‘Silvery Moon’ fun as arts centre celebrates

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IT’S all go at one of our busiest southside community arts hubs as Tuggeranong Arts Centre gears up for its silver anniversary event– the Silvery Moon Festival, and it’s time to sign up for workshops.

Instead of celebrating 25 years conventionally by buying in big-name artists, they’ve embarked on a month of feverish creative activity leading to a lakeside alcohol-free celebration to take place on November 7.

Of course it doesn’t happen by accident and under the watchful eye of the event’s creative producer, Julian Hobba, a series of hands and feet-on workshops are underway to ensure a genuine community day.

Aspiring dancers can learn all or any of five different dance styles. Community artists can join in creating masks to adorn an orb-like moon and if it all gets too much, there’s a series of free film screenings planned along the way.

And there will be exhibitions and art projects running that reflect the life of the region.

“The Fire did not beat us: 100 years of fighting bushfires in the Australian Capital Territory 1915-2015” opens at 7pm this Thursday, October 1 and “Photo: 2901” is a photography project and exhibition featuring Instagram and ‘I-phonography’ looking at what people. From 9-11am this Saturday, October 3 you can take a ‘photo walk’ to explore the streets, people and landscape .

Inquiries to tuggeranongarts.com or 6293 1443.

Mask-making workshop
Mask-making workshop
FREE mask-making workshops start on Monday, October 5 with Canberra artists Polly Crowden and Kate Llewellyn to create “The Universe Alight,” the Silvery Moon Festival.

FREE mask-casting workshops take place throughout October between 5 and 7pm as people have their faces cast as one of the masks to make up a sun sculpture at the centre of “The Universe Alight”.

Dancing workshops include one-hour dance tutorials in Nepalese, Filipino, Brazilian, Middle-Eastern and Bollywood dance styles commence on October 28, leading to performances at the Silvery Moon Festival. Details are below.

There will be costume-making workshops with designers Alison Bogg and Christiane Nowak at 6.30pm and film screenings at 7.30pm from the same culture following each dance tutorial and a one-off bush dance costume workshop, 6pm-7pm, on October 28.

Just turn up for dance tutorials, but bookings essential for the free film screenings to tuggeranongarts.com

‘Shore dancing” program

TAC Car Park 5.30 – 6.30pm Oct 28 Aishwarya with Nepalese dance

TAC Carpark 5.30 – 6.30pm, Oct 29 Bing Snelson with Filipino dance

TAC Car Park 5.30 – 6.30pm, Oct 30 Brazilian Samba

TAC Car Park 5.30 – 6.30pm Nov 3 Belly Dance

TAC Car Park 5.30 – 6.30pm, Nov 5 Bollywood with Swapna Thilak

The full program is accessible at tuggeranongarts.com

The Silvery Moon Festival is by the Lake outside Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 1 – 9.30pm, Satruday November 7, all welcome.


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