The Queensland Music Trail was launched with state government funding of $ 250,000 and will see musicians travel through the Queensland hinterland in June and July for the very first trail.
The first stop on the Outback Trail is Opera at Jimbour, which will fill the heritage-listed Jimbour property with glorious arias and chamber symphonies from June 25-27, followed by a bespoke Music for chamber concert. Stargazing at the Cosmos Center in Charleville from June 29 to 30.
The journey continues with the immersive Echoes In the Dust musical experience at Quilpie July 1-2 and relaxing weekend performances for Oasis Afternoons in Windorah July 3-4.
After its first trip on the trails, Queensland Music Trails will continue to grow and expand with more regional trails designed to boost domestic tourism and showcase local music and artists over the next five years.
Queensland Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch notes that “the arts and culture sector has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and this project is an example of how our government is supporting the sector in the part of Queensland’s economic recovery.
“Following the impact of the global pandemic, there has never been a better time to explore our own backyard, and the backcountry towns of Jimbour, Charleville, Quilpie, Windorah and Birdsville will be the first to welcome big names in music to the Outback Music Trail.
“The $ 250,000 funding was provided as part of the Spaces and Places initiative of our government’s $ 22.5 million arts and culture recovery program and ensures that regional regions of our state can discover some of the best musical talent.
“Queensland Music Trails will employ more than 120 artists and artists and is expected to generate $ 4.5 million in domestic tourism, boost economic opportunities and create new jobs.”
Joel Edmondson, Managing Director of Queensland Music Trails, adds “With the closure of international borders, everyone in Australia is looking for a unique experience in their own backyard.
“Events along the very first Outback Music Trail are a new way to experience the diversity of people and places in Outback Queensland. Nothing makes memories like seeing something totally amazing in a place you never expected. For me, that’s the definition of adventure.
Queensland Music Festival Ambassador Kate Miller-Heidke commented: “There is something so magical and timeless about the outback.
“It has a way of making our ordinary problems seem trivial.
“As a setting for live music that comes back to life after a difficult year, it will be truly unforgettable. Get ready for a series of unique experiences, under a sky full of stars! “
For more information, visit www.qldmusictrails.com
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