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BEMAC to infuse Commonwealth Games with Queensland’s cultural flavour

BEMAC to infuse Commonwealth Games with Queensland’s cultural flavour

BEMAC is extremely proud to announce our partnership with Brisbane City Council in hosting two World Music Cafés at the South Bank Cultural Forecourt as part of Festival 2018 Brisbane.

Held across 12 days in April, from 4-15 April, Festival 2018 is the multi-arts festival complementing the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games’ (GC2018) sports program. Held in various locations throughout Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville and Host City Gold Coast, Festival 2018 will feature a mix of theatrical productions, world class musicians, dance, physical theatre, visual art and Indigenous arts practice. The festival is bursting with emerging and established talented artists from around Australia and the globe, view the whole program online at


Taking place from 10am-12pm, on April 8 and 15, the BEMAC World Music Café concerts will feature BEMAC artists representing Commonwealth countries including Kiribati, New Zealand, India, Trinidad and Tobago, Ghana and Kenya, as well as a special performance by local world music favorites Tibet2Timbuk2.

BEMAC Director Evan Alexander said the organisation was thrilled to be involved in the curation of cultural performances and events for the largest sporting event to be staged in Australia this decade.

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“For 30 years BEMAC has been the home of multicultural arts in Queensland, dedicated to the development and promotion of artists from culturally diverse backgrounds.

“We’re extremely proud to be providing world class entertainment for a number of events in and around GC2018 including providing entertainment for the Queen’s Baton Relay and the World Music Café as part of Festival 2018 Brisbane.

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“On behalf of BEMAC and our parent company Access, South East Queensland’s leading provider of settlement, employment and support services to newly arrived refugees and migrants, the performances will provide a number of our incredible artists the opportunity to showcase their passion, talent and commitment before the world,” Mr Alexander said.


GC2018 will welcome more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories to the Gold Coast and event cities Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville, to share in the celebration of sport, entertainment and culture. GC2018 will feature the largest integrated sports program in Commonwealth Games history, comprising 18 sports and seven para-sports.