The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) has a long and treasured history. It presented its first season in Townsville in July 1991, initiated through the vision and commitment of the former Vice Chancellor of James Cook University, Professor Ray Golding and the Festival's previous Artistic Director, Theodore Kuchar.
Coming up to its 28th 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 only had three Artistic Directors over its life, 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 director Kathryn Stott.
AFCM has developed an international reputation for its distinguished artists and innovative programming across a range of chamber music styles. The Festival has introduced new programs, such as Concert Conversations, which have been replicated in other Festivals around the world.