[ 27 February 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]
Red hot blues & soul from one of Australia’s most respected guitar troubadours, Melbourne blues/roots artist Geoff Achison.
Geoff released his first solo album Big Machine in 1994. In 1995 Geoff represented the MBAS in Memphis, USA winning the Albert King Award and scoring an endorsement deal with Gibson Guitars and has since toured the US, [...]
Every year I mark the National Multicultural Festival in my calendar, making sure I make no other social plans. Canberra’s Multicultural Festival sees most of the Canberra City streets blocked off and lined with stall after stall of food, drinks and information of every nationality you can think of; from Poland to Italy, Macedonia and [...]
[ 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 [...]
If you have paraskevidekatriaphobia, you’re probably looking forward to the weekend more than the rest of us (it’s a long-winded term that describes an irrational fear of Friday the 13th). Today is the first of three Black Fridays we’ll see this year – the second is in March and the third in November.
But on to the weekend. Between [...]
[ 27 February 2015 to 4 March 2015. ]
Culture and creativity will once again illuminate our capital during Enlighten between 27 February and 7 March.
Questacon will offer a range of fun-filled events for all ages, luminous landscapes and free entertainment that are sure to excite and intrigue the mind!
The whole family will enjoy Swamp Juice; a unique and entertaining adventure about life in [...]
[ 13 February 2015 to 15 February 2015. ]
Whether you’re interested in gorging your way across the world’s myriad of cuisines, embracing your heritage or learning more about the precious diverse cultures of other communities, this weekend’s 2015 National Multicultural Festival has something for people of all ages, tastes and interests.
The FREE three-day festival, which kicks off tomorrow afternoon (Friday 13 February), is [...]
[ 14 February 2015 at 5:00 pm; ]
This Valentine’s Day thousands of Canberrans will take their picnic baskets and their loved ones to the lawns of Government House as the Canberra Symphony Orchestra invokes the intoxicating music of the British Isles in the 33rd Shell Prom Concert.
Held in conjunction with the National Multicultural Festival, the concert program, themed A Touch of Tartan, [...]
[ 14 February 2015; ]
Whether you’re coupled up or flying solo, there’s plenty to do in Canberra this Valentine’s Day. Why not try one of the following, or let us know what you’re planning to do in the comments!
Lifeline Book Fair
9am – 5pm Sat 14 February
Budawang Building, Exhibition Park, Flemington Road, Mitchell
For all the book lovers out there, check [...]
[ 16 February 2015 at 6:30 pm; ] Join Harry Hartog Booksellers (Westfield Woden) for an evening with acclaimed author JOE ABERCROMBIE, who will be joining us at 6.30pm on Monday 16 February to celebrate the release of Half the World, second in the Shattered Sea series.To meet this incredible wordsmith, known for his fantasy masterpiece The First Law series, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, (02) [...]
Hey there, Friday. Good to see you. We’re in for a warm and sunny weekend in Canberra, with temperatures in the low thirties predicted for both Saturday and Sunday.
Here’s what the RiotACT team is up to this weekend…
Emily Morris is off to the Grease Sing-a-long at the Openair Cinema tonight.
Lisa Martin is heading to the first [...]
[ 12 February 2015 at 7:00 pm; ] Canberra Harmony, Canberra’s newest women’s barbershop choir, will be running a four-week taster course on Thursdays 7-9:00pm starting Thursday 12th February at the Belconnen Raiders Club.
Come and learning some fun songs in four-part harmony then perform them with us for your family and friends. Cost: $35.
Email email@example.com for more information and to book a place.
[ 5 February 2015 at 6:00 pm; ] Canberra residents will light candles in solidarity with at least 64 people who are on death row in Indonesia for drug smuggling offences on Thursday night (5 February).
“Amnesty International is a worldwide movement that opposes the death penalty in any circumstance, for any person,” ACT community organiser Bede Carmody said.
“We invite Canberra residents to the [...]
[ 3 March 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]
It sounds like something out of CSI but these days the common blowfly is helping investigators to fight crime in more ways than one. Everything from helping to establish time since death to providing human DNA at the crime scene, the common blowfly is providing the missing clues to modern crimes.
As part of our Science [...]
[ 21 February 2015 9:15 am to 22 February 2015 10:00 am. ]
Help to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer in the Queanbeyan City community by donating or participating in Queanbeyan’s Relay for Life event this month.
Organisers are encouraging all local community members and businesses to get involved and hit the track during the 24-hour event.
