Arts (1276 Stories)

Griffin’s Canberra plans on display in Chicago

By 21 June 2013

It seemed the start of 2013 was filled with me being sent on trips to check out Walter’s plans and Marion’s art being displayed in various galleries around Canberra. Now they’re on display in Chicago as a part of an exhibition exploring the couple’s influence on Chicago’s architecture.
Hopefully RiotACT will send me to check [...]

Camera Obscura in New Acton


This just added to the magic of YouTube:
Reproject | The Art of Camera Obscura
A Film by Nic Vevers | Music By Vanilla © 2013
{Official Selection} Canberra Short Film Festival 2012 | Byron Bay Film Festival 2013
Camera Obscura is a technique that creates a natural projection inside a darkened room as light passing thought a small [...]

Lights – Canberra short film


Local arts dream-team Luke McGrath and Nick Delatovic have just put up their latest effort, a short film about Autumn and other things created as a part of ScreenACT’s Sort Seasons.
It’s charming, pretty, and very Canberran.
Starring Cara Irvine, Ben Drysdale and Julia Johnson.

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of the 21st of June 13


[ 21 June 2013 to 23 June 2013. ]

Hey Rioters, it’s nearing the end of the working week and maybe the real week depending on which calendar system you prescribe to so it’s time to start planning your weekend!

As always here are some things we know about here at the RiotACT mobile bunker, and you can leave your tips in the comments below!

Canberra Poetry Slam returns

By 20 June 2013

[ 28 June 2013 at 8:00 pm; ]

It’s that time of the month again where Canberra’s newest slam team invade the Front Cafe and get up to all sorts of poetic themed mischief.

Ready yourself.

Its the Winter for Haikus and Kantas. Maybe you were born with it. Maybe its Cold Outside! Regardless The June Canberra Poetry Slam is ON!
On Friday the 28th of [...]

PM’s Literature Awards shortlist announced

By 19 June 2013

The ANU are rather pleased (and quite rightly) that a book written by one of their professors about Australian sex lives has made the PMLA shortlist this year.
Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno’s book The Sex Lives of Australians: A History has been shortlisted for a 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award.
Dr Bongiorno’s book has been described by [...]

Two free exhibitions at NFSA celebrate Canberra films

By 19 June 2013

The National Film and Sound Archive are celebrating the film making scene in Canberra and surrounds with two free exhibitions based around local productions.
Tegan the Vegan is a colourful new addition to the Main Gallery exhibition. Tegan the Vegan is a short animated film made by Marisa Martin from Queanbeyan. Based on her own [...]

Still time to apply for Creative Young Stars program

By 19 June 2013

Are you (or do you know someone) under 25, creative, and would do some really cool stuff if you (they) could just afford to?
Here. This is for you (or them):
The first application round of the Creative Young Stars Program opened on Saturday 1 June 2013! Applications close at 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on [...]

Miles Franklin award to be announced at the National Library

By 18 June 2013

This has come in which will no doubt be quite exciting to literary bods:
The Trust Company, as Trustee of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, and the 2013 judges, will be announcing the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award Winner, tomorrow Wednesday 19 June 2013.
The Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious literary prize [...]

RiotACT will be in attendance for In Canberra Tonight III


[ 20 June 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

In Canberra Tonight is Canberra hottest talk show, and our esteemed editor will be returning to tell Canberra what news it liked the most over the past month.

As a bonus, we’ve managed to get Johnboy over his crippling addiction to cold and flu drugs so this time he’ll probably remember where he is at all [...]

Party with Breathe Dance Studios at St. Johns Hall

By 17 June 2013

[ 5 July 2013 at 7:00 pm; ]

Breathe Dance Studios are a new dance school opened in Canberra by local dance wizard Alex Ewans. To celebreate the end of their second semester, they’d like to party with and dance for you.

So its that time again! End of term 2 performance party for Breathe Dance Studio!
Please come support and enjoy an evening [...]

Voices in the Forest back for 2013

By 14 June 2013

Today Joy Burch formally launched this year’s Voices in the Forest event at the National Arboretum today, which is a little confusing as the event isn’t on until late November.
Ahh well, no harm is getting excited early.
I have never made it to one of these events, but Rioter Poetix wrote us a review of last [...]

UC Book of the year 2014 entries and judges announced

By 14 June 2013

The second annual University of Canberra Book of the Year competition has just announced the shortlist of novels, as well as the panel of judges. Margaret Pomeranz joins the judging panel this year, which is awesome because she is awesome.
The shortlist, announced today, is the following five novels, drawn from books that have been Commonwealth [...]

Clown workshop at the Street Theatre


Derek Scott is a talented man, and he will be running a 3 hour clowning workshop at the Street Theatre on July the 5th.
It sounds pretty amazing.
Derek Scott is an internationally acclaimed actor, clown, director, producer and teacher, who has performed around the world, including on Broadway and London’s West End.
He has performed and [...]

“We done nuthin’ wrong” says the NGA in the Kapoor case

By 13 June 2013

The National Gallery of Australia has made a lengthy statement on their ongoing ownershop of a 12th century bronze sculpture of Shiva as a result of the man they bought it from facing criminal charges for looting.
The Gallery is quite rightly insisting they have followed all the protocols and await the result of the trial.
[Photo: [...]

