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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

2020 National Folk Festival
9-13 April, with Hope for Folk concert on 11 April
Exhibition Park in Canberra

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
Listen to the official launch of the 2020 Festival

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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Ursula Dubosarsky: Read for your life

Author Ursula Dubosarsky has been named Australian Children’s Laureate for 2020-21

Dubosarsky is the author of over 60 books for children and young adults. She has won many national prizes, including the NSW, Victorian, South Australian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award, and has been nominated for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children’s literature.

Her books have been published widely across the world and translated into 14 languages. The theme for her two-year term as Australian Children’s Laureate is Read For Your Life.  

Barbie speaks with Ursula Dubosarsky
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Gunning Arts Festival – The Picture House Art Prize 2020

Exhibition of finalists – opening from 5pm to 7pm on Saturday 18 April until 10 May 2020
The Picture House Gallery Gunning NSW

As part of the Gunning Arts Festival in April 2020 entries are open until 31 March for The Picture House Art Prize 2020, hosted by The Picture House Gallery in Gunning and sponsored by Derivan Art Supplies.

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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 runs until 14 March 2020
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Scottish music showcase comes to Smiths Alternative

Brighde Chaimmbeul

Brìghde Chaimbeul with Jamie Murphy
Smiths Alternative, Canberra City
Friday 24 January 2020 at 6pm


Award-winning Scottish smallpipes player Brìghde Chaimbeul (Campbell) is currently touring Australia as part of The Year of Scotland 2020 showcase.

Richard spoke to Brigde Chaimbeul. The music is Tornala Maika, from her debut album The Reeling

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Australian Haydn Ensemble – Emperors & Armies

7pm Thursday 6th February 2020
Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest

Boccherini’s playful flute quintet Las Parejas (The Couples) opens AHE’s 2020 season. The title refers to a Spanish horse race in which two horsemen ride hand in hand. Boccherini infuses the quintet with a military flavour, reminiscent of his famous work Night Streets of Madrid.

Barbie speaks with Australian Haydn Ensemble Artistic Director, Skye McIntosh

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