Mark your calendars for an extraordinary cultural journey in Townsville, North Queensland! From late September to mid-October for the North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA) is set to dazzle with its vibrant 18-day program.

Townsville, often celebrated for its stunning coral reefs and lush Wet Tropics, is transforms into a bustling hub of creativity and art. NAFA always delivers an expansive array of events that cater to all tastes and ages. Whether you’re a fan of laugh-out-loud comedy, graceful dance performances, thought-provoking theatre, or the thrill of the circus, this festival has something in store for you.

But that’s not all! Music lovers will be delighted by the diverse musical acts, and those with an eye for aesthetics can immerse themselves in stunning visual arts. The festival also offers a variety of workshops, perfect for those eager to learn and engage in creative activities.


Beyond the array of events, NAFA is a celebration of inclusion and community, bringing together people from all walks of life to share in the joy of art and culture for a community experience where every attendee, regardless of age or background, will find something to enjoy.

Expect the unexpected at NAFA

So, if you’re planning a holiday to Northern Queensland during this time, make sure to include the North Australian Festival of Arts in your itinerary. Expect the unexpected and get ready to explore a myriad of sun-soaked cultural activities that will make your trip unforgettable.


The North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA) has featured a diverse range of artists and events over the years. For instance, in 2022, the festival presented David Sequeira’s works, which often refer to musical notation to enhance the sensation of color in his art. The festival also included various events like Tropic Sounds, Forced Perspective, Chameleon, and many others, showcasing a variety of performances and art forms​​.

In 2021, NAFA commissioned the Yana Gair Le exhibition, which brought together contemporary visual art by First Nations artists from Countries and Seas across Australia who reside in north Queensland. This exhibition symbolized a collaborative walk (‘yana gair le’ in local languages) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artist

  1. Comedy: Featuring local and national comedians, offering laughter and entertainment.
  2. Dance: Showcasing a variety of dance styles from classical ballet to contemporary and street dance.
  3. Theatre: Presenting plays and theatrical performances by talented actors and directors.
  4. Circus: A mix of traditional and modern circus acts, thrilling audiences with acrobatics and clowning.
  5. Music: Covering a wide range of genres, from classical symphonies to contemporary bands and solo artists.
  6. Visual Arts: Exhibiting works from local and national artists, including paintings, sculptures, and installations.
  7. Cabaret: Offering an eclectic mix of music, dance, and theatricality.
  8. Workshops: Providing opportunities for hands-on learning and creativity in various art forms

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