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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

By 25 July 2014
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

By 18 July 2014
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

By 17 July 2014
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

By 16 July 2014
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

By 16 July 2014
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

Munyunga

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

By 11 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

By 10 July 2014
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

By 9 July 2014
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 [...]

Hyper-Canberra

By 7 July 2014
Hyper-Canberra

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

By 3 July 2014
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 [...]

Zoologica

By 3 July 2014
Zoologica

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

By 23 June 2014
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

By 30 May 2014
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

By 27 May 2014
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

By 27 May 2014
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

By 10 May 2014
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

By 8 May 2014
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 [...]

Jubilate Deo – ANU Choral Society Concert 24 May

By 30 April 2014

[ 24 May 2014; 7:30 pm; ] The ANU Choral Society (SCUNA) presents “JUBILATE DEO”
The Gabrielis and Monteverdi, with Josquin, a Giovanni or three, and Friends.

Led by new director Andrew Koll, SCUNA will fill St Christopher’s cathedral in Manuka with a grand array of (mostly) renaissance music on Saturday 24 May at 7.30pm.

Be prepared to be lifted high into the vaulted ceilings [...]

ANCA Gallery exhibition “Pin-a-4″ opening 30 April 6pm

By 29 April 2014

[ 30 April 2014 to 11 May 2014. ] Australian National Capital Artists Inc is hosting its artist-made brooch/pin exhibition.  This annual exhibition has been exciting Canberrans since the 2011, and this year looks like it will be a corker.

Opening on Wednesday 30 April at 6pm the exhibition will go until 11 May at the ANCA gallery at 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson.

Participating artists this [...]

ANU Medical Revue ‘Caecal Weapon 2: The Rise of Salmonella’

By 26 April 2014
ANU Medical Revue 'Caecal Weapon 2: The Rise of Salmonella'

[ 7 May 2014 to 10 May 2014. ]

The 2014 ANU Medical Revue ‘Caecal Weapon 2: The Rise of Salmonella’ is hitting the stage 7-10 May at the ANU Arts Centre.

Following last year’s ‘Para-Medical Activitiy’, which achieved four Canberra Area Theatre (CAT) nominations and the 2012 show winning the CAT Award for Best Original Work, expectations are high.

The ANU Medical Revue is an [...]

Spanish Film Festival Canberra

By 23 April 2014

The Spanish Film Festival hits Canberra 1-14 May 2014.
This year, the festival will have the added highlight of (the fairly easy on the eye) Alex González joining the early afternoon sessions on the 4th of May.
The Festival will take place at the Palace Electric Cinema.  Schedule and ticket information can be seen here.

Hustle & Scout Twilight Market

By 11 April 2014
Hustle & Scout Twilight Market

[ 12 April 2014; 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ]

A new kind of heaven is on its way for Canberra’s foodies. ‘The Forage’ will pop up at tomorrow (12 April) nights Hustle & Scout Twilight Market in New Acton. ‘The Forage’ will be a feast of Canberra’s finest food, showcasing local food vendors, wineries, cafes and other foodie outlets.

Tegan McAuley, Founder of Hustle & [...]

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