Based around the theme of ‘Celebrating Queensland Seniors’, Queensland Seniors Week is set to run this year from 15 – 23 August 2020. Due to the pandemic and the fact that seniors are in the high-risk category for COVID-19, you are unlikely to find many (if any) large celebrations across Queensland this year. Fortunately, some organisations are taking events to digital platforms. One such event is being co-presented by the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland titled Drawn Together, commencing Saturday 15 August 2020 at 10.30am via the QPAC website.
Based on the theme of Queensland Seniors Week’s first day – ‘Day of Solidarity between Generations’ – Drawn Together sets out to celebrate the powerful relationships that exist across generations. The event will be a 40-minute conversation which is perfect for watching over a pot of tea, complemented by performances recorded in both QPAC’s Concert Hall and other venues in Cairns and Townsville.
The conversation will feature guests, including former Australian Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO and QPAC’s Elder in Residence Aunty Colleen Wall. They will be joined on-stage by a variety of artists, performers and their younger family members, including Charlie (Dame Quentin Bryce’s Grandson aged 10), Josephine (Aunty Colleen’s Granddaughter aged 9), David Williams (Musician), Lilly (David Williams’ daughter aged 5) and Fez Fa’anana (Artist). Biographies for the main speakers can be found at the end of this article.
Dispersed throughout the conversation will be performances by QPAC’s ensemble in residence JADE: New World Collective, the Babushka Cabaret, The Brat Pack Tappers, indie-folk artist Greta Stanley and musical theatre performer Sarah Murr.