Queensland Music Festival launches 20th anniversary program

Queensland Music Festival recently launched a transformative state-wide program unfolding an unforgettable musical journey through the cities, regions and remote corners of Queensland, and celebrates twenty years of bringing the gift of music to all corners of the state.

A program which focuses on musical excellence, curiosity and creation, public participation and making a difference through music, the biennial event cements its place as the ‘largest, most diverse music festival in the world’.

With a legacy of bringing the gift of music to over one million Queenslanders over its history, Queensland Music Festival this year delivers a rich tapestry of events as diverse as the state itself, from the public spectacle of The Mount Isa Blast, to a choir of thousands joining ‘Help Is On Its Way’ to shine a light on men’s mental health, to public favourite Opera at Jimbour and an original chamber commission to bring attention to Winton’s endangered Night Parrot, the program will surprise and delight all ages.

The event, under the Artistic Direction of Queensland treasure Katie Noonan, will also deliver a piano activation to captivate the imagination of Brisbane, a musical tribute to the lives of women’s rights campaigner Merle Thornton and genius Queensland composer John Rogers through to projects to discover the next generation of Queensland composers and to rediscover and gazette important pieces of our Indigenous musical history.

“The 2019 Queensland Music Festival program is a true reflection of the paths the event has walked over its last twenty years,” said Katie Noonan. “Queensland Music Festival has always reflected the Queensland of yesterday, today and tomorrow and this year’s event is a true representation of that. It shines a light on things Queenslanders hold dear, hidden stories of our state and gives opportunity for the public to participate. Anyone with a voice can sing and using music to engage, educate and inspire is what Queensland Music Festival is about.”

Queensland Music Festival runs from 5 to 28 July. Visit www.qmf.org.au for more.

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