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Centenary Flag Project exhibition opened

By 20 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Minister Burch and Reuben Bokaba with his winning entry in the Centenary Flag Project

Flags from last year’s Centenary of Canberra have been repurposed into new works of art for the Centenary Flag Project exhibition, which was opened yesterday by Minister for the Arts Joy Burch on behalf of the Chief Minister.
The Centenary Flag Project, one of the key events of the inaugural DESIGN Canberra festival program, is an [...]

Canberra: where wood works

By 19 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Mentioned in the same sentence as sawmills, pulp mills or logging, timber is a lightning rod for controversy. Environmental concerns are inseparable from the way timber is harvested and used, for all the right reasons.
Woodworking designers and craftspeople, by contrast, who have no less dependent a relationship with timber, tend to be regarded generously.
Part of [...]

Poke Something That Bites

By 5 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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‘Poke Something That Bites’ is an exhibition that explores the mentally exhausting symptoms of an anxiety disorder. When the mind is like an angry wasps nest thrown into the middle of an elephant’s carcass being torn to pieces by a pack of hyenas it can be difficult to process ‘normal’ or ‘rational’ thoughts.
Your daily routine [...]

Looking for our first Irish sean nos dance army

By 26 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We’re looking for enthusiastic people who’d like to learn some simple and energetic dance steps for performance at the 2015 Canberra Multicultural Festival.
Perhaps you like great rhythm, perhaps you have some Irish family connections somewhere or maybe you just like trying new things?
It’s also a fun way to keep fit & healthy and something you [...]

DESIGN Canberra festival to launch in November!

By 23 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Save the date! DESIGN Canberra is a four-day festival held November 20- 23 celebrating and promoting Canberra’s vibrant and diverse design community. Explore a CBD reACTivated by pop-up installations, talks, exhibitions, and shops; visit MODERN Market to find works by leading local and interstate designers; see your city in a whole new light with the [...]

Book Launch: ‘Fire in the Afternoon’ by John Stokes

By 22 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 30 October 2014 at 6:00 pm; ]

Celebrated poet John Stokes does not shy from the contentious and the harrowing, his verse evokes the plain truth about love, sex and chaos. In a clear, resonant voice Fire in the Afternoon catches the truth in the midst of the storm, his poems resonating from a life that has known joy, loss and solitude [...]

ScreenACT funding to support filmmakers

By 17 October 2014

ScreenACT will receive $80,500 from the 2015 ACT Arts Fund Program category to support local emerging filmmakers and screen practitioners, Minister for the Arts Joy Burch announced today.
“The ACT Government is committed to supporting artistic development for our local film and screen artists. The goal of ScreenACT’s 2015 program is to inspire, develop and assist [...]

Sunset Boulevard (The Q) – Review

By 13 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Sunset Boulevard is a waste-heap of broken dreams and the wreckage is visible everywhere.  The bric-a-brac backstage at Paramount Studios blends into the shabby luxury of faded star Norma Desmond’s mansion-mausoleum.  Director Steven Pike’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beautiful and gaudy musical is appropriately lavish and gritty, relishing every desperate moment in a story [...]

CAPO Grant Recipient Winners for 2015

By 10 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation (CAPO) announced the winners of the 14 awards for 2015. It’s the philanthropic organisation’s 31st Annual Grant Round where the winners of the awards are announced at CAPO’s Annual Art Auction fundraiser and celebration, which is the culmination of CAPO’s work to support and celebrate local artists and arts patronage. Held [...]

Funding for the Arts – a Satire

By 8 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Opposition Arts Spokesman Brendan Smyth has again attacked Arts Minister Joy Burch for providing funding for a controversial artistic production. Funding of $19,000 will be awarded to the Aspen Island Theatre Company for the development of a production titled Kill Climate Deniers. The controversy exists in the context of the Opposition’s attack, earlier this year, [...]

