set to intrigue thanks to the mix of music, drama, circus, comedy, burlesque and cabaret.
End the festival on a high at Jezzine Barracks’ closing ceremony. The final hurrah will feature a magnificent Beating Retreat Ceremony from soldiers of the 3rd Brigade as a way to salute Townsville’s rich military history.
This incredible celebration of arts and culture will be hosted on a scale never before seen in our city and will undoubtedly attract huge crowds. This is something that Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill says will put Townsville on the map.
“Townsville is thrilled to be part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, so the festival is our chance to put on a 12-day party for locals and visitors and show the world what this region has to offer,”
“There will be everything from music, film, dance, circus, street theatre, free family-friendly activities, and events to showcase the First Nation peoples from around the Commonwealth. We have some big names travelling to Townsville to perform over the festival which is very exciting, but I’m also proud that we can showcase the amazing talent that exists here in North Queensland and give them the opportunity to perform on the world stage.”
If you haven’t yet set aside some time in April, now would be a good time to do so!