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Art Song Canberra – Love and Life

Sunday 31 March 2019 at 3pm
Wesley Music Centre
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Artsong Canberra’s next concert for 2019 is a recital by Rebecca Ryan (soprano) and Anthony Smith (piano). Featuring the poignant, transcendental masterpiece ‘Vier Letzte Lieder’ by Richard Strauss, this program explores the many facets of love and life.

Encompassing the first spark of love through to the calm acceptance of death, Rebecca and Anthony also present Schumann’s ‘Frauenliebe und Leben’ and songs by Duparc, Berlioz and Fauré.

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Listen to Jon Millard’s interview with pianist Anthony Smith

Indigenous Literacy Foundation: Great Book Swap

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The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is a not-for-profit charity that has gifted over 350,000 culturally appropriate books to more than 280 remote Indigenous communities and service organisations across Australia. Through the 2019 Great Book Swap program, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) aims to raise $350,000 to gift 35,000 new books for Indigenous children.

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Canberra Sinfonia and Luminescence Chamber Singers

Adam’s Lament by Arvo Part, and Last Verses by Dan Walker. 
Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest
Saturday 23 March 2019 at 7.30pm

Tickets: A: $40 | C: $30, at the door, or online at eventbrite:

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Lenny Weiss talks about concerts by Canberra Sinfolia and the National Capital Orchestra

The National Capital Orchestra – Behold the Sea

Llewellyn Hall
Saturday 13 April 2019 at 7:30pm

The repertoire for this first concert of 2019 is Vaughn Williams’ A Sea Symphony with full symphony orchestra and choir and the Australian premiere of Christopher Gordons’ On the Beach

Soloists,  Chloe Lankshear and David Greco join the National Capital Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Weiss, NCO Music Director/Conductor.  

Lenny Weiss talks about concerts by the National Capital Orchestra and Canberra Sinfolia

The Artists Society of Canberra – Space and Spaces

Call for entries for the ACT Catchment Groups open art competition 2019

The Space and Spaces exhibition will open on 11 April in the Canberra Centre overlooking the Canberra Times fountain. It will continue until 19 April. ASOC is calling for entries – all are welcome to submit, members and non-members. Information and entry forms are at

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Michelle Day: What Remains

ANCA Gallery
20 March – 7 April 2019
Opening 6pm Wed 20 March – all welcome

What Remains, by Michelle Day is an exhibition of two installations that capture fragments of Day’s real and imagined sensory experience of human presence in vacated spaces: what remains of a person when they leave a room. Day’s exhibition consists of a series of small sensory objects that viewers can peer into to discover illusory spaces of texture, movement, light and smell. 

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Carriberrie – virtual reality celebration of Indigenous Australian dance and song

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
10am-2pm daily until 1 June 2019

Carriberrie features 156 dancers and 36 performances, encompassing traditional and contemporary dance. It was shot on locations including Uluru, Sydney Opera House, the Arnhem Wetlands and the Torres Strait. it is narrated by actors David Gulpilil and Jack Charles.

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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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Canberra Bonsai Society

Australian Plants as Bonsai Exhibition
23 to 24 February 2019
Australian National Botanic Gardens – Crosbie Morrison Building
Open Sat. 9.30am to 4.30pm and Sun. 9.30am to 4pm

Enjoy a display of more than 30 bonsai by Canberra based artists showing the diversity of Australian plants. There are demonstrations daily at 2pm for those interested in learning techniques and small group guided tours daily at 12 noon through the gardens to show the large versions of the bonsai native trees.

Visitors can vote for their favourite bonsai and there is a raffle offers the  chance to win a native bonsai and some books.

  • Admission $5 adults, $3 concession and children under 12 years free entry when with an adult.
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