Earlier this week members of the Brisbane community were invited to celebrate diversity and commemorate Commonwealth Day at a multi-faith service at St John’s Cathedral.
The event celebrated the variety of cultures that exist within the Commonwealth ahead of the upcoming Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) which kick off on 4 April.
The service was headlined by the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts including a classical performance by the Nadananjali School of Dance.
His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland attended the service with the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Minister for the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones, local business and government leaders, multi-faith leaders, representatives of the Commonwealth Diplomatic and Consular Corps and over 400 students from across South-East Queensland.
One of my personal highlights of the day was when the Commonwealth Day song – which I composed the music and lyrics for – was sung by the Pullenvale State School Children’s Choir.
As a composer for children’s television shows for over two decades, I believe music is the key to connect and include people of all backgrounds and ages.
We are part of this amazing group of 71 nations called the Commonwealth and I composed this song using early childhood education principles with words that would be meaningful for children.
I hope GC2018 will showcase to the world Queensland’s beautiful landscapes and culture and give people an understanding of our identity and lifestyle.
The service also included a Commonwealth Day message from Her Majesty the Queen, delivered by the Governor of Queensland, a welcome from the Very Rev Dr Peter Catt, Dean of St John’s Brisbane, and readings and performances by Queensland students and multicultural groups from across the Commonwealth.
The Commonwealth Day service was delivered by the Queensland Government, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC), Victoria League Brisbane for Commonwealth Friendship and St John’s Cathedral.