The Handmade Markets

By 7 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Handmade Markets were on this long weekend at the National Convention Centre, with everything on offer from clocks fashioned out of bicycle wheels and gears, to a stall full of delicious marinades for meat, to hand-sewed foxes wearing trousers.
I went along on Saturday morning, at around 11.00am. The markets had only been open for [...]

The Loop Pedal Singer and the Upside Down Guitarist: Kate Watts and Tessa Devine

By 3 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I like Little Brooklyn.  It’s a quaint little venue but it’s always had quite a big crowd. It keeps gigs intimate, but there’s still that popularity factor that entices the less musically inclined to venture in for a drink, or dinner, thus involving them with the local music scene – intentionally or not.
Kate Watts is [...]

Opening tomorrow at the National Archives in Canberra: The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2014

By 25 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 26 September 2014 9:00 am to 9 November 2014 5:00 pm. ] From tomorrow, Canberrans can see nature through the eyes of the artist with the winning and highly commended artworks from The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2014 at the National Archives of Australia in Canberra.

This prestigious exhibition, on show for a limited time, is an annual favourite at the Archives, the only venue outside Adelaide to [...]

$720,000 funding for arts projects

By 23 September 2014

Minister for the Arts Joy Burch today announced that a visual artist mentorship program, a contemporary pop band, and a dance theatre group are among the 49 successful applicants who will share in arts funding worth $720,000.
“The ACT Government is extremely pleased to have been able to increase the number of projects being funded for [...]

James Southwell doing it for the love

By 19 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I caught up with Melbourne based musician James Southwell, we talk fame, influences and preparing to record.
What was the first song you learnt how to sing and play as a kid?
Dammit Blink 182. I remember standing in my bedroom in front of my mirror with my stereo blaring the song, as I was playing along. [...]

What’s on this weekend? 20th and 21st September 2014

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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With Floriade in full swing and predictions for some pretty cracking weather for the Capital, we’ve got a few suggestions for weekend activities.
Add your own tips in the comments.
From our team:
Amy Birchall is off to Floriade on Saturday for one of Emma McMahon’s cake decorating demonstrations
Heather Lansdowne is going to check out the Roller [...]

Angus and Julia Stone Stealing Hearts (And lights) at Canberra’s Llewellyn Hall

By 17 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’ve always been so charmed by Angus and Julia Stone – the balance between those two polar opposite voices meeting in the middle to create the music that they do has always incited a chill down my spine.  The haunting richness in Julia’s unique soprano is so raw and unrestricted – there’s nothing like it. [...]

Interview: Chenoeh Miller, new director of the 2015 Fringe Festival

By 10 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Chenoeh Miller is well-known in Canberra for the work of Little Dove Theatre Art with shows like Six Women Standing In Front Of A White Wall and Cordelia.  She was recently chosen by an independent panel as director of next year’s Canberra Fringe Festival.  Chenoeh sat down with us for a chat about her creative [...]

Spring Superheroes – School Holiday Drama Program

By 5 September 2014

CYT’s School Holiday Program for 7 – 12 year olds

Hans J. Wegner Master Modernist Icon furniture exhibition presented by Designcraft

By 3 September 2014

[ 6 September 2014 to 21 September 2014. ] To mark a very significant occasion, Designcraft is proud to present “Master Modernist Icon”, a retrospective exhibition celebrating Hans J. Wegner’s 100th birthday.

In the world of design, it would be difficult to find a furniture designer, craftsperson, architect, artist or design student who has not heard of, or been inspired by the work of legendary [...]

The Project Space – Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres

By 3 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Earlier this year the Gorman Arts Centre was presented with an opportunity to run a short program ‘The Project Space‘ in a temporarily vacated Currong Theatre wing. They decided to explore using the space as a co-working area for creatives.
They put a call out for applicants in July and by mid August they made a [...]

