Queensland Music Festival 2017 to unite the state in song

Katie Noonan has released her first program as Artistic Director of Queensland Music Festival (QMF), revealing a program that spans contemporary and classical music, large-scale community events and education programs, and big names like Kate Ceberano, Montaigne, Isaiah, Lior, Steve Kilbey, David Hobson, Elena Kats-Chernin, Clare Bowditch, Montaigne, Luke Peacock, Sahara Beck, Moreton, Emily Wurramara and virtuoso hang player Manu Delago, alongside big ambitions to unite thousands of Australians in song from 7–30 July.

The origins of Queensland Music Festival date back to the mid-nineties, as the Brisbane Biennial Festival of Music (BBFM). The founding Artistic Director of the BBFM was the renowned Anthony Steel, who directed the 1991 and 1993 Festivals. In his autobiography, Steel remarks the 1993 event was one of his finest achievements. The 1995 and 1997 Festivals were led by Nicholas Heyward as CEO, and Artistic Advisors Jonathan Mills and Richard Mills. Katie Noonan now joins the illustrious ranks of festival directors including James Morrison and Deborah Conway.

Noonan, a passionate advocate for social justice, feminism and homegrown Queensland talent, said QMF was unlike any other music festival in the world in its vast geographic reach and the way it transforms lives through community projects that run for years and sometimes decades.

To check the program and book tickets, visit qmf.org.au.

IMAGE (c) CybeleMalinowski

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