WHAT a cultural weekend we have coming up!ASOC, the Artists’ Society of Canberra, is staging “Showcasing ASOC Regional Art” at Mount Stromlo featuring over 100 paintings by more than 35 ASOC artists. A rotational system of paintings will be applied as the show develops and sales occur. From today, January 24, to March 18, Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
THE Australian National Botanic Gardens Summer Sounds Concert Series winds up with popular locals Annie and the Armadillos performing tomorrow, Saturday, January 25. The at the Sunday concert Dorothy-Jane Gosper and her band will perform. Entry to the Concerts is by $2 donation for individuals and $5 per group with proceeds going to the Friends of the Gardens to help fund Gardens’ projects. The concerts commence at 5.30 pm and conclude 7.30 pm on both days.
THE India Australia Association of Canberra plans to celebrate Australia Day and the Republic Day of India in a big way on Sunday, January 26 at 4pm with the half an hour “IndOz Solidarity parade”. It will start at the Garema Place, at the Bunda Street end, adjoining Canberra Centre and will be followed by cultural items and dances from India at the Theo Notaras Multicultural Function Centre, 2nd Floor, North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra starting at 4:45pm. All are welcome.
EVENT Cinemas have all the popular summer blockbusters on, with a patriotic Lamington Choc Top available only this weekend. As well, across the Australia Day long weekend, all Event Cinema goers will have the chance to WIN a PlayStation pack. including a PS Vita and PlayStation merchandise. Bookings to eventcinemas.com.auARC Cinema is planning a patriotic weekend of new release local features. Saturday’s screenings begin with “The Rocket”, (M) the first feature film from documentary maker Kim Mordaunt (Bomb Harvest), then Ivan Sen’s new outback noir “Mystery Road” (MA15+), and “Goddess” (PG) starring Ronan Keating and Magda Szubanski. On Sunday is the return of family favourite “Satellite Boy” (PG) and an all-star Australian cast in the film adaptation of Tim Winton’s “The Turning” (MA15+). All tickets to all sessions are just $6, and all screenings are preceded by AACTA nominated short films. Details at nfsa.gov.au/ar/
BELCONNEN Arts Centre is gearing up for Australia Day. Adults can make brooches with local artist Ann McMahon and sing along to Aussie favourites with musician Lindsay Nesci. The galleries will be open for the last day of College Express, for kids there are free creative workshops, taster classes of Big Art Adventures (for 8-12 year olds) and Small Art Adventures (for 5-7 year olds). Kids can also make “Awesome Aussie Day artworks” or create Cool Kite Constructions throughout the day. Dance companies will be offering free ‘taster’ classes including and introduction to Tap Dancing, Introduction to Room to Move, Flamenco classes, Bootcamp Dance and Hilal Dance. Live music will be by As Famous As The Moon. Australia Day, at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Bookings for classes eseential, belconnenartscentre.com.au