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The Street: Breaking the Castle

Written and performed by Peter Cook
Nightly at 7.30pm until Saturday 14 March 2020

Actor David can’t get enough, of anything. Alcohol, drugs, women, gambling – whatever it takes to escape – and this bender could be his last.  But in the mountains of Southeast Asia, he is offered a chance at redemption.

Barbie speaks with Peter Cook about Breaking the Castle
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10th Art Not Apart festival

12 – 15 March 2020
NewActon, Shine Dome, National Film and Sound Archive and Albert Hall

The theme for this year’s Art Not Apart festival is Today I, Tomorrow You, and organisers expect to draw more than 20,000 people in an extended four-day program.

The main event, on Saturday 14 March, will be a free contemporary arts festival featuring more than 200 artists from the Canberra region and beyond, presenting works traversing performance art, music, installations, visual art, street art, film and moving image.

The arts will be complemented by a Suitcase Rummage featuring over 70 stalls, street food, local wine tasting and a festival bar

To celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary, a selection of ticketed events will also be held at the Albert Hall including an improvised jazz and projections concert on Friday 13 March, a wild performance art party after the main festival on Saturday 14 March, and a boutique electronic music event during the day on Sunday 15 March.

Festival producer David Caffery says, ‘it’s been an incredible journey for Art, Not Apart so far. In the nine festivals we’ve mounted since 2012, the festival presented over 2000 artists from the Canberra region and beyond.

‘Many of these artists have returned to perform or exhibit at the festival, and we’re proud to play a part in their development.” He also adds, “this year is Art, Not Apart’s coming of age – and a celebration of how far the festival has come.’

Information and the program are available at www.artnotapart.com


New Life, New Hope

Music to Awaken and to Heal
The Chapel, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
Barton ACT
7.30pm Saturday 14 March 2020

Combined choristers of Canberra, together with professional soloists and small orchestra, directed by Judith Clingan AM, will present a sequence of Australian choral and vocal compositions which look at the historical and present realities of climate change, fires and environmental crisis.

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Undertow – movie by Miranda Nation

Dendy from 5 March 2020

UNDERTOW is the story of two women whose lives become dangerously enmeshed. Grieving the loss of her stillborn baby, Claire becomes suspicious of her husband’s relationship with a feisty young woman, Angie. When she discovers Angie is pregnant, Claire develops an increasingly irrational obsession with her that puts both their lives at risk. Only when Claire is confronted with the brutal truth behind Angie’s pregnancy can both women begin to heal.

Barbie speaks with Undertow writer/director, Miranda Nation
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2020 Australian Plants as Bonsai Exhibition

Crosbie Morrison Building, Australian National Botanic Gardens
9:30am – 4:30pm on Saturday 29 February 2020
9:30am – 4:00pm Sunday 1 March 2020

Coinciding with the ANBG’s 50th Anniversary in 2020, the exhibition will be a display of over 50 bonsai, suiseki and related items created by Canberra and visiting interstate artists.

Barbie spoke to Jennifer Motlee about the 2020 Australian Plants as Bonsai exhibition
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Folk Dance Canberra – Romanian Folk Dance

Workshops with with Marius & Maria Ursu from Timisoara, Romania
Folk Dance Canberra Hall, 114 Maitland Street, Hackett ACT:
Saturday 14 March, 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 15 March, 9.30am-1pm
Monday 16 March, Monday:  7.30pm-9.30pm (advanced level)

Marius, master choreographer of the acclaimed folk dance ensemble “Doina Timisului”, will be teaching a variety of dances from folk regions of Romania. Marius and Maria have a wealth of experience, having participated in over 100 seminars, workshops and festivals in more than 35 countries.

  •  Cost: $15 per session $18 non-members (discounts if paying in advance)
  •  Contact: folkdancecanberra@gmail.com  
  • Also on Wednesday 18 March, 7.30-10.30pm at CIFDA Yarralumla Uniting Church Hall, Denman Street, Yarralumla. Cost: $10.
  • Contact: cmcnally@tpg.com.au

More information at: http://www.folkdancecanberra.org.au

Bushfire benefit concert at National Folk Festival

The 2020 National Folk Festival has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 emergency. The information below is for reference only.

A venue at this year’s National Folk Festival will be dedicated to the folk communities affected by the 2019-20 South Coast bushfires.

The 2020 Festival was officially launched at Gorman House in Canberra on 18 February by Gordon Ramsay MLA, ACT Minster for the Arts, with performances by piper Athol Chalmers and Festival Youth Ambassador, Lucy Sugerman.

Festival Managing Director Helen Roben announced that the Fitzroy venue would be renamed the Hope for Folk stage. It would include a concert on the Saturday afternoon by artists who had been due to play at the now postponed Cobargo Folk Festival.

