Brimbank Council is excited to announce that a collection of songs called The Music of COVID is now available and you can tune in to our digital platform, Brimbank Live, to check them out.
During the COVID-19 pandemic many young people became involved in the creation of online programs and productions aimed at providing accurate information about COVID-19, and delivered it in a youth friendly manner and in a range of community languages.
In response to this, Council’s Neighbourhood House Unit initiated a program called ‘The House!’ where young people were invited to write and produce songs consisting of key COVID messages, exploring their experiences during the periods of lockdown and into the recovery phase.
The project involved 13 young people representing Brimbank’s richly diverse community including those who identify as being from Congo, Sierra Leone, Burundi, South Sudan, Syria, Samoa and South America.
The songs show the remarkable resilience of young people and their ability to adapt, and also demonstrates their unique creativity. Furthermore the project built on this groups’ collective strength, positioning them to enter 2021 with renewed positive energy and hope.
The songs will be launched on Brimbank’s digital radio platform, Brimbank Live, in a show titled The Music of COVID at www.livefm.online/brimbank-live
Over two episodes of The Music of COVID:
- Easter Monday 5 April at 4pm
- Monday 12 April at 4pm
The shows will feature interviews with some of the young artists and will include the first ever airplay of these unique audio time-capsules!
The songs will also be shared on Brimbank Council’s social media channels and the launch show will be available for listening on demand at www.livefm.online/brimbank-live
It’s going to be a blast so turn up your radio and tune in to Brimbank Live!
Quotes attributable to Brimbank Mayor, Cr Ranka Rasic
“Late last year Brimbank Council was recognised by the Victorian Multicultural Commission with a Highly Commended Award for Excellence for our Neighbourhood House programs.
The team was also recognised for providing opportunities for young people to contribute and support others within their communities and for encouraging them to continue with their education during the challenges of remote learning and physical disconnection throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19).
“I am thrilled that ‘The House!’ project has brought these young people together and inspired them to express their COVID experiences through art and the power of song.
“This project was funded by the Department of Premier and Cabinet as part of the Cultural and Linguistic Diverse Summer Engagement Project, and on behalf of Brimbank Council I would like to thank the state government for this contribution.”