Canberra International Music Festival – Giving Voice

1 to 10 May 2020
Various venues, including the Fitters Workshop
Directed by Roland Peelman

The festival theme Giving Voice is expressed in the program’s focus on Indigenous stories, untold stories and a number of concerts for the human voice.

The inspiration of voices in nature is also apparent with The Whale and the Curlew and Birsdsong at Dusk for example.

Festival director Roland Peelman previews the festival

The popular Beethoven for Breakfast series returns with five concerts and conversations in notable and/or historical venues.

The program can be found at www.cimf.org.au where festival passes and single concert tickets are now available.

However, let us point to a couple of things we find particularly exciting:

  • Because we are enamoured of bluegrass and the great American folk tradition – two performances by Sam Amidon on 5 and 6 May; and
  • Because of a fascination with the twenties period in history and a background in German literature, the finale concert on 10 May entitled The Roaring Twenties: Finale in Berlin.

If you can’t wait till 1 May, there is a pre-festival program as well from 27 April, including:

  • Big Bell at the National Carillon
  • Bilby’s Bluegum Melodies, a program  for children at Ainslie Arts Centre; and
  • Birdsong at Dusk and Permission to Speak, both at Kambri ANU.