Arts (1203 Stories)

Lex Lindsay to bring Cannes to Canberra

By 7 May 2013

The Canberra International Film Festival have announced their new supremo will be Lex Lindsay.
The Canberra International Film Festival (CIFF) has announced the appointment of its new Artistic Director, Lex Lindsay.
Lex has established festivals and curated cinema programs across Australia: from Byron Bay to Hobart, Katoomba to Alice Springs, and from Dubbo to a Sydney Harbour [...]

Unearthed Reviews: Knight~Hammer. Four and like 99% of a star stars

By 6 May 2013

Time for another Unearthed Review.
Booting up the old RNG, I get a 15. 15 means KNIGHT~HAMMER.
I went to their page, their band image was broken, they listed themselves as Metal/Rock, their intro was almost non-existent. I readied myself for a whole lot of messy guitar noise with some talent-less roaring over the top.
I got [...]

Fashfest: Photos and Video


Fashfest has finished, but fear not fans of the fabulous for we have photos!
Rioter MartyO has sent us an amazing stack of absolutely brilliant photos of the event, check them out:

Special bonus media!
Here’s a video of the final night. It does go for an hour a half, so make sure you’re comfy before hitting play:


Music, cabaret, burlesque, and frivolity at the Abbey


[ 17 May 2013 at 6:30 pm; ]

The Abbey and the Sass and Tease Collective present Jay Gatsby Requests, a night of dancing girls, drunken writers, and of course music.

Jay Gatsby Requests is a new show created by a collection of Canberra’s finest burlesque performers, and features those loveable lads Moochers Inc.

I want to give a really BAD party. I mean it. [...]

Australian arts visiting London

By 3 May 2013

In “not exactly local news but cool anyway news” The Royal Academy of Arts in the UK has announced that it will be presenting an exhibition called Australia. Australia is a collection of Australian works, spanning over 200 years and feature over 200 works.
These works are being supplied by our National Gallery here in Canberra.
This [...]

Silent auction for community art at Belconnen Gallery

By 2 May 2013

[ 8 May 2013 at 6:00 pm; ] The BCS Gallery are holding a silent auction to help raise funds so they can continue their fantastic community driven exhibitions.

You should probably check it out.

Over the years gallery@bcs has developed a number of community driven exhibition series designed to provide opportunities for disadvantaged or emerging artists to exhibit their work where they may have [...]

The Human Rights and Arts Film Festival 2013

By 1 May 2013

[ 3 June 2013 to 5 June 2013. ] Word reaches us that the Human Rights and Arts Film Festival is coming back:

The sixth Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) will open in Canberra on Monday 3 June with the highly anticipated documentary In the Shadow of the Sun – the debut feature by British filmmaker Harry Freeland which looks at the harrowing [...]

Fancy a night at the opera? Go see the magic flute


[ 3 May 2013 to 5 May 2013. ]

This weekend Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute will be appearing at The Albert hall for three shows only.

Pack a picnic supper – anything from a plate of simple canapés to an elaborate eight-course banquet – to share at candlelit tables before the show. All shows are BYO beverages – just make sure you pack your [...]

Fun with Twigs or Bush Doll making

By 1 May 2013

DISH@Oatley is inviting everyone to a Free Friday Funday event.
* What’s happening?: using found and gathered materials including: sticks, plant fibre, fabric, yarn etc, make a bush doll, wrapped, tied, stitched and decorated as you wish…
* Finished dolls [...]

Magpie based public art rehab. Images of Canberra.

By 30 April 2013

Hannah has sent in this touching effort on the part of the local wildlife to heal the drunken damage to public art.
It’s good to see On The Staircase make it to three!
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to .

May at the Phoenix

By 30 April 2013

[ 1 May 2013 to 31 May 2013. ] This just in:

Thursday 2nd 9pm
Joe Oppenheimer
Elisha Bones

Saturday 4th 9:30pm
The Re-Mains
Gilded Palace of Sin

Monday 6th 8pm
CMC Presents The Bootleg Sessions
Kingston Crown
Adam Cook
Tobias Moldenhauer
Nyte Mare (The Murder Magician)

Tuesday 7th 7:30pm
Andrew and Shannon’s Pub Trivia

Thursday 9th 9pm
Sex Noises
TV Colours
Beach Slut

Saturday 11th 9:30pm
Royal Chant
New Brutalists

Monday 13th 8pm
2XX Local n Live Present The Bootleg Sessions
The Sinbirds
Cold House

Tuesday 14th 7:30pm
Trivia and [...]

