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Have your say on the ACT Arts Policy Framework

By 22 April 2015

[ 23 April 2015 at 12:00 pm; ] Minister for the Arts Joy Burch has called on Canberra’s arts community to register for tomorrow’s public forum on the review of the ACT Arts Policy Framework.  
Minister Burch’s office has released the following information:

“artsACT is looking for feedback from the community on the current ACT Arts Policy Framework, and the forum on Thursday provides those with [...]

A review of Canberra’s public memorial artwork

By 22 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Public sculpture commissioned in the memory of our dignitaries has been known to cause a stir amongst art lovers as well as those who take a position on public art.
In recent days there’s been chatter internationally about a statue erected back in 2009 to honour Lucille Ball, which sparked a Facebook group titled We love Lucy! [...]

National Portrait Gallery exhibition highlights

By 20 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The National Portrait Gallery is currently running a special exhibition as its contribution to the Anzac centenary. The exhibition is titled All that fall — Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War.

The first thing to report is that this exhibition isn’t about portraiture. Most of the exhibition is made up of rooms of posters. [...]

Calling budding performers for holiday theatre program!

By 18 April 2015

[ 20 April 2015 to 24 April 2015. ]
Budding Theatre is pleased to launch its much-anticipated school holiday program for children and teenagers aged eight to sixteen. Over five days, participants will learn about the fundamentals of:
•    Performance (audition skills; interpreting text; taking direction; inhabiting character)
•    Playwriting (structure; style; creative inspiration & process)
•    Directing (blocking; working with actors; artistic imagination)
•    Stage Management (organisation [...]

Highlights from Colour My World at NGA

By 16 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) has launched an exhibition that should appeal to many – in particular those with an interest in Australian hand-coloured photography from the last couple of decades. Besides hand coloured black and white photographs with themes from personal, landscape to political subjects, Colour My World has some works by photographers [...]

Canberra to host blockbuster Chinese exhibition in 2016

By 14 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra will play host to a significant Chinese exhibition in early 2016, with the National Library of Australia partnering with China’s largest library.
Qing: Life in China, 1644 – 1911 will include architectural drawings for the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, as well as ancient manuscripts, maps and books.
In a media release, Chief Minister Andrew Barr [...]

The National Folk Festival – Of the people and for the people

By 7 April 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For the 49th time the National Folk Festival opened its arms to artists and audiences alike and, for five perfect days, washed away from the soul the dust of everyday life. The National Folk Festival continues to be the festival of the people and for the people; a time and place for a collective imagination [...]

Canberra Youth Theatre and Trick of the Light present The Bookbinder

By 30 March 2015
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[ 17 April 2015 at 1:00 pm; 17 April 2015 at 7:00 pm; 18 April 2015 at 1:00 pm; 18 April 2015 at 7:00 pm; ] From award-winning independent company Trick of the Light Theatre (NZ), comes a story of mystery, magic and mayhem.

Why did Smith’s Alternative really close?

By 25 March 2015
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One of Canberra’s most loved performance venues announced last week that it would cease its operations indefinitely. This week, Smith’s Alternative is in receivership.
The cosy venue in the Melbourne Building has undergone many machinations throughout the past three decades. From its slow transformation from a bookshop to an arts hub, it has always catered for [...]

Burlesque Idol comes to Canberra

By 20 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 28 March 2015 at 6:30 pm; ] Returning after a sold-out tour last year, the world’s largest international burlesque competition is back for a bigger, better and more glamorous show than ever.

Celebrating six years in London’s West End, and a sell-out run in New York, Burlesque Idol is ready to bring the fun back to the southern hemisphere.
Created to help support emerging talent, [...]

Public talk: Warp drives and bending time

By 19 March 2015
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[ 5 May 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

Light speed is one of science fiction’s major plot limitations — and maybe one of the major limitations of science. How can we explore the stars if it takes tens of thousands of years to get to them… or the galaxies, if it takes billions of years? Warp drives and wormholes are often co-opted by [...]

