Arts (1320 Stories)

The all-Leunig song almanac

By 6 October 2015
So Leunig

[ 7 November 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]

To farewell the old year and ring in the new, the Song Company presents 12 new songs and stories, one for each month.

After a year traversing the globe (metaphorically of course) and discovering the musical gems hidden throughout Prague, Turkey and Italy, the Song Company’s final program will see them touch down on home soil [...]

Imaginarium FAMILY DAY – National Library of Australia

By 5 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 11 October 2015 at 1:00 pm; ]

Imagine the possibilities of libraries through stories, games and play. Explore 3D printing, 3D pens and fantastic Makey Makey interactive demonstrations. Watch as vocabulary skills are put to the test in the grand final of the ACT Scrabble competition. Plunge into the realm of riddles with David Astle, or sketch portraits using your own device. [...]


By 5 October 2015

[ 30 October 2015 at 6:30 pm; 31 October 2015 at 5:30 pm; 1 November 2015 at 5:30 pm; ] Carl Rafferty presents a fun night of fine music and hilarity…


Enjoy a glittering musical and theatrical entertainment! Enter Mozart’s world where you’ll be captivated by his charm and energy. You’ll be thrilled by fantastic performances of his greatest operatic and instrumental music.

MozartMANIA! features a cast of fine international and Australian singers and musicians giving you a [...]

Developer sought for Kingston arts hub

Kingston Arts Precinct

The ACT Government has today called for development applications for the Kingston Arts Precinct, home to the Canberra Glassworks, Megalo Print Studio + Gallery and Bus Depot Markets.
The four-hectare site sits between the Kingston Foreshore, Bowen and Telopea parks and apartment-filled old suburb of Kingston.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr said developers had a unique opportunity to [...]

Dead Men’s Wars at The Street Theatre

By 26 September 2015
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[ 15 October 2015 at 12:30 pm; 15 October 2015 at 7:30 pm; 16 October 2015 at 12:30 pm; 16 October 2015 at 7:30 pm; 17 October 2015 at 12:30 pm; 17 October 2015 at 7:30 pm; ] Canberra Youth Theatre in collaboration with Long Cloud Youth Theatre (NZ) presents a world premiere production for the 2015 ANZAC Centenary Celebrations.

Science meets art at Westside Acton Park

By 22 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Science is often seen as a mystifying and complex subject. But one ANU science communications student is changing all that with a new event: Co-Lab: Science Meets Street Art.
Small’s electrifying piece exploring Jason Whitfield’s research on chemical signals in the brain.
By pairing five PHD science students with five local street artists, Lee Constable took over Westside [...]

Japanese Film Festival 2015 program announced

By 21 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
japanese film festival

[ 14 October 2015 to 18 October 2015. ]

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) has announced its 2015 program for the Canberra leg of the national festival, opening 14 October at Capitol Cinemas Manuka, and bringing the finest of Japanese culture to the silver screens of Australia.

Carefully curated by The Japan Foundation in Sydney, the Festival’s Canberra program will feature an eclectic line up of [...]

Uni Pub Comedy featuring Bob Franklin

By 17 September 2015

[ 18 September 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

Comedy legend Bob Franklin comes to Canberra to headline Uni Pub Comedy.Star of Jimeoin and Bob’s Cooking show and appearing in loads of TV shows and movies, Bob will bring his laconic comedy and poetry to Canberra in September.

When: 8pm Friday 18 September 2015  (doors open at 7:30pm)
Where: Uni Pub – London Circuit – Level [...]

Canberra Wind Symphony: In Full Flight!

By 17 September 2015
wind symphony in full flight

[ 9 October 2015 at 6:30 pm; 9 October 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

After the huge success of their inaugural concert in August, the Canberra Wind Symphony returns to the stage in October for their second installment for 2015.

Join this stunning wind orchestra – the freshest contributor to the international wind music conversation – for an evening of musical magic with compositions by James Barnes, Eric Whitacre, Philip [...]

Family and Community Day at the National Archives of Australia

By 11 September 2015

[ 28 September 2015 at 10:00 am; ]

Bring the kids for family fun activities including origami boat making, old fashioned games, a discovery trail and an Archives selfie!

Take a tour of our new exhibition Life Interrupted: Gallipoli moments, and see our beautiful 1920s building.

Visit ‘Ask a Reference Officer’ to ask anything and everything about searching the Archives’ collection!

If you’ve never seen the [...]

