Canberra born and raised author Christie Thompson has released her debut novel ‘SNAKE BITE’ (Allen and Unwin).
Set in Canberra’s south it follws the story of Jez who is seventeen and lives with her alcoholic single mum in in a government rental in Canberra’s outer-suburbs, with little money or future prospects.
As well as suffering from terminal [...]
[ 17 August 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]
Rufino from Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen is bringing some Caribbean beats to the Polish Club with his new band Rufino and the Coconuts.
You can just tell that this is going to be a bit special.
Get ready for the sensual primitive jungle grooves of Rufino and the Coconuts. One night only – plus local [...]
[ 28 September 2013 10:00 am to 12 October 2013 10:00 am. ]
Jigsaw Theatre are inviting families to join them on a puppet filled adventure down the plughole and into the land of Elohgulp, which is where all the gross stuff that we wash down the drain ends up living.
Jigsaw do great work and you couldn’t hope for a better cast so this will probably be pretty [...]
[ 24 August 2013 at 4:00 pm; ]
On Saturday the 24th of August, the Belconnen Arts Centre will play host to One River, an interactive arts event that celebrates the mighty Murray.
We’ve been promised light projections, water based art, fire installations, interactive art, dance, and music as well as local food and wine.
The event is free, so get to it.
One River is [...]
[ 31 August 2013 at 6:30 pm; ] The Canberra Gay & Lesbian Qwire invites its friends, family and the wider community to a gala ball in honour of its 20th Anniversary. It promises to be a fun filled night, with good food, great company and plenty of music. A cash bar will be available.
The room will be decorated in Black, Silver and [...]
[ 5 October 2013 to 3 November 2013. ] The National Gallery have announced they’re bringing a William Kentridge retrospective to town:
William Kentridge (born 1955) is a major figure in contemporary art, who has established an international reputation as a gifted figurative artist. Working in the tradition of William Hogarth and Honoré Daumier, Kentridge explores themes of the society in which he lives, [...]
The ABC has word of a significant local gonging:
A blown-glass artwork by a Canberra-based artist has won this year’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.
Jennie Kemarre Martiniello’s artwork Golden Brown Reeds Fish Trap beat 76 other finalists to win the $40,000 prize.
The piece is made from hot blown glass and was inspired [...]
[ 22 August 2013 at 6:00 pm; ]
This just in:
Please join us to hear Peter Cotton speak about his political thriller, Dead Cat Bounce.
Thursday August 22
5.45 for 6.00pm
Telephone 6295 6723 or
A federal election campaign is thrown into chaos when a popular government minister goes missing and then turns up dead on the shores of Lake Burley [...]
[ 9 October 2013 to 18 October 2013. ]
The Mindscapes Festival is an annual arts festival that celebrates mental health recovery, and we’ve got the dates for their upcoming events right here:
Mindscapes Short Film Festival
When: Wednesday 9 October
Where: National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT 2601
Mish Mash Variety Night
When: Thursday 10 October
Where: Polish white eagle club Canberra, 38 David St, [...]
Just a reminder theatre lovers. The world’s biggest short theatre festival is happening now, so maybe go check it out at the Courtyard Theatre.
DATE: Tuesday 6 August – Saturday 17 August 2013
LOCATION: The Courtyard Studio – Canberra Theatre Centre
TICKET PRICES: Top 20 (Tuesday 6th – Friday 9th) – $33/$28
Wildcards (Saturday 10th) – $30/$28
Finals (Saturday 17th) [...]
The National Gallery has the thrilling news that the season for their Turner From The Tate exhibition is being extended:
The National Gallery of Australia today announced that the Turner from the Tate: The Making of a Master exhibition season will be extended by one week, now closing at 5pm on Sunday 15 September 2013.
‘We are [...]
Joy Burch is putting out word on plans for Belconnen’s Theatre:
“The first stage of the redevelopments of the Belconnen Arts Centre created a spectacular centre that is a great resource for the arts community,” Ms Burch said.
“We are now ready to begin sketching out ideas for the second stage of this major project – an [...]
Political wildcard Steven Bailey is now taking on the ANU, planning to camp out at the ANU and single handedly re-establish the School of Humanities.
Senate Candidate Steven Bailey will be re-establishing a School of Humanities in at the ANU in front of the School of Art, Thursday 8th of August. A tent will be erected [...]
[ 21 August 2013 at 7:30 pm; 5 September 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]
The Canberran slam poetry scene is massive, inspiring, and challenging. If you’ve got even a passing interest in the spoken word you owe it to yourself to check out some of the wonderful local performer/writers we have here.
In fact coming to one of these heats would be a great place to do just that.
The team [...]
[ 10 August 2013 at 8:00 pm; ]
Fun Machine manage to be both Canberra’s best dressed, and least dressed pop-group.
What little clothes they do wear are fabulous is what I’m getting at.
See what I mean?
They’re kicking off their next tour this Saturday at the Croatian Club, and you should probably be there.
[ 21 August 2013 to 22 August 2013. ] I just received a press release that describes someone as “Australia’s classical music bad boy” and I could not be happier about it.
At 7.30pm on Wednesday the 21st and Thursday the 22nd of August you should probably be at Llewellyn Hall in order to discover just how much of a bad boy Matthew Hindson is! [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is encouraging the students who joined in her push to get the filthy smokers to stop:
Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, has today congratulated all the students who took part in the 2013 Art In, Butt Out awards and has announced Canberra High School year eight student, Sally Witchalls, as [...]
The NSFA are now taking applications to be a part of their artist and/or scholar in residence for 2014.
It’s a pretty amazing opportunity so if you work with film get to it.
Are you an academic, an artist, a performer or a professional working in the audiovisual area? The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia [...]
[ 21 August 2013 to 23 August 2013. ] Expect a bunch of fantastic independent films at the ARC cinema when the eighth annual Possible Worlds Film Festival hits Canberra later this month.
Screening in Canberra for the very first time will be Sarah Polley’s award-winning documentary STORIES WE TELL; NORTHERN LIGHT, which charts the daily lives of families in recession-ravaged Michigan; LUNARCY!, a [...]
Scott Baker is a Canberra-based film-maker who has recently returned from middle earth, working with Peter Jackson on his epic trilogy – The Hobbit. The Rule of Knowledge is Scott’s first novel, and has been described as ‘an adventure with heart that will keep you guessing until the very last page’.
Scott’s own life [...]
Belconnen Arts Centre are putting together a dance program for people with Parkinsons, and running a workshop for dance teachers afterwards:
1:00–2:00pm, Tuesday 13 August, with Q&A following
Interested in building your skills as a dance teacher? Curious about new ways of using dance in your community? Want to connect with some new groups in the ACT?
Just in time for the Capital Jazz Project tomorrow the Street Theatre has officially reopened after it’s $3 million dollar face-lift.
It looks quite nice.
So nice in fact that face-lift is probably doing it an injustice. There has been some serious work done here including:
– A new office area with space available for touring shows,
– Improved [...]
[ 1 August 2013 to 4 August 2013. ]
if you would like to be the raddest looking person in the room during gigs, you should check out the swing dancing community.
Also they’re doing this whole mini festival thing called Canberrang from the 1st to the 4th of August which you could check out if you’re keen.
Here’s in itinerary.
[ 3 August 2013 at 2:00 pm; ]
If you love zines, or just don’t know what a zine is and feel like filling in that blank spot on your shelf of cultural knowledge, then this may be of interest to you:
shake, make & bake it ZINEwise
join other CANberra/ local surrounding ZINEstArs for
a bit of a chat/ some cut & paste action & [...]
Coming back from the city just now I stumbled across this awesome piece of art outside the Canberra Centre, and stumbled into a discussion with the NRMA about why it was there.
The NRMA are getting signatures and quotes from Canberrans on how they felt about the roads around the ACT. These names and quotes alongside [...]
The Economist is heaping praise on the artist James Turrell:
For nearly half a century, Mr Turrell has toyed with light and space. His work earned him a so-called MacArthur “genius grant” in 1984. Standing in a space designed by Mr Turrell can feel transcendental, like being transported to an otherworldly dimension. “You don’t have [...]
Because there just aren’t enough festivals and events happening around then.
In a rather sweet letter, David Caffery has let us know that the festival will be happening in March instead of December.*
Dear artists and festival contributors,
As the producer of Art, Not Apart, I have been humbled to present passionate artists and their interpretations of the [...]
Canberra has the second highest rate of homelessness in Australia.
To raise awareness of this upsetting statistic and create some discussion about it BIG hART are gonna build a giant bed in Civic square and put people in it.
It’s called the Winter Bed Vigil.
It sounds bizarre, but also really interesting.
On August 15th Big hART will [...]
The Centenary team are making it known that their creative director has picked up a prestigious gong for her Spiegel Garden turn:
The Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra, Robyn Archer AO, has won a prestigious Helpmann Award for best cabaret performance.
Robyn Archer in Concert: QUE RESTE-T-IL? was performed at the Famous Spiegel Garden and [...]
[ 4 September 2013 to 14 September 2013. ]
Home at the End, the latest work from Canberran playwrite Dunan Ley, is coming to the Courtyard Studio as a part of the Collected Works 2013 Subscription Season.
Commissioned by Everyman Theatre specifically for Canberra’s Centenary celebrations, Home at the End is a groundbreaking powerful story of love, loss and guilt, set against a backdrop of [...]
[ 5 August 2013 to 7 September 2013. ] From Monday 5th of August to Saturday the 7th September, Civic Library will be exhibiting the works of Wiradjuri artist Kevin Gilbert.
On display will be a collection of Kevin’s works, which will include oil paintings, lino prints, poetry, manuscripts, political works and photographic murals, many of which were unseen before this year.
Kevin was one [...]
From those charming devils at the Phoenix bar:
Thursday August 1st 9pm
Super Best friends
Saturday 3rd 9:30pm
The Second Hand Salmon
Monday 5th 8pm
CMC Presents The Bootleg Sessions
Tuesday 6th 7:30pm
Andrew and Shannon’s Pub Trivia
Thursday 8th 9pm
The Darkened Seas
Saturday 10th 9:30pm
Monday 12th 8pm
2XX LocalnLive Presents The Bootleg Sessions