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Performer applications for Folkie open tomorrow

By 31 May 2013

The National Folk Festival is one of my favourite events on the Canberran calendar, and tomorrow they’ll be accepting applications for performers from tomorrow.
Performer applications are open from 1 June to 1 July 2013
To apply visit the festival website
Please ensure you read all the information provided prior to submitting your application.
Also they’re looking for a [...]

A look back at the Village

By 31 May 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Village was a magnificently odd little festival that snuck in and out of Canberra back in March. Sadly March was the month of hell festival wise and I don’t think it got as much attention as it deserved.
Still for those that headed out a really fun time was had by all.
Also they let Johnboy [...]

Incredible, edible Centenary sugar art

By 30 May 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 1 June 2013 at 10:00 am; ]

Bluebells, Correa Bells, Parliament House, Black Mountain Tower and even floral bouquets – all made entirely out of sugar – will be on display on Saturday 1 June at a Centenary celebration of all things cake.

The ACT Cake Decorators Association will host the Canberra Centennial Open Day at Weston Creek Community Centre. It will include [...]

CMC Events for June

By 30 May 2013

[ 1 June 2013 to 30 June 2013. ] From our friends at the Canberra Musicians Club:

June 2013

Mon 3 The CMC Presents The Bootlegs @ The Phoenix. 8pm, donation
Monotremes, Coolio Desgracias, Bad Pharmer, Azim Zain

Wed 5 The CMC Presents Wed Nights @ Smiths Alternative.
The Burley Griffin. 7.30pm, free

Thu 5 Bang! Bang! Bang! @ Nigel and Beth’s Place. 7pm, $5

Fri 7 Brass Knuckle Brass Band EP [...]

Arts website lets us know why our grants didn’t work

By 30 May 2013

Canberra has a lot of artists and only so many grant dollars to go between them.
The arts scene becomes a den of serpents when grant time rolls around, backs are stabbed, Macbooks sabotaged, offers of in-kind-support undercut…. it’s a nightmare. *
I myself have had more than one attempt to secure funding fall flat in the [...]

Turner from the Tate at the National Gallery. A review

By 30 May 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 1 June 2013 to 8 September 2013. ]

Barcham and I went down to the media preview of the National Gallery’s upcoming blockbuster show Turner from The Tate, The Making of a Master this morning.

It didn’t really justify both of us going, we just both wanted to see it. We were not alone as it was one of the most well attended media [...]

Short Film. Falcon Convertible

By 30 May 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

This is a short film (7 mins) filmed & produced by a local Canberran. Please check it out & share,like & comment!!
Falcon Convertible is a short film about two Australian brothers who overcome natural obstacles in pursuit of fun. There is no dialog in the film and the action paints a picture of what Aussie [...]

Scissors Paper Pen hosts Comic workshop

By 29 May 2013

That amazing collective of creatives, Scissors Paper Pen, just hit us up with some news about a really interesting sounding workshop coming up in June run by the ex-Canberran/now-Vermontian Eleri Harris.
The whole deal costs $15 ($10 for members), has food and drinks provided, and will teach you a bunch of skills on how to make [...]

Daniel Ballantyne takes CEO job at Belconnen Arts Centre

By 28 May 2013

Ex-Newcastle resident Daniel Ballantyne has recently been given the top job at BCA, coming into the job with 20 years of experience.
Belconnen Arts Centre strives to fuel a love of and engagement with the arts in Belconnen and the broader Canberra region. Daniel will lead Belconnen Arts Centre through to its next stages of development [...]

New Patricia Piccinini app may help you ‘get’ the SkyWhale

By 28 May 2013

Artists often like to let their work speak for itself.
More people who view art like to draw their own conclusions.
For everyone else, you can use an app.
I think Piccinini’s work is gorgeous, you may not, but I think we can all agree it’s certainly interesting. Here’s a way to find out more.
A New York company [...]

Denise Ferris heads up ANU School of Art

By 28 May 2013

This month local photographer Denise Ferris took up the role of Head of The Australian National University’s (ANU) School of Art.
More information about her photography and current projects can be found here.
Ferris joined the ANU ranks in 1987, teaching photography for what she thought would only be for one semester.
“I taught a course called The [...]

