Culture Train music tour to come to North Stradbroke Island

MULTICULTURAL arts producer BEMAC will kick off their Culture Train music tour on North Stradbroke Island with free performances and workshops to enjoy.

As part of Queensland Multicultural Month celebrations, five artists will visit 15 locations, beginning with North Stradbroke Island on Friday, August 17.

It will be held at the Dunwich Hall from 12.30pm to 1pm.

The Culture Train will celebrate the state’s cultural diversity through music and storytelling and promote the benefits of intercultural communication.

Talented artists to take the stage includes Sarah Calderwood, Chong Ali, Marcelo Rosciano, Ben Kashi and Gertrude Benjamin.

Ms Calderwood, singer song-writer, has been performing since she was a child and began as a flute player with the Queensland Youth Orchestra.

Mr Ali is a Vietnamese Australian Indie Rapper from Brisbane and has played at Woodford Folk Festival, Valley Fiesta and the Stylin’ Up Festival.

Marcelo Rosciano was born listening to Samba beat from schools in his childhood neighbourhood in Brazil.

Since moving to Australia 17 years ago, he has played with several different bands and venues as a Brazilian percussionist and is the founder of the first Brazilian Band in Queensland.

Talented musician Ben Kashi Ben has performed for over 20 years at many festival in Australia, including Adelaide Festival and Woodford Festival.

He plays a variety of traditional Persian instruments including the santoor, daf, tombak, tar and darabuka.

Proud descendant of the people of the Torres Strait Islands and the Philippines, Gertrude Benjamin was born and raised in Atherton FNQ to musical parents and a family of musicians.

Ms Benjamin has thrived in the booming coffee culture of Ipswich as a singer-songwriter.