The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) has a long and treasured history, presenting its first season in Townsville in July 1991, the vision of former Vice Chancellor of James Cook University, Professor Ray Golding and the Festival's first Artistic Director, Theodore Kuchar.
Coming up to its 29th year and held annually, the Festival was established to enhance the cultural environment of North Queensland by presenting internationally acclaimed classical musicians to audiences from Townsville, around Australia and overseas. The natural beauty of Townsville and the North Queensland region in winter, along with its friendly people, wonderfully temperate weather and tropical ambience provides a unique backdrop for the Festival's concerts and events.
The Festival has had three Artistic Directors, Theodore Kuchar who co-created the Festival and directed in until 2006, Piers Lane AO who celebrated his 10th anniversary as Artistic Director in 2016 and current Artistic Director Kathryn Stott.
AFCM has developed an international reputation for its distinguished Australian and overseas based artists and innovative programming across a range of chamber music styles. The very high quality of the musicians who gather from around the world is obviously an important factor but the egalitarian and collaborative spirit is also a key ingredient. The festival is not a parade of stars, though there are stars in abundance, and on both sides of the stage the stream of concerts lifts and invigorates the spirit drawing people back year after year.