Comedy Slam at Smith’s Alternative

By 28 May 2013

[ 6 June 2013 at 7:30 pm; ] J C Inman of ‘poetry slammin’ fame and Smith’s Alternative are starting up a new comedy slam night at Smith’s that kicks off on the 6th of June.

Smiths Alternative hosts the first edition of Slammed Laughter, a 5 minute stand up comedy competition

Entry is open to all, sign up on the night!

Entrants compete for cash [...]

$2.8 million for arts hubs in Canberra

By 28 May 2013

The 2013-14 ACT Budget has a little put aside to provide for the ACT arts scene, and will be providing some new hub space for Canberran artists.
The 2013-14 ACT Budget will deliver $2.5 million to develop arts hubs in two significant heritage buildings – Ainslie Arts Centre as a music hub and Gorman House Arts [...]

Things nobody says in Canberra?

By 28 May 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Tom Armstrong has put a real beauty of a video onto YouTube:
Canberra’s 100th Birthday. Happy birthday you cold bastard!
What was your favourite line?

NERD TRIVIA: Episode 13 @ The Phoenix Bar Tuesday night

By 27 May 2013

[ 28 May 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

Ladies and gentlemen Canberra’s smartest and best dressed Trivia Night is happening again at the Phoenix Bar.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) night the Phoenix will be host to questions, beer challenges, cartoon sing-a-longs, and COSTUMES.

Nerd Trivia is here.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NERD TRIVIA:

– Nerd Trivia is about Nerd Trivia.

– Nerd Trivia is at 7.30.

– Nerd Trivia [...]

Slammin’ In Canberra by Mart Basa

By 27 May 2013

Mart Basa just sent us this wonderful little article on the amazing Slam poetry scene in Canberra:
Scratch the capital’s 100-year surface and discover it’s all in the poetry. Canberra’s poetry slam scene is spilling and thriving its heart out.
Poetry slam, for the uninitiated, is a competitive blend of hip hop, theatre and performance poetry [...]

ELK into the Portrait Gallery

By 27 May 2013

The National Portrait Gallery has posted their recent aquisition, and it’s Canberra street artist ELK (aka Luke Cornish) with a study of former Prime Minister Bob Hawke.
A whack of street art around town just appreciated in value!

Its Me Dayne I’m Back Again

By 26 May 2013

[ 30 May 2013 to 31 May 2013. ]

Since starting his comedy career in Canberra in 2010, hilariously-awkward comedian Dayne Rathbone has gone on to national and international success. In 2011 he took out Australia’s biggest comedy competition, Raw Comedy, followed by second place in So You Think You’re Funny at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Last year he supported Anthony Jeselnik (USA) on his debut [...]

Paris to Monaro: Pleasures from the studio of Hilda Rix Nicholas @ The Portrait Gallery

By 24 May 2013

[ 31 May 2013 to 11 August 2013. ] As part of Canberra’s centenary celebrations, the National Portrait Gallery will honour the life and work of Hilda Rix Nicholas.

Autumn evening’s golden glow c. 1942 by Hilda Rix Nicholas, oil on canvas, Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art, PerthNicholas, born in Ballarat in 1884, travelled widely overseas between 1907 and 1926 and achieved considerable success [...]

New circus space in Kaleen launched today

By 24 May 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch helped launch a new circus space for Warehouse Circus in Kaleen today.
Warehouse Circus are a fantastic not-for-profit business that has helped train some of ACT’s best performers and it’s great to see them expanding their business.
“This unique opportunity opens a new stream of in-school circus programs for [...]

The Centenary weekly rundown: 24-26 may

By 24 May 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 24 May 2013 to 26 May 2013. 24 May 2013 to 26 May 2013. ]

24 May
Symmetries – The Australian Ballet @ Canberra Theatre Centre (until 25 May)
Prime Time @ The Q – Queanbeyan Arts Centre, Queanbeyan (until 1 June)
Luke Chiswell Launches New Collection @ Hippo Bar, Garema Place, 5pm
Digest Curated By Scott Chaseling @ Canberra Glass Words (until 20 June)
Public Education Centenary Dinner @ National Press Club, 7pm-11:30pm
Veteran Women [...]

