50,000 celebrate the music of Queensland at State Library

State Library of Queensland has extended Live! Queensland band culture until 17 November, following the huge popularity of the exhibition program.

State Librarian Janette Wright said there have been over 50,000 visits to the Live! program, and the extension will enable many more to share and remember Queensland’s musical story.

“Through live performances, exhibitions and events, Live! celebrates the way music has connected Queenslanders from the 1850s to today,” said Ms Wright.

“Music brings us together and allows us to express our identity as individuals, or as members of groups and communities. Neuroscience tells us that music is often the key to unlocking memories and invoking emotions. We’re drawing on this idea and using music to tap into memories and help create new ones, and what better way to enliven the content at State Library than through music and performance?” she said.

As part of the extended program of events, the popular Sunday session performances will continue to showcase local bands, and budding music photographers can develop their skills at a workshop with leading rock photojournalist Dane Beesley on 28 September.

A new addition to the exhibition spaces is a visual archive of the Livid Festival from October 5, Australia’s first alternative outdoor rock music festival.

Discover new talent at the Live! open mic night on 18 October, or sit down with two emerging deadly brothers, Jonathan Jeffrey and Skotti Hunter on 5 November.

Queensland greats The Gin Club and The Stress of Leisure will be performing at 4Senses on 15 November, a multi-sensory experience making live music accessible to everyone including people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

As well as offering a great insight into Queensland’s band history, Ms Wright said Live! had also inspired members of the community to donate further to the State Library collection.

“Highlights for our curators have been stories such as that of Reverend Dr Noel Wallis, now 79 years of age, who recognised himself as an 11 year old fife player in one of the featured photographs,” said Ms Wright. “Dr Wallis has also been able to identify and name a number of other children in the original photo and has offered to donate a personal collection of photos relating to music events he has attended in Brisbane,” she said.

Visit Live! Queensland band culture at State Library of Queensland, South Bank until 17 November.

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Cinnamon Watson Publicity
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