The Centenary of Canberra team are letting us know that they’re doing a great job:
With independent ACT events such as the New Year celebrations, and events included in the Centenary program such as Summernats, all showing a boost in numbers, 2013 already looks like being a bumper year for the national capital.
“It’s clear that people are voting with their feet as well as voting for their favourite things about Canberra,” Creative Director Robyn Archer AO said today.
While top-drawer events such as the day/night cricket international between Australia and the West Indies, and the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of The Secret River (with rave reviews after its opening last week in Sydney) are close to selling out, the Centenary’s warm embrace and promotion of local talent is also already evident.
Robyn elaborated on this aspect of the Centenary program: “There have already been 18 free musical performances as part of The Musical Offering, young Canberra designers are on show at the Gallery of Australian Design, and many performers are in rehearsal for their own shows and participation in the March 11 celebrations: these Canberrans join more than 1,000 local performers and other artists who will participate in the Centenary Celebrations.
“Let’s thank them all for their great ideas and initiative – the best way to do that is to turn up and see what they’re doing throughout the year.”
At the botanic gardens on Saturday night to see The Cashews I couldn’t help notice there was a lot of burbling the words “Centenary” but precious little signage.