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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Queensland Music Festival 2017 to unite the state in song

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    Queensland Music Festival 2017 to unite the state in song

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has officially opened the Queensland Music Festival (QMF).

    The Premier said the QMF 2017 would bring over 100 performances to cities, towns and remote regions throughout Queensland over three weeks.

    “This year’s Queensland Music Festival program will have six world premieres for music-lovers to enjoy but it’s more than just an impressive festival line-up,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “It’s a program that will help give a voice to communities right across Queensland dealing with a range of issues including family and domestic violence.

    “It will bring music to towns where life might be tough, music to our remote Indigenous communities and support women and young people trying to get a break in the music industry.

    “The QMF will also make high-quality live music accessible for people in aged-care centres.

    “My Government wholeheartedly supports the Queensland Music Festival with the vision to unite communities through the power of music and provide Queenslanders with access to a terrific range of artists.”

    QMF Artistic Director Katie Noonan said the program included contemporary and classical music, large-scale community events and education programs, and big names like Kate Cebrano.

    “I want the talented and passionate people of Queensland to be empowered to join the 2017 festival and help create performances that truly reflects the life of our diverse and vibrant state,” Ms Noonan said.

    “Since QMF started 18 years ago, it has reached more than a million people through projects in 82 regions. In 2017 we will continue this amazing legacy and we encourage all Queenslanders to hear and be heard this July.”


    Follow QMF on:                 

    Facebook:     /qldmusicfest

    Twitter:           @qldmusicfest

    Instagram:     @qldmusicfest

    YouTube:      /qldmusicfest

    Hashtag:        #qldmusicfest #qmf17


    Media contact: Premier’s Office 0488 996 667



    The Power Within is the result of an 18 month project with six towns in Central Queensland, who have lived through the mining boom and bust, drought and flood. The colossal project in partnership with Isaac Regional Council will culminate in a world premiere musical spectacular in Moranbah, starring 200 people from the community and celebrating resilience and unity, on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 July.


    Songs That Made Me is a project offering mentorships with artists including Deborah Conway, Clare Bowditch and Hannah Macklin for several emerging female singer-songwriters in Mount Isa, Mackay and Gladstone.


    Ensuring QMF reaches some of the most isolated corners of the state, the Bach to Bush tourwill see percussionist John Morrison hop into the pilot’s seat to fly virtuoso cellist Louise King to nine Western Queensland towns for joint performances, workshops and masterclasses from 13 to 23 July.


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