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September News

BEMAC is very excited that our final two ticketed Planet shows at Brisbane Powerhouse for the year are on sale.  Sacred World featuring the incredibly talented Kim Cunio and Heather Lee  (Oscar and Marigold), will be presented on Thursday 25 October.  Joining them on stage will be perennial favourite Tunji Beier.  This will be a very special concert so don’t miss out on tickets.  A pre-Christmas treat, Friday 21 December stars some of the best Queensland indigenous acts around.  Leading the pack is Rival MC a.k.a. Fred Leone with Impossible Odds – currently enjoying a weekly spot on Rage.  Funksters Classik Nawu and Cairns newcomers Cold Water Band, finalise the line-up.  Don’t forget about our free Planet series on the Turbine Platform at the Powerhouse tomorrow (Sat 1 Sept).  This will be your chance to experience the melodies and rhythms of the Torres Strait Islands with Ailan Traks.  Show kicks off at 5pm.

From music to dance – we are delighted that the incredible Odissi Dance and Music Company from Sydney are coming to Brisbane for the very first time on Saturday 6 October at the new Queensland Multicultural Centre.  This show will delight audiences with the beautiful and ancient dance of the Odisha region in India.  The public can learn about this artform from the professionals at a workshop on Sunday 7 October.  Tickets on sale now at BEMAC.

BEMAC travelled once again to Rockhampton to meet up with our new friends in the multicultural communities.  We will be running our Engage programme in September and October offering music industry training for emerging artists from culturally diverse backgrounds and an event management course for community members.   We have been thrilled at the interest and support that has been generated and look forward to connecting with more regional centres in the future.

Continuing with Engage.  Our Brisbane participants have conquered week 4 of the course and have spent the past two weeks performing to industry experts for critical feedback.  We had the pleasure of hosting James Morrison, the new Artistic Director of Queensland Music Festival and Australian jazz legend, to take a sneak peak at our very talented artists.   The calibre is very high and their passion for music is inspiring.  Keep an eye out to catch our newest stars at our Cultivart concerts in October and November.

We look forward to catching you in a couple of weeks.