There will also be merchandise from the Cobargo, Nariel Creek and Numeralla folk communities on sale at the venue. Volunteers will collecting donations, and all proceeds from a bar at the venue would be donated to the three folk communities.

Festival Managing Director Helen Roben talks about Hope for Folk
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Music to the ears as a window to the soul

Michael Agzarian
Global Melody Project
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
, Morrow Street Wagga Wagga NSW
Until 22 March 2020

In 2016, photographer Michael Agzarian’s had his curiosity sparked when he saw headphone-wearing pedestrians waiting at traffic lights. What were they listening to, he wondered.

And so the Global Melody Project was born – a kind of 21st century twist on Name That Tune, said to be the first program on Australian television when it began in 1956.

Michael Agzarian talks about the Global Melody Project
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Musica Viva – Garrick Ohlsson

Tuesday 18 February 2020  7pm
Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music

Garrick Ohlsson is a revered American pianist, a master of the intimate art of the solo recital. He remains the only American to have won the Chopin Competition.

Barbie speaks with Musica Viva’s Christina Cook about Garrick Ohlsson’s concert
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Canberra Women’s Writers Festival

28 to 30 March 2020
Crown Hotel Canberra

The festival program is yet to be finalised but tickets are on sale for the festival weekend and the Saturday night dinner. We are promised:

  • Pitching sessions,
  • Great debates,
  • Panels,
  • Q&A sessions,
  • Dinner with a mystery host and special guest
  • Chat sessions
  • Professional development talks.

Writers include:

  • Sara Dowse
  • Carly Finlay
  • Ginger Gorman
  • Gillian Polack
  • Susan Steggall
  • Katie Taylor
  • Karen Viggers
  • Biff Ward
  • Kaaron Warren

Information and ticketing at https://cwwf.com.au/

The 31st Alliance Française French Film Festival

Thursday 12 March –  Wednesday 8 April 2020
Palace Electric Cinema Canberra

This year’s festival brings us 49 contemporary and classic French films, many enjoying their Australian premiere. Dynamic filmmaker, Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders, Macbeth, True History of the Kelly Gang), who has long taken inspiration from French cinema, will be the 2020 Festival Patron.

Patrice Gilles from the Alliance Francaise, previews the Festival
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Suki & Hugh Gallery – Water Shadows by Jo Victoria & Stefan Gevers.

Porcelain ceramics and watercolour paintings
Opening Saturday 8th February 2020, 3-5 pm. All welcome.
Continues until 15 March 2020

Jo Victoria’s porcelain works are delicate, light and translucent. She uses carved-out lines, marks and holes to portray environments etched by the ocean.

Top image: Jo Victoria, Pierced Bowls (detail), slip cast porcelain, sizes variable, 2019.

Stefan Gevers, Following The Light, watercolour, mixed media on archival paper, 97 cm x 123 cm, 2019

Inspired by the drama of light and inherent patterns in nature, Stefan Gever’s contemporary watercolour paintings also display a lightness of touch. With Lake George in mind the artist explores the beauty, challenges and opportunities this area offers.

Suki & Hugh opens Thurs and Fri 10am to 2.30pm; Sat. and Sun.10am to 4pm; Monday by appointment.

Phone 02 6238 1398; 0412 029 045

http://www.sukihugh.com.au/

Networks Australia – Tree Conversations: networking with the wood wide web

Until Sunday 3 May 2020
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Cnr Baylis and Morrow Streets Wagga

Are trees talking? Are we listening? 

Nineteen artists from Networks Australia invite you to take part in a conversation with our leafy companions through a diversity of mediums: Christine Appleby, Rachel Devlin, Wendy Dodd, Deborah Faeyrglenn, Karyn Fearnside, Susan Hey, Belinda Jessup, Dottie Le Sage, Ann McMahon, Jenny Manning, Bev Moxon, Sharon Peoples, Liz Perry, Marli Popple, Ola Robertson, Rozalie Sherwood, Nancy Tingey, Monique Van Nieuwland and Katherine White.

Barbie spoke to Canberra-based artist Ann McMahon about the exhibition
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Solastalgia: Tuggeranong Arts Centre program 2020

Opening exhibitions The Burning, Umma’s Tongue at 6000 degrees and Fake Nature from 8 February until March 2020

Solastalgia, coined by Australian environmental philosopher Dr Glenn Albrecht in 2005, describes the sense of loss or nostalgia we feel when our homes or environments change irreconcilably in the face of climate change or natural disaster.

Barbie speaks with Nick Moir, whose exhibition of bushfire photographs ran until 14 March 2020
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