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12 Apr 2016

Explore Queensland’s First World War stories from the home front

Explore Queensland’s First World War stories from the home front

Join Australia’s leading historical and cultural commentators to discuss how the lives of Queenslanders were impacted at home during the First World War at State Library of Queensland’s upcoming symposium On the Home Front.

On the Home Front is a free, thought-provoking forum that explores the changing social, political and cultural landscape that shaped Queensland during and after the war years.

Commencing with a welcome function and keynote address on Tuesday 10 May, the full day symposium on Wednesday 11 May will feature individual presentations and panel discussions from historians, academics, and writers.

Keynote speakers Professor Joan Beaumont and Professor Mick Dodson will share their unique perspectives on the largely untold stories of the First World War. Led by MC and facilitator Ian Townsend, author and journalist, speakers will discuss the intersecting social, political and cultural narratives that shaped the way war was perceived and experienced by families, communities and other social groups at home.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said it was important to foster a greater understanding of the home front experiences for future generations of Queenslanders.

“The ‘real’ history of the First World War is seen to have taken place in other countries – on the battlefields of Gallipoli, Fromelles and Villers-Bretonneux – rather than in the local communities of Bundaberg, Brisbane and Charters Towers,” Ms Enoch said.

“Understanding Queensland’s home front history gives us a more complete picture of our shared history. On the Home Front offers the opportunity to engage with a variety of perspectives which will help us to better understand Queensland’s experience of the First World War.”

State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said the Queensland home front stories reflect a divided society impacted by brutal, faraway war.

On the Home Front symposium aims to connect, understand and honour those that experienced the First World War at home,” Mrs Cooper said.

“It’s important for us in 2016 to connect with the untold histories and stories that were experienced by individuals, social groups and communities. To understand and remember how women lived their lives with loss, how Indigenous families never saw their son’s or husband’s pay or medals, or how the German community was persecuted, is to truly honour the sacrifice made by those at home during the First World War.”

For more information and to register for the free symposium, visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on.

On the Home Front is part of SLQ’s Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program, and is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

On the Home Front
State Library of Queensland
Free, bookings required

Tue 10 May, 6pm–8.30pm
Keynote address and welcome function

Wed 11 May, 8.30am–3.30pm
Presentations and panel discussions, incl. morning tea and lunch

Interview opportunities:
Keynote speaker (Tue 10 May)
Professor Joan Beaumont, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University and author of Broken Nation: Australian and the Great War

Keynote speaker (Wed 11 May)
Professor Mick Dodson, Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Australian National University

Media enquiries:
Cinnamon Watson, Cinnamon Watson Publicity
0432 219 643 | cinn@cinnamonwatsonpublicity.com.au
Photos available upon request

9 Apr 2016

Discover Queensland’s keepsakes of the First World War

Discover Queensland’s keepsakes of the First World War

State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has opened its latest Treasures Wall display, Keepsakes of War as part of the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program.

The display showcases items from SLQ’s First World War collections, such as souvenirs and postcards, preserved as tangible reminders of Queensland’s wartime experience.

State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said that the items on display provide an insight into the unique social and cultural climate that was fostered in Queensland during and after the First World War.

“While the items displayed in Keepsakes of War can never paint a complete picture, they can reveal private experiences and, as a collection, these personal mementos can provide a greater understanding of how Queenslanders experienced the First World War, both at home and overseas,” Mrs Cooper said.

“From service badges and memorial medallions to souvenir wall hangings and cushion covers from Egypt, this display goes beyond the battlefront and home front histories, and focuses on the personal stories of dozens of Queenslanders who experienced the war first hand.”

The SLQ Treasures Wall will feature a different themed exhibition for every year of the Centenary of the First World War and provides an opportunity to explore and expose different aspects of Queensland’s war time experience.

SLQ and the John Oxley Library are the custodians of the state’s First World War history and these displays allow some of the precious collection items to be viewed, while providing greater context and understanding of how the First World War impacted Queenslanders.

