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Exhibition On Screen – Degas: Passion for Perfection

Palace Electric Canberra 8 and 9 June at 12 noon

This pioneering series of cinematic films about exhibitions, galleries and artists returns for a sixth season with Degas: Passion for Perfection, directed by David Bickerstaff and produced by Phil Grabsky.

Listen to Barbie’s interview with Phil Grabsky
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National Capital Orchestra – Rach and Rumsey

The Q, Queanbeyan
Sunday 16 June at 3pm
Pre-concert talk 2.15pm

The National Capital Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Weiss, continues its tradition of combining exciting new Australian works with traditional favourites of the orchestral repertoire.  This concert features the world premiere of Michael Dooley’s Piano Concerto no. 1 performed by acclaimed pianist Andrew Rumsey.

Lenny Weiss talks about Rach and Rumsey
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Reconciliation Day Eve concert

Canberra Theatre Centre
Sunday 26 May, 6.30pm – 11pm

On the eve of the Reconciliation Day public holiday in the ACT, some of the
strongest voices in the country will honour the anniversary of the 1967

The concert will feature Wergaia singer-songwriter Alice Sky, rapper and TV personality Briggs, and Yothu Yindi & the Treaty Project.

Hear Richard’s interview with the producer of Yothu Yindi and the Treaty Project, Gavin Campbell
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Musica Viva: Zofo – Zofomoma

Llewellyn Hall Canberra
28 May 2019 at 7pm

Playing one piano with four hands – but a unified artistic mind, Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi are ZOFO; a ‘20-Finger Orchestra’

Listen to Barbie’s interview with newly appointed ACT Manager of Musica Viva, Christina Cook

For this performance they have commissioned a ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ – seeking out composers from 14 countries and asking them to choose a piece of visual art from their own culture, and then write a short piece inspired by it. The result is ZOFOMOMA – an unforgettable multimedia concert experience.

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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.

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Milton 21 to 23 June 2019
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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.

Listen to Barbie’s interview with Meredith Jaffé
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Artsong Canberra – Songmakers Australia: Russian Lullaby

Wesley Music Centre
Sunday 19 May 2019 at 3pm

This recital presents the music of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Kabalevsky and Shostakovich in a collection of nursery rhymes and lullabies. The mood will be both bright and dark, the full gamut of emotions being drawn from the Russian repertoire.

Barbie talks to Songmakers’ Christina Wilson

Vocal performances are by Merlyn Quaife, Christina Wilson and Andrew Goodwin, accompanied by pianist Andrea Katz, who is also the group’s director.

Tickets at or at the door. $35 full, $30 conc. Groups of 8 or more people $30 per person. Artsong members $25, full time students $15.


Susan Banks and Thea Katauskas – On the Verge

ANCA Gallery until 19 May 2019
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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

Pete Smith, Deborah Perrow and John Pratt – The Crossing

Strathnairn Arts Gallery 1, 90 Stockdill Drive Holt
 2 –26 May, 2019
Official opening by Rob Painter 11.30am, Saturday 4  May

The concept for this exhibition of mixed media collages created by Deborah Perrow and John Pratt came from a gift.

In 2017, Deborah was given 12 sketches of Lake George by the late Canberra artist Pete Smith and invited by his partner to use them in ‘whatever way you wish’.

Listen to an interview with Deborah Perrow and John Pratt
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Canberra Opera – Letters: Scribed and Sung

Wesley Music Centre at 2.30pm on Sunday 12 May 2019
Soprano Louise Keast, Mezzo Naomi Flatman and tenor Asher Reichmann accompanied by pianist Ella Luhtasaari

In this recital, Canberra Opera features excerpts from Italian, French, German and Russian operas in the form of letter scenes. This opportunity to focus on character will provide a rich platform for the singers – what better way to delve into emotions like love, despair, anger and joy than through the theatrical device of the letter.

Listen to Barbie’s interview with Louise Keast

Works by Mozart, Verdi, Nicolai and Tchaikovsky.

ANU Choral Society – Gloria!

Sunday 19 May 2019 at 5pm
St Peter’s Lutheran Church, 6 Boolee St, Reid ACT

The ANU Choral Society (SCUNA) is proud to launch their 2019 concert season with Gloria!, a dynamic celebration of two favourite Baroque composers.

Conducted by Leonard Weiss and accompanied by the versatile pianist Anthony Smith, who will fulfil roles as both harpsichordist and organist during the performance, the choir will be joined by the SCUNA Orchestra, which includes many of Canberra’s top musicians.

Listen to an interview with Lenny Weiss
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Ausdance ACT – Dance week

27 April to 5 May 2019
Launch event Monday 29 April 6pm

Each year the Ausdance network celebrates and promotes dance in all its forms during Australian Dance Week with the aim of raising awareness of professional dance and dance in the community, and to celebrate its diversity.

This year marks a series of anniversaries and several of these significant milestones will be celebrated during Australian Dance Week.

  • Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM celebrates the 30th anniversary of Mirramu Creative Arts Centre and invites all of those who have been part of these wonderful years to a weekend of shared creativity.
  • 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the Canberra International Music Festival. CIMF will present the world premiere of English Baroque with Circa.  

Many local studios and arts centres offer free, trial and taster dance classes during Dance Week. Experience a Dance for Wellbeing Class at Belconnen Arts Centre, immerse yourself in the world of high hop with a week of free classes at Project Beats Dance Studio, try a counter technique class with Ausdance ACT or an afternoon of folk dancing with Canberra International Folk Dancing Association.

The Dance Week launch event is on Monday 29t April 6pm, free but booking required due to limited capacity via Eventbrite

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