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Curtains rise for another successful season at RPAC


Performances spanning contemporary music, dance, drama, family theatre, classical music and cabaret are just some of the highlights of the new offerings at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said RPAC’s Season 2021: Act 2 program guide was now available, with more than 30 different shows on offer at RPAC until the end of August.

“This latest program follows the successful reboot of RPAC’s arts calendar with Act 1 which saw crowds flooding back after the disruptions of 2020,” Cr Williams said.

“The arts are alive and thriving on Redlands Coast.

“Redland City Council is delighted with the level of support given by our community to RPAC, as our premier performing arts program venue.

“I’m sure the diverse selection of performances in Act 2 of this season’s program will appeal to all tastes and interests.”

RPAC’s reputation as one of the best performance venues in the south-east Queensland continues to attract major touring productions with both Opera Queensland and Queensland Ballet gracing the stage this season.

Trailblazing women will take RPAC centre stage in Rovers (8 July), featuring intrepid performers Roxanne McDonald and Barbara Lowing in an entertaining and heartfelt stage adventure.

RPAC will also celebrate legendary artists Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks, Aretha Franklin and the Bee Gees in a series of tribute concerts this season.

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said young imaginations would soon be ignited by a selection of family-friendly productions.

Wilbur the Optical Whale (5 August) is a beautiful, inclusive performance that will inspire your children to embrace difference,” he said.

“The ever popular Flipside Circus school holiday workshops (8-9 July) will also return to entertain all ages.”

Councillor Williams said it was shaping up to be a bumper year for RPAC as the venue continued to deliver outstanding experiences for Redlands Coast residents, visitors and guests.

“Along with the leading national and regional touring productions, the best of Redlands Coast will be celebrated with Stage Sessions making a welcome return to showcase the talent of local performers,” she said.

For the full list of fantastic performances and exhibitions coming to RPAC during Season 2021: Act 2, and to book tickets, visit www.rpac.com.au.

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Council services to reopen following COVID-19 lockdown


Redland City Council services will reopen under COVID-safe conditions when a three-day lockdown ends for the city at 6pm today.

The Queensland Government today announced the end of lockdown for most south-east Queensland local government areas, including Redland City, as well as Townsville and Palm Island.

However, the lockdown has been extended in Brisbane City and Moreton Bay local government areas until 6pm tomorrow, Saturday 3 July.

This comes after three new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were detected across the State, including two in Carindale.

Redland City Council services and facilities to reopen tomorrow, under COVID-safe conditions, include the city’s Libraries, IndigiScapes Centre, Animal Shelter, Visitor Information Centre, community halls and Cleveland Aquatic Centre.

Redlands Coast Art Galleries and Redland Performing Arts Centre will however remain closed over the weekend, reopening on Monday 5 July.

Council customer service centres at Capalaba and Victoria Point also will reopen on Monday.

Unfortunately, the NAIDOC Week Cultural Celebration set for Sunday 4 July at Raby Bay Harbour Park has been postponed.

While the lockdown has been lifted in Redland City, some restrictions remain in place for a further two weeks when they will be reviewed by the State Government.

This includes:

  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times whenever you leave your home unless you have a lawful reason not to. Masks must be worn in indoor spaces or where physically distancing isn’t possible.
  • You must be seated when eating or drinking at a café or restaurant and for all indoor settings only 1 person per 4 square metres is allowed.
  • Private gatherings are restricted to 30 people, and up to 100 people can attend weddings and funerals. Only 20 people can dance at weddings.

 Further information

The Queensland Government is the lead agency in managing the public health response to COVID-19. The latest health directives, COVID-19 testing information and vaccination updates are available at health.qld.gov.au

 

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NAIDOC events celebrate culture and the concept of Country


The Yulu-Burri-Ba Dancers will perform at the NAIDOC Cultural Celebration Event at Raby Bay Harbour Park.

The connection between Country and culture will be the theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week celebrations across Redlands Coast.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said NAIDOC Week – starting Sunday 4 July – celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

“It is a great opportunity to learn more about these communities,” Cr Williams said.

“This year NAIDOC invites us all to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage.

“Country is much more than a place or a piece of land, for Traditional Owners it is inherent to their identity. It has meaning in every aspect, from spiritual to social, from cultural to emotional.

“This year’s theme – Heal Country – is about working to protect lands, waters, sacred sites and cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration and destruction.”