Keepsakes of War is part of SLQ’s Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program, and is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

Keepsakes of War
9 April 2016 – 26 March 2017
Treasures Wall, Level 4, SLQ

Media enquiries:
Hillary Bell | 07 3842 9864 | hillary.bell@slq.qld.gov.au
State Library of Queensland Communications

12 Mar 2016

Celebration of female Indigenous identities in new art exhibition

Celebration of female Indigenous identities in new art exhibition

A new exhibition at State Library of Queensland will celebrate identity and image through larger than life portraits of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch today launched Black Velvet: your label, a solo exhibition by inaugural kuril dhagun Artist in Residence Boneta-Marie Mabo.

Black Velvet features four oil painting portraits of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander women, alongside five striking life-sized sculptures of women emerging from black velvet, a metaphor for Indigenous women escaping the labels placed on them.

Rather than reclaiming or endorsing the derogatory term ‘black velvet’, Boneta-Marie aims to build awareness, and calls for acknowledgement, hope and change.

Minister Enoch said the exhibition drew attention to ongoing contemporary issues for Indigenous women in Queensland and across Australia.

“Through her artwork, Boneta-Marie honours the self-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, giving them a voice that was historically denied,” Ms Enoch said.

The new body of works showcased in Black Velvet were developed after Boneta-Marie’s 2015 residency in kuril dhagun, where the artist worked within the theme, ‘unsettled’.

State Librarian Sonia Cooper said Boneta-Marie’s work demonstrated the immense potential of the Artist in Residence program.

“SLQ is proud to be able to offer this level of support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and to work with them in this way,” she said.

“This program is an opportunity for Indigenous artists throughout Queensland to use their individual and cultural knowledge to shed new light on SLQ’s collections,” Mrs Cooper said.

Through her research into the library’s original materials and collections, Boneta-Marie discovered historical portraits of Indigenous women, referred to with derogatory terms such as ‘black velvet’ in place of names.

Boneta-Marie said that after seeing countless unnamed women, often in imposed domestic duty roles, it brought home the fact these Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women weren’t valued as part of Australian society.

“This led me to create a series of works to celebrate our identities and create a positive representation of us that isn’t often seen in mainstream art,” Boneta-Marie said.

“The sculptures celebrate the black woman’s body and the black velvet material used is a visual representation of the labels forced upon us that are not our identity.”

Black Velvet: your label is a free exhibition that will be on display in kuril dhagun at State Library of Queensland until 29 May 2016.

Media enquiries:
Shahedah Sabdia, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9084 | shahedah.sabdia@slq.qld.gov.au

1 Mar 2016

4.5 metre architectural pavilion rises up at State Library

4.5 metre architectural pavilion rises up at State Library

Brisbane will be the first Australian city to host a touring architectural installation designed by world renowned Vietnamese Vo Trong Nghia Architects.

As part of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation’s (SCAF) Fugitive Structures series, a gridded bamboo structure with a floating transparent ceiling will be unveiled today at the entrance to State Library of Queensland (SLQ) to mark the opening of the inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum (APAF).

The pavilion will be on display for the duration of the two week forum and will remain until 15 May, before it moves to SCAF’s courtyard garden in Sydney.

Tailored specifically for the SLQ site, the pavilion is the fourth iteration of an annual architectural installation presented by SCAF.

Assistant Minister of State Assisting the Premier Mark Ryan said the impressive structure over the main entrance provided a fitting welcome to a gathering of some of the region’s leading architects.

“Grafting a fresh, unusual structure onto the old, gives the entrance a new look that will attract the attention of visitors and increase interest in Brisbane’s buildings,” Mr Ryan said.  “Expressive architecture like this is a luxury and we are fortunate to have it in Queensland first, so I encourage everyone to see this work before it moves on.”

Acting State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said SLQ was delighted to partner with SCAF to bring the work of Vo Trong Nghia Architects to a new Australian audience.

“It’s a real coup for State Library through the Asia Pacific Design Library to host an installation of this calibre,” Mrs Cooper said. “Vo’s integration of local materials and traditional skills with contemporary aesthetics and modern approaches aligns perfectly with the forum’s exploration of how new world cities are responding to the challenges and opportunities of the Asian century through architecture.”

“It’s my hope the pavilion provides a talking point for our visitors and inspires robust discussion about architecture’s role in the region.”

Dr Gene Sherman, Executive Director of SCAF said the pavilion’s design centres around two central pillars of Vo Trong Nghia’s approach to architecture.

