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M16 Artspace – Restoring the Balance

New works by Kerry Shepherdson, Leo Robba, Narelle Phillips and Di Broomhill.
5 to 14 September 2019

  • Opening event Thursday 5 September 6pm to 8pm
  • Special event with Professor Anthony Capon Saturday 14 September 4pm to 6pm

Four artists explore our connection to the natural world and the sense of well being we experience through our relationship to plants and gardens.

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Gallery opens Wednesday to Sunday from 12 noon to 5pm at 21 Blaxland Street, Griffith ACT

Canberra Opera – Gianni Schicchi and Cavalleri a Rusticana

Belconnen Theatre, Swanson Court Belconnen
23 August to 1 September 2019

Opera lovers are in for a treat with director Kate Millett’s contemporary take on these two short operas,
with glorious music and a chamber orchestra. Both performances are in English.

Kate Millett from Canberra Opera speaks with Barbie.
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A Brush With Bungendore

Bungendore Fine Art Gallery, August 2019

When eight artists came to Bungendore to set up Bungendore Fine Art many years ago – they thought for the first exhibition it would be good to have a show with Bungendore as the subject of the paintings.  Fourteen years on and they are doing it all again.

Barbie speaks with Bungendore Fine Art’s Marion Schumacher
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Ping Qin – Gaze: The Useless Object

Belconnen Community Services Gallery
Swanson Court, Belconnen

Mon – Fri 9am-5pm, until 30 August 2019

Ping Qin is a Chinese artist who has been studying at the Australian National University School of Art and Design since 2016. Under the guidance of Ashley Eriksmoen, Ping majored in the furniture department.

Barbie speaks with Pin Qin
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Ingrid Bowen & Larissa Warren: Scripted by Nature

17 August – 29 September 2019
Opening reception 17 August, 3-5 pm

Artists Ingrid Bowen and Larissa Warren present work inspired by the earth and landscape. Land and forest show the scars, layers and stories of all that takes place, including the voids.

Image: Larissa Warren, Argile, porcelain, various stoneware, stains, 21h x 23w x 10.4d, 2019. Image courtesy of Larissa Warren.


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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Folk Dance Canberra – Bulgarian Dance Workshops with Tanya Dimitrova

Folk Dance Canberra Hall, 114 Maitland St Hackett, Saturday 10 August 9.30am to 5pm and Monday 12 August 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Yarralumla Uniting Church Hall, Denver Street Yarralumla, Wednesday 14 August 7.30pm to 10pm

Remowned Artistic Director and Choreographer of Chudesiya Folk Dance Ensemble of Pazardzhik Bulgaria, Tanya Dimitrova presents Bulgarian folk dance workshops as a guest of Folk Dance Canberra.

Barbie speaks with Katarina Kormushiva about the Bulgarian folk dance workshops
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Australian Festival of Chamber Music: wrap-up

Townsville 26 July to 4 August 2019

Richard and Barbie attended evening concerts at the AFCM from 31 July to 3 August 2019 as guests of the festival – we thank the Director, the Board and the organisers for this generous hospitality and for an outstanding series of musical experiences from Australian and international artists.

Barbie speaks with Christopher Lawrence about the art of concert hosting
Richard speaks with Timothy Young, Head of Piano and Chamber Music at the Australian National Academy of Music
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The Street Theatre
17 to 31 August 2019

Steven Berkoff’s stage play adapted from Franz Kafka’s surrealist tale about alienation, is directed by Adam Broinowski with an ensemble of  Dylan Van Den Berg as Gregor Samsa, Christopher Samuel Carroll and Ruth Pieloor as parents, Mr S and Mrs S and introduces Stefanie Lekkas as sister Greta in her debut on The Street stage.

An interview with director Adam Broinowski
Barbie speaks with actor Ruth Pieloor
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Jacob Boehme: Blood on the Dance Floor

Tuggeranong Arts Centre
5pm Saturday 24 August 2019

This one-man show explores the legacies and memories of our bloodlines, our need for community, and what blood means to each of us .

Richard speaks with Jacob Boehme

A choreographer, dancer and writer from the Narangga and Kaurna nations of South Australia, Boehme was diagnosed with HIV in 1998.

In search of answers, he reached out to his ancestors. Through theatre, image, text and choreography, Boehme pays homage to their ceremonies whilst dissecting the politics of gay, Blak and poz identities.

Blood on the Dance Floor is an unapologetic, passionate and visceral narrative that traverses time, space and characters. A story of our need to love and be loved, Boehme’s monologue reveals our secret identities and our deepest fears, seeking to invoke ancestral lineage in a contemporary quest for courage and hope.

Boehme is also working with Tuggeranong Arts Centre and the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community as part of a longer project called The Blood Library.

Blood on the Dance Floor debuted at Arts House Melbourne in 2016 before going on to Carriageworks for Sydney Festival in 2017 and has since toured both nationally and internationally. It is showing in Canberra for the first time.

The production is supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, Australian Government Indigenous Culture Support, and City of Melbourne.

Stronger than Fiction Film Festival -encore screenings

Dendy Cinemas Canberra
9,10,11,16,17 and 18 August 2019

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Encore screenings from this year’s festival includes first-time directors like Midnight Family’s Luke Lorentzen and Honeyland’s Tamara Kotevska, only 25 years old and already stunning international festival audiences with her fresh talent.

Richard’s interview with Festival director Deborah Kingsland
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Exhibition on Screen – Young Picasso

Greater Union Manuka 8 to 11 August 2019

The latest in the Exhibition on Screen films to come to Canberra explores the life of Picasso, the childhood and family influences that equipped him from a young age to create such competent works and the drive that led him to study and work in Barcelona and Paris, producing an enormous body of work and changing the face of modern art.

Barbie talks to Phil Grabsky, Director ofYoung Picasso
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Brooke Jarvis – For Laos

Belconnen Community Gallery ‘Springboard’ series
23 July to 9 August 2019
Opening celebration Wednesday 24 July at 5.30pm – all welcome

A fundraiser exhibition of oil mono-prints and watercolour paintings that depict the people and culture of Laos. All profits from sales will go towards sponsorship programs to support quality and access of education for children in Laos.

BCS is in Swanson Court Belconnen and opens Mon – Fri 9am-5:00pm

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