Between – Picturing 1950-1960s Taiwan

By 18 March 2015
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[ 18 March 2015 to 3 April 2015. ]

This is a must-see exhibition for those with an interest in photography.

What may not be known is that during the 1950s and 1960s there were many very talented photographers at work in Taiwan.

This exhibition brings together a small selection of these Taiwanese photographs from this interesting period in Taiwan’s history.

The exhibition is of 44 beautiful black [...]

Music Amongst the Stars – Charity Concert for ACT Down Syndrome Association

By 15 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 22 March 2015 at 3:00 pm; ] Last year the ACT Down Syndrome Association (ACTDSA) lost their main sponsor and this has had large impacts on their service provision ability. In light of this, and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day, “Recorders in the Basement” & Friends will be performing a charity concert at Mount Stromlo Observatory at [...]

Local game developer launches crowdfunding campaign

By 2 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Local game developer Whale Hammer Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund its turn-based tactics role-playing game (RPG), Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire.
Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire is an episodic, turn-based tactics RPG set in a world that has fallen into a medieval dark age after the collapse of space faring civilisation.
Once, it [...]

Acting for the fun of it with Peter Wilkins

By 27 February 2015
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Long-time Canberra theatre teacher Peter Wilkins is running a series of acting courses throughout 2015.
Acting for the Fun of it courses

Acting for the Fun of it
Sunday February 15 – Sunday March 29
A course for beginners. Build confidence. Learn a variety of performance skills. Meet friends.
Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Sunday May 10 – Sunday June 10
Practical performance [...]

Anzac centenary commemorated through the arts

By 23 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has today announced over $80,000 in funding for two arts and culture projects as part of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Public Grants Program.
From the media release:
The ACT’s Centenary of Anzac commemorations received a boost today with Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja today announcing [...]

Opera by Candlelight 2015

By 18 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 20 February 2015 6:00 pm to 22 February 2015 6:00 pm. ]

Late notice I know but here is a reminder that Opera by Candlelight is on again this weekend (20, 21, 22 February) at Albert Hall.

Saturday night is sold out but there are still tickets available for Friday 20th  and Sunday 22nd Feb.

When: Performances on Friday 20 February and Sunday 22 February
Where: Albert Hall

For more information [...]

Local leaders – Ché Baker and Dallas Bland (Blue World Order)

By 18 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Local filmmakers Ché Baker (pictured right) and Dallas Bland (pictured left) believe that Canberra has the potential to become one of Australia’s most sought-after filming destinations.
The pair are currently filming their debut full-length feature film, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi flick titled Blue World Order, on location in Canberra. They hope to use the film to help [...]

Bell Shakespeare’s As You Like It

By 14 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 7 April 2015 to 18 April 2015. ]
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love?
As You Like It is an adventure of the heart, a journey through a forest of poetry (and lions), and a tale of a love so grand all the rules are broken to win the heart of a boy. Passionate and disarming, As You Like It – one of Shakespeare’s [...]

Wanted: Young artists to perform live on radio

By 29 January 2015

Youth Matters on Valley FM is offering one spot each week (starting on 6 February 2015) to young musicians, singers or bands who would like the opportunity to perform live on air.
Students in high school, college or young adults in the post-school years from across the ACT are welcome to participate. Participants will be required to [...]

A sci-fi filmed in Canberra? This local filmmaker says it’s possible

By 29 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Cloning is a bad idea and Australian animals will kill you.
…At least, this is what Canberra filmmaker Christian Doran would have you believe. And he’s just been awarded an arts grant of $10,000 from the ACT government to help convince you.
Inspired by the works of Isaac Asimov, movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey and television [...]

RAW Canberra presents Visionary, 30 January

By 26 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 30 January 2015 at 7:30 pm; ]

RAW is an indie arts organisation for artists, by artists. Every second month it showcases around 30 artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, photography, performing art, hair and make up for what the organisers describe as a “one night creative explosion”.

When: Friday 30 January 2015
Time: From 7.30pm
Where: Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen

Tickets [...]

