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Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosphy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents. ~ Ludwig van Beethoven ~
  The Scattered People Performing Arts Project:
The development of a sustainable musical enterprise which will maximise and showcase the talents of asylum seekers and refugees, restore their pride, re-image themselves within the perception of the general public and bring financial benefits to themselves and their families.

Brisbane musicians and community development workers rallied to the cause and joined with asylum seekers to ‘workshop’ themes of significance. Songs were crafted and subsequently recorded which highlight “their escape and thirst for freedom – their haunting journeys to (places unknown – their celebration of the need for one another and the resilience which has characterised their survival …”

The Scattered People CD (2001) was used extensively by the United Nations in East Timor to encourage full participation in the emerging country’s first democratic elections.The then, newly-elected President Xanana Gusmao made contact with the Scattered People production team in appreciation.

The ‘Stand With Us’ remix music video has been broadcast nationally on Australian television.

A second CD, Normal Days was produced in 2007 and Sweet Freedom continue to engage with asylum seekers and refugees. within detention centres and within the wider community.

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. ~ Bob Marley~

Light A Candle (2013) – composed by Scattered People and sponsored by Amnesty International
becomes the soundtrack for students and supporters of ERA for Change across Australia in their determination to welcome asylum seekers and refugees - challenging the harshness of current Government policy.


Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.~ Plato ~

My Life My Voice (2007)

The launch of ‘My Life My Voice’ – the song & music video was an occasion of huge excitement for all who have been associated with its production – the children & young adults with Down syndrome, their parents & families, the Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Creative Industry, Brisbane City Council and Sweet Freedom Inc.

The project is unique in that the song has been written by people with Down syndrome to give others a little window into their world. Through many workshops, sing-a-longs and discussions, a style of music kind of ‘bubbled up’ out of the participants. Quotes, favourite expressions, na na nas (for those in the group who are currently ‘non-verbal’) as well as some extremely poignant & insightful comments were structured into the lyrics.

The resultant song is not one that asks for pity or assistance. It has not been composed to engage tears from its listeners.

It is up-tempo, centre-stage and proud.

Why wouldn’t it be? The performers are lovers of life who are singing of what they value – the lyrics are theirs.

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.~ Maya Angelou ~

The Transformers – the Brisbane choir established by Reclink Australia– offering access to those with mental health and other challenges, who love to sing.

The success of this venture is revealed in many of the choir members seeing themselves differently – not just as people needing to be cared for but as contributing members of society – able to be productive team members of an initiative which creates fun & enjoyment for themselves and others – a venture that would not be as good for all of us if each individual was not a part of it.

The power of music is showcased in its capacity to engage and foster resilience. There is something of the wounded healer archetype in what the Transformers do that breathes life and hope into others who navigate the numerous fragilities – low self-esteem, depression, loneliness etc – that most of us can relate to on different levels and at different times in our lives. The media-constructed superstars and divas have a different mission and for the most part, do not operate with the degree of authenticity intrinsic to the Transformers.

The Transformers will be joining with Sweet Freedom for projects together in the future, such as the Weapons of Choice Concert

After silence, that which comes closest to expressing the inexpressible is music. ~ Aldous Huxley

Aim High/From Little Things Big Things Grow project of the Zillmere State School.

The Zillmere State School population is comprised of 30% Aboriginal children, 20% Pacific Islander, and a further 12% from a non-English speaking background.

Zillmere is located in the lowest socio-economic 10% of the State.The project was designed to give the children a sense of pride in their capacity to achieve as well as to engage the school population (incl parents) more effectively with one another and the broader community.

Working with Sweet Freedom,(with support from Lifeline Brisbane and the Brisbane City Council) the students recorded the Kev Carmody/Paul Kelly classic which went on to become one of the most requested songs on ABC radio.

Profits from the sale of Sweet Freedom Inc productions return to the participants.

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.~ Berthold Auerbach (1812-1882) ~

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