A Bite of poetry

By 30 April 2013

[ 30 November -0001 at 12:00 am; ] In June 2013 I’m starting a poetry reading/talking about/writing/sharing group at the really cool cafe ” A Bite to Eat” in Chifley.

As the cafe poet I’m there every Tuesday from 12.00 to 2pm. If you’re a poetry lover, come and see me there or if you’d like to join a new group, you can [...]

Food for Thought, where science and art meet lunch

By 29 April 2013

Science writer Julian Cribb will be opening a new art exhibiton at CSIRO Discovery this wednesday that explores environmental issues with our food.
Titled Food for Thought, the exhibition is the work of two emerging Canberra artists, Rosina Wainwright and Dianna Budd.
The exhibition will feature Rosina’s challenging sculptural works and Dianna’s quirky work in paint and [...]

May Canberra Poetry Slam

By 29 April 2013

[ 3 May 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

This just in:

May Poetry Slam Part 1
This month sees the social calendar bookended by two editions of the Canberra Poetry Slam

Part 1 starts Friday the 3rd at the Front Gallery. As with all our slams, we start with the open mic at 7:30 before moving onto the Slam.

The slam rules:
– 3 minute limit
– 1 [...]

ArtsACT invites young artists, big and small, to get messy at Belconnen Arts Centre

By 29 April 2013

ArtsACT are running an arts workshop out at Belconnen Arts Centre in term 2 for kids.
Children aged from 5 to 12 years are invited to come and get artistically creative and a bit messy at Belconnen Arts Centre in Term 2. Join us for a six week Small Art Adventures course for 5 to [...]

Nerd Trivia is coming

By 29 April 2013

[ 30 April 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]



Nerd Trivia at the Phoenix Bar Canberra is coming back tomorrow night and there will be blood on the trivia dance floor! Joel Barcham and Alison McGregor will be there to judge the bloodletting!

Actually there will probably won’t [...]

Nick Delatovic wins short::seasons film competition

By 29 April 2013

Local musician/film maker/wrestler Nick Delatovic has taken out this season’s short::seasons film competition with his script “Lights”.
short::seasons is a short film festival focusing on showcasing the work of filmmakers from Canberra, Australia. It is a non-competitive short film festival with the aim being to demonstrate the strength and quality of the work of [...]

Calling on all former (and current) Canberra Punks

By 26 April 2013

“Head Full of Flames: Punk in the Nation’s Capital 1977 to 1992″ is a book being written to cover the forgotten history of Punk in Canberra from 1977 to 1992. If you were, or know of anyone, active in the scene at that time please contact local author Chris Shakallis who has put out a [...]

Colour Revolution at Soju Girl


[ 2 May 2013 to 29 June 2013. ]

Local artist Angus Comyns’ new exhibition Colour Revolution will be launching on the walls of Soju Girl on the 2nd of May and remaining there until the 29th of June.

The Colour Revolution exhibition showcases Comyns’ radical use of colour, photographic imagery and text, and will add a new dimension to the space.

Diners and drinkers who [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of 26th of April


[ 26 April 2013 to 28 April 2013. ]

It’s the weekend!

Well it is for most of you, you’ve probably taken today off on leave.

Here in the mobile RiotACT bunker however we don’t rest. So let’s get to it.

Sorry the guide wasn’t up yesterday, but Anzac Day and all that.

Hope your dawn services weren’t too cold, and here’s what’s on for the weekend.

If you [...]

Smiths Alternative opens its doors


Smiths Alternative Bookshop was relaunched last night as Smiths Alternative under Jorian Gardner and Domenic Mico’s stewardship.
It’s going to be a very funky little venue, now with a dedicated stage so keep your eyes peeled.
David Howe has sent in some pictures from the opening. The man who looks like John Howard is in fact former [...]

