THE iconic Smith’s Alternative Bookstore in Civic will be officially re-opened tonight by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher.
Having traded as a bookstore since 1976, the store was recently purchased by well known local identities Dominic Mico and Jorian Gardner, which will see the space transformed into a live performance venue.
Dominic is the former Director of both the Tuggeranong Arts Centre and the National Multicultural Festival while Jorian is the former Director of the Canberra Fringe Festival.
“The venue will become a Canberra’s newest performing arts venue – showcasing cabaret, local live music, burlesque and comedy and maintain a collection of books for sale,” Ms Gallagher says.
“Both Dominic and Jorian are well known local identities and having been involved in the performing arts in this town for many years, it is great to see them join forces on this new project.”
The bookstore will also include vintage clothing by local company April’s Caravan as well as selling collectables and music.
The new store, at 76 Alinga Street, will re-open at 5.30pm tonight.