“The work demonstrates Vo’s innovative use of bamboo, and his passion – and self imposed duty – to green the world’s urban landscapes with plants and vegetation,” Dr Sherman said.

“Vo pushes the limits of a strong, lightweight and highly sustainable traditional building material. He aims to increase bio-diversity and to reconnect city dwellers with the natural environment.”

Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10am today. Interviews and photo opportunities will be available.

Media enquiries
SLQ Communications, 07 3842 9847, communications@slq.qld.gov.au

1 Mar 2016

Inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum Opens

Inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum Opens

Leading architects from across the region have gathered in Brisbane today for the opening of the inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum (APAF), an initiative of Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland (SLQ).

The two-week forum designed for architecture enthusiasts, professionals, educators and students includes a program of exhibitions, installations, lectures, workshops, and a one-day symposium featuring leading practitioners from the region.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the forum opens discussion on the way new-world cities are responding to the opportunities and challenges of the Asian century.

“For the next fortnight, leading architects from across the Asia Pacific region have the opportunity to discuss how their profession can innovate in the face of unprecedented growth,” Ms Enoch said.
“Budding designers can also benefit from the program with the Little Designers workshop allowing children to learn about design and architecture through play.”

Acting State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said she is excited that SLQ will be the hub to show architecture’s pivotal role in the culture, sustainability and economy of the region.

“We’re entering an exciting era for creativity and growth, and I am delighted SLQ is partnering with Architecture Media to play a role in shaping our future cities,” she said.

Architecture Media’s Editorial Director, Cameron Bruhn, said the forum provides opportunities for a dynamic collaboration between business, government, institutions and associations.

“The stimulating program of events will celebrate contemporary architecture and anticipate its exciting future. Over the course of the next two weeks, participants will engage in a timely conversation about architecture from across the region and Queensland's important contribution to its culture," Mr Bruhn said.

Highlights of the Forum include: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation’s Green Ladder pavilion, designed by award-winning Vietnamese Vo Trong Nghia Architects, which aims to reconnect city dwellers with the natural environment; the ArchitectureAP Symposium, a one-day conference with internationally renowned keynote speakers; Living in the city: New architecture from Brisbane and the Asia-Pacific, a Museum of Brisbane exhibition featuring models of unbuilt work by architects from Queensland and Brisbane’s Asia Pacific sister cities; and the UQ Architecture lecture series, featuring leading local, national and international architects.

The forum is a collaboration between founding partners Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland; presenting partners Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, BVN, and Museum of Brisbane; event partners the University of Queensland School of Architecture, Australian Institute of Architects and Artisan; in association with QAGOMA — 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Inspiring Australia and Maison & Objet Asia.

For further information, including the full program and booking details, visit aparchitectureforum.com

Media enquiries

SLQ Communications, 07 3842 9847, communications@slq.qld.gov.au

22 Feb 2016

State Library puts the spotlight on architecture

State Library puts the spotlight on architecture

The popular UQ Architecture lecture series returns to State Library of Queensland (SLQ) next week, to ignite discussion and debate around the role of architecture in the 21st century.

The series, now in its sixth year, invites leading local, national and international architects to share and discuss new ideas and knowledge centred on the role of architecture and design in the Asia Pacific.

Acting State Librarian Sonia Cooper said the 2016 series intends to explore regional connections to Asia Pacific, architectural futures and social responsibility in the profession.

“The series will provide an opportunity for a local audience to be part of a conversation about regional connections and help place Queensland architecture in a much bigger context,” Mrs Cooper said.

Series curator Antony Moulis, Associate Professor at UQ Architecture, said audiences can expect a diversity of perspectives on architecture as well as discussion on the situations architects find themselves in culturally, socially and politically as they realise their work.

“There are some really exceptional architects in this year’s series who are doing things beyond the everyday of architectural practice,” he said.

“At UQ we're very excited about the impact the talks can have on rethinking the city and architecture's capacity for real social engagement.”

Seoul-based architect Moon Hoon will kick-off the series on Tuesday 1 March at 6.30pm, following the official launch of the Asia Pacific Architecture Forum at State Library.

The series runs every Tuesday night throughout March and April (excluding 29 March), and will feature architects from Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Kobe, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.

