Divine Duo tunes into National Interfaith Festival
Visitors to the National Interfaith Festival at Maleny Showgrounds on the Sunshine Coast from March 10-11 have the chance to experience sacred music through the ages by Oscar and Marigold.
Known as the Divine Duo, Heather Lee and Kim Cunio, have been performing medieval Jewish and Christian music in Australia to ever-growing acclaim.
Their stage name comes from the names of two family cats, which reminds them to always have fun, even while performing some of the most serious and grand music ever written.
Heather says audiences at the National Interfaith Festival will hear a music mix of different faiths including traditional and contemporary takes on Eastern Sephardic and Judaic music, as well as Christian music from the Middle Ages.
"Our performances always aim to create beautiful music that is an uplifting experience for listeners," Heather said.
"While classified as sacred music, we also have a diverse range that includes Ladino songs that have very interesting historical multi-faith origins in medieval Spain"
Oscar and Marigold performed in New York last November and have played at a number of major events including the Sydney and Melbourne Festivals, The Sydney 2000 Olympics, the Whitehouse, the Woodford Festival, and many national and international tours.
A feature of their concerts is the medieval Christian music by Hildegard von Bingen, which has just been released by ABC Classics. Titled The sacred Fire, it is a new exploration of the music of this great composer and visionary.
Kim, who is multi-instrumental playing the guitar and harmonium organ, received a special award for his contribution to sacred music from the Australian Broadcasting Commission in 2004, while Heather is a winner of the National Aria Award, and has sung with major orchestras in Australia and Europe.
The two-day festival showcases different religious faiths while conveying unified support for peace, respect, harmony and cooperation.
The program includes than 100 different performances and activities that all members of the family can enjoy.
Key speakers representing diverse faiths include Jose Zepeda, Australian representative of Pope Benedict XVI, Dr Rachael Kohn (Spirit of Things on Radio National), Rev John Henderson (National Council of Churches in Australia), Rabbi Uri Themal (Council of Progressive Rabbis Australia and New Zealand), Dr Mohamad Abdalla (Griffith University), Keysar Trad (Islamic Friendship Assoc), Geshe Jamyang (Chenrezig Institute).
Ticketing daily at the gate from 8.30am, $25 adults, $7 youth
Image: Internationally acclaimed duo Oscar and Marigold
Vibrant unique festival focuses on diversity and religious harmony
The National Interfaith Festival from March 10-11 at Maleny on Queensland's Sunshine Coast has more than 100 different activates to experience from stimulating speakers to sacred music, dance, poetry, art exhibitions, international food, ceremonies and rituals, peace talks, youth programs and games.
Festival Director, Helen Zeckendorf, said that the weekend program had something for everyone and aimed at building understanding of how mainstream faiths and other religions can work together and contribute to peace and harmony.
Letters of support have been received from the World Council of Churches, and offered by the Prime Minister in addition to state and local government endorsement and corporate support from IGA and EIG-Ansvar Insurance.
Guest speakers included Member of the Pontifical Council Jose Zepeda, Saddam Hussein's former personal pilot Captain Ali Al-Wahabi, who escaped the regime and is part of an interfaith group, Dr Rachael Kohn (Spirit of Things on Radio National), Rev John Henderson (National Council of Churches in Aust.), Rabbi Uri Themal (Council of Progressive Rabbis Australia and New Zealand), Keysar Trad (Islamic Friendship Assoc), Geshe Jamyang (Chenrezig Institute). Other religions present include Hindu, Sikh and Baha'i. The program includes songs and music from Tibetan culture performed by Tenzin Choegyal, popular Christian communicator, Aliki, internationally acclaimed singers Oscar and Marigold and the Hindu Nadananjali Dancers.
In addition, there are children's activities such as a two-day Youth Interfaith Adventure, sacred art being created on site, puppetry, workshops, international food, art exhibitions, religious rituals being demonstrated and explained and much more.
Popular Christian communicator, Aliki, will be among the outstanding program of entertainment at the National Interfaith Festival at Maleny on Queensland's Sunshine Coast from March 10-11.
WHO: National Interfaith Festival
WHERE: Maleny Showgrounds
WHEN: March 10-11
TICKETS: Daily: $25 adults $7 youth.