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

By 21 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Studio Underground - A season of secret theatre at the Canberra Youth Theatre

[ 28 August 2014; 7:30 pm; 29 August 2014; 7:30 pm; 30 August 2014; 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
Kandinsky Paintings: Latest High Tech Security Measure

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
Israeli Film Festival - your chance to win a double pass

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
New book by Canberran author JG Montgomery- Meditations in Orange

“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


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
WYRD. A new book by Canberran author JG Montgomery

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

The documentary is mightier than the film

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

Education Systems Limited

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

Canberra's Crowd-funding success story

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

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

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 [...]

When good art turns bad

When good art turns bad

I received a letter from my daughter’s school some time ago letting parents know that the board had met and decided that should Rolf Harris be found guilty, a painting of his would be removed from display at the school. They have since removed the painting and returned it to the ACT Government, for [...]

Canberra Poetry Slam: 2 Tens & A Tomato

By 16 July 2014
Canberra Poetry Slam: 2 Tens & A Tomato

[ 25 July 2014; 8:00 pm; ]

The Canberra Poetry Slam returns to the Front Gallery and Cafe on Friday, the 25th of July!
Artists Geoffrey Dunn and Marina Talevski are exhibiting their collaborative project Two Tens and a Tomato in the gallery section, and they will feature their Poetry and Pictures collaborative pieces over the course of the night.

Come along at 8pm [...]

New exhibitions

By 14 July 2014
New exhibitions


It’s most appropriate to kick off my reviews for RiotACT with this show presented by gallery@bcs as part of its RESPECT series celebrating NAIDOC week. Munyunga, meaning Eagle Hawk in the Ngarigu language, is a mixed media exhibition exploring the theme of “Kootopan” (Oneness) featuring local and South Coast artists Colleen Dixon, David Dixon, Dianne [...]

Justin Heazlewood’s Funemployed Launch

By 11 July 2014
Justin Heazlewood's Funemployed Launch

Readers of Canberra street press magazine BMA got to know him as an affable, witty, incredibility talented columnist. His column was called Struth Be Told, and it was Justin Heazlewood’s first fortnightly column in a widely read publication.
Releasing three albums, including Songs from the 86 Tram, which spawned his hit Northcote (So Hungover), and publishing [...]

What’s on this weekend? 12th and 13th July 2014

What's on this weekend?  12th and 13th July 2014

As we face a cold weekend of sub -zero nights, what’s on in the Capital to keep you warm?
This week, we asked our entertainment editors their hot tips for the weekend (they’re a picky bunch so hopefully they will provide some good leads).
Theatre Reviewer John Lombard is attending Cabaret on Saturday night – a performance [...]

Semantix EP launch Transit bar

Semantix EP launch Transit bar

There’s an old saying ‘Too many cooks spoil the broth’ – the same can be said for too many Aussie hip-hop artists spoiling an EP launch.  While each artist put on a wicked performance, Keech with hard lyricism and some awesome beats, Jimmy Pike who is a personal favourite local artist of mine, Nix touching [...]

Kick-start the Canberra Creatives

Kick-start the Canberra Creatives

What do we get when we combine all the key people of influence from the Canberra creative scene together and grant them access to an abandoned warehouse in Braddon for 4 months?
Well, we get The Chop Shop!
Pat Rose from Coy and Sancho Murphey from Sancho’s Dirty Laundry have joined forces to bring us the ultimate [...]

Street art in progress

By 7 July 2014
Street art in progress

Thanks to ‘Sheep Groper’ for sending us in the attached picture with the following:
There’s a bit of chalk art in progress at the corner of Civic bus interchange near the park. Looks linear in style. Perhaps someone will snap a pic of the finished piece before it gets worn away by uncaring feet.
If anyone was [...]



Josh Chaffey has amazed and engaged Canberra this morning by posting a YouTube video of Canberra through the eye of his Canon camera. We’ve all seen the gorgeous photos of Canberra that get shared around on the regular and even the beautiful time-lapse videos that emerge every now and again. This time Josh has taken [...]

Angry Anderson brings good karma to Canberra

Angry Anderson brings good karma to Canberra

King O’Malley’s has always been one of my favourite places for live music. The vibe is always excellent, the food is decent and it’s intimate enough that when you haggle the musicians, occasionally they’ll actually play the song that the drunken guy in the back keeps yelling out the name of.  (One day, someone will [...]


