Arts in the City / Lights, action… dancing

Arts editor HELEN MUSA’s weekly wrap of all-things-arts in Canberra.

Dancers on the set of “Carriberrie”… National Film and Sound Archive from February 22.

THE National Film and Sound Archive is screening “Carriberrie”, an immersive, 14-minute, virtual-reality film introduced by actor David Gulpilil and Uncle Jack Charles, 11am-2pm, February 22-June 1. It features 156 dancers and 36 performances celebrating indigenous song and dance. It’s free, headsets are provided and no bookings required.

Irish singer Mary Coughlan… Canberra Irish Club, Weston, February 20.
Dancers on the set of “Carriberrie”… National Film and Sound Archive from February 22.

JAZZ and blues diva Mary Coughlan, dubbed “Ireland’s Billie Holiday” for the extraordinary depth of her emotional expression, is back at  Canberra Irish Club, Weston, on Wednesday, February 20. Book at or 6288 5088.

AUSTRALIAN musical star Marina Prior will sing a selection of her favourite songs with the Canberra Wind Symphony in a concert under the stars at a Mona Farm, near Braidwood, on Saturday, February 23. Courtesy buses available. Bookings to or 6285 6290.

MEMBER for Monaro and NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro, fresh from announcing NSW government funding of $71,250 for Queanbeyan Art Society, has now secured a grant for a Queanbeyan tartan designed and produced with the House of Tartan in Murrumbateman. It will be worn by official town crier and local arts identity, Joe McGrail-Bateup.

JUDITH Clingan and her recorder group The Wayfarers will test underground acoustics in a concert called ”The Beauty of the Earth” in Carey’s Cave, Wee Jasper, at 5.30pm on Saturday, February 23. A highlight will be the premiere of “The Mystery of the Cave”, written for recorder quartet by “CityNews” music writer, Robert Kennedy. Tickets at the gate.

AD Hoc Baroque will perform Scarlatti’s “Il Giardino d’Amore,” the love story of Venus and Adonis at St Paul’s Church, Manuka, 2pm, Sunday, February 17. Book at

MELBOURNE operatic baritone Michael Lampard and pianist Alan Hicks perform “The Sweet Country Air” at Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 3pm, Sunday, February 17. Book at or at the door (no EFTPOS).

SALUT! Baