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JIMMY Giggle, Hoot the Owl and their best owl pal Hootabelle are coming town with their first live stage show “Giggle and Hoot and Friends”, directed by Garry Ginivan in a 50-minute spectacular. They’ll be joined on stage by favourite ABC characters, Bananas in Pyjamas and LazyTown with songs, lots of dancing and colourful costumes. At Canberra Theatre Centre, January 23-24, bookings to 6275 2700 or

ON February 12, Dr Jolanta Gallagher tells us, the eyes of the artistic world will be on the National Arts Summit Arts Quest, “Height and Hopes,” to be held in Canberra. Confirmed speakers include Robyn Archer, music educator Richard Gill, poet Les Murray and Viennese voice expert Prof Claudia Visca. Great news for us and the arts, but now it’s time for you to have your say on what’s important by answering a short, confidential survey at

THE fabulous ANCA Gallery at Rosevear Place, Dickson, is available for hire between January 9-20 while the gallery program is in recess – a good space to document work, rehearse and record performances and develop installation-based works, but public events are not permitted. Hire fee is $50 a day plus bond. Email Janice Falsone at

THE very generous Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society of Canberra has awarded two prizes of $1000 each in the ADFAS/ANU School of Arts Emerging Artists program to glass artist Emilie Patteson and sculptor Haeli Van Veen.

ANOTHER quiet mover and shaker in Canberra, Helen Swan’s Resonants choir, raised $1000 at its family charity concert in December and has handed it over to PatCH at The Canberra Hospital to help support sick children.

CANBERRA Glassworks’ “100 Days of Glass” for the Centenary of Canberra has kicked off with “Glassimations”, an exhibition curated by Lienors Torre and featuring the work of Torre and Alastair Boell, Tom Moore, Mark Elliott and Jack McGrath, Deirdre Feeney and Lee Whitmore, all working with glass to create animations. Kids will love it and there’s also a holiday class called “Kids Animation Special: Glass in Motion”. Visit

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