Arts in the City / Burlesque star off to Las Vegas

Jazida… performing in Las Vegas on May 31. Photo by Damien Geary.

CANBERRA burlesque artist and dance teacher Rachel Reid, who performs as Jazida, has been accepted as one of only three Australian acts to perform at the Burlesque Hall of Fame “Movers, Shakers and Innovators” showcase in Las Vegas on May 31. Local performers have come together to put on a fundraising show called “Faraway Fever” at The Abbey, Gold Creek, on April 20. Bookings to

EMMA Holland has been announced as the ACT finalist in the 2018 RAW Comedy National Grand Final, at the Melbourne Town Hall, April 15. The winning prize is a trip to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

THE new “Flash Fiction Fun Weekend” is a writers’ festival for writers only (emerging and established) to turbocharge their writing skills. East Hotel, Kingston, April 20-21. Details at

The musical comedy “The Tribe”… opening the Spanish Film Festival on April 18.

THE 21st Spanish Film Festival will open with a fiesta and screening of the street dancing musical comedy “The Tribe” and close with Guillermo del Toro’s masterpiece “Pan’s Labyrinth”. At Palace Electric, April 18-May 6. Details at

CRAFT ACT’s Craft + Design Centre has exceeded its goal of raising $10,000 to fund the pilot of the contemporary indigenous craft and design residency and workshop program. Creative Partnerships Australia agreed to match dollar-for-dollar all funds raised up to $10,000.

Mandolin superstar Avi Avital… at Llewellyn Hall on April 19.

MANDOLIN superstar Avi Avital is coming to Canberra for Musica Viva, performing with the Giocoso String Quartet at Llewellyn Hall on April 19. Book at

THE “Not Very Quiet” journal poetry fundraiser will present women’s perspectives on refugee experiences of cultural transition and resettlement. Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street, Civic, 7pm-9pm on Monday, April 16. All proceeds to Canberra Refugee Support.

The Celtic Tenors… at The Q, April 17-18.

THE globe-trotting trio, The Celtic Tenors, will perform Irish songs such as “Danny Boy” and “You Raise Me Up” with other favourites at The Q, April 17-18. Book at or 6285 6290.

A PHOTOGRAPHIC exhibition by Kingsley Herbert focusing on coastal scenery and wildlife from SA to Tasmania will be seen at Kangara Waters Community Centre, 2 Joy Cummings Place, Belconnen, 10am-4pm, on April 14-15. All welcome.

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