Canberra Brass and The Band of the Royal Military College: Motor On

A fund raiser for Motor Neurone Disease NSW/ACT
Saturday 17 August 2pm
Radford College, Bruce ACT

This afternoon concert brings together the talents of Canberra Brass under the baton of Kevin Knapp and The Band of the Royal Military College with recently appointed director Major Darren Cole

Kevin Knapp from Canberra Brass

Motor On presents a repertoire which showcases the bands separately and together along with the special talents of soloists.

There will be a superb line up of toe tapping favourites, heart-string pullers and lesser known tunes.

The event will benefit Motor Neurone Disease NSW/ACT – tickets are by donation eat either  or at the door. You decide how much to pay.

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Australian Haydn Ensemble -Beethoven Four

Skye McIntosh – Artistic Director
Thursday 8 August 2019 at 7pm
Albert Hall Yarralumla ACT

The Ensemble continues its performance of previously unknown historical chamber versions of Beethoven’s symphonies with an Australian premiere of his Symphony No. 4 arranged by Watts for flute and string sextet.

Barbie speaks with AHE Artistic Director, Skye McIntosh
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The Australian World Orchestra – Janáček and Westlake

Saturday 27 July 2019 at 7.30pm
Llewellyn Hall ANU

There is no orchestra quite like the Australian World Orchestra –  they have promised us a unique and unforgettable experience. Once a year the AWO assembles Australia’s finest musicians from the world’s great orchestra to present exhilarating classical concerts.

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National Capital Orchestra – Pines of Rome

Conductor Leonard Weiss
Llewellyn Hall ANU
Saturday 3 August 2019 at 7.30pm
Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm

NCO presents the world premiere of a new Australian composition and two Italian-themed works The concert opens with Images of Obsession: 0236 by talented emerging Canberra composer Dante Clavijo.

Barbie talks to Lenny Weiss about the Pines of Rome concert
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The Choir of King’s College Cambridge – Musica Viva

Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music
Thursday 25 July 2019 at 7pm
Pre-concert talk at 6.15pm with Mark Shepherd

Directed by newly appointed Daniel Hyde, the Choir of King’s College Cambridge comes to us in Canberra with a glorious program on 25 July.

Founded in the 15th century, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is the pre-eminent representative of the British church music tradition.

Barbie speaks with Musica Viva’s ACT manager, Christina Cook
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The Scandinavian Film Festival

Palace Electric Cinema Canberra
10 to 31 July 2019
Films from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland.

The 2019 festival opens around Australia with HAPPY ENDING from actress-turned-director Hella Joof (2015 Scandi FF smash hit All Inclusive).

Top Danish actors Birthe Neumann (five Robert Awards from the Danish Film Academy, two Bodils from the Danish Film Critics) and Kurt Ravn (two Bodils) head up the cast, which also includes Mette Munk Plum (Borgen), Tammi Øst (The Killing) and Scandi FF 2017 festival guest Charlotte Sieling (The Man, Borgen, Homeland).

List to Barbie’s interview with Emma Vestrheim from the Scandinavian Film Festival
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Fireside at Terroux – events with local authors for readers

Saturday 31 August from 3pm – Nigel Featherstone – Bodies of Men

Launching an artist and writer residency venue at Terroux, a rural property near Hall, Barbara Bailkie and Peter Fletcher invite you to three fireside events over winter.

This is a ticketed events which include an activity for those who wish to join in and then a writer presentation followed by warming winter refreshments.

All welcome.

Full details and booking URL can be found at

July exhibitions at Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Caren Florance and Tim Brook  – Line Work
Mimi Fairall, Lizzie Hall, Rowan Kane, Eadie Newman and Bernie Slater –
Bona Fide
Thursday 4 July 6pm  till 27 July 2019

Line Work, by Canberra based academic and print and text artist, Caren Florance, builds on her research into online trolling. The exhibition uses new and old systems of communication to explore ways to subvert and convert the hurt we carry after encountering verbal attacks. 

Barbie speaks with Caren Florance
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A Doll’s House, Part 2

By Lucas Hnath, directed by Caroline Stacey
The Street Theatre, Canberra City
Until Sunday 23 June 2019

This critically-acclaimed piece by New York playwright Lucas Hnath has been described as a ‘sequel of sorts’ to Henrik Ibsen’s 19th century classic.

A confident and independent Nora (played by Rachel Berger) returns 15 years after leaving her husband, Torvald (PJ Williams), and three children. Back in her former house, Nora engages in conversation with Torvald, nanny and housekeeper Anne-Marie (played by Camilla Blunden) and daughter Emmy (Lily Constantine).

Richard talks to Camilla Blunden about the play and her career
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Hussy Hicks and American soul sister Kristy Lee

Harmonie German Club
Thursday 13 June 2019 from 7pm to 11.30pm

All female Australian four-piece blues and roots act Hussy Hicks is led by Leesa Gentz, vocals, with Julz Parker, guitar.

They are showcasing their new single Get Ready, which features the band’s new drummer, Ali Foster and long time bass player, Tracy Stephens.

Richard speaks with Hussy Hicks lead vocalist Leesa Gentz

This is the first song in 12 years completely recorded, engineered and produced by the band.

The Hussies have been long-time collaborators with Kristy Lee, recording and performing together across the USA, Europe and Australia since they formed a bond about 15 years ago. These women are looking forward to sharing their magical musical connection with Australian audiences.

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In HER Words

A theatre performance presented by Migrant and Refugee Settlement Service ACT
Murranji Theatre, Hawker College
Saturday 15 June 2019 at 6.15pm

Award winning Indian dancer/choreographer Padma Menon has worked with a group of women from diverse cultures to produce a theatre work using dance, storytelling, poetry, music and film. The work explores the dreams, strength and resilience of women.

Proceeds will be donated to two Canberra charities whose work helps women from diverse cultures and backgrounds.