From the event organisers:
Relay For Life is a chance for communities to [...]
[ 21 February 2015 at 10:30 am; ] This event brings together people from different communities to raise awareness of the value of all languages, especially endangered languages, in a multilingual and multicultural context.
This is the second year that the Canberra-based International Mother Language Movement (IMLM) has organised this event. Over 300 people attended in 2014.
The walk will cross Commonwealth Bridge and end [...]
[ 31 January 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]
Cub Callaway (Ex Saints, Ed Kuepper band, Coupe Deville) will be launching their latest record, Fall Of The Empire this Saturday (31 January) at Smiths Alternative.
Joining Cub on stage will be John Hoey (Died Pretty) and Phil Hall (Lime Spiders) plus Alex Ross and Zika Vuletic.
Supported by local modrockers the Feldons and up and comers [...]
It’s back to school for Canberra students next week, which means that the city is well and truly out of its quiet January slumber. It also means that there’s plenty to do in the nation’s capital this weekend.
From the RiotACT team…
Sophia Carlini is heading to R&B night at Treehouse on Friday night, and trying out [...]
[ 6 February 2015 at 5:45 pm; ]
Food blogger Irena Macri, the woman behind the hugely popular Eat Drink Paleo blog, will speak at Paperchain Bookstore in next month to launch her new cookbook.
From the event organisers:
Passionate paleo-enthusiast Irena Macri draws on her love of world cuisines and all-natural ingredients to produce gourmet recipes that were created, taste-tested and photographed by the cook [...]
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 [...]
In less than one month Canberra will flip the switch on Enlighten 2015, dazzling visitors with an exciting program of world-class lighting, music and entertainment.
From the twinkling sounds of indie-pop band Alpine to the stunning aerial performance, Elements, and the quirky Physics of Beer workshop at Questacon- The National Science and Technology Centre, the diversity [...]
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 $10,000 from the ACT government to help convince you.
Inspired by the works of Isaac Asimov, movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey and television [...]
[ 3 May 2015; ]
Australia’s only regional music festival, Groovin the Moo, is heading back to Canberra in May this year. Organisers have today announced that the festival will feature Peaches, Wolfmother, Hilltop Hoods, San Cisco, A$AP Ferg and more.
From the event organisers:
Roll along the open highway and let the scent of nature carry you away. Delve into an [...]
[ 6 February 2015 8:00 pm to 21 February 2015 8:00 pm. ]
Nick Hornby’s book High Fidelity, and the subsequent John Cusack movie, became an instant classic for a generation that postponed entry into adulthood, or ‘coming-of-age’, from adolescence until middle age.
Local theatre company Phoenix Players is bringing Hornby’s timeless, witty story to the stage. High Fidelity is a rock musical unlike any other. With all-original music inspired by the [...]
[ 1 February 2015; ] COZMO (Capital of Australia Mandolinata) Learning Groups 2015
The next semester-long COZYMO Learning Group programs start on Sunday 1 February 2015 . Whether you’re young in experience or in age, you are most welcome!
These programs offer you a great opportunity to begin or to continue to learn a plucked stringed instrument: mandolin, mandola, mandocello and guitar.
Did you catch [...]
Fighting it out salad and tongs down by Lake Burley Griffin is a Canberra institution, but have you ever been out to any of the islands on the lake?
I just spent Australia Day out on Springbank Island and can report that this place is one of Canberra’s best-kept picnic spots with a difference.
Surprisingly, Springbank Island [...]
[ 15 February 2015 at 2:00 pm; ]
PJ O’Brien knows how to get a Blues party started. His fat and funky fretwork has been turning heads across Australia, USA, UK and Asia. Along with frequent flyer points, PJ has gathered a swag of awards including: Blues Song of the Year, WA Music Awards (WAMIs); Music Oz Blues Artist of the Year; Sydney [...]
[ 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
[ 25 January 2015 at 10:00 am; ]
As inspectors continue to appeal to the community for information relating to a serious case of animal cruelty regarding several abandoned puppies this week, RiotACT contributors Steven Bailey and Alexandra Craig have organised a letterbox drop to help find the culprit.
From Steven and Alexandra:
Please help us to help the RSPCA by letterboxing the suburb of [...]
My last Foreshore was in 2010. Work took me overseas for 2011, but when I returned in 2012 Foreshore had been moved from the lake to Stage 88. After that it never returned.
Foreshore should have been a sure thing for Canberra. With established and celebrated local talents like Peking Duk and Safia, a population of 350,000 and [...]
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 [...]