Author talk with Kate Llewellyn

By 10 September 2015

[ 22 September 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]
Beloved Australian author and poet Kate Llewellyn discusses her latest book, a collection of letters from her private correspondence with artists and writers. The selection, edited by Ruth Bacchus and Barbara Hill, brims with energy, humour and insights into Kate’s life.
In association with Wakefield Press
When: Tuesday 22 September 2015
Time: 6pm
Where: National Library of Australia, Conference Room
Tickets: $10 (includes refreshments and book [...]

Environmental Film Festival Australia comes to Canberra

By 8 September 2015
environmental film festival

[ 11 September 2015 6:00 pm to 13 September 2015 9:00 pm. ]

The Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA) is a not-for-profit annual film festival dedicated to informing, engaging and inspiring Australians on environment issues through the wonderful medium of film.

The festival has been running for five years but this year it’s coming to Canberra for the first time!

There are three days of films covering a diverse range of topics [...]

Join the Canberra Wind Symphony this Friday

By 1 September 2015
wind symphony performance

[ 4 September 2015 at 6:30 pm; ]
Are you ready to be blown away?
If you like bad*ss massive sounds that swallow you whole, or sweet lilting melodies… if you like George Gershwin, blues, or if you want to hear 45 amazing musicians do an impersonation of a train…and if you’ve never been to a concert before, THIS IS THE CONCERT FOR YOU!
We [...]

Dreamboogie at Harmonie German Club

By 24 August 2015
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[ 10 September 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

A modern Blues act, Dreamboogie’s repertoire is imbued with the classic tunes of Bessie Smith 1930s through to the Chess recordings of the 1950s.

Dreamboogie – Rebecca Davey (vocals), Sam Buckley (guitar), Connor O’Neill (bass) and Robert B Dillon (drums) – won the 2011 MBAS Blues Performer of the year, and rated #1 on the National [...]

Uni Pub Comedy featuring Josh Earl

By 21 August 2015
josh earl

[ 28 August 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

Josh Earl is an award winning comedian, cake enthusiast and host of TV show Spicks and Specks.  As a solo artist he now sports nine sold out festival seasons and is a favourite with festival audiences all over the country.

As well as hosting Spicks and Specks he also wrote for it and has appeared all [...]

Have you ever been publicly shamed on social media?

By 19 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 1 September 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]
Ever felt the sting of public shaming on social media? Jon Ronson has.
Head to the National Library on Tuesday 1 September as Ronson talks about his latest book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. Inspired by the theft of his identity through a fake Twitter account, Ronson interviewed individuals involved in high-profile cases of online public shaming.
Through [...]

Amanda McLean Pastels at Cork St Cafe Gallery, Gundaroo

By 14 August 2015
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[ 14 August 2015 to 6 September 2015. ]

A renowned pastelist, Amanda McLean has worked extensively in the Canberra region. Her recent focus has been landscapes and seascapes of southern NSW, and studies of Lake Burley Griffin. Her work very successfully captures the moods of the country and climate, while her capacity to portray the transition from water to sky creates a beautiful [...]

Review – Internecine: The Vanished Musicians at the Nishi Gallery


The exhibition Internecine — The Vanished Musicians is a multi media exhibition that deals with immigration issues related to Australia’s recent history.
The first point of focus is the story of 96 jazz musicians who escaped from Nazi Germany and arrived in Australia to be faced with the prospect of no longer being musicians.

The exhibition is made up of an assortment of [...]

The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot back by popular demand!

By 13 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
waste lands poster

[ 13 August 2015 at 7:00 pm; 14 August 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]

A dramatic performance of T.S. Eliot’s seminal poem, The Waste Land, with self-devised musical accompaniment, is back by popular demand for two nights only.

Performances of T.S. Eliot’s landmark poem, The Waste Land, are rare. A performance of The Waste Land with live musical accompaniment is almost unprecedented. Cellist David Pereira and actor Julian Lamb bring [...]

Encounters: a School House Gallery exhibition

By 8 August 2015
encounters tim hardy

[ 8 August 2015 to 25 August 2015. ]

Encounters is the first solo exhibition by Tim Hardy, and consists of a diverse collection of paintings, prints and drawings.

Tim’s subjects are varied, ranging from the terrible beauty of a bushfire to a slowly meandering Ginninderra Creek, from a deserted medieval Italian street to hurrying figures at Central Railway station, from a pair of well loved boots to a [...]

NICA auditions for 2016 circus courses

By 5 August 2015

[ 10 October 2015; ]

For its 2016 student intake, the National Institute of Circus Arts is casting the net wider than ever before to attract applicants from across Australia and from a wide diversity of backgrounds.

