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Banging a drum in front of a potential audience of
thousands on a Sunday morning may not be to everyone's taste but, for
some members of the Access Arts Drumming Group, the big day can't come
The group is made up of people with a disability
and they will be performing live on stage at Endeavour Foundation’s Big
Community Day Out at the Cultural Forecourt on Brisbane’s South Bank on
Sunday 15th May.
The drummers are part of Dutton Park-based Access
Arts Inc which is an arts-based organisation primarily for people with a
disability, and its Administrator, Joelene Rusling, says the excitement
“The drummers will jump at this chance as many of them love being in front of an audience,” she said.
“Some of our group are real performers, just love being on stage, and they really enjoy performing to a crowd.”
They are becoming seasoned showbiz stars having
played at the QUT Disability Awareness Day, the Access Arts Community
Showcase, the SWARA Spring Fair (SWARA – Sunshine Welfare And Remedial
Association), and they have just performed at the Caxton St Seafood and
Nicole Perry is the group's facilitator and knows a
thing or two about playing live having supported Jamiroquai with her
band, Zephyr Timbre, on a tour of Australia in 2003.
“You have to watch the Access Arts Drumming Group
and feel part of the performance to understand the magic as they bring
everyone together for an in-the-moment experience,” she said.
“When this group comes together everything else is
left behind, the energy can be quite explosive, and I get huge benefits
“The beauty of what we do is someone can come in
and might be a little shy but, as soon as they start drumming, that
shyness goes and they're part of this wonderful thing.
“You know, I just love it!”
Nicole will be playing a major role at the Big
Community Day Out as Access Arts Drumming Group facilitator and stage
manager for the whole event.
Endeavour Foundation's Big Community Day Out is
part of its 60th anniversary celebrations and is a huge 'thank you' to
the community for sixty years of support. It is a free event on Sunday
15th May 10am – 4pm Cultural Forecourt, South Bank.
Endeavour Foundation supports more than 3,350
people with a disability from more than 230 locations throughout
Queensland and New South Wales.