Architecture professionals attending the events will be eligible for two formal continuing professional development points (CPD) with the Australian Institute of Architects.

The first two lectures of the series are part of the inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum, an initiative of Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland.

Date Tuesdays, 1 Mar – 26 Apr (excl. 29 Mar), 6pm for 6.30pm start
Venue Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland
Entry Free, bookings slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on
Media enquiries
SLQ Communications, 07 3842 9847, communications@slq.qld.gov.au

2016 UQ Architecture lecture series

Date: Tue 1 March 2016
Speaker: Moon Hoon (Seoul) – Moon Hoon Architects

Date: Tue 8 March 2016
Speakers: Yo Shimada (Kobe) – TATO Architects
and Paul Hotston (Brisbane) – Phorm

Date: Tue 15 March 2016
Speakers: Lara Nobel (Brisbane) – The Tiny House Company
and Andrew Carter (Brisbane) – The Tiny House Company

Date: Tue 22 March 2016
Speaker: Richard Kirk (Brisbane) – Kirk Architects

Date: Tue 5 April 2016
Speaker: Rodney Eggleston (Melbourne) – MARCH Studio
Anne-Laure Cavigneaux (Melbourne) – MARCH Studio

Date: Tue 12 April 2016
Speaker: Kieran Wong (Perth) – CODA Studio

Date: Tue 19 April 2016
Speaker: Georgia Singleton (Sydney) – Woods Bagot

Date: Tue 26 April 2016
Speaker: Kevin Low (Kuala Lumpur) – Small Projects

27 Jan 2016

Funding to discover Queensland’s past

Funding to discover Queensland’s past

Researchers are encouraged to explore Queensland’s rich history with the support of State Library of Queensland (SLQ) fellowships.

Applications are now open nationwide for seven fellowships totalling $100,000 as part of the Queensland Memory Awards.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the Queensland Memory Awards help to ensure Queensland’s rich history reaching back more than 40,000 years is discovered and available for all to share.

“There are endless stories to be shared about Queensland’s heritage, culture, places and experiences and this initiative will help reveal those untold stories,” Ms Enoch said.
“Queensland has a diverse and vibrant heritage that needs to be discovered, promoted and shared with others. The Palaszczuk Government is proud to be supporting these seven awards and leading the way for the creation of new knowledge about our state’s history.”

The Queensland Memory Awards comprise:

John Oxley Library Fellowship ($20,000 plus 12 months personal work space in the Neil Roberts Research Lounge) – awarded to support a research project that uses the resources of the John Oxley Library.

Letty Katts Award ($5,000 plus 3 months personal work space in the Neil Roberts Research Lounge) – provides the opportunity for a musician, composer, scholar or researcher to study, experiment and explore new thinking in their art/study for three months, leading to the creation of new knowledge or work/s inspired by Queensland’s music history.
The John Oxley Library Fellowship and Letty Katts Award are supported by the Queensland Library Foundation.

Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship ($15,000 plus 6 months personal work space in the Neil Roberts Research Lounge) – awarded to support a research project that contributes to new knowledge of Queensland’s economic and/or business history.
This fellowship is an initiative of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame, a partnership between SLQ, The Queensland Library Foundation and QUT Business School.

Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a new generation, four fellowships ($15,000 each plus 12 months personal work space in the Neil Roberts Research Lounge) – to recognise and encourage new research and interpretations about Queensland’s involvement in the First World War.

The State Library is hosting a SLQ Fellowship Information and Showcase Night on the Thursday 3 March.

Applications for all Fellowships and the Award open Wednesday 27 January and will close Thursday 31 March 2016.

To submit an application, or for more information on any of the Queensland Memory Award/Fellowships, please visit slq.qld.gov.au.

The winners will be announced on Thursday 9 June during Queensland Week at the annual Queensland Memory Awards Ceremony.

For further media information and images please contact:
Cinnamon Watson / 0432 21 643 / cinn@cinnamonwatsonpublicity.com.au

22 Jan 2016

Brisbane to host inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum

Brisbane to host inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum

Leading architects from across the globe will gather in Brisbane from 1–14 March for the inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum (APAF), an initiative of Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland (SLQ).

