Queensland Music Festival (QMF) has revealed its 2018 Youth Touring program, which will bring some of Australia’s award-winning artists into Queensland schools, including those in the most remote regions. Students will explore social, environmental, cultural, and historical perspectives through performances and workshops. Youth Touring recognises the powerful way that STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths) can enhance student engagement.

Representing the Premier and Minister for the Arts at the launch of QMF, Minister for Education Kate Jones said QMF’s Youth Touring program continued the important tradition of touring arts experiences to ignite creativity and imagination of Queensland school children.

“Youth Touring 2018 is focused on bringing world class productions and artists into schools across the state, removing barriers that restrict access to the arts. The Queensland Government is proud to support Youth Touring because Youth Touring offers exciting performances, and workshops,” she said.

QMF Artistic Director Katie Noonan said her team had searched for the best possible productions, and was working with the country’s creative companies to adapt works for schools.

“The quality of the work we will be bringing into schools in 2018 is so exciting. We have listened to teachers and ensured the program meets curriculum needs and surpasses expectations,” said Noonan.

Small schools in rural and remote Queensland face additional challenges in accessing arts experiences. To ensure small and remote schools have access to Youth Touring productions, the team combines smaller schools for performances and works with other community and arts groups to ensure all schools can access the program.

The first term of 2018 will start with a hip-hop show for primary schools, MC Platypus and Queen Koala starring acclaimed actors Candy and Kim Bowers. This show teaches kids about self-care and confidence. Bowers will bring her one-woman show Definitely Beautiful into high schools.

Finishing term one for secondary schools is Ruby Moon, a haunting tale set in Australian suburbia by renowned playwright Matt Cameron, while Detective Smart and the Mathematical Underpants encourages primary students to apply maths and critical thinking to solve a mystery.

After Easter, Black Diggers, written by Tom Wright, will come to Queensland’s secondary schools to tell the stories of the Indigenous men who fought and died for their country in World War I.

For primary schools in term two, ancient Australian music, dance, and storytelling in Future Dreaming. Animania will encourage understanding the similarities between humans and animals, such as complex communication, passing of culture, empathy, and self-awareness.

In term three, every student can enjoy a mix of ancient, cutting-edge music in The Didjeribone by renowned performer Adrian Fabila Tjupurrula aka Tjupurru.

Using circus, theatre and comedy, ancient Australian megafauna will be brought back to life in Marvellous Megabeasts! This show will teach primary students about science and geography.

Junkyard Beats is a drumming, dance, theatre, and comedy performance that transforms junk into musical instruments. It teaches students of all ages about recycling, sustainability, mental, and physical health that will end the year.

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