NICA is inviting aspiring circus artists to submit their applications for entry into the 2016 suite of courses, including the Bachelor of Circus Arts [...]

Review – East Asian arts at CMAG


The Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) is presently staging an exhibition not to be missed.
Titled INK REMIX: Contemporary art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, this exhibition represents a fabulous opportunity to see a great range of contemporary work by artists across several East Asian countries.

The CMAG curator, Sophie McIntyre, has delivered a beautiful [...]

Why the “coolest little capital” needs greater participation in the arts


Canberra has some of the best seasonal vistas and panoramic landscapes of any city in Australia, as well as a highly educated community, a progressive culture and an enjoyable, accessible lifestyle.
We are fortunate to have some of the best cultural institutions in the country with places like the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery, with [...]

Sydney’s Indian Dance Centre presents The Ramayana and Indian dance workshops

Ramayana 1

[ 5 September 2015 at 6:30 pm; 6 September 2015; ]

After a series of sold-out shows in Australia, New Zealand and in the United States, Sydney’s Indian Dance Centre will be presenting its Ramayana dance drama production at the Canberra College of Performing Arts Centre on Saturday 5 September 2015 at 6:30pm.

The Ramayana is a story of love, loyalty, betrayal and victory of good over [...]

Internecine: The Vanished Musicians

internecine nishi gallery canberra

[ 7 August 2015 to 23 August 2015. ]

Internecine: The Vanished Musicians celebrates the silent contribution of the modern refugee through an investigation of hidden Australian Swing-era history.

WWII: Ninety-six musicians flee Germany to settle in Australia, many forced to leave their homeland for playing blacklisted jazz. After internment in the desert as enemy aliens, many are forced to abandon their art when immigration [...]

Comedy Club @ the Civic Pub presents Jacques Barrett – The Confident Profiler

By 13 July 2015

[ 15 July 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

After 10 years of bartending and 12 years of stand-up (some overlap) Jacques has weaponised his ability to sum people up on sight.

His policy? Always judge a book by its cover; that’s the whole point of a cover…

We all have decent intuition when we meet new people but Jacques wants to go deeper.

Teaching you how [...]

Free spirit exhibition opening

By 11 July 2015
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[ 18 July 2015 at 2:30 pm; ]

Antoinette Karsten’s Free Spirit exhibition will officially open on Saturday 18 July at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Free Spirit is a mixed media celebration of life joys through the eyes of Lulu – the main character in this collection.

Lulu is a whimsical little figure dedicated to making the world a happier place.

She can be lighthearted and soulful, [...]

Pre-audition workshops for 2016 circus degree

By 6 July 2015
Pre- audition- NICA website

[ 18 July 2015; ] ­­­

The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) is putting the call out to Canberrans with a background in physical training and the dream of a professional career in performing.
NICA offers Australia’s only Bachelor of Circus Arts, which is a three-year university degree conducted at its Melbourne campus. Ahead of the auditions for the 2016 course [...]

Stepping Up ceramics market place

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[ 12 July 2015 at 11:00 am; ]

The three-day Australian Ceramics Triennale will bring some of the world’s best ceramicists to Canberra this week, flooding the city with 35 exhibitions across various locations.

As a part of the Triennale, Canberrans will also have the opportunity to purchase ceramics from more than 30 ceramicists this Sunday.

Dedicated entirely to high-end ceramics, the market place will [...]

Canberra to host premier international ceramics event

AP 3.8b Girl Nomad Ceramics

[ 9 July 2015 to 11 July 2015. ]

Canberra has been selected for a three-day premier ceramics event that will bring national and international luminaries and cutting-edge ceramicists to the capital from across Australia and around the world, including from Canada, France, India, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States.

It is the second time the ACT will host The Australian Ceramics Triennale, to be [...]

Why are so many of Canberra’s public memorials out of sight, out of mind?


Over the years I have wondered about the placement of public art and memorials in and around the parliamentary zone. Here are three stories.
A couple of months ago the winner of the Immigration Place design competition was announced. The information available online (including the above image) suggests it will be an intriguing installation. The jury did [...]

A shot & a beer – Stand up comedy and live podcast

Jen Carnovale

[ 9 July 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

Half stand-up show, half live podcast recording, A Shot & A Beer is back for the second month with the celebrated and hilarious talent, Jen Carnovale.

Look at this quote from ‘Funny Women’ (UK) if you need more convincing:
‘Fresh from a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, (Jen) had perfect timing and confident, deadpan delivery.’ Funny [...]

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