NAFA 2020 was in its critical planning stages when the COVID-19 pandemic reached Australian shores and unfortunately our July events were cancelled. However, starting in September running through to the end of October 2020, NAFA was back for a special COVID-Safe Event!
Working in conjunction with the Queensland Health COVID restrictions and advice, the NAFA team were able to construct a program to encourage residents safely back out into the community. NAFA COVID-Safe was delivered to celebrate and support local arts industry while helping to rebuild the tourism and events sector and improve economic recovery across the city.
Beauty, Rich and Rare
Presented by The Ville Resort-Casino and Townsville City Council, Beauty Rich and Rare was an immersive sound and light experience illuminating the natural beauty of Australia through the eyes of Sir Joseph Banks. This portrayal of events was commissioned by the National Library of Australia and created and produced by AGB Events.
Produced in collaboration with internationally acclaimed Dancenorth, Awake was a new experience for all ages. With magnificent views of Magnetic Island (Yunbenun) and surrounding natural beauty of the Strand, it was a great way for locals to begin their day.
Art in the Park
Art in the Park successfully engaged the local community within a COVID safe environment over 3 different sites and 3 weekends in October. These events facilitated interactive workshops as well as many activities and entertainment outside in surrounding parklands. This event supported local artists and performers during the post pandemic recovery period and was free for attendees.
Wonderland Under the Stars
Wonderland Under the Stars presented the Townsville Community with a wide variety of artistic experiences in an open aired amphitheatre at Strand Park. Including shows Club Briefs, Busby Marou and Kneep Deep, audiences were wowed with experiences.
A Celebration of Dance
A Celebration of Dance showcased the talents of Townsville’s Indigenous artists and performers. Including traditional dances and cultures, this production was collaborated with local Indigenous company Big Eye Theatre and presented at Dancenorth.