Cr Williams said NAIDOC Week would be celebrated across Redlands Coast with a number of events at various locations. The official launch will be held on Sunday, 4 July, at Raby Bay Harbour Park and will feature music and art from the Quandamooka People and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

“The Quandamooka People have been Traditional Owners of much of the area we now call Redlands Coast for more than 21,000 years,” Cr Williams said.

“The official launch will run from 9am to 1pm and there will be a traditional smoking ceremony and interactive dance workshops, as well as traditional arts and crafts activities, including weaving workshops.

“For those interested in furthering the cultural experience, Quandamooka man Matt Burns will provide cultural demonstrations and interactive family workshops. Matt’s workshops have proven very popular in the past.

“There also will be artwork by Quandamooka artists on display and for sale, along with a stunning sand art display.

“On stage will be performers such as Quandamooka song-man Josh Walker and the Yulu-Burri-Ba Dancers; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musician Joe Geia and his band; Torres Strait Islander singer and songwriter Chris Tamwoy with special guest Tania-Rose Gibuma; and Australian South Sea Islander and Aboriginal singer/songwriter Georgia Corowa.”

The Yulu-Burri-Ba Dancers will perform at the NAIDOC Cultural Celebration Event on Sunday 4 July.

Cr Williams said several Redlands Coast cultural and environmental facilities would showcase Traditional Owner culture as part of NAIDOC Week.

“On the Friday before the week gets underway, proud Quandamooka woman Elisha Kissick will lead a cultural flora walk through Council’s IndigiScapes Centre at Capalaba,” she said.

“Elisha is passionate about sharing her Aboriginal culture and is actively on a mission to change the narrative around the perception of First Nations people.

“That passion is shared by artists Carol McGregor and Tamika Grant-Iramu who both have thought-provoking exhibitions currently showing at Redland Art Gallery as part of NAIDOC Week.

“While at Cleveland Library on the morning of 6 July, Bundjalung South Sea Islander musician and author Lucas Proudfoot will be entertaining younger audiences as he shares the positive aspects of music, story and culture.

“On 7 July at the library, Uncle Norm Enoch from Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council will host a talk on Heal Country and the work his group is doing at the Terra Bulla Leumeah Conservation Reserve at Myora on North Stradbroke Island. Uncle Norm will also be giving a talk prior to this at IndigiScapes on the morning of Saturday 3 July.

“The play Rovers takes to the Redland Performing Arts Centre stage on 8 July. Performed by two female actors, it is a lively and fun production.

“So I encourage everyone to come along to these events, to listen and learn and to take away an understanding of the cultural significance of Country.

“Until we really understand Country we won’t understand why and how it needs to be healed.”

Yulu-Burri-Ba Dancers in the Redlands Coast on Quandamooka Country award-winning tourism video. They will perform at the NAIDOC Cultural Celebration Event at Raby Bay Harbour Park on Sunday 4 July.

REDLANDS COAST NAIDOC WEEK EVENTS

Cultural flora walk with Elisha Kissick of Yura Tours

Friday 2 July, 10am–12.30pm, IndigiScapes Botanic Gardens and Café, Capalaba

The cultural “walk talk” will cover how Quandamooka People used the varieties of flora that can be found in the gardens throughout IndigiScapes. $20 per person, ages 12+ indigiscapes.redland.qld.gov.au/

 

Native flora talk with Uncle Norm Enoch plus native bush food starter packs

Saturday 3 July, 9am–noon, IndigiScapes Botanic Gardens and Café, Capalaba

Come along and meet Uncle Norm from Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council as he talks about the cultural significance of native flora. IndigiScapes also will celebrate NAIDOC week with native bush food flora starter packs available in limited quantities. indigiscapes.redland.qld.gov.au/

 

NAIDOC Cultural Celebration Event

Sunday 4 July, 9am-1pm, Raby Bay Harbour Park

Performers include: Josh Walker and the Yulu-Burri-Ba Dancers, Joe Geia and band, Chris Tamwoy with special guest Tania-Rose Gibuma and Georgia Corowa. Activities include: traditional smoking ceremony and interactive dance workshops, arts and crafts activities, a sand art display, and cultural demonstrations by Matthew Burns. redland.qld.gov.au/NAIDOC

Torres Strait Islander singer and songwriter Chris Tamwoy and Tania-Rose Gibuma will perform at the NAIDOC Cultural Celebration Event on Sunday 4 July.

