Culture Train: Get on board a journey through the cultural tapestry of Queensland
This year, as part of the state’s largest celebration of our multiculturalism and the depth within our diversity, will be a travelling performance unlike any other.
The Culture Train will traverse the countryside throughout Queensland Multicultural Month, taking its collective of traditional and contemporary music and performance arts from a myriad of cultures to regional Queensland locations.
Featuring seven world-renowned artists from ethnically diverse backgrounds, audiences will be able to immerse themselves in a unique cultural and musical experience, as the program of free concerts makes its way to 16 regional communities across the state, including Murgon, Goondiwindi, Roma, Wallumbilla, Barcaldine, Townsville and Rockhampton.
The troupes will be performing at a number of festivals throughout Multicultural Month including Central Highlands Multicultural Festival, Rockhampton Cultural Festival, and the Townsville Cultural Festival.
In addition to the performances, free workshops will also be held in schools and community centres.
The tour will culminate in a final performance on August 31 at Brisbane’s Queensland Multicultural Centre for Diversity@Dusk, the closing event for Queensland Multicultural Month. Limited seating is available for this only Brisbane show so reserve your seats here.
The regional tour provides an excellent opportunity to promote the eight principles of the Multicultural Queensland Charter to regional Queensland.
With key themes of the month including the value of diversity, arts and culture, elders and storytelling, the tour drives home the message of harmony and inclusion as it showcases the emerging local talents Queensland has to offer while bringing people in regional communities together for a spectacular celebration of Queensland and its cultural diversity.
It is about bringing people together from various remote communities through cultural performances and igniting the spark of cross-cultural collaboration and conversation.
Tenzin Choegyal is a singer, songwriter and musician born to a nomadic family in Tibet.
Tenzin showcases traditional and contemporary Tibetan music through instruments such as the dranyen (Tibetan lute) and Lingbu, and has performed at a number of prestigious international events, including WOMAD and the Concert for Tibet at Carnegie Hall, New York.
Dheeraj Shrestha is an internationally acclaimed Tabla (Indian drum) percussionist from Nepal. Heavily influenced by jazz, blues, flamenco, folk and classical Nepalese music, his unique music style has seen him perform at prestigious international events including the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and the California World Music Festival.
Mario Conde is a native Bolivian Indian musician who leads a five-piece ensemble called Celestino, which is renowned for captivating audiences through a mesmerising fusion of their traditional Bolivian instruments and Western music incorporating modern technology.
Noble Tichawona Mashawa is a new wave Zimbabwean composer, singer, guitarist and avid player of traditional African instruments mbira and nyunga nyunga who showcases the full flavour and colour of African culture through his music.
Ruth Ghee is a passionate Indigenous singer, songwriter and choir leader who strives to keep her mother and father’s native languages alive through song and dance. She is active in local and state projects including theatre productions, choir groups and Indigenous organisations.
Sudha Manian is an Indian musician, considered to be one of the most renowned sitar players in all Queensland, Sudha is also a member of three-piece band Aaathmika, which fuses jazz, classical and traditional Indian music.
Kiri Waiata is a community choir conductor, workshop facilitator and composer who began singing in choirs at the age of seven in her native New Zealand. A sort after facilitator, Kiri runs workshops on the power of sound and voice to improve ones’ singing and speaking voice and to enhance meditation and spiritual practices.
Lana Tukaroa is a highly sought after Pacific Islander Music artist, MC, Producer, Artsworker, Community Cultural Development practitioner. Whether she is performing live, facilitating cultural arts projects, or connecting with community through her music – she does it all in her typically generous, passionate and inclusive nature.