Live performance to beat multicultural drum in Biloela

Dheeraj Shrestha is an internationally acclaimed tabla percussionist and will be performing at Banana Shire's library on Friday.
Dheeraj Shrestha is an internationally acclaimed tabla percussionist and will be performing at Banana Shire's library on Friday. Contributed

IT IS full steam ahead for Queensland's multiculturalism to take centre stage, as Biloela counts down for the highly acclaimed Culture Train to stop over for a workshop and live performance on Friday, August 25.

Biloela is one of only 14 Queensland towns this dynamic group of musicians from India, Africa, Spain, Nepal and Bolivia will stop over at during the award-winning Culture Train's 2017 regional music tour.

Residents of Wahroonga Retirement Village will be treated to a performance and workshop with the Culture Train cast at 10am, while the broader community will be able to enjoy a free, intimate live performance at Banana Shire Library from 4pm to 5pm.

BEMAC General Manager Leanne Tu'ipulotu said she was thrilled that Culture Train would once again traverse the countryside during Queensland Multicultural Month with its messages of inclusion and community harmony.

"Featuring five world-renowned artists from culturally diverse backgrounds, Culture Train will take its collective of traditional and contemporary music and storytelling to remote Queensland audiences who are often do not have the opportunity to experience cultural performances of this calibre," she said.

The tour is an opportunity for remote audiences to immerse themselves in a unique cultural and musical experience, as Culture Train's program of free concerts and workshops makes its way to 13 regional communities across the state.

"The regional tour provides an excellent opportunity to promote the eight principles of the Multicultural Queensland Charter to regional Queensland," Ms Tu'ipulotu said.

"With key themes of the month including sports, recreation and the arts, digital diversity, success through diversity, and multicultural education, the tour will drive home the message of harmony and inclusion, while bringing people in regional communities together for a spectacular celebration of Queensland and its cultural diversity."

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