Exhibition Fragments: A Printed Environment: Tamika Grant-Iramu

until Sunday 18 July, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland

Grant-Iramu’s work brings into focus aspects of the natural environment that often go unnoticed and yet are an important part of the identity and culture of place. artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/exhibitions-2021/fragments-a-printed-environment-tamika-grant-iramu/

 

Exhibition Response: Carol McGregor

until Sunday 18 July, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland

In Response, Carol McGregor, an artist of Wathaurung and Scottish descent, reflects on what was here, looked after and used as a resource before colonisation. artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/exhibitions-2021/response-carol-mcgregor/

Clay installation silent sounds (wurrgarrabil) (detail), 2021, by Carol McGregor part of the artists’s Response exhibition at Redland Art Gallery. Image courtesy of the artist.

Musical Stories! with Lucas Proudfoot

Tuesday 6 July, 9.30-10am, Cleveland Library

Author Lucas Proudfoot presents a dynamic musical storytelling experience through song, dance and expert instrument demonstration. redland.qld.gov.au/info/20157/libraries/308/whats_on_at_your_library?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D153143126

 

Your Words! Your Story! with Lucas Proudfoot

Tuesday 6 July, 10.30-11.30am, Cleveland Library

Lucas Proudfoot showcases dance, cultural diversity and his creative process. redland.qld.gov.au/info/20157/libraries/308/whats_on_at_your_library?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D153143143

 

Heal Country with Uncle Norm and Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council

Wednesday 7 July, noon-1pm, Cleveland Library

Come along and meet Uncle Norm from Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council as he talks passionately about the award winning work they are doing at the Terra Bulla Leumeah Conservation Reserve. hbit.ly/3bWMwB4

Rovers

Thursday 8 July, 7.30-8.30pm, Concert Hall, Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland

Rovers at RPAC on 8 July.

Rovers is a delightful and modern comedy-drama that celebrates the imagination and heart of Australia’s trailblazing women. It stars Barbara Lowing and Roxanne McDonald who is descended from the Mandandanjii and Darambal tribes of Central Queensland. rpac.com.au/what-s-on/all-events/rovers/

 

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Baltic Mini Textile exhibition on display at Redland Art Gallery


Works from one of Europe’s leading textile miniature exhibitions are on display at Redland Art Gallery (RAG), Capalaba until 13 July 2021.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Baltic Mini Textile Gydnia exhibition provided an exciting opportunity for Redlands Coast residents to view artistic miniature textiles from artists across the globe.

“Redland Art Gallery does an amazing job of attracting exhibitions which allow local residents and visitors to engage with art in meaningful ways,” Cr Williams said.

“It’s exciting to note the Capalaba gallery is the first venue on the Australian tour of the Baltic Mini Textile exhibition, and there are three south-east Queensland artists represented.

“This exhibition is sure to inspire our local artists and provide thought-provoking discussions as it showcases some innovative ideas and materials.

“The works may be small but, viewed together, they make a big impact.”

“I promise you a rose garden” by Kith Mjoen of France. Tapestry and embroidery, wool, silk, fabric. Courtesy of Gdynia City Museum

The majority of the 35 works are from the 2016 and 2019 Baltic Mini Textile exhibitions, juried events which are held in Gdynia, Poland every three years.

The exhibition has been curated by Warwick Art Gallery, Queensland in partnership with Gdynia City Museum, Poland.

Warwick Art Gallery Director Karina Devine said the exhibition introduced innovative and radical ideas in textile art.

“The Baltic Mini Textile Gdynia exhibition showcases the ingenuity of textile artists as they experiment with scale and push the boundaries of accepted traditional textile materials,” Ms Devine said.

“The creative solutions reveal the exciting possibilities of the miniature genre.”

Brisbane-based, Polish-born artist Jolanta Szymczyk is passionate about the mini textile exhibition and gave a floor talk during its first week at RAG, Capalaba.

She was selected as an exhibitor in the Baltic Mini Textile exhibition in 2013 and 2019, and collaborated to bring a selection of the Gdynia City Museum collection to Australia in 2011 and again for this tour in 2021.

“Being accepted into the collection was definitively a highlight,” she said.

