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Artists and community unite for Songs of Hope & Healing

Social pics from an uplifting concert celebrating hope, healing and renewal

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Our recent Songs of Hope & Healing concert was a great success bringing joy and inspiration to the audience and artists alike.

Songs of Hope & Healing is held annually as a benefit concert for HEAL, a charity providing expressive therapies in schools for young people from refugee backgrounds.

This year’s concert was headlined by powerhouse soul and blues vocalist Mahalia Barnes (daughter of Jimmy Barnes) and showcased an incredible range of artists across different cultures and genres.

For the final number, Bridge Over Troubled Water, all the artists took to the stage joining the 27 strong QPAC Chamber Choir.

The eclectic mix, from the 20-piece Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra featuring Tenzin Choegyal, and the Irish Band Sásta, to JADE New World Collective, Yalanj Woman of Song Deline Briscoe, and Mahalia Barnes accompanied by her house band, brought the uplifting and entertaining evening to a close, and the audience to a standing ovation.

Were you at this special fundraising event? Check out social photos from the night below.

And to find out more about the concert, check out some of the media reviews below:

Scenestr review here 

Stage Whispers review here 

To learn more about the important work done by HEAL, listen to this ABC Radio Brisbane Mornings interview with HEAL Creative Arts Therapist Sue Cameron here.


Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors – our First Nations Peoples – gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland.