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Multicultural music collection drive

By JOL Admin | 18 June 2013

Queensland’s rich multicultural heritage has helped shape the soundtrack of our state, and plays an important part in Queensland’s story.

State Library is seeking your help and generosity to record these stories for future generations. We are currently calling for donations of items relating to the music of our multicultural communities - either historical or contemporary - which you think helps tell the story of music in Queensland.

Greek Orthodox Youth Orchestra donation Acc. 28602

State Library collects a wide range of music-related material, such as scores, recordings, video/film, programs, posters, flyers, leaflets, photos, tickets, t-shirts, and festival and other memorabilia. If you have any material like this at home, you might like to consider donating it to the library as a permanent record of the sounds, bands or events you enjoyed. We are interested in local music artists and events and their significance for everyday Queenslanders. The library will preserve this material in ideal conditions for its long term survival. Even small donations help to build a rich music research collection.


On site collection booth
From Tuesday 18 to Friday 21 June (12noon – 2pm), there will be a special collection booth set up in The Music Box on level 1 of State Library. During this time State Library's Queensland Music Coordinators will be on hand to look at any material you might like to donate. If you have material to donate but can’t come to the collection booth, please contact the Queensland Music Coordinators on (07) 3840 7839 or send your details to our online information request form.

In addition to the collection drive there are many other free multicultural music events happening this week, culminating in Fete de la Musique on Friday 21 June. As part of Live! Queensland band culture, we are celebrating the diversity of cultures in our community with a week of free morning performances.

Solo sessions will be held Mon 17 – Thu 20 Jun, 9.30am-10.30am in the Knowledge Walk, level 1 and feature the music of local artists who draw on their heritage to create their own sound. From the sounds of the Spanish guitar, to traditional Asian instruments, come along to the Knowledge Walk and hear Nelson Mansilla, Nicholas Ng, Johnny Lin, and Ravikesh Singh.

Fete de la Musique  itself will feature a long and diverse list of musical talent. For a full listing, check out the Fete de la Musique website events calendar and search the words 'state library' to see who is performing.

Robyn Hamilton - Queensland Music Coordinator, State Library of Queensland


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