Alliance Française 30th French Film Festival

Palace Electric Cinema Canberra 7 March to 10 April

The utterly delicious French Film Festival returns to Canberra with 54 films across a variety of styles and genres. With 30 years under its belt, the festival celebrates with a grand array of films and plenty of special events to entice Francophiles and film lovers.

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Angela Pisciotta and Bertha Firebrace – Things of Yarn and Wood

Strathnairn Arts Homestead Gallery until 3 March

This beautiful exhibition is by mother and daughter Aunty Bertha Firebrace and Angela Pisciotta. Bertha is a Wiradjuri/Yorta Yorta woman, an emerging artist painting her stories on wooden objects and Angela is a Wiradjuri woman who has now been in Canberra for 24 years or so and calls it home. Angela works in woven forms including basketry.

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Dance for Wellbeing

Belconnen Arts Centre and Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Classes run concurrently with ACT school terms.

Having had the privilege of sitting in as an observer on a taster session for the Dance for Wellbeing program, I must compliment Philip Piggin and his colleagues and the two arts centres for such excellent provision of dance classes for people with Parkinsons, dementia and at all mobility levels.

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BOLD II – a dance festival

Various venues in Canberra 13 to 17 March 2019

The second iteration of this festival and conference continues to explore and celebrate the changes that come with age. The Festival is unique in Australia and provides a platform for the work of older artists who are still working to celebrate their longevity and the positive health impacts of dance and creativity.  BOLD II also espouses a cross-generational exchange of ideas and experiences and cross-cultural connections.

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Sharon Peoples – artist in residence at Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Tuggeranong Gardens
January to February 2019

A six-week residency at Tuggeranong Arts Centre sees Sharon Peoples, renowned fabric artist, exploring the gardens of the Tuggeranong suburbs. She will make work reflecting her observations of the garden, not just as a physical place but as a spiritual solace and refuge.

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Nature’s Spectral Arch

Suki and Hugh Gallery Bungendore
2 February to 17 March 2019

Nature’s Spectral Arch explores aspects of a changed environment around the former slate mining village of Corris, Wales where the artist recently completed a month-long artist’s residency with Stiwdio Maelor. With time and with a gentle persistence and dignity, nature is reclaiming this once degraded landscape.

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Interchange – a group exhibition M16 Artspace

Opening 6:00pm on Thursday 7 February 2019, all welcome
Then Wednesday – Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00pm until 24 February

Interchange is a collaborative group exhibition featuring the work of members of Ausglass and the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass (NZSAG). It will be a satellite event to compliment the Ausglass and NZSAG hosted COLAB Conference in Whanganui, New Zealand, from 15 – 17 February. 

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The Song Company – Treble Helix Unlocked

Touring from 9 February to 2 March
In Canberra at Wesley Music Centre Friday 1 March at 7.30pm
Information and bookings including for season tickets at

Always scintillating, The Song Company begins its 2019 season with Treble Helix Unlocked – featuring glorious music of the early16th and late 15th century. The Company will gather around a single music stand and read in the original musical notation from a facsimile of the Eton Choirbook.

The Song Company has been working in rehearsal with Tallis Scholar and current Musical Director of Trinity College Melbourne, Christopher Watson. The ensemble will be joined by Roberta Diamond, recently studying in Basel, and Dan Walker from Canberra.

Sublime music is promised and, as always, an experience for the mind and soul.

Listen to Barbie’s interview with Antony Pitts, Artistic Director of The Song Company.

Stellar – a sharing presented by the Australian Talented Youth Project

Stromlo, Saturday 2 February 7-8pm

Stellar brings together a range of young people from across Australia with a passion for dance, music and science.

Drawing inspiration from observations of the skies and the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing they will share stories, movement, text and music with an audience at Mount Stromlo Observatory.

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Selby and Friends 2019 Season

Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music Canberra
28 February, 6 May, 8 July, 2 September, 31 October

A stellar line up of ‘friends’ joins Kathryn Selby for the 2019 season of five concerts: Natalie Chee, Susie Park, Daniel Dodds, Andrew Haveron, Timo Veikko-Valve, Umberto Clerici, Julian Smiles, Richard Narroway and Grace Clifford.

The season repertoire includes an entirely Beethoven concert in October and a varied collection of composers from Mendelssohn to Kats-Chernin in carefully curated programs sure to please and stimulate audiences whilst showcasing the remarkable talents of the performers.

The full program and booking information for season passes and single tickets can be found at

Listen to Barbie’s interview with Kathy Selby.

Democracy 2025 – Museum of Australian Democracy

The release of the report Trust and Democracy at Parliament House on Wednesday 5 December 2018 heralded the beginning of the Museum of Australian Democracy’s Democracy 2025 – Bridging the Trust Divide initiative.

Under the direction of   Professor Mark Evans, University of Canberra-Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, MOAD invites the community to participate in a national conversation to re-engage us all in our democracy.

Democracy 2025 aims to address the decline in satisfaction with our democracy. To find out more about this visit

Listen to Barbie’s interviews with Virginia Haussegger AM, ACT Australian of the Year, and Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation and Daryl Karp, Director of the Museum of Australian Democracy.

Canberra International Music Festival

2 to 12 May 2019, various venues
Tickets on sale from 19 November 2018 a

Bach as you’ve never known him and as you’ve always known him awaits CIMF audiences in 2019.

The festival opens with didgeridoo player William Barton playing with the Ntaria Choir from Hermannsburg near Alice Springs, singing Bach, as they have been doing for 120 years. Taught by Lutheran missionaries, they sing Bach hymns and chorales with soul in their own languages, Western Aranta and Pitjantjatjara.

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Behind the Lines 2018 – Curiouser and Curiouser

MOAD (Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House) 18 King George Terrace, Parkes, ACT
Open daily 9am–5pm (closed Christmas Day)

The annual exhibition of cartoons ,portraying the bizarre world of our political landscape, is this year inspired by the work of Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland. The exhibition includes work by Mark Knight, Alan Moir, CathyWilcox, John Shakespeare and Judy Horacek.

At the opening of the exhibition on Friday 15 November 2018, the cartoonist of the year was awarded to Matt Golding.

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