“This made me even more focused on promotion of Poland’s rich textile traditions across the globe and here in Australia.

“It has been uplifting and a very rewarding journey awakening my passion for smaller forms that cultivate intimate relationships between the artist, the works and the viewer.”

RAG, Capalaba is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-4pm. Access is through Capalaba Library in Capalaba Place, Noelene Street.

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Redland Art Gallery exhibition part of a broader story


Redland Art Gallery’s latest exhibition has connections far beyond Redlands Coast.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said artist Carol McGregor’s Response exhibition was part of a combined regional gallery program celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture.

“Through the rest of May and June, regional art galleries across South East Queensland North (SEQN) will come together for the first time with a series of First Nations exhibitions, experiences and events, under the title Connecting Stories,” Cr Williams said.

Redland Art Gallery director Emma Bain said McGregor’s exhibition Response, which opens Sunday (16 May, 2021), reflects on what was here, looked after and used as a resource before colonisation of the country, drawing on research she conducted with Quandamooka and other Aboriginal communities.

Response is anchored by a possum skin cloak specific to Quandamooka Country and also includes a new series of sculptural works by McGregor,” she said.

Clay installation silent sounds (wurrgarrabil) (detail), 2021, by Carol McGregor part of the artists’s Response exhibition at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from 16 May. Image courtesy of the artist.

Aboriginal possum skin cloaks were a significant ancestral item: the inside of the skins were marked and ochred with personal and cultural designs, and maps of Country. Contemporary possum skin cloak making is a recent continuation of this practice. McGregor is of Wathaurung and Scottish descent and she is currently the Program Director, Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

Response continues at RAG, Cleveland until 18 July.

Connecting Stories is delivered by Creative Arts Alliance (CAA); as part of the Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) an initiative of the Queensland Government; in partnership with independent First Nations creative organisation Blaklash and members of the SEQN Galleries Network – Redland Art Gallery, Gympie Regional Gallery, Noosa Regional Gallery, Caloundra Regional Gallery, USC Art Gallery, Moreton Bay Regional Galleries and The Condensery (Somerset Regional Art Gallery).

Keisha Leon, Connecting Stories, 2020.
Image courtesy of the artist.

CAA manager Katie Edmiston encouraged locals and visitors to embrace the opportunity to get back out into the SEQN region and immerse themselves in the First Nations Connecting Stories program.

As well as boasting stunning and diverse natural landscapes, our region is home to some of the best regional galleries in the state, all within a few hours drive from each other and Brisbane,” she said.

“Through Connecting Stories, audiences can experience exhibitions programs across nine gallery venues, visit public art sites, participate in arts tours, workshops and events as part of the program.”

For more details about Connecting Stories go to: connectingstories.net

For more details about Response at Redland Art Gallery go to: artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au

 

 

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Redland Library kits help residents start own book clubs


Redland Libraries are so pleased with the success of their first book club that they are making it easy for residents to start one of their own.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Book Club sets were now available through Council’s libraries.

“The sets have been prepared so we can share the literary love and encourage residents to form their own book clubs which they can host in their homes,” Cr Williams said.

“Each set contains 10 copies of a book and a laminated sheet of questions to kickstart the discussion.

“There are already 19 sets ready to go, which can be reserved online and sent to your nearest Redland City Library for collection.”

The launch of the Book Club sets follows the success of the Redland Reads Book Club, which held its first meeting in August last year.

“The book club was formed in response to COVID-19 as a means of bringing our community back to our libraries, to get people talking and sharing experiences while focusing on the core library business – the reading of books,” Cr Williams said.

“It has proved to be a great way for people to meet, with people coming together and having a conversation and then leaving as friends.

“It fulfills a really strong need in our community. We talk about resilience and capacity building all the time and what is that if not helping people to help each other.”

The book club now has about 30 regular members who turn up to one of the monthly meetings at either Cleveland or Victoria Point Library and 99 followers on the club’s Facebook page.

“The online presence is an important aspect of the club as it means you can be part of the monthly book discussion from the comfort of your own home and at a time which suits you,” Cr Williams said.

Club member Diana Penson said she joined the club to keep mentally active and to meet new people who share a common interest in literature.

“As a lover of the classics, the books that have been selected for club members to critique are not ones I would normally have chosen to read,” she said.

“For this very reason I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to broaden my outlook and appreciate a range of young authors and their unique and fresh approaches to writing.

