Our Awards

2019

Australia Event Awards

NAFA 2019 was an amazing event and was entered into the prestigious Australian Event Awards. The Australian Event Awards is the national awards program for the events industry. It is the only opportunity for event professionals to compete directly across the nation, and across all facets of the industry, to establish which are Australia’s best events and event-related goods, services and innovations.  

The Festival was submitted into three categories, and were nominated as finalists in four categories including Event of the Year: 

  • Best New Event 

  • Best Community Event - WINNER

  • Best Cultural, Arts or Music Festival 

  • Australian Event of the Year 

The Team were so excited when it was then announced we were finalists in all three categories and were over the moon that in the first year of the event we were able to WIN Best Community Event

 Australia Event Awards Winner 2020

“NAFA is a highlight event for not only Townsville, but the entirety of North Australia, and it is a spectacular accomplishment to have the inaugural festival recognised with this award,” Cr Greaney said.  

“NAFA was in outstanding company last night and winning the award and being a finalist in two other categories is a testament to the staff and volunteers that worked so hard to bring this experience to the city.” 

Cr Greaney said NAFA had been created to cement Townsville’s place as the arts and culture capital of North Australia, and it succeeded.  
 

2022

Australia Event Awards

NAFA 2022 came back from two years of strict COVID-19 restrictions as a roaring success, and deserved entry into the prestigious Australian Event Awards. The Australian Event Awards is the national awards program for the events industry. It is the only opportunity for event professionals to compete directly across the nation, and across all facets of the industry, to establish which are Australia’s best events and event-related goods, services and innovations.  

The Festival was submitted into two categories, and were nominated as National Finalists in all categories including Event of the Year: 

 

  • Best Regional Event - WINNER

  • Best Cultural, Arts or Music Festival 

  • Australian Event of the Year 

The Team were extatic when we were announced as the eventual WINNER of Best Regional Event at the awards ceremony on Sydney Harbour!  

NAFA was excited to receive Runner Up for Best Major Event at Townsville Enterprise 2022 NQ Tourism and Events Awards. This is a People's Choice award and is voted by the community. We love our Townsville community and are the reason why we keep doing what we do!
 

2023

Winner – Excellence in Accessible Tourism
At the 2023 North Queensland Tourism and Events Awards, NAFA was honoured to receive the Excellence in Accessible Tourism Award.

The North Australian Festival of Arts is extremely proud to be able to provide an event for the whole community. We strive to provide a festival that celebrates our differences and provides a platform for audience members and artists of all ages, abilities, and cultures to enjoy and participate in the arts. In 2023, 100% of our venues were made accessible to our NAFA community. We also welcomed and supported over 50 artists with a disability.

We will continue to learn and grow in the services we provide, with the goal of being the most accessible and inclusive festival in the world. Thank you to the whole NAFA community for your continued support and helping us reach these amazing achievements.