The dynamic vocal duo will be joined by a cast of over 200 singers and musicians, in an uplifting concert inspired by music, cultures and faiths from around the world.
Known for their gospel, soul and blues, the Tongan-Australian sisters, Vika and Linda, are also celebrated for their iconic collaborations with Paul Kelly, The Black Sorrows, Kasey Chambers and Rockwhiz. Vika is also acclaimed for her performance in At Last: The Etta James Story.
The exciting line-up of artists in Songs of Hope and Healing also includes QPAC’s newest ensemble in residence JADE New World Collective, gypsy-folk band Mzaza, Songwoman Maroochy, the QPAC Choir, QPAC Youth Choir and Children’s Health Queensland Community Choir, with further artists to be announced.
QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said that following the successful Songs of Hope and Healing debut in 2015 and concert last year, the centre is pleased to present its third concert and has plans to make it an annual event. “Songs of Hope and Healing is curated to reflect the themes of hope, healing and renewal of the Easter period,” he said.
“In the same vein as our annual Spirit of Christmas concerts which bring the community together to celebrate the festive season and its enduring and powerful messages of peace, love and joy, we hope to make Songs of Hope and Healing an annual Easter season tradition.”
“Funds raised from Songs of Hope and Healing will benefit the vital work of Brisbane based Friends of HEAL Foundation (FHEAL), which provides creative arts therapy in schools making a positive difference in the lives of young people of refugee backgrounds.
“As the state’s leading performing arts centre and a public institution we believe it is important to understand and reflect our cultures and communities. Experiencing and participating in art helps people relate to the world, and learn more about themselves and others,” said Mr Kotzas.
Formed in 2012, FHEAL assists and advocates for the important mental health work provided by services such as HEAL (Home of Expressive Arts and Learning), a Brisbane school-based mental health program which specialises in helping aid well-being for refugee kids through creative methods.
FHEAL’S mission is to provide direct relief from distress and enhance education and cultural integration for refugee adolescents. The Songs of Hope and Healing concerts in 2015 and 2018 collectively raised more than $25,000 for FHEAL.
Songs of Hope and Healing
Concert Hall – Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Cultural Precinct, South Bank (Brisbane)
Performance: Monday 18 March 2019 – 7.00pm
Information and Bookings: www.qpac.com.au
Image: Vika and Linda Bull (supplied)