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Along with the announcement of an extraordinary lineup of music makers for the 26th Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) comes the release of a lineup of exclusive holiday packages, perfect for experiencing north Queensland’s wonderful wintersun.

Internationally acclaimed for its musicality, programming, headline artists and stunning location, the 2016 AFCM will star a lineup of 35 artists from all over the world, as well as famed ensembles. Hosted in churches, theatres, galleries and gardens around Townsville, the AFCM attracts music lovers from all over the country and internationally.

It is an opportunity for Townsville and North Queensland to shine, and boasting 300 days of sunshine each year, it’s guaranteed to do just that! Townsville is nestled amongst a stunningly diverse natural environment located on the shores of the Coral Sea, just a stone’s throw from Magnetic Island and a short drive inland to the red sands of the Australian outback. The winter months in Townsville are gloriously warm with average temperatures in the low 20’s. It provides the perfect setting for the most prestigious chamber music event in the Southern Hemisphere.

Festival holiday packages are an ideal way to combine a little fine music with a lot of winter warmth and relaxation. Each package includes preferential seating at 3 Festival concerts, 3 nights’ accommodation at special rates, and fantastic add-on options. Launched in 2013 in partnership with SeaLink Queensland and Australian Holiday Centre, the holiday packages have been incredibly popular, with three options available across four of Townsville’s leading hotels in Quest Townsville, Rydges Southbank, Holiday Inn Townsville and Quest on Eyre.

Holiday package customers can save up to 10% on concert ticket prices by booking a package, and can choose from:

  1. Opening Weekend Extravaganza, including tickets to the Opening Night Concert The Trout on Friday 29 July, a musical feast of Ravel, Chopin, Mozart, Haydn and Schubert, followed by Concert Conversations on the morning of Saturday 30 July,  and the famed Governor’s Gala in the evening, The Surprise!

Prices start from $415 per person twin share or $395 for AFCM Members.

  1. Closing Weekend Indulgence, including tickets to Opus 127! on Friday 5 August, followed by Concert Conversations on the morning of Saturday 6 August,  and the lively Festival Farewell in the evening.

Prices start from $401 per person twin share or $382 for AFCM Members.

  1. Sunset Spectacular, a mid-week music package from Wednesday 3 to Friday 5 August, offering the perfect introduction to chamber music which includes tickets to 3 consecutive concerts in the Ray Golding Sunset Series, Bach by Candlelight 1, All 5’s and 6’s andA Touch of Klezmer.

Prices start from $351. per person twin share or $337for AFCM Members.

For those wanting more, additional events can be added to the packages, including the moving Prayer and Dance, or the breathtaking Orpheus Island Concert, a stunning afternoon of enchanting music on a spectacular north Queensland beach.

**Festival goers travelling on their own may also wish to add one of two Festival Long Table Dinners to their diary, with the chance to meet and mingle with other music lovers.

 “The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is extraordinary, not just as a leading musical event in Australia, but for its place on the world calendar; artists and guests alike attend from all over the globe because of the incredible fusion of music, friendship, experience and celebration the event creates,” said Artistic Director Piers Lane AO. “These holiday packages are the perfect opportunity to turn this experience into a mini escape, whether joining us from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, regional Australia or even further afield.”

The Palaszczuk Government is proud to support the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, through Tourism and Events Queensland, as part of the State’s It’s Live! In Queensland events calendar.

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Australian Festival of Chamber Music

29 July – 6 August 2016 | Townsville, North Queensland | Facebook | Twitter | #afcm16

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