Queensland Music Festival returns in July
The best of local, national and international talent come together in Brisbane to perform a wide range of music from 12 to 28 July to celebrate another year of The Queensland Music Festival (QMF). The festival -a biennial state-wide celebration of music- is a major cultural and artistic success story with a reputation that crosses national boundaries and a wide geographical reach.
QMF will return this lucky year with hundreds of events programmed in more than 30 regions across Queensland. Most of the events are free, and many feature large-scale collaborations with communities.
All eyes will be on Brisbane when the World's Biggest Orchestra assemble opens the festival in 13 July 2013. The Orchestra and internationally renowned musician James Morrison will fill Queensland's skies with awe-inspiring music in an official Guinness Worlds Records performance.
The full QMF program of events will be launched in May 2013 on the QMF website. Excitement among music lovers builds up to see if this year the festival will be as successful as in 2011. In its previous celebration, QMF featured a mind-blowing 202 events in Brisbane and 34 regional remote centres throughout Queensland. Over 178,000 people attended the event in 2011, Brisbane shows were sold out and its world premiere performances enjoyed both popular and critical acclaim.
QMF claims that their “vision is to transform lives through unforgettable musical experiences”. As the website states, “the festival ignites artistic potential. In collaboration with councils and the communities, QMF inspires participation in music-making and performances that reflect local culture and tell local stories”.
Also, QMF works with communities throughout Queensland to make the joy of music accessible to all and connect people with place and community while celebrating the richness and diversity of the state. One of the events of QMF is called “Score IT!” and it is meant to encourage young composers to create a unique and original composition to accompany a short film.
Queensland Music Festival, originally named the Brisbane Biennial Festival of Music, was founded back in 1990 with the support of the Queensland Government.