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Maria Pfohl and Siva Nathan- A Peaceful World

Kyeema Gallery at Capital Wines Cellar Door
13 Gladstone Street Hall ACT
Until 2 February 2020
Open Thursday to Sunday 10.30am to 5pm

Hungarian born Australian artist Maria Pfohl works in watercolour, taking her inspiration from nature and telling stories with each work. She specialises in birds,  flowers and landscapes and her work speaks of her love of colour and natural beauty.

Barbie speaks with Maria Pfohl and Siva Nathan
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National Folk Festival announces first youth ambassador

Young Canberra singer-songwriter, Lucy Sugerman has been announced as the first Youth Ambassador for the National Folk Festival.

The 18-year-old singer-songwriter has performed in the Canberra areas since she was nine. including busking and blackboard events. She was an Australian National Busking Champion in 2015 and 2016.

Richard talks to Lucy Sugarman about her role as the inaugural Youth Ambassador for the National Folk Festival

She sees the role as an opportunity to promote and contribute to the National Folk Festival’s celebration of folk life, including a special youth concert during the festival.

The festival’s new Managing Director, Helen Roben, began work in September. Raised in Wagga, Ms Roben has a background in the not-for-profit sector and has held senior management roles in corporate services and governance. She has taken over as Managing Director from Pam Merrigan, who continues as Artistic Director of the Festival.

Helen Roben, Managing Director of the National Folk Festival
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Isla Patterson – A Palette of Pioneer Places

Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre
6 October to 15 December 2019

Non-indigenous settlement of the Ginninderra district began in the 1820s.  This exhibition features eight early district properties within the parishes of Jeir, Wallaroo and Ginninderra, supplemented by accounts of the heritage of each building.

Barbie speaks wit Isla Patterson and Alistair Crombie, from Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre
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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 Australis 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.

Listen to Barbie’s interview with fibre basket makers
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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

Barbie talks to Glenda Cloughley
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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.

Listen to Barbie’s interview with festival director Bettina Kinski
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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.

Listen to Barbie’s interview with Emma Laverty

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