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Transformation – A meditation on form and feelings

Paintings by Felicia (Floss) Fletcher
Belconnen Community Gallery as part of the RESPECT series
Swanson Court Belconnen
18 to 28 June 2019 Mon-Fri 9am -5pm

The purpose of this exhibition is  to share health through consciousness of perception.

Felicia (Floss) Fletcher is an Aboriginal artist from central western Queensland who moved to Canberra for work 26 years ago. She began painting 12 years ago as she found it the best way to study, and express feelings. She continues to paint for her own healing and to keep a record of her own experiences.

Info at https://www.bcsact.com.au

Image credit:  Connected by Felicia Fletcher

Terror Australia Readers and Writers Festival

MURDER SHE WROTE – a celebration of women writers of crime fiction past and present.
Cygnet, Huon Valley, Tasmania
31 October to 5 November 2019

The announcement of another new and fabulous writers festival and under the direction of erstwhile Canberra author LJM Owen is great news. The festival boasts have ‘a panellist line-up to die for and a four day program jam-packed with incisive panels, grave workshops and deadly festivities.’ Clearly a sense of humour is also involved.

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Fibre Basket Makers of the ACT – From Plant to Basket

Australian National Botanic Gardens Information Centre Gallery
12  to 30 June 2019 with opening reception 15 June at 2pm

This exhibition showcases the skills of the Fibre Makers of the ACT using Australian native plants. The exhibitors are:  Trish Flynn, Katherine Culross, Deborah Faeyrglenn, Janet Meaney, Leonie Lucey, Jenny Cooper, Ann McMahon, Adrienne Nicholson, Gabrielle Powell, Christiane Keller, Brenda Lander and Julia Ware.

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Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana 

Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra Choral Society
Llewellyn Hall
Saturday 29
tJune, 2019 at 7.30pm

This is the first 2019 subscription concert for Music for Canberra and the Canberra Youth Orchestra (CYO). It features soloists Rachael Duncan, Tobias Cole and Andrew O’Connor. They will be joined by Canberra Choral Society, Canberra Children’s Choir and Seasoned Voices.

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The People’s Passion

Friday 28 June at 7.30pm and Sunday 30 June at 5pm
The Chapel, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
Cnr Kings Ave and Blackall Sts, Barton ACT

Pesented by A Chorus of Women, the Luminescence Children’s Choir and some of Canberra’s finest singers and musicians.

Written by Glenda Cloughley, Musical Direction by Johanna McBride

Tickets and information http://www.chorusofwomen.org/whatsnew.htm#PeoplesPassion

The Passion is based on the story of the 1300 women who gathered in The Hague in 1915 for the only international peace congress of WWI. They passed resolutions to stop the war and set the agenda for human rights for the next 100 years. At their 2nd congress in Zurich in 1919, they further established principles for permanent peace and helped save the lives of millions of children affected by post-war food blockades.

On the centenary of the disastrous Treaty of Versailles, and when climate change is finally being recognised as the global emergency it is, The People’s Passion reflects on the transforming potential of compassionate wisdom and women’s leadership as encouragement for people’s movements today.

The German Film Festival

Palace Electric from 22 May to 9 June 2019

This year’s German Film Festival marks some significant events in German history and culture – the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and  the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus architectural movement.

A special event and the closing night are devoted to the work of Bertolt Brecht with Mack the Knife – Brecht’s Threepenny Film about the making of the film and the celebrated classic 1931 film The Threepenny Opera itself.

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Yilga (Leap in Darug language)

Belconnen Community Centre Gallery
21 May to 7 June , Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm
Opening on 21 May at 5.30pm, all welcome

This is a collaborative exhibition of paintings, dance and song with Darug artist Emma Laverty and the Tiny Tumblers Dance Club and Dance Edge groups. It is a celebration of Reconciliation Week.

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YIlga represents the artist’s passion for sharing and learning of knowledge in the community to promote positive conversation and build understanding between all Australians.

Info at https://www.bcsact.com.au/

Storyfest

Milton 21 to 23 June 2019
Bookings and information at https://www.storyfest.org.au/

With the public release of this inaugural festival’s program ad some tickets selling out in 10 hours, it is time to get a wriggle on and book for sessions you’d like to attend. There is a full day early bird concession for the Saturday program if you want to get an excellent rate for 6 presentations of your choice.

Festival director Meredith Jaffé tells us that presenting writers were selected for their successful work and their capacity to be good story tellers for a live audience. They include well known names like Jane Caro, Natasha Lester, Candice Fox, Jaclyn Moriarty. and Leigh Hobbs.

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Susan Banks and Thea Katauskas – On the Verge

ANCA Gallery until 19 May 2019
Information at http://anca.net.au

Local artists Susan Banks and Thea Katauskas urge you to explore what is often overlooked as we walk around our town. – to see the life of the nature strip; the plants above, and the working men, often below.

Listen to Barbie’s interview with Susan Banks and Thea Katauskas

‘It’s about the invisible energy and activity that maintains the life of our city, as well as the thriving nature that persists whilst being hemmed by roadways and built environments,’ says Katauskas. Now based in Washington DC, she is a 1996 graduate of the ANU’s Canberra School of Art and Design, and has held three successful solo shows of her unique take on the city’s suburban architecture.

Banks, a former scientist, teacher, and recent graduate of the same art school, has focused on the disrupted, upended nature strips; the diggings temporarily occupied by workers and the inconvenient diversions as people step past the barriers, witches’ hats and piles of rubble.

Susan Banks, 2018, After Salgardo

Pete Smith, Deborah Perrow and John Pratt – The Crossing

Strathnairn Arts Gallery 1, 90 Stockdill Drive Holt
 2 –26 May, 2019
Official opening by Rob Painter 11.30am, Saturday 4  May

The concept for this exhibition of mixed media collages created by Deborah Perrow and John Pratt came from a gift.

In 2017, Deborah was given 12 sketches of Lake George by the late Canberra artist Pete Smith and invited by his partner to use them in ‘whatever way you wish’.

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ANU Choral Society – Gloria!

Sunday 19 May 2019 at 5pm
St Peter’s Lutheran Church, 6 Boolee St, Reid ACT

The ANU Choral Society (SCUNA) is proud to launch their 2019 concert season with Gloria!, a dynamic celebration of two favourite Baroque composers.

Conducted by Leonard Weiss and accompanied by the versatile pianist Anthony Smith, who will fulfil roles as both harpsichordist and organist during the performance, the choir will be joined by the SCUNA Orchestra, which includes many of Canberra’s top musicians.

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