Festivals and finals


​​​​​​Fanfare is the statewide festival of bands and orchestras from Queensland state schools.

Regional festivals

​Regional festivals are held throughout May and June in various performance venues around the state.

Regional festival and regional final dates


​Festival dates
​Final dates

​Brisbane regional centres

​​16 May to 10 June 2022

Metro region

22 and 23 June 2022
​Venue: TBC

Cairns regional centres

​26–28 May 2022

Far North Queensland region

10 June 2022
​Venue: TBC

​Gladstone regional centres

​23–24 May 2022

Central Queensland region (final 1)

17 June 2022
​Venue: TBC

​Biloela regional centres

​25 May 2022

Central Queensland region (final 1)

17 June 2022
​Venue: TBC

​Emerald regional centres

​27 May 2022

Central Queensland region (final 1)

17 June 2022
​Venue: TBC

​Mackay regional centres

​31 May 2022

Central Queensland region (final 2)

20 June 2022
​Venue: TBC

​Rockhampton regional centres

​2–3 June

Central Queensland region (final 1)

​17 June 2022
Venue: TBC​

​North Coast regional centres

​23 May to 3 June 2022

North Coast region

15 June 2022
Events Centre Caloundra

​South East regional centres

20​31 May 2022
​3 June 2022
6 June 2022

South East region

1–2 June 2022
​Highway Christian Church, Gold Coast

​Toowoomba regional centres

​19–25 May 2022

​Darling Downs South West region

​13 June 2022
Empire Theatre, Toowoomba​

​Townsville regional centres

​20–21 May 2022
​30 May 2022

​​North Queensland region

9 June 2022
Venue: TBC

All schools will receive further details regarding their regional festival via email from their Fanfare regional coordinator.

Every nominated ensemble will be allocated a session time for their performance at their relevant regional festival. This will be communicated through the coordinating teacher from the school by the relevant regional festival coordinator.

It is the responsibility of the school's coordinating teacher to inform the various conductors, teachers and ensembles involved from their school of these details.

Each ensemble performance will be professionally adjudicated.

The adjudicator will:

  • provide positive and constructive feedback to the students and the conductor
  • award each participating ensemble with a certificate at the end of their performance
  • determine how many ensembles will perform and which ensembles will perform in the regional final.

Fees apply to all schools participating in Fanfare. Travel and associated expenses for schools to attend their relevant regional festival and regional finals must be covered by the school.

Downloadable certifica​tes

Regional festival certif​icates

Regional finals certificate

State finals

The Fanfare primary and secondary state final concerts showcase the high quality of school-based ensembles in Queensland state schools.

The state finals will be held in Brisbane on Monday 22 August (primary) and Tuesday 23 August (secondary) following the conclusion of the regional finals. Up to 5 primary ensembles and up to 5 secondary ensembles selected from the regional finals will participate in the state finals.

Project consent

All students and conductors participating in Fanfare 2022 state finals are required to complete the project consent form.

All individuals required to sign the project consent form must read the terms and conditions of this form. The use of the project consent form is part of the department's consent procedure for the use of photos and/or images from Fanfare 2022.

School ensembles selected for the primary and secondary state final will be required to submit the completed forms to the Fanfare program manager prior to the state finals. Any questions about the project consent form should be directed to the Fanfare program manager​.

From 17 December 2021, unvaccinated people aged 16 years and over are unable to attend indoor entertainment venues, which includes the Fanfare state final performance venue, the Conservatorium Theatre. Instrumental Fanfare will be operating in accordance with all Queensland Health mandates and will advise if any further changes to these restrictions are made. Anyone aged 16 years and over attending the state finals, including teachers, students, parents and audience members, will need to show evidence of their vaccination before entering the venue unless medical contraindication is provided to staff upon arrival. Younger students and patrons (up to 16 years of age) are exempt from this ruling. Please contact the Fanfare manager if you have any questions regarding a student’s eligibility to participate.​

Last updated 07 April 2022