Michaela Burger – Exposing Edith

The Spiegel Tent Canberra
Thursday 18 April 2019 at 6.30pm

Nominated for a Helpmann Award, this critically acclaimed show charts the life of French icon, Edith Piaf.  Created and performed by Michaela Burger [vocals] and Greg Wain [guitar], Exposing Edith is a stunning mix of authentic French chanson and contemporary sounds.

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Ausdance ACT – Escalate IV

Ralph Wilson Theatre Gorman House Arts Centre
12 April 6pm and 13 April 2pm and 6pm

Emerging ACT based dance artists working across dance, film and theatre have been working in a three-month intensive mentoring program with local and interstate mentors including Eric Avery, Kim Beamish, Liz Lea and Caroline Wall.

Barbie speaks with emerging dance artist Natsuko Yonezawa
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Art Song Canberra – Love and Life

Sunday 31 March 2019 at 3pm
Wesley Music Centre
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Artsong Canberra’s next concert for 2019 is a recital by Rebecca Ryan (soprano) and Anthony Smith (piano). Featuring the poignant, transcendental masterpiece ‘Vier Letzte Lieder’ by Richard Strauss, this program explores the many facets of love and life.

Encompassing the first spark of love through to the calm acceptance of death, Rebecca and Anthony also present Schumann’s ‘Frauenliebe und Leben’ and songs by Duparc, Berlioz and Fauré.

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Listen to Jon Millard’s interview with pianist Anthony Smith

Canberra Sinfonia and Luminescence Chamber Singers

Adam’s Lament by Arvo Part, and Last Verses by Dan Walker. 
Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest
Saturday 23 March 2019 at 7.30pm

Tickets: A: $40 | C: $30, at the door, or online at eventbrite:

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Lenny Weiss talks about concerts by Canberra Sinfolia and the National Capital Orchestra

Canberra Bonsai Society

Australian Plants as Bonsai Exhibition
23 to 24 February 2019
Australian National Botanic Gardens – Crosbie Morrison Building
Open Sat. 9.30am to 4.30pm and Sun. 9.30am to 4pm

Enjoy a display of more than 30 bonsai by Canberra based artists showing the diversity of Australian plants. There are demonstrations daily at 2pm for those interested in learning techniques and small group guided tours daily at 12 noon through the gardens to show the large versions of the bonsai native trees.

Visitors can vote for their favourite bonsai and there is a raffle offers the  chance to win a native bonsai and some books.

  • Admission $5 adults, $3 concession and children under 12 years free entry when with an adult.
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Padma Menon – Moving Archetypes

Free introductory workshops 12 and 16 February 2019: Ganesha—the bestower of new beginnings and Rasa classical Indian dance.

Two new Indian dance courses offer students a meditative practice or the principles of the classical Indian tradition.

Padma Menon has over 30 years’ international experience as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and facilitator. She has performed in venues all over the world and created numerous original contemporary and traditional Indian dance productions for high profile festivals and venues internationally.

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Canberra Sinfonia: Peter and the Wolf, 16-17 Feb 2019

Canberra: St John’s Church Hall, 45 Constitution Avenue Reid, Saturday 16th February 2pm and 3:30pm

Goulburn: Trinity Catholic College Hall,
Clinton St & College Streets, Sunday 17 February, 2pm

Narrated by Charles Hudson and conducted by artistic director, Leonard Weiss

Peter and the Wolf tells the story of Peter, a young boy who ignores his grandfather’s advice and ventures beyond the safe enclosure of his back garden. Outside he encounters a variety of animals, some friendly and others not so friendly, with much adventure, charm and laughter ensuing.

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Australian National Botanic Gardens Summer Sounds Concerts

Saturday 9, Sunday 10 February 2019
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These concerts in the Botanic Gardens are very popular and provide a way of enjoying this wonderful facility after hours for music and a picnic – bring your own or enjoy onsite catering street stalls serving gelato, pizza, crepes , empanadas and a variety of beverages.

  • 9 February: Big Boss Groove with Canberra Swing Katz
  • 10 February: Annie and the Armadillos with Canberra Swing Katz

The Australian Haydn Ensemble – Haydn’s Nature

Thursday 14 February 2019
Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest
Tickets: $35 – $60
Bookings: 1800 334 388 or or at the door
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AHE opens its 2019 season with a string quartet program celebrating Haydn’s love of the natural world. Two of Haydn’s beloved string quartets, Sunrise (the String Quartet Op. 76 No. 4 )and The Lark bookend the program.

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Tuggeranong Arts Centre December exhibitions

Unchained by Margot Date
A Magic Stranger than Death by Tom Buckland, Nicci Haynes and Dan Moor
Until 21 December 2018

Dan Moor

Margot Date was awarded the TAC prize of a solo exhibition upon graduation from the Diploma of Visual Art at CIT Reid in 2017. Her works are mixed media with a Leitmotif of crocheted chain stitch and all that the chain can represent.

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At the Edge of Matter

ANCA Gallery until 16 December 2018
Works by Christina Appleby, Lucy Quinn, Riley Beaumont, Mahala Hill and Merryn Lloyd
Curated by Karena Keys and Phoebe Hamra

Christine Appleby, deconstructed weaving

 Five artists explore and play largely with sculptural works and using a range of techniques including re-seeing found materials, deconstructive weaving and the creative combination of natural and man made materials.

Open Wednesday to Sunday 12 noon to 5pm.


Listen to Barbie’s gallery interviews with Christine Appleby, Lucy Quinn and Riley Beaumont.

Isla Patterson: studio exhibition and sale

Friday 7 to Sunday 9 December 2018
10 Mainoru Place, Hawker
Open each day 10am to 4pm

 Eminent Canberra watercolourist Isla Patterson invites you to an exhibition and sale of her works with subjects including Antarctica, the Kimberleys, still life, bird studies and  Canberra landscapes.

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Canberra Sinfonia concert 15 Dec 2018

Conducted by Lenny Weiss
With Calvin Bowman Guest Artist
Saturday 15 December 2018 3-4pm
Wesley Uniting Church

In its final concert for 2018, Canberra Sinfonia will be performing Handel’s Organ Concertos Op. 7 Nos. 1 & 4 with guest artist the acclaimed organist Calvin Bowman, followed by J.S. Bach’s exquisite Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major BWV 1066.

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Canberra Youth Orchestra final concert for 2018

Conducted by Lenny Weiss
Saturday 8 December at 7.30pm
Llewelyn Hall ANU

Enjoy Rimsky Korakov’s Scheherazade and Britten’s Violin Concerto featuring violinist Dale Barltrop, concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony. This is the final CYO concert for 2018.

Bookings and information

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Dionisia Sala – Heartbeats

ANCA Gallery Artbus, City Walk
1 to 20 December 2018

Visitors to City Walk in Canberra can enjoy a visit to this exhibition of gouache monoprints and acrylic on paper. With background work on the bus walls made directly from timber with all its gnarls and whorls, Dionisia has then created ten prints which derive from the rings and patterns of trees, with a lower layer made by dipping int opaint.

 The exhibition itself is open for visits Wednesday to Sunday but an added pleasure is to be had on weekend afternoons from Dionisia’s workshops for young and young at heart on the grass just beside the bus. Various paper based activities are on offer – a peaceful respite perhaps from Christmas shopping.


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