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23° & PARTLY CLOUDY ON FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER IN BRISBANE
By Sarah Ward
July 02, 2019
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Queensland Music Festival 2019

The biennial festival turns 20 with a huge program.
By Sarah Ward
July 02, 2019
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Brisbanites, it's time to dance, sing, tap your toes, make shapes, feel the rhythm, and appreciate a mighty fine tune or several. From Friday, July 5 to Sunday, July 28, the biennial Queensland Music Festival returns to make the state, and Brisbane, come alive with the sound of music — and, with this year marking QMF's 20th, the fest has put together a suitably massive program.

Highlights include Archie Roach singing up a storm, a celebration of the women who sang at Woodstock, a series of Sunday afternoon classical concerts by the river and the grand opening of the new Fortitude Valley Music Hall. If you love opera, or you've always wanted to give it a whirl, spend a day soaking in arias at Jimbour House. Fancy hearing Australia's history of star navigation through music? Or discovering the melodies of the night parrot, which was thought to be extinct until recently? They're on the bill as well.

Eager to do more than just watch and listen? That's where Play Me, I'm Yours comes in — and its 20 pianos, which have all been painted by British artist Luke Jerram and other creatives, then scattered across Brisbane. They're waiting for you to find them, then tinkle their ivories, so bust out whatever song you can muster (ideally, something other than 'Chopsticks', though).

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