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    Assistant Minister for Tourism
    Mr Gavin King

    Star-Studded line up for G20 Tropical Jam Celebration

    Assistant Minister for Tourism
    Mr Gavin King

    Friday, August 22, 2014

    Star-Studded line up for G20 Tropical Jam Celebration

    Cairns families will be able to celebrate the G20 with a star-studded Tropical Jam Concert on 16 September ahead of the meeting with Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors.

    Member for Cairns and Assistant Minister for Tourism Gavin King said the musical feast would be held in Fogarty Park and feature a vibrant line-up Australia’s finest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

    “Events like Tropical Jam showcase the unique talent the region has to offer not only to the local community but the international visitors and media,” Mr King said.

    “The G20 meetings are a fantastic opportunity to shine the spotlight on our great city.

    “I’m sure people visiting Cairns for the Finance meeting will love to take advantage of this wonderful evening of free entertainment.

    “We promised at the election to grow tourism as one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy and events like Tropical Jam’ will help us continue to deliver.”

    Mr King said headline acts Christine Anu, Busby Marou and Mau Power would be joined by Queensland Youth Orchestra, Cairns’ own Black Image and the Sounds of AustraNesian choir with special guest James Morrison.

    “Local bands and artists including the Yarrabah Brass Band, Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy School Band Cairns State High School Band and traditional dance groups from the Cairns region will also perform,” he said.

    Queensland Music Festival Artistic Director James Morrison says the concert would bring the Cairns community together to celebrate its culturally diversity while the world is watching.

    “Tropical Jam will showcase Cairns’ best local talent as the international spotlight shines on the city for the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting,” Mr Morrison said.

    “Cairns has a significant cultural heritage that will be celebrated through Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists performing a unique flavour of Australian music and culture alongside special guests.”

    The free concert, hosted by the Queensland Government in association with Queensland Music Festival, is suitable for people of all ages and does not require bookings.

    The concert is part of the G20 Cultural Celebrations, which run from October 24 – November 16 2014 and features hundreds of free community events including live music programs, interactive lighting and projection displays across Brisbane city, pop-up dance performances, street performances, community BBQs and multicultural community events.

    [ENDS] 21 August 2014

    Media Contact: Alexandria Bernard - Department of Premier & Cabinet 0417 252 563