The two week forum will include a range of events including exhibitions, installations, lectures, workshops and a symposium, which will engage architecture enthusiasts, professionals, educators and students alike.

Acting Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Mark Bailey said the APAF will showcase the diversity of the countries, cities and people of the Asia Pacific and reflect on the way new world cities are responding to the opportunities and challenges of the Asian century.

“The forum will bring together leading architects from across the Asia Pacific region to share ideas, learn and innovate in the area of our built environment,” Mr Bailey said.

“This exciting event will allow people of all ages to get involved with workshops including a free Little Designers architecture workshop for children aged four to eight and a free Design Minds UQ Future Indigenous Architects workshop. For those who have young budding architects and designers in the family, the Little Designers workshop is an opportunity to nurture that creative side and introduce young minds to design and architecture through play.”

Acting State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said the APAF will promote architecture’s pivotal role in the culture, sustainability and economy of the region.

“State Library, through the Asia Pacific Design Library, is delighted to be able to partner with Architecture Media to deliver this dynamic program of exhibitions and events, that will include work by architects based in Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, India, New Zealand, the UAE and Australia,” Mrs Cooper said.

“The Asia Pacific region is an exciting place in terms of creativity and growth, and we’re excited to showcase some of the most innovative architectural projects and practices, and inspire discussion about architecture’s role in the region.”

Architecture Media’s Editorial Director Cameron Bruhn said architects across the world are responding to the largest wave of urban growth in history.

“The rapid growth of Asian Pacific cities is creating unprecedented environmental, social and economic challenges for the region. The APAF will explore the way architects are addressing these demands, creating resilient new world cities,” Mr Bruhn said.

Highlights of the Forum include: Design Minds Lumifold Workshop; the Design Minds UQ Future Indigenous Architects Workshop, the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation’s fourth iteration of Fugitive Structures, designed by award-winning Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia, which aims to reconnect city dwellers with the natural environment; a free Little Designers architecture workshop; the ArchitectureAP Symposium, a one day conference with internationally renowned keynote speakers; Living in the city: New architecture from Brisbane and the Asia-Pacific, a Museum of Brisbane exhibition featuring models of unbuilt work by architects from Queensland and Brisbane’s Asia Pacific sister cities; and the UQ Architecture lecture series, featuring leading local, national and internal architects.

The forum is a collaboration between founding partners Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland; presenting partners Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, BVN, and Museum of Brisbane; event partners University of Queensland School of Architecture, Australian Institute of Architects, and Artisan; in association with QAGOMA — 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art and Maison & Objet Asia.

Further events may be announced. For more information including the full program and booking details, visit aparchitectureforum.com

Media enquiries
Cinnamon Watson, Cinnamon Watson Publicity
0432 219 643 | cinn@cinnamonwatsonpublicity.com.au

Asia Pacific Architecture Forum – events summary

APAF opening night drinks
1 Mar, 5.30pm–6.30pm | State Library of Queensland | Free, bookings required

UQ Architecture lecture series
1 & 8 Mar, 6.30pm–8pm | State Library of Queensland | Free, bookings required

Fugitives Structures 2016: An installation by Vo Trong Nghia Architects
1 Mar — 15 May | State Library of Queensland | Free

Living in the City: New architecture in Brisbane and the Asia-Pacific (exhibition)
19 Feb — 22 May, 10am–5pm | Museum of Brisbane | Free

Vokes & Peters Detail & Manner exhibition
1 Mar — 9 Apr, Tues–Fri 10.30am–5.30pm, Sat 10am–4pm | Artisan Gallery | Free

ArchitectureAP Symposium
4 Mar, 9am–5pm | State Library of Queensland | From $400, bookings required

Design Minds Lumifold workshops
7–9 Mar, 5pm–8pm | State Library of Queensland | $30, bookings required

Design Minds UQ Future Indigenous Architects workshop
14 Mar, 11am–6.30pm | State Library of Queensland | Free, bookings required

Little Designers: architecture workshop
6 & 13 Mar, 1pm–2pm & 3pm–4pm | State Library of Queensland | For ages 4–8 | Free, bookings required

8 Jan 2016

Aspiring Indigenous writers to vie for $10,000 fellowships

Aspiring Indigenous writers to vie for $10,000 fellowships

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers hoping to have their manuscripts published have the chance to win $10,000 prize money through State Library of Queensland (SLQ) fellowships.

