Big Day of Belonging

Big day of belonging market

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2016 is the State Library’s year of Belonging – a year in which we explore the connections we have to our families, communities, and special places in Queensland through a broad range of programs. After the highly successful Big Day of Belonging in January, the Big Day returns again in June with a focus on the idea of a Queensland inspired marketplace of craft, food and entertainment alongside innovative library interactive learning projects.

Enjoy the BrisStyle market where you can find quality goods created by Queensland crafters and creators, the Etsy international craft party on the Terrace, the One Million Stars to End Violence community weaving project, and a free performance and instrument demonstration by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Participate in the human library project where you borrow an interesting person for a short time instead of a book, the story swap shop where you collaborate with a writer to rework your stories, and family art workshops. And if that is not enough enjoy the opening of Tradition Now, a new exhibition which explores how Queenslanders ‘arrive’ in this land, connect to or disconnect from family and tradition, and the subsequent impacts on contemporary family life.

Interested? Join us on facebook for more details and interviews with the artists and presenters in the lead up to the event.

BrisStyle markets
10am–3pm  l Knowledge Walk
For the first time, BrisStyle comes to the State Library with an extensive range of indoor and outdoor craft and food stalls. Find quality goods created by Queensland crafters and creators. Hear stories about the products, direct from the makers. Grab a gift for someone you cherish.

Etsy International craft party
10am–11am and 12pm–1pm / Queensland Terrace | Booked out!
Get creative with this free one hour craft workshop.  Learn how to make a Himmeli, a Finnish decoration, from an experienced facilitator from the people at BrisStyle Inc. We’ll supply materials, you bring the imagination.

One Million Stars to End Violence
10am–3pm / Business Studio level 1 / Free, no bookings required
Add your contribution to this love and peace filled community project by making a star and be a part of an installation at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.  These beautiful stars are symbols of light and courage and solidarity to end all forms of violence, including violence against women, bullying, and racism.

Human library
10am–3pm / Knowledge Walk / Free - Register on the day
Why borrow a book when you can borrow a real person from our living library? Volunteers from across Brisbane will be “human library books” representing a wide range of cultural backgrounds, areas of expertise, and life experiences. Sit with them for an in-depth conversation, sharing your stories and theirs. Let your questions help turn the human pages.

Story swap shop
10am–3pm / Knowledge Walk / Free, no bookings required
What would a professional writer make of your own life story? Share anecdotes and events, truths and memories, dreams, plans, or tall tales from your own life and work with our writers to re-tell, re-imagine, or transform your story into a new creative work.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra performance
1.30pm–2pm SLQ Auditorium 1 | Free | Bookings required
QSO  will delight you with a concert showcasing classic repertoire and a much-loved home grown story. Suitable for all ages.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra instrument demonstration
11.15am – 11.45am / Knowledge Walk / Free, no bookings required
Get up close with the QSO and explore how the different instruments work to make the orchestra tick

Market music
10am–3pm / Knowledge Walk and Café / Free, no bookings required
Whilst you enjoy the markets, take in music in various parts of the market or take a break and enjoy the program in the Library Café.

Family tree craft workshop
10am–3pm / Knowledge Walk / Free, no bookings required
After you have visited the Tradition Now exhibition upstairs, join in the family fun of making artwork to add to a large scale ‘family tree’. Tradition Now artists Pamela See and Simone Eisler will introduce you to paper cutting and simple sculptural forms with which you can represent your family history.

Storytime in The Corner & kuril dhagun
Session 1: for 0-6yrs | 10:15am-10:45am | The Corner | Free – No bookings required
Session 2: for 7-12yrs | 11:00am – 11:30am | kuril dhagun | Free – No bookings required
Come along to a very special Storytime with Dr Anita Heiss, a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW. Anita will be reading from her newly released book ‘Kicking Goals with Goodesy and Magic’, a book about AFL legends Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin who between them have played over 650 games and kicked over 900 goals. Learn about Goodesy and Magic’s childhood and how they went from being normal teenagers to AFL superstars.

Photo credit: Greg Elkenhans Photography

Sat 18 Jun 2016, 10:00 am - 03:00 pm
Meet at Reception, level 1, State Library
Free, some events require booking
More information:
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