Arts in the City / Circus Oz with a Canberra accent

Lachlan Sukroo carries the show in Circus Oz. Photo by Ray Blackburn

CIRCUS Oz is coming back to town with its family show “Model Citizens”. Two of the performers, Jake Silvestro and Lachlan Sukroo, grew up in Canberra and started their careers with Warehouse Circus, eventually forming Poncho Circus here before running away to join Circus Oz. Expect mesmerising aerialists, cheeky characters, daredevil acrobats, cigar box juggling, hula hooping and “backyard banter”. At Canberra Theatre, August 16-18. Bookings to canberratheaterecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.

THE ever-questing Griffyn Ensemble has been in Tennant Creek working with Arrernte, indigenous song-writing legend Warren H Williams to create more stories and songs about the stars. Now new “astro-works”, written by Williams and Griffyn, alongside a reworking of Griffyn’s “Southern Sky” will be performed in slightly less starry Canberra. “One Sky, Many Stories” will be at Belconnen Arts Centre, August 18. Bookings to griffyn.iwannaticket.com.au

AROUND 1600 young people and adults in 53 choirs from Canberra and interstate, will take part in this year’s choirs section of the Australian National Eisteddfod, August 17-18, at Canberra Girls Grammar School Hall and Llewellyn Hall. The event will climax on the Saturday evening when six choirs will take part in the Open Australian Choral Challenge and Open Choral Group sections, with a first prize of $5500. Bookings to nationaleisteddfod.org.au

Violinist  Ray Chen… Llewellyn Hall, 7pm, August 16. Photo by Sophie Zhai.

VIOLINIST Ray Chen has millions of social media followers, a partnership with Giorgio Armani and a spot in the 2017 Forbes list of 30 most influential Asians under 30. Chen will be here with French pianist Julien Quentin for Musica Viva, performing Beethoven, Grieg, Falla, Monti and a world premiere of “Dark Matter” by Matthew Hindson. At Llewellyn Hall, 7pm, August 16. Bookings to musicaviva.com.au

“One Night Only” celebrating the music of the Bee Gees… Lanyon Vikings, August 18.

“ONE Night Only” is a celebration of the music of the Bee Gees and boasts at least one star from years gone by in bass player, Neil Rhodes, who used to play for Gerry and the Pacemakers. At Lanyon Vikings, 8pm, Saturday, August 18. Bookings to vikings.com.au

CAPO, the Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation, marks 35 years of fundraising for the arts at its November gala, “Nautical but Nice”. But first, Award applications are open until October 1 to all practising ACT artists. Bookings and applications to capo.org.au

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