“Combined with the diversity of literary themes and styles, the sharing of individual experiences of, and reactions to, the books is what I value the most about being a member of the Redland Reads Book Club.”

For more information on the Book Club sets or Redland Reads Book Club, go to the Redland Libraries website or follow the club on Facebook.

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Pop-up art returns in the RAG Red Box – Now at RPAC


The Redland Art Gallery (RAG) Red Box has returned to bring a special showcase of artworks to the Redlands Coast.

Redland Performing Arts Centre is the newest pop-up gallery venue after the program was put on hold last year due to COVID-19.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said its return celebrated visual arts within the Redlands Coast community by offering a free display space for individual artists, schools and community groups.

“The reboot of the Red Box program also signals an extension of the art program at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC),” Cr Williams said.

“The RAG Red Box allows us to take art outside of the usual gallery walls and share some of the amazing work by artists from and connected to Redlands Coast.”

Expressions of interest are now open for artists who would like to exhibit in the RAG Red Box.

This first showcase features Brisbane-based artist Rachel Apelt’s collection of ecoprints, called Understory.

Understory by Rachel Apelt

Ms Apelt said the work explored a sense of place and how we build connection with local land, its water, diverse life forms and communities, often becoming passionate protectors of place.

“Understory includes 487 tiles from ecoprints on Parasol Leaf Tree (Macaranga tanarius) leaves,” Ms Apelt said.

“As I began collecting Macaranga leaves for Understory in February 2021, I found they sparked conversations and new connections.

“Women stopped and asked me about what I was doing. We’d have a chat about art, creek regeneration, urban foraging and then continue on our way with a lighter heart for the connection.

“Each batch of ecoprints had their own personality. Sometimes the paper emerged with a beautiful sienna hue, other times it came out almost purple, and in between, there were variations of brown and grey.

“Sometimes the leaves barely left an impression, other times they were rich with black tannin. I loved that the process was out of my control and was more like a dance of possibility. This always yields creative delight.”

‘Understory’ is on display in the RAG Red Box at RPAC and can be viewed during regular Box Office hours until 28 May. Admission is free.

Ms Apelt is also conducting a free ticketed floor talk and afternoon tea on Friday 21 May at 2pm.

For more information on the RAG Red Box, and to submit an expression of interest to exhibit in the space, visit http://artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au/redbox/

Image below: Understory by Rachel Apelt

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Inaugural art fair showcases Redlands Coast artists


Redland City Council will give residents and visitors a unique opportunity to view the works of local artists through the inaugural Redlands Coast Art Fair on Quandamooka Country.

Mayor Karen Williams said the Art Fair, to be held at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) in June, aimed to cement the region as a hub for visual arts.

“Council is committed to providing opportunities to build and strengthen the vibrant local artist community,” she said.

“This event will provide a taste of what Redlands Coast has to offer and give community art groups and individual artists the opportunity to present their work in a professionally curated exhibition.”

Redland’s Creative Alliance, Old SchoolHouse Gallery, Coochie Art Group and Salt Water Murris Quandamooka Aboriginal Art Gallery will each submit up to 20 works to be included in the main exhibition.

The groups will also present their work at market stalls during the three-day event, from 4-6 June 2021, where people can purchase artworks and gifts.

“This is an incredible opportunity to see the best of our local art talent under one roof,” Cr Williams said.

“RPAC is not only a great venue for concerts, theatre and dance, it is the creative heart of Redlands Coast and this will be on show for all to see in June.”

RPAC has engaged professional curator Lisa Beilby to present the Art Fair, in collaboration with local art groups and Redland Art Gallery.

The event will also include a range of public programs with masterclasses with Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, Emma Gardner and Deb Mostert to further develop the skills and knowledge of emerging artists.

A family-friendly Recycled Art Construction Centre will also be available for budding artists to get creative.

“We expect that this event will grow in future years as it provides our community and our artists with the opportunity to build their profiles and strengthen networks in the local art community,” Cr Williams said.

“As we continue the COVID economic recovery, this will be a perfect opportunity for residents and visitors to take a piece of the Redlands Coast home with them and support our local artists.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, places are limited so early bookings are recommended.

For more information on the Redlands Coast Art Fair, visit the RPAC website and subscribe for event updates.

