Celebrating Community – Episode 2 – Summertime Sessions in the Village

Our new “Celebrating Community” series of stories will showcase amazing performers and #community minded programs, driven by people from the City of Gold Coast’s #Division9 region. It’s a project I’m promoting together with my wife, Jude Kalman (an award-winning filmmaker), and the purpose of the stories is to inform locals and visitors alike how impressive our Hinterland is, and how important it is to celebrate our success. We’re super proud, and you should be too!

Episode 2 is all about a community event we started in 2015 held in #Mudgeeraba Village, Summertime Sessions in the Village, and more recently a concept we launched with it called #First15, where local young people (mostly teenagers) kick the event off with a short 15 minute set to get some stage practice. In November last year #SSitV partnered with a few local music schools (particularly VerseOne Music in Mudgeeraba). Some of those performers are joining us again over the coming three weeks.

#SSitV was an idea started in 2015 by Donna-Maree Wilson-Green, Polly Armstrong from Pollination Music, and myself. There’s nothing really new about hosting a music event in a public park but our local focus has activated the Friday night economy, enabled an open opportunity to talk to me about local Council issues, created a fun space for neighbours to meet and find out about council activities and services, and advocated for a local music industry delivering opportunities for emerging artists and smaller touring acts passing through. I’ve been encouraged to see how many local Hinterland outlets are now incorporating #livemusic into nights of the week, and how responsive the community has been to this change.

We’ve been particularly proud of how other similar events have popped up around the city (such as Winter in the Vale, Seaside Sounds, Palmy Sunday Fundays), and how often young families let us know that as a result of the event they’ve explored other live music events and venues with their families and loved ones across the city. That’s great news for our hinterland and for the city’s broader cultural objectives.

In this episode specifically, I want to thank the Flanagan family from Mudgeeraba from sharing their passion for #SSitV, and their willingness to be not only patrons but participants, and now strong advocates, for accessible community engagement through local music events. This is important to our neighbourhood and as i say in the clip…

“People love it!”

We hope you like the video

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