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Canberra Bonsai Society Annual Show

12-13 October 2019
Canberra High School, Bindubi Street, Macquarie

This display will feature high quality bonsai from the collections of CBS members, including some created by local artists who are currently represented in the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia at the National Arboretum, Canberra. It will include both traditional exotic plant species and Australian species.

Barbie speaks with Jennifer Motley from Canberra Bonsai Society
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Exhibition on Screen – Rembrandt

Narrated by award-winning British actor Robert Lindsay
Dendy Canberra: 26 Sept 10am; Sept 27 at 1pm: Sept 28, 1pm
Palace Electric: Sept 28 at 12pm.

To mark the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death and the Year of the Dutch Golden Age, Exhibition on Screen presents Rembrandt. Filmed in exquisite detail, the camera offers a privileged view of the once-in-a- lifetime 2015 Late Works exhibition at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and London’s National Gallery.

Barbie speaks with producer Phil Grabsky
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National Capital Orchestra – Mozart Clarinet

The Q Queanbeyan
Sunday 13 October 2019 at 3pm

Guest conductor Alan Cook
Pre-concert talk at 2.15

Orchestral Equations by Melbourne-based composer May Lyon opens the concert. Her music explores themes from deep human emotions, history and mythology, through to mathematical concepts. 

Richard speaks with conductor Alan Cook
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Maura Pierlot – Fragments

The Street, Childers Street Canberra
23 to 27 October 2019

Featuring in the Mental Health Month ACT program, Fragments is a theatrical exploration of connectedness that will make you think and get you talking.

Maura Pierlot, author of Fragments
Fragments director, Shelly Higgs

Based on a series of conversations with 13 to 18-year-olds in Canberra and beyond, the eight monologues presented in Fragments are imagined stories that touch upon common issues facing teens today.

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The Song Company – pop-up concert, Sydney

Friday 20 September 2019 – 7pm, St Mary’s Cathedral Crypt, Sydney (n.b. Crypt rather than main Cathedral
Saturday 21 September 2019 – 7pm | Verbrugghen Hall, Conservatorium of Music, Sydney (n.b.. change of venue)

In a celebration of the Vernal Equinox, The Song Company presents the second pop-up concert featuring the resplendent Thomas Tallis’s 40-part motet Spem in alium.

Antony Pitts talks about the pop-up concerts and The Song Company
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Game Masters at NFSA

National Film and Sound Archive
27 September 2019 to 9 March 2020

Game Masters is an interactive journey through five decades of video game history, offering both a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the world’s most popular characters and franchises, and a chance to play them.

Barbie speaks with Fiona Trigg, Senior Curator from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image
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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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Belconnen Community Gallery & Wellways Australia – Pigment of the Imagination

Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen
1 – 18 October 2019, Mon to Fri 9am-5pm
Opening celebration 5:30pm Wednesday 2 October by Shane Rattenbury MLA Minister for Mental Health

This mixed media community exhibition in celebration of Mental Health Month features works by people in the mental health and disability sector who use art to explore and express their creativity and imagination.

It will showcase a variety of artworks by People with Disabilities, Mental Health Consumers and support persons. Artists have been invited to submit up to two pieces per person/group.


Canberra Sinfonia – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest ACT
Saturday 28 September 2019 at 3pm
Guest Director Harry Ward

Popular for new and returning audiences alike, the four concerti comprising the ‘Four Seasons’ are probably the most well-known pieces of the Baroque repertoire. Noted for stylistic brilliance, each demonstrates a true mastery of melody and orchestral colour, particularly showing off the soloist in passages of dazzling musical nuance.

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Jenny Blake – Block by Block

Strathnairn Arts
90 Stockdill Drive Holt ACT
Until 13 October 2019

Jenny Blake uses reclaimed wooden bocks found in a builder’s skip to produce stunning three dimensional landscapes. It is her way of restoring the environment block by block, making discarded materials into something beautiful.

Barbie talks to Jenny Blake about Block by Block

Strathnairn has an open day 10am to 4pm on Saturday 21 September. All studios will be open and you can buy a hand-crafted bowl full of soup. The members’ exhibition also opens in the woolshed.

Australian Haydn Ensemble: Handel & Delirious Love

Albert Hall Canberra
7pm, Thurs 26 September 2019

Acclaimed Australian soprano Sara Macliver and Australian-born International conductor and harpsichord director Benjamin Bayl join the Australian Haydn Ensemble for a program of Handel and Scarlatti.

Richard speaks with AHE’s Artistic Director, Skye McIntosh, about the concert
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Friends of the School of Music ANU embassy concert

Austrian Ambassador’s Residence
Thursday 19 September at 7pm for 7.15pm

A concert of beautiful music by tertiary students, who are prize winners and grant recipients of the Friends of ANU. The performers will introduce themselves and the music they have chosen. 

  • Katrina Tang (piano), 
  • Ariel Chou (cello) accompanied by Ella Luhtasaari
  • Emmeline Booth (mezzo soprano) also accompanied by Ella Luhtasaari
  • Olivia Faletoese (bass and vocals), Lachie Wheeler (piano and vocals) and Ally Howe (violin and vocals).

The concert will be followed by a light supper.

Tickets must be booked at  and will not be available for purchase at the door.

The Artists’ Society of Canberra Spring Exhibition

The Fitters Workshop, Kingston Foreshore
Until 4pm on 15 September 2019

More than 300 works including wall works in oil, pastel, pencil and acrylic and a small collection of beautiful sculpture await visitors to this year’s Spring exhibition by members of the Artists’ Society of Canberra.

Barbie speaks to Artists’ Society president, Vicki Hingston-Jones
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Canberra Brass and Zackerbilks – Prohibition

Presented by BentSpoke Brewing Co. 
Albert Hall
Friday 1 November 2019, 7pm till late

You are invited to kick up your heels to the music of the ’20s and ’30s with an evening of music and dancing. Bring your own banquet to share with your friends.  Drinks on sale.

  • Early Bird Special – $40 per person until 18 October 2019
  • Table seating of 10 people per table
  • Bookings: TryBooking:
  • Door price $80 per person

Italian Film Festival 2019

Palace Electric Canberra
24 September – 16 October 2019

The 20th Italian Film Festival features 26 recent films and two retrospectives including Bertolucci’s five-hour epic, 1900.

It opens with The Champion, set in in the world of professional, millionaire footballers, and finishes with the Australian premiere of Ron Howard’s biopic Pavarotti, the tenor who became an international superstar from the early 1960s until his death in 2007.

Richard speaks with Festival director, Elysia Zeccola
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