FHEAL Good Again, Songs Of Hope And Healing Concert Returns With Special Guest Isaiah

FHEAL Good Again, Songs Of Hope And Healing Concert Returns With Special Guest Isaiah

Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) today announced the return of its joyous and uplifting Songs of Hope and Healing benefit concert. This year's concert features Australian superstar guest artist Isaiah, in QPAC's Concert Hall on Tuesday 27 March 2018.

Following the successful debut concert in 2015, Brisbane's artistic community and popular guest soloists will again come together for Songs of Hope and Healing to raise funds to benefit young people of refugee backgrounds.

For one night only, QPAC's Concert Hall will resonate with the sounds of top ten Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finalist and winner of X Factor 2016, Isaiah, Camerata-Queensland's Chamber Orchestra and acclaimed Tibetan musician and songwriter, Tenzin Choegyal. The exciting line-up also includes Hoang Pham, Percussimo, Queensland Conservatorium Brass, The QPAC Choir, Children's Health Qld Community Choir and FHEAL Community Choir.

The concert will feature Botswana born community leader, Sharon Orapeleng, as MC, and Timothy Sherlock as Music Director.

Songs of Hope and Healing is presented by QPAC to raise funds for Friends of the Home of Expressive Arts and Learning (FHEAL).

FHEAL'S mission is to provide direct relief from distress and enhance education and cultural integration for refugee adolescents. Further, FHEAL aims to increase the possibility of these young people experiencing the good mental health necessary to participate fully in learning and life.

Formed in 2012, FHEAL assists and advocates for the important mental health work provided by services such as HEAL (Home of Expressive Arts and Learning) at Milpera State High School, Brisbane which has been providing creative therapy since 2004. The HEAL program is a Brisbane school-based mental health program which specialises in helping aid well-being for refugee kids through creative methods.

QPAC Chief Executive Mr John Kotzas said the Centre is pleased to once again support FHEAL and its mission to assist Brisbane based young people of refugee backgrounds through creative arts therapy.

"As the state's leading performing arts centre and a public institution it's important to understand and reflect our cultures and communities. Experiencing and learning through art is an important way for people to relate to the world. It is therefore a natural fit for QPAC to assist FHEAL in its endeavour to foster opportunities for cultural expression, connection and understanding through the arts," said Mr Kotzas.

FHEAL Chairperson, Ms Adele Rice said Songs of Hope and Healing is an inspirational concert with many talented performers coming together for a great cause.

"Our HEAL therapists do a brilliant job working in five schools across Brisbane with young people who have endured traumatic experiences in their refugee journeys. Through the use of creative arts therapies including Arts Psychotherapy and Music Therapy, we see amazing results in improving the well-being and settlement outcomes for these future young Australian citizens," said Ms Rice.

The inaugural Songs of Hope and Healing concert was presented by QPAC on 28 August 2015 and raised a total of $15,000.

Don't miss the family 'FHEAL' good benefit concert of the year, Songs of Hope and Healing - one night only in QPAC's Concert Hall on Tuesday 27 March 2018. To book go to www.qpac.com.au or phone 136 246.

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