Acting Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Mark Bailey said the black&write! initiative, which is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers nationally, is a terrific development opportunity.

“The Fellowships play a significant role in nurturing Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing community,” Mr Bailey said.

“This project exemplifies State Library’s ongoing commitment to telling, sharing and recording the stories, not just of Queenslanders, but of all Indigenous Australians.”

Two black&write! Fellowships are on offer to both published and unpublished authors. As well as the prize money, winners will receive professional manuscript development with SLQ’s Indigenous editing team, and the opportunity to see their work published.

Manuscript entries are invited in a range of genres including the novel, young adult novel, short story collection, poetry collection, or children’s book.

Acting State Librarian Jane Cowell said the program was going from strength to strength, with eight works published to date and two more set for release in the coming months.

“The black&write! project has helped change the landscape of Indigenous writing in Australia,” Ms Cowell said.

“This terrific legacy is a testament to SLQ’s commitment and passion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing that will continue into the future.”

In previous years, fellowships have been awarded to manuscripts as diverse as Bakir and Bi, a children’s book written and illustrated by aunt and niece duo Jillian Boyd and Tori-Jay Mordey; Ruby Moonlight, a historical verse novel by renowned poet Ali Cobby Eckermann; science fiction adventure Rift Breaker from comedian Tristan Savage; and young adult paranormal romance Rise of the Fallen by Teagan Chilcott.

The black&write! initiative is a national program, which began in 2010. The first of its kind in Australia, it was developed to foster a significant Indigenous literary community.

Entries for the 2016 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships close Friday 26 February 2016.

For more information and to download an application form, visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/awards.

Interview opportunities:
Ellen van Neerven
Senior Editor, black&write!, State Library of Queensland
Author of Heat and Light (UQP, 2014)
David Unaipon Award Winner 2013

Alison Whittaker
2015 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellow
Author of ‘Lemons in the Chicken Wire’ (publication forthcoming)
National Indigenous Law Student of the Year, 2015

Media enquiries:
Shahedah Sabdia, State Library of Queensland Communications
07 3842 9084 | shahedah.sabdia@slq.qld.gov.au

18 Dec 2015

Queenslanders encouraged to join the Big Day of Belonging

Queenslanders encouraged to join the Big Day of Belonging

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the family event at State Library of Queensland aims to raise people’s sense of belonging.

“We all have a desire to belong and connect with others, and this day of cultural entertainment, food and hands-on activities will help bring the community together,” Ms Enoch said.

“The event is a terrific way to start the year, by celebrating not only who we are but how we all contribute to Queensland’s rich cultural and social life. I encourage everyone to join the workshops and be inspired by the musicians, storytellers and creators of wonderful cuisines who will help us appreciate our diversity.”

The Big Day of Belonging will feature food from around the world including kangaroo nachos, Fijian-Indian curries and other multicultural dishes from pop-up food stalls.

Influential African-Australian community leader and entrepreneur Sharon Orapeleng will host a program of music and dance from 3pm, and performances by the Verandah Chix and members of the Korean Cultural Centre should not be missed.

Through the Queensland Faces exhibition, people can create their own photographic portrait and add it to the digital gallery. They can also make a lantern and take part in a twilight lantern parade.

Acting State Librarian and CEO Jane Cowell said the Big Day of Belonging was about expressing the individual story of who you are, but also about being part of something bigger.

“We’re inviting individuals, families and friends to register for the Something Bigger Choir for the day and make it something fun to do together — all backgrounds, ages and levels of experience are welcome,” Ms Cowell said.

Ms Cowell said the event was also a good opportunity to celebrate State Library of Queensland’s theme for 2016, which is ‘belonging’.

“Next year is a year-long celebration of discovery, creating and sharing stories about our connections with places and our culture,” she said.  “We want people to talk about what it means to belong and this can be through talks, community days, workshops and online activities.”

You can find out more about the Big Day of Belonging by visiting slq.qld.gov.au

Media enquiries
Cinnamon Watson Publicity | 0432 219 643 | cinn@cinnamonwatsonpublicity.com.au

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