By 3 July 2014

Tonight, I got an invitation to an event in the city, a photographer’s exhibition being held at the Kaori Gallery, in Hobart Place. All very mysterious, as I usually don’t get asked to these events. Last one was several years ago.
The Artist is Geoffrey Dunn, and I have admired his contributions on social media for some [...]

Jimmy Pike and The Second Hand Salmon

Jimmy Pike and The Second Hand Salmon

I got to Transit just in time to see Jimmy Pike, Aussie hip-hop artist, pacing between the bar and the stage, occasionally stopping to put his hood up, then back down, then up again.
The anticipation was starting to rise as it got closer to Jimmy’s set time, and I was keenly interested to see where [...]

Nominations for ACT Book of the Year Award

By 17 June 2014

Canberra writers are encouraged to nominate their works for the 2014 ACT Book of the Year Award, Minister for the Arts Joy Burch said today.
The $10,000 prize is open to ACT writers who have had a contemporary work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry published in the 2013 calendar year.
“The ACT is home to many excellent [...]

COZMO (Capital of Australia Mandolinata) Annual Winter Concert 2014

By 11 June 2014
COZMO (Capital of Australia Mandolinata) Annual Winter Concert 2014

[ 15 June 2014; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ]

The COZMO Ensemble and COZYMO Learning Group warmly invite family, friends and members of the public to come along to our hugely enjoyable Annual Winter Concert.

Come and enjoy a beautiful program of music played by COZMO and our Learning Group COZYMO!

COZMO will present a range of delightful music from the Baroque period to [...]

A Place to call home? Migrant hostel memories

By 4 June 2014
A Place to call home?  Migrant hostel memories

[ 30 May 2014 to 30 September 2014. ]

The National Archives are currently displaying a series of photos capturing the life of migrants to Australia post WWII. Whether for a long or short stay, many people spent their early days on Australian shores in hostels across a number of locations in the Country.

The exhibition contains vivid photographs of Australia’s migrant hostels with [...]

RAW Revolution Recap

RAW Revolution Recap

Art and alcohol make for a great combination right? Patrons at the Uni Pub explored this theory as Canberra was again treated to a feast for the senses this Wednesday at the RAW Revolution event.
RAW: natural born artists, is an international organisation of artists devoted to throwing the spotlight on upcoming creatives, giving them a [...]

Secret art studio in central Canberra to open

By 29 May 2014
Secret art studio in central Canberra to open

The Lost and Found Office is opening a new pop up studio / gallery in Braddon, ACT.
In collaboration with other artists at the Queanbeyan Artists Shed, they will be presenting The Q Collection, a diverse array of collected works that provide an insight into the unique cultural identity of this underground community.
They will be working [...]

RAW:Canberra Revolution

RAW:Canberra Revolution

[ 28 May 2014; 7:30 pm; ]

This week, the second RAW:natural born artists event of the year will be taking place at the Uni Pub.

Showcase director Sarina Del Fuego has lined up an amazing group of 30 creative people and you can check them out on Wednesday night.

She sources new talent by seeing shows, exhibitions and also online – she looks [...]

Obsessed with Loriana Cicchini

Obsessed with Loriana Cicchini

Photographer Loriana Cicchini is our current creative crush at Toni. With work that literally takes our breath away and inspires us beyond, Loriana is destined for big things with a future so bright she better wear shades.
Loriana took out a CIT medal and ANU prize for the most outstanding student last week, with a speech [...]

Kanagroos in Flight

By 20 May 2014
Kanagroos in Flight

Snapped these new art sculptures out at the Canberra International Airport right next to the runway. Through some investigation the airport informed me that “Roos” is the latest sculpture from sculptor Jeff Thomson. It is the 14th installation overall through the airports commitment to public art.

Straight Face by Luke Chiswell

Straight Face by Luke Chiswell

A new exhibition, “Straight Face” by Canberra artist and designer Luke Chiswell opened last night in the Nishi Gallery in New Acton.
“Straight Face” is a design Chiswell created in 2006. At that point he made the decision to continue to use the design unchanged, resisting the urge to reinvent it or try a completely new [...]

Human Rights Arts and Film Festival returns to Canberra

Human Rights Arts and Film Festival returns to Canberra

[ 3 June 2014 to 5 June 2014. ] The Canberra edition of the seventh Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF) will open on Tuesday 3 June with the highly anticipated film The Square, a documentary that takes audiences right to the heart of a movement, a country and a people committed to the ideals of freedom and human rights.

The Square comes direct [...]

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