Canberra mourns 2XX presenter Sylvie Stern

By 23 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Canberra arts community grieved on Wednesday morning with the passing of Sylvie Stern, long-term arts promoter and host of 2XX’s popular Art ‘N’ Soul and Artbeat programs. Sylvie had been diagnosed with cancer and passed away in hospital.
The many tributes that came in spoke of her passion and enthusiasm, especially for young artists. Movement [...]

New Summer Music Camp for Kids

By 18 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 12 January 2015 at 9:30 am; 13 January 2015 at 9:30 am; 14 January 2015 at 9:30 am; 15 January 2015 at 9:30 am; ] Hi All,

I am running a Summer workshop for children ages 10 – 15. From Monday January 12th – Thursday January 15th 2015.

It will be a small workshop. 5 Spots ONLY. It will be 4 half days of singing, guitar playing and song writing. 

We’ll do lots of group work, writing lyrics, learning to improvise with our voices, [...]

M16 Artspace 2014 Drawing Prize

By 8 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The M16 Artspace Drawing Prize once again pushes the bounds of ‘what is drawing’. This annual prize has been running since 2006 and continues to grow in quality, volume and boldness. An enthusiastic crowd of artists and art lovers came to the opening on Friday 5 December to find out who won the M16 Artspace [...]

Centenary Flag Project exhibition opened

By 20 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Minister Burch and Reuben Bokaba with his winning entry in the Centenary Flag Project

Flags from last year’s Centenary of Canberra have been repurposed into new works of art for the Centenary Flag Project exhibition, which was opened yesterday by Minister for the Arts Joy Burch on behalf of the Chief Minister.
The Centenary Flag Project, one of the key events of the inaugural DESIGN Canberra festival program, is an [...]

Canberra: where wood works

By 19 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Mentioned in the same sentence as sawmills, pulp mills or logging, timber is a lightning rod for controversy. Environmental concerns are inseparable from the way timber is harvested and used, for all the right reasons.
Woodworking designers and craftspeople, by contrast, who have no less dependent a relationship with timber, tend to be regarded generously.
Part of [...]

Poke Something That Bites

By 5 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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‘Poke Something That Bites’ is an exhibition that explores the mentally exhausting symptoms of an anxiety disorder. When the mind is like an angry wasps nest thrown into the middle of an elephant’s carcass being torn to pieces by a pack of hyenas it can be difficult to process ‘normal’ or ‘rational’ thoughts.
Your daily routine [...]

Looking for our first Irish sean nos dance army

By 26 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We’re looking for enthusiastic people who’d like to learn some simple and energetic dance steps for performance at the 2015 Canberra Multicultural Festival.
Perhaps you like great rhythm, perhaps you have some Irish family connections somewhere or maybe you just like trying new things?
It’s also a fun way to keep fit & healthy and something you [...]

DESIGN Canberra festival to launch in November!

By 23 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Save the date! DESIGN Canberra is a four-day festival held November 20- 23 celebrating and promoting Canberra’s vibrant and diverse design community. Explore a CBD reACTivated by pop-up installations, talks, exhibitions, and shops; visit MODERN Market to find works by leading local and interstate designers; see your city in a whole new light with the [...]

Book Launch: ‘Fire in the Afternoon’ by John Stokes

By 22 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 30 October 2014 at 6:00 pm; ]

Celebrated poet John Stokes does not shy from the contentious and the harrowing, his verse evokes the plain truth about love, sex and chaos. In a clear, resonant voice Fire in the Afternoon catches the truth in the midst of the storm, his poems resonating from a life that has known joy, loss and solitude [...]

ScreenACT funding to support filmmakers

By 17 October 2014

ScreenACT will receive $80,500 from the 2015 ACT Arts Fund Program category to support local emerging filmmakers and screen practitioners, Minister for the Arts Joy Burch announced today.
“The ACT Government is committed to supporting artistic development for our local film and screen artists. The goal of ScreenACT’s 2015 program is to inspire, develop and assist [...]

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