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Music and musings at Birkdale Community Precinct open days


Redlands Coast performers will provide music to muse by as the community ponders future uses for Birkdale Community Precinct during community open days on April 16 and 17.

Hosted by Redland City Council, the open days offer a rare opportunity for people to tour the 62-hectare precinct and learn more about its history, ecology and cultural importance.

Performing at various time throughout the days will be singer/songwriter Joe Geia and the quirky all-female band, Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts.

Expect an eclectic mix of songs and styles from the quirky Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts.

Geia, left, is a renowned guitarist, didgeridoo player and songwriter, and is an influential figure in the development of contemporary Indigenous music.

Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts are a four-piece band who play a variety of instruments and a variety of genres. Their music is an eclectic mix of old and new, original and re-envisioned songs with jazz, folk, country and rock influences

Free activities at the community open days include: displays about the history of the site, a guided tour of the land on a trackless train, animal petting zoo for children, and weaving workshops. Food and drinks, including Devonshire tea, will be available for purchase.

There will also be the opportunity to have your say on what the future holds for this important precinct while taking a look around historic Willards Farm and the fascinating World War II radio receiving station. Redland City Council is committed to engaging with the local and regional community to understand what they would like to see this land used for.

The community open days will run from 10am to 4pm on both days, Friday April 16 and Saturday April 17, COVID-safety requirements and weather permitting. Parking and access will be available via the Birkdale Baptist Church grounds, 1 Jones Road, Birkdale, turning off Old Cleveland Road East. Please follow parking signs on the day.

Bookings are required.

Visit yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au for more details and to register for your free tickets

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Concert hall marks 13 years with a flourish


The Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) Concert Hall turned 13 this month and will be in the spotlight with a performance by Redlands Coast’s own community orchestra.

Mayor Karen Williams said the Concert Hall, which opened in March 2008 alongside the existing Community Cultural Centre, was a magnificent community asset.

“The RPAC precinct, which includes an adjoining events hall and auditorium, has a well-deserved reputation as a leading concert and performance venue,” she said.

“The precinct provides opportunities for civic and community events and is the heart of cultural activity on Redlands Coast.

“While RPAC is used for many different music, theatre and dance productions throughout the year, it is perhaps at its most impressive when the Concert Hall is stripped back to its beautiful Tasmanian oak acoustic walls and used for orchestral performances.

“Nothing beats the majesty and emotion of classical music performed live, but when this takes place in such a fine Concert Hall, it truly is a gift for the senses.

“We have an active fine music audience on Redlands Coast and for them to be able to enjoy this type of music at its best without having to travel into Brisbane adds to the quality of life in our beautiful region.

“It also benefits local restaurants and cafes as many RPAC patrons make a night of it and enjoy a meal or a drink out before a concert.”

RPAC will be in full Concert Hall-mode this Saturday 27 March when community orchestra Redland Sinfonia performs Passion Play.

Creative Arts Manager Bradley Rush said RPAC Concert Hall was renowned throughout south-east Queensland for its acoustic excellence.

“We have had the pleasure of presenting concerts from Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists, Australian Chamber Orchestra’s ACO2 and the Australian String Quartet as part of our annual program over the years,” Mr Rush said.

“The feedback from these professional musicians about the RPAC Concert Hall has always been exceptional.”

Queensland Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Warwick Adeney said he always looked forward to playing at the RPAC Concert Hall.

“I’ve played a few times at RPAC and feel thoroughly comfortable there, and so pleased that the Redlands has such an excellent facility,” Mr Adeney said.

“It was a joy to play solo with our orchestra there recently, and mix with some patrons afterwards.”

RPAC is also home to Redland Sinfonia.

Artistic Director and Conductor Dr Graeme Denniss has performed around the world and believes the clarity of sound and resonance at RPAC is extraordinary and has contributed to strong growth in audience numbers.

“There’s a wonderful feeling at the venue,” Dr Denniss said.

“Other orchestras and performers have now woken up to the fact that we’ve got this gem on the edge of Brisbane.”

Redland Sinfonia performed at RPAC before the Concert Hall opened and contributed to some of the early venue planning.

“I have no doubt that without RPAC we would be a much smaller group playing to smaller audiences,” Dr Denniss said.

In addition to their performance this Saturday, Redland Sinfonia returns to the Concert Hall in June and September.

For details on upcoming performances at RPAC visit the website.

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