North Australian Festival of Arts is back.

Calling all arts, culture and music lovers, our 2024 festival dates have been released - and we promise you the line-up will be bigger, bolder and more entertaining than ever. Mark it in your calendars, tell your're not going to want to miss NAFA 2024!

Don't miss the North Australian Festival of Arts returning to Strand Park, Townsville on 26 September - 13 October 2024.


NAFA 2024 edition is shaping up to be the biggest year yet, buoyed by the award-winning guest curator engaged for the 2024 program.

NAFA is ready to roll out the red carpet for a show-stopping festival, curated with the assistance of Helpmann Award winner and Artistic Director and Co-CEO of Dancenorth Australia, Kyle Page.

“NAFA stands as the quintessential artistic gathering in our region and continues to evolve and unfold year-on-year.”

“NAFA's commitment to the cultural tapestry of North Australia resonates deeply, and I am delighted to connect with their incredible team to explore new edges of creative possibility in 2024,” he said.


Immerse yourself in music at NAFA in 2024.

NAFA will welcome the full Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) to Townsville for the first time in seven years for its debut appearance at the festival. QSO will be performing Symphony Under The Stars, a free outdoor concert at Jezzine Barracks featuring Dvorák’s "Symphony No.8", a new work by Queensland’s acclaimed composer Paul Dean, and Nigel Westlake’s "Flying Dream Suite" from the Original Motion Picture Paper Planes, plus more.

Don't miss this rare free concert experience on 27 September 2024 at Jezzine Barracks, Townsville.



Have you ever wanted to experience a symphony orchestra live? This is your opportunity to get up close to the music, as Queensland Symphony Orchestra comes to Townsville Civic Theatre.

In this interactive family concert you will meet the musicians behind the instruments, and marvel as they work together to tell stories and create amazing sounds. Featuring a variety of music including Joe Twists’ magical The Flying Orchestra, this concert is guaranteed fun for all ages, and the perfect school holiday outing.

Witness the experience of a life time on Friday 27 September 2024 at 11:30am coming to the Townsville Civic Theatre.