Christine Anu: Whitsunday Live!, Queensland Music Festival, Airlie Beach

Queensland Music Festival is back in town to present Whitsunday LIVE! as part of the Whitsunday Cultural Festival on Friday 28th September at the Bowen Soundshell and Saturday 29th September at Market Park, Airlie Beach.

Whitsunday LIVE! will feature a line-up of specially selected young talent from the region, performing live on stage with special guest Christine Anu.

QMF Artistic Director James Morrison said the Festival was inspired by the extraordinary success of the Behind The Cane in 2011, where over 8000 attended the critically acclaimed production over three nights at the Bowen Soundshell.

“The talent we discovered last year was so strong we felt we just had to come back and work with some of these kids again,” Mr Morrison said.

“We are also excited to feature in the show one of Australia’s iconic female entertainers, Christine Anu.

“It’ll be a great night for the whole family to enjoy and one you really don’t want to miss out on.”

QMF has engaged a highly experienced creative team, including vocal coach Douglas Mcrae, choreographer Dan Crestani and musical director Helen Russell, as well as actor-director-playwright Sean Mee, who is well known to the community as the director of Behind The Cane.

Together they have selected young talented performers from Bowen State High School, Whitsunday Christian College and Proserpine State High School and have been working with them since July in a series of masterclasses and workshops.

Christine Anu will join the team in the final week, leading up to the Whitsunday LIVE! concerts in preparation for her joint performance with the young performers.

According to Sean Mee, returning to the region with QMF has only reaffirmed the vast creative energy and commitment of the region.

“This talented group of 20 young people have developed Whitsunday LIVE! as an expression of the capacity of the Whitsunday region to create great music and entertainment,” Mr Mee said.

“With support of their families, their amazing teachers and the professional team of the Queensland Music Festival we can create that special moment when we can all celebrate just how fantastic they are.”

Whitsunday LIVE! with special guest Christine Anu is the main event and highlight of the Whitsunday Cultural Festival, which is presented by Tourism Bowen, Queensland Music Festival and Whitsunday Regional Council with the support of Events Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts.

Food stalls and local entertainment will commence from 4:30pm in Bowen and from 3:30pm in Airlie Beach.

QMF is a state-wide celebration of music with a vision to transform lives through unforgettable musical experiences.

The Festival presents the best of local, national and international talent performing every conceivable style of music to Queenslanders from all walks of life, in Brisbane, and in regional and remote centres from Thursday Island to the Gold Coast.

With record audiences of 178,000 people, QMF’s most recent Festival in July 2011 featured a staggering 202 events in Brisbane and 34 regional and remote centres throughout Queensland.
Bowen Soundshell
4:30PM Local Entertainment and Food Stalls
Market Park
3:30PM Local Entertainment and Food Stalls


Queensland Music Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government. This project is supported by the Australia Council for the arts, the Australian Government arts funding and advisory body, through its community partnerships section.