What’s on this weekend? 23rd and 24th August 2014

By 22 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As we approach our penultimate Winter weekend, there is plenty going on in the Capital.
Suggestions from some of our team:
Amy Birchall is indulging her not-so-inner nerd to see astronaut Chris Hadfield speak at Llewellyn Hall for National Science week on Sunday 24th of August
Josh Mulrine is taking his daughter along to the Geoscience [...]

Studio Underground – A season of secret theatre at the Canberra Youth Theatre

By 21 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 28 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; 29 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; 30 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; ]

Come and join us in the Underground…

The Canberra Youth Theatre Teen and Senior Ensembles have been bringing their considerable talents to bear for STUDIO UNDERGROUND – a secret theatre experience where you only find out what you are seeing when you arrive at the theatre! How many times do we dismiss an interesting looking show [...]

Kandinsky Paintings: Latest High Tech Security Measure

By 18 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi All.

Could a Kandinsky painting protect that expensive bottle of red wine you have stashed downstairs? That’s the question posed by a yarn I wrote in Feburary. The request was for a short story set in Canberra featuring:
Painting by Kandinsky + Bottle of Grange Hermitage + A Chainsaw
My yarns stay up for around six months, [...]

Israeli Film Festival – your chance to win a double pass

By 15 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Australia Israel Cultural Exchange (AICE) is teaming with Palace Cinemas to present the AICE Israeli Film Festival. The Festival comes to Canberra 19th-31st August, showing at Palace Electric Cinema in New Acton.
The festival includes a range of films from rollicking comedies to sensitive dramas, from riveting, political documentaries to hot-blooded romance. Now [...]

New book by Canberran author JG Montgomery- Meditations in Orange

By 13 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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“Before long we are in the field, searching for bodies or body parts. The briefing tells us that the mud is over a metre deep in places and, although now starting to dry under the baking sun, it almost sucks our boots off as we trudge with sweat in our eyes across a large paddock [...]

World Record Attempt at the Canberra Hospital

By 1 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hello all,
I would like to tell you about a fun fundraiser that is occurring on 19th, 20th and 21st of August in the foyer of the the Canberra Hospital starting at 8am and finishing on the Thursday at 10am.
I with lots of help from others we will be attempting to gain the World Record for [...]

WYRD. A new book by Canberran author JG Montgomery

By 28 July 2014
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Many of you may remember that I released a book back in 2012 called “A Case for Ghosts” which was critiqued here on RiotACT.
Thank you to all those who purchased the book and I hope you enjoyed it.
Just recently, and following the supernatural/ paranormal theme of “Ghosts”, I have had another book published, this [...]

The documentary is mightier than the film

By 25 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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With a strong international line up of award-winning documentaries from France to Bangladesh, the Stronger than Fiction festival will provoke thought, inspire discussion, and embrace the richness and diversity of different cultures within our city.
Co-directors of the festival Simon Weaving and Deborah Kingsland, envisage a bold future for the festival with a vision to transform [...]

Education Systems Limited

By 18 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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In John Dewey’s book Democracy and Education he writes, ‘it is illiberal and immoral to train children to work not freely and intelligently but for the sake of the work earned’. I agree with him, and think so too would most Canberrans. To see a teacher teaching well, full of compassion and creativity, is surely [...]

Canberra’s Crowd-funding success story

By 17 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The story advances as Pat and Sancho from The Chop Shop rack up their target of $10,000 within 5 days of launching on crowd-funding website Kickstarter. As you can imagine they are over the moon.
Sancho says, “It has easily etched no.1 in my top 5 moments in life that will flash before my eyes if [...]

Jack Biilmann and Benjalu keeping it intimate at The Front Gallery and Cafe

By 16 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Let me first start by saying that if there is a place in or near Canberra that looks more like my Grandmother’s lounge room than the Front Gallery in Lyneham, I’m yet to discover it. One step short of tacky, it is a charming little hole-in-the wall that smells like a bakery, the coffee is [...]

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