Latin America in 100 words: Short story competition

By 23 April 2013

Hi RioACTers,
We are only a few days to close the inaugural story contest “Latin America in 100 words”. I would encourage you to send us your short stories. It doesn’t matter if you have never been in Latin America. You would just need to tell us in a sentence, two or more (up [...]

2XX Radiothon fundraiser is offering up prizes

By 23 April 2013

2XX is a pretty great thing to have here in Canberra.
They’re running a Radiothon, which is a weeklong fundraising event where they plan to give away hundreds of prizes.
Prizes are pretty great to have also, so this is like win/win.
Jamie Freestone, station manager at 2XX FM, is “really excited to be re-launching Radiothon again. [...]

And then there were two. Why we can’t have nice things


“On the Staircase” by Keld Moseholm has been a favourite piece of public art on Petrie Plaza for some time.
It’s such a pity it was not built to withstand the mindless fury of the Canberra public.
Where once four little men created an exercise in perspective we’re now down to two.
It seems like a real pity.

Sport and art meet at the AIS Open Day

By 23 April 2013

[ 28 April 2013; ]

The AIS are having an open day on the 28th of April, and the Training Squad will be there with their roving performance piece Not Yet It’s Difficult.

I caught these guys at the Canberra Day celebrations and thought it was an awesome and bizarre little show that blurred the line between art and sport.

The video [...]

May Day Poetry at Manning Clark House

By 23 April 2013

[ 1 May 2013 at 7:30 pm; ] This just in:

Three well-known Canberra poets, Geoff Page, Charlotte Clutterbuck and P.S. Cottier will be reading at Manning Clark House next week, on Wednesday 1st May. The reading starts at 7.30pm, but get there early for a glass of wine and a snack included in your $10 entry fee.

Warning: one of the [...]

RiotACT in Canberra Tonight


In Canberra Tonight was totally a thing that was apparently fantastic. I was out having dinner with my Mum and missed it.
Fortunately CIT are filming all of it, so I can catch up.
For those of you who were absent, our Commander in Chief Johnboy was given 5 minutes to recount the top stories of the [...]

Bizoo ka! zine launch and mini-festival at the Front


[ 24 May 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

This sounds pretty cool. An awesome looking gig/zine launch/panel/ep launch? That’s just so crazy it might work. I’m in.

Jeremy Staples, the editor and creator of the final and free retrospective book of Bizoo titled ‘The Best, the Worst & the Trash that never made it’ is excited to be launching the massive book in Canberra [...]

Woven Words: Prose and music meet at New Acton

By 19 April 2013

[ 27 April 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

The Invisible Thread is a publication of 75 Canberran writers.

To celebrate its release, NewActon is combining the words of three authors with the music of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

Alex Miller, Alan Gould and Sara Dowse have each chosen two musical compositions to bookend their poem or prose works. These will be performed by an [...]

Andrew Galan gets published in a tiny book


Andrew Galan is a poet. He runs writing workshops in Canberra’s food courts, co-founded Bad!Slam!No!Biscuit!, harasses people in the civic interchange as a part of the Tragic Troubadours, and has his hands in just about everything poetry related that goes on in Canberra.
He also has a blog, if you like those kind of things.
At any [...]

The Centenary weekly rundown


[ 18 April 2013 to 21 April 2013. ]


– Jane Austen Festival Australia @ St John’s Church Hall (until 21 April)

– History @ M16 Artspace, 12pm-5pm (Wed-Sun) (until 5 May)


– Rugby League Test – Australia V New Zealand @ Canberra Stadium, 7:45pm


– Morris 100 @ Langton Crescent car park in front of the Treasury building, 10am-3pm

– The National Dinosaur Museum’s 20th Birthday [...]

Applications open for ACT Artists in Schools Program

By 18 April 2013

The ACT Artists in Schools Program gives young people access to artists as a resource and artists access to a community they might otherwise never reach.
Both of those things sound pretty good, anyone here keen to give it a go?
2013 Artists-in-Schools Program
artsACT is now seeking applications from experienced ACT-based artists from all art forms for [...]

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