If you haven’t noticed from the surge of Canberra pride, it is Canberra Day long weekend on Monday. Thinking of a stay-cation and wondering what cool things Canberra has to offer? Check out Festival Muse.
Muse Canberra stages some interesting food and literary events. However, Festival Muse boasts a whole long weekend of eight very different and engaging events.
Well, quite a lot; the Cupping Room takes over the kitchen one night – the Muse head chef is apparently excited and delighted to take a short holiday, as well as a family friendly burgers and beer style picnic with a chef, writer and gardener at Telopea Park. Stimulating speeches including an interrogation of award-winning author Robyn Cadwallader, a discussion with leading figures in Canberra’s classical musical scene (talking vegetables), behind the scenes with female journalists, a panel of three historians, as well as tales of queer stories and LGBTQI talent.
Why a festival?
According to Dan Sanderson, one-half of the Muse business, they had always wanted to do a festival and to build a sense of occasion. They had been looking at a long weekend for the event, then thought, “why not celebrate Canberra Day?”
“We were consistently finding really interesting people who lived in Canberra,” said Dan. “There are people who have created some amazing things.”
When you think about it, Canberra does really have a super cool writing and literati scene. We have four universities and some great minds thinking and writing great things. Just Canberra gets overlooked as a thought capital because authors and interesting people aren’t always badged as ‘from Canberra’ or they need to go elsewhere to gain recognition. Until now, we haven’t had a lot of bookstores and public places for authors and interesting people to discuss their work. But thanks in part to Muse, that is changing.
If you are thinking of attending a Festival Muse event, the big tip is to book early. Two events have sold out already, including the Women of the Press Gallery festival opening, and an in-depth ‘Bipartisan’ discussion about managing work, family and creativity with Virginia Haussegger and Mark Kenny. The picnic finale is free, but Muse recommends registering (especially if you want a seat).
What: Festival Muse
When: 10 – 13 March 2017
Where: Muse, East Hotel, 69 Canberra Ave, Kingston (except for the picnic, which is at Telopea Park)