Program Highlights


 

NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA PRIVATE TOURS
24 OCTOBER 2PM

The National Gallery of Australia has arranged three concurrent private tours (20 participants each) during the festival: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tour, Contemporary Worlds Tour, Sculpture Garden tour.

 

 

Welcome Function
24 October
6pm nfsa

All festival participants are invited to our welcome function hosted by our Qwire patrons in the beautiful courtyard of the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA). What better place to begin our musical and cultural journey than the NFSA whose collection holds more than 2.8 million works including videos, audio tapes, records, CDs, phonograph cylinders and wire recordings.

 

 

GUEST CONDUCTOR REHEARSALS
25, 26, 27 OCTOBER
9AM UNIVERSITY HOUSE & LLEWELLYN HALL

Choir participants will have three intensive rehearsal sessions with guest conductor Stephen Leek during the festival as we prepare for our massed choral performance at the gala concert.

 

 

workshops
25-26 october University House

Five concurrent workshops will be available to participants over two festival days. They will be led by Canberra’s leading musical practitioners enabling attendees to develop their skills and practice in singing, conducting and general musical ability.

 

 

Choirs Perform
25-26 october Various times
Open to the public

Choirs will have an opportunity to perform in some of Canberra’s iconic venues during the festival: the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery and at The Museum of Australian Democracy. As we will be performing as part of their Community Engagement programs, members of the public will have the opportunity to share in our joy of singing.

 

 

festival party
26 october
Albert hall
open to the public

The Festival Party will be a celebration of queer unity across Australasia. Featuring the very best of local and visiting talent to entertain and delight, this is an opportunity for delegates to let their hair down and celebrate with Canberra's rainbow family.

 

 

GALA CONCERT
27 october
5pm llewellyn hall
open to the public

Our twilight gala concert will take place on Sunday 27 October at Canberra’s premiere music venue Llewellyn Hall. This concert will be the culmination of the musical experience for participants and will feature performances by individual LGBTIQ+ choirs. We hope to also include other choirs from across Canberra. Our guest conductor Stephen Leek will lead the massed choir in a performance of three pieces. This will include the premiere of the specially commissioned massed choral work by Sally Whitwell. An after party will take place after the concert.

 

 

NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA PRIVATE TOURS
28 OCTOBER 2PM

The National Gallery of Australia has arranged three concurrent private tours (20 participants each) during the Festival: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tour, Contemporary Worlds Tour, Sculpture Garden tour.