Trumpeter and former artistic director of the Queensland Music Festival James Morrison.
Trumpeter and former artistic director of the Queensland Music Festival James Morrison. Contributed

James Morrison hopes The Logan Project inspires viewers

JAMES Morrison can't wait for the rest of the country to get to know Logan, Australia's most diverse suburb.

Multicultural broadcaster SBS airs a two-part documentary series tonight about the Queensland Music Festival's community concert Under This Sky.

The Logan Project follows the two-year development of the community-produced musical, which featured 700 performers representing the cultural diversity of Logan.

"One of the great legacies that has come out of this project is the reconnections have been made in the community," Mr Morrison told APN.

"People who have come together who otherwise wouldn't have are finding new things to do.

"The other legacy is the documentary. Watching more than 200 cultural groups come together and celebrating where we now live, that's what Australia Day is really about.

"This is a story about this country - what it is and what it can be."

Former Queensland Music Festival artistic director James Morrison pictured centre during the Under This Sky concert in Logan.
Former Queensland Music Festival artistic director James Morrison pictured centre during the Under This Sky concert in Logan. Contributed


The concert gave the community members a platform to tell their own stories and Morrison, who was the artistic director of the QMF at the time, hopes the documentary changes perceptions of the embattled suburb.

"Right here under our noses half an hour away from Brisbane is this incredible community that is so diverse and rich and has had its issues, but has a great story to tell," he said.

"It was a great eye opener for me and if it opened my eyes then how much could it open the eyes of people who are even further away, who know nothing about it except what they've seen in the news reports?"

He also thinks the documentary will be an opportunity for the community to reflect on the event, which took place in August last year.

"People have been telling me because we formed this choir or because I met so and so we're doing other projects," he said.

 "People have seen what can happen when they come together and I think the legacy of that will last a long time. Even seven months out now it's still too early to see the legacy of that. I hope them watching the documentary is going to reignite those passions and inspire people all over again."

The Logan Project airs tonight at 8.30pm on SBS 1.
 



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