Music links regional and rural communities in central Queensland

Kate Leahy

Kate Leahy is a dynamic, articulate and talented local Rockhampton musician.  When she was 17 she felt she had to leave the area if she wanted to pursue a career in music, as there were few opportunities to work as a local artist.  A few years ago Kate returned to Rockhampton but found it challenging to progress her career, as there was still nothing much going on in the arts scene in Rocky.

Then, in 2012, the Creative Capricorn production team came to town. Funded by the three tiers of government for a period of three years, Creative Capricorn is an initiative designed to use arts and cultural activities to contribute to the growth and development of Rockhampton. This year, Kate was funded by Creative Capricorn to take a small group of musicians to rural and remote towns throughout central Queensland to engage local communities in music education and performance. She called the tour The Village Festival Road Trip. It went to the towns of Moranbah, Blackwater, Woorabinda, Baralaba, Mt Morgan, Benarby, Monto, Gladstone and of course, Rockhampton.

The Village Road Trip achieved a number of impressive tangible outcomes.  Here she is in this short video to tell you about her journey and what she achieved.  Click on this link:



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