PINup brooch exhibition

By 22 May 2013

Featuring works by local and interstate artists, PINup, the latest exhibition at the ANCA gallery opens tonight, 22 May.

Artists and photographers: entries are now open for the Harrison Art Show

By 22 May 2013

Entries for the 2013 Harrison Art Show are now open.
Last year the inaugural Harrison Art Show was an extremely successful event with more than 200 guests over the two days and around 13 per cent of artworks sold. This year, we are building on last year’s success with extended opening hours and wider publicity.
Entries for this year’s event are [...]

Canberra Poetry Slam at the Front

By 21 May 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 31 May 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

Those crazy kids over at the Canberra poetry slam are running two slams there this month, this is the second.

They sent us these words about the event, because they like words.

May Poetry Slam Part 2

This month sees the social calendar bookended by two editions of the Canberra Poetry Slam.

Part 2 starts Friday the 31st at [...]

Wintaru – Hear the Elements Talk at BCS

By 20 May 2013

A new exhibition exploring the elements and our relationship to the land is opening at the Belconnen Community Centre this Friday.
A collaborative, mixed media exhibition by Warlpiri artist Wanta Jampijinpa, Canberra artist, Lee Anne Proberts and students from the ANU School of Music
Supported by Belconnen Community Service’s Reconciliation Action Plan
May 24-June 7, Monday-Friday, 9am – [...]

Robert Guth makes bread and art at the School of Art

By 20 May 2013

[ 23 May 2013 at 1:00 pm; ] Robert Guth is a gentleman, an interesting artist, and one hell of a chef.
This will totally be worth you time.

Duration: Thursday, May 23, 2013 – 13:00 – 14:00
Location: School of Art lecture theatre

Robert Guth is best known for two things, firstly his ability to bake bread and secondly for his use of it as an [...]

France gets mechanical animals – Canberra gets tit balloon

By 20 May 2013

I know art is subjective, but when I think of creativity I think of something like this – in France’s mechanical animal theme park.
The main piece – the elephant, cost $3.5mil to create funded through EU arts funding, however the public can actually ride this at the cost of 7euro a pop. 
It attracted 285 [...]

Diamonds at the National Gallery. Images of Canberra

By 20 May 2013

Peter has sent this in:
While walking around the lake this pm, I walked past this.
It is of course the National Gallery’s Diamonds by Neil Dawson.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .

Skywhale timelapse

By 19 May 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Centenary have youtubed a lovely timelapse of Skywhale liftoff!
Skywhale – Centenary balloon rides (Time-Lapse)
Skywhale – Centenary balloon rides at Reconciliation Place on Sunday morning 19th May 20123
Music – William Orbit. H – Pieces in a Modern Style, Ludwig van Beethoven – “Opus 132″

Enrollments open for Canberra Youth Theatre Company

By 17 May 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

CYTC is a not for profit organisation that has been around for over 40 years teaching Canberran kids theatre skills. Most of the people I know in theatre cut their teeth doing CYTC projects and classes, and I would recommend the company to anyone.
Speaking of me recommending them, they’ve just opened up enrollments for their [...]

Johnboy crowned Skywhale King at In Canberra Tonight

By 17 May 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Canberra’s very own talkshow In Canberra Tonight happened again last night, and again I missed it because I am a bad person.
Johnboy however, was in attendance last night and not only to tell people the hottest stories from the past month, but also it seems to be crowned the king of the Skywhales. The crown [...]

Skywhale keeps giving

By 16 May 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

How could we not direct your attention, dear reader, to an article titled “The Ten Most Wonderful Things Committed To Hansard as a Result of the Skywhale”.
It’s worth mentioning such tech luminaries as Jzw and Cory Doctorow have now blogged about skywhale.
The full list of Google News results is staggering.
All hail Skywhale.
[Photo by Gentoopenguin]

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