Queensland Music Festival

The Queensland Music Festival is a state-wide celebration of music that takes place biennially. It has been a tradition since 1990, starting out as the Brisbane Biennial Festival of Music. The festival is usually in July where a variety of artists, both with national and international reputations, perform music with a wide cultural reach.

The Queensland Music Festival is a state-wide celebration of music that takes place biennially. It has been a tradition since 1990, starting out as the Brisbane Biennial Festival of Music. The festival is usually in July where a variety of artists, both with national and international reputations, perform music with a wide cultural reach. More than 175,000 people attend shows during the festival, and music lovers from all over are invited.

 

What to Expect at the Festival

There are activities for the entire family to enjoy at the festival. Plus, most of the events are free and set up to accommodate large attendance from the community. You will get to hear music by local artists and those that are renowned around the world. The Queensland Music Festival encourages artists to tell stories about local culture through their music to celebrate the diversity of Queensland. Events are held every day of the week during the festival and you can find out more about the events as the festival gets closer. You’re sure to see some pretty famous names on the event list.

 

Queensland Music Festival’s Art Director: James Morrison in 2013

The 2013 director was James Morrison. You might know him from the TV program "Top Gear Australia". He has also performed in symphonies around the world. Mr. Morrison is a famed jazz musician himself, playing the trumpet, saxophone, piano, and more. He said of the festival, “I’m very much looking forward to working with the QMF team to continue and expand spectacular work for which this Festival is renowned.”

 

Music Competition for Young Composers

The Queensland Music Festival is not just for adults — children can participate, too. The SCORE IT! Competition is for children ages 8–12 that have created original music compositions. Entries are judged by a panel from the festival. Each person entering the competition needs to include a video of himself or herself playing the original song.

 

Play in the World’s Biggest Orchestra

One big event that draws hundreds of music artists is the World’s Biggest Orchestra. Anyone that is competent at one of the approved instruments is eligible to participate. This includes professionals, people in the community, and school bands and orchestras. There is no age requirement, just a skill requirement. Once you are registered to participate, you get a T-shirt to wear at the event and can download the five-minute music score for your instrument and begin practicing.

 

So, if you love music and want to celebrate the musical culture in Queensland, plan on attending the Queensland Music Festival. There are holiday rentals in the area that can help you have better access. Book one for you and your travelling companions today.

 

Note: All dates & information in the above article were correct as of September 4th 2013.

Photo courtesy of Johnny Worthington

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