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‘Five days in a perfect world’, the 2015 National Folk Festival

BOLSTERED by the idealistic slogan, “Five days in a perfect world”, the National Folk Festival has unveiled its program for 2015 in the grand manner. Festival director Pam Merrigan told those present at the program launch held the National Library of Australia that next year would be the 50th anniversary of the popular event that […]

Westside Acton Park to be open in a month?

Above is the “Westside Acton Park” as it appears on their website. The developers behind it, known as the “Stomping Ground Collective” have been out wowing the Canberra Times and the local ABC with Nick Kyrgios and Caroline Buchanan and tales of the wondrous retail cum dining cum entertainment cum sporting precinct they’ve “popped up” […]

Tribute: the late Joy Warren

By Judith Crispin THE sparkly-eyed matriarch of Canberra’s arts scene, has celebrated her last New Year’s Eve. Solander Gallery’s Joy Warren passed away before dawn on Saturday January 3. She leaves two sons, an extended family and a wide circle of friends. Most Canberrans knew Joy as the long serving owner-curator of Solander Gallery, launched […]

Sleep with the animals – new accommodation at Zoo and Aquarium

“SLEEP with some of the world’s most dangerous and endangered animals,” National Zoo and Aquarium founder and owner Richard Tindale advises. Tindale, with Mal Meninga and Ricky Stuart, yesterday unveiled one of the most unusual new accommodation prospects in Canberra, the Jamala Wildlife Lodge. Ten years in the planning, Richard and Maureen Tindale have long […]

‘A great get-together’ – Enlighten 2015

BATHED in a gentle violet wash of light,  ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr this morning  launched the program for ‘Enlighten 2015’. But while lighting up Canberra may be the focal theme of this event, to run from late February to early March next year, but noodles and exotic food seemed to be on the organisers’ […]

Playful exhibition explores children’s rights

IT was a case of all-hands on the coloured cupcakes yesterday in the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House as the kids took over. The occasion was the opening by CEO of UNICEF Australia Norman Gillespie, who joined MoAD director Daryl Karp in unveiling of “Play Up,” a show which explores the United […]

Scientific glassblowers unite for charity auction

TODAY, Friday, November 14, is the day for something totally left of field in the arts- and you can wash it down with a beer too. The Scientific Glassblowing Society of Australia New Zealand will host a public benefit auction at BentSpoke Brewing Co. in Braddon for Toora Women Inc, a charitable organisation that provides […]

John Olsen launches new art fund at CMAG

THE Canberra Museum and Gallery has just declared itself a teenager. The 16-year-old has just marked its coming-of-age by launching a major funding initiative, “the CMAG Fund for Canberra Region Treasures.” First in line to donate at an exclusive launch late last week in CMAG, was one of Australia’s most eminent artists, the 86-year-old John […]

Tenant artists share a bond

THE annual Canberra Tenants Union art exhibition will be opened by Canberra/Queanbeyan rapper and writer, Omar Musa this Wednesday, September 24–and for the first time it’s at Belconnen Arts Centre. According to Leigh Watson, executive officer of ACT Shelter, they already have about 40 entries and are expecting a good crowd of artists and members […]

Wartime leadership on show in Menzies exhibition at Old Parliament House

IF the Museum of Australian Democracy’s new exhibition, “Menzies: By John Howard” curated, “however tenuously” as the curator himself put it, by former Prime Minister John Howard, serves to demonstrate anything, it is the vast gulf which lies between the Menzies and his admiring successors. For the very photograph chosen as the key image for […]

Indonesian women poets celebrated in cultural evening

THAT indefatigable Indonesia expert and arts-lover, Dr George Quinn, has told “CityNews” of an unusual event coming up in the Embassy of Indonesia’s beautiful room, the Balai Kartini, named after the republic’s greatest heroine. Next week, August 15 (Indonesia’s Independence Day is on August 17) there will be a cultural event and dinner organised by the Balai […]