Godspeed gentle creature! Skywhale visits Hobart

By 13 June 2013

Canberra’s most majestic ambassador, the Skywhale, is heading down to Hobart for the weekend to appear in the Dark Mofo festival.
The Dark Mofo festival apparently celebrates “the dark through large-scale public art, food, music, light and noise” and I am wondering why I’ve never heard of it before because it sounds brilliant.
Centenary of Canberra Creative [...]

Turbobelco at the Phoenix video


Turbobelco, headed by the always charming Baron Von Kreep, play Selfdestructo Bust at the Phoenix Bar.

Bad!Slam!No!Biscuit! comes back with Ghostboy in tow

By 12 June 2013

[ 19 June 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

Canberra’s most serious and longest running poetry event is coming back to the Phoenix Bar this month on the 19th of June.

This month we will be featuring Queensland’s finest entertainers Ghostboy and Sir lady Grantham who will be providing music, words, and sex appeal.

Get to it.

Doctor Who faces his number one fan at CSIRO Discovery

By 11 June 2013

[ 15 June 2013 to 16 June 2013. ]

Critically praised Doctor Who based comedy theatre coming to my Canberra?

Pinch me.

I am so there, any other Rioter Whovians going to heed the call?

Doctor Who is about to face his greatest challenge: his number one fan. Melbourne comedian Rob Lloyd puts The Doctor on trial in WHO, ME, a comedy show about obsession and it’s [...]

Nola Anderson takes over at the Glassworks

By 7 June 2013

Joy Burch has announced the appointment of Nola Anderson to Chair the Canberra Glassworks (That thing Brodburger is in) taking over from Andrew Sayers:
Ms Anderson was appointed a member of the Board earlier this year, and will take up her new role of Chair on July 1. Also appointed to the Canberra Glassworks’ board were [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of 7 June 2013


[ 7 June 2013 to 9 June 2013. ]

The wheel turns, the Game of Thrones season approaches its end, and we’ve got another weekend coming up.

What’s worth seeing and doing around Canberra this weekend?

Just leave your suggestions in the comments.

Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentleman win big in Brighton


Phil Moriarty has facebooked the rather exciting news that the Canberra derived Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen have taken out Best Cabaret Act at the Brighton Festival’s Latest Fringe Awards.
This is the award for the Best Cabaret Act, Latest Fringe Awards, Brighton Festival 2013 won by Mikelangelo & The Black Sea Gentlemen. Hooray [...]

Folkie gets a new director

By 4 June 2013

Pam Merrigan, previously the artistic programs manager, has now taken the director’s seat at Canberra’s favourite beard and banjo festival.
Merrigan has been involved with several folk festivals around Australia and founded Yass’ Turning Wave Festival, and she comes into the National’s directorship role after a rather successful 2013 for the festival.
Best of Luck Pam.

Problem picking up Subtitles broadcast on SBS HD in Canberra

By 4 June 2013

Has anyone noticed problems getting subtitles on SBS One HD using their set top boxes or TV?
I’ve noticed that I can access subtitles on the standard definition version of SBS One only. I think this started happening around about the time the new NITV station started broadcasting.
Computer digital tuners seem ok at picking up [...]

Keep Calm and OMG SKYWHALE


Bring on the Skywhale merchandise…
I hope this meme isn’t too dead to benefit from a little Skywhale love…

British Noir coming to Arc Cinema

By 3 June 2013

The National Film and Sound Archive are putting together a whole bunch of classic British crime and thriller films of the 1940s, 50s and 60s for the Sydney International Film Festival, which is good news for anyone going to the SIFF.
It turns out it’s good news for Canberrans also as these films will then be [...]

National Portrait Gallery Community Knit-in

By 31 May 2013

Knit a sheep in a day and help create a flock of miniature sheep in the Gordon Darling Hall. Bring your knitting needles, all other materials supplied.
For all ages and abilities.
Bringing in the sheep c. 1936 by Hilda Rix Nicholas, oil on canvas, Bega Valley Art and Craft Society’s Permanent Collection, Bega Valley Regional Gallery
National [...]

Housemouse and Coolio Desgracias EP launch @ the Polish Club

By 31 May 2013

[ 14 June 2013; ]

Coolio Desgracias has just let us know that Housemouse and himself will be dropping their new EP on us on the 14th of June.

Ready yourselves Canberra!

Housemouse and Coolio made a pact to release something as a duo in 2012 after collaborating on ‘Dubbo Zoo’ and ‘You Got Papped’ on ‘My Private Jet’. Fast forward a [...]

Canberra Short Film Festival wants your short films

By 31 May 2013

Canberra writer/actors/film makers, it is time to get to work! The Canberra Short Film Festival is calling for entries!
Think big and film short – that’s the cry going out to ACT filmmakers, young and old, experienced or first timers, as the Canberra Short Film Festival launches its official call for entries for 2013 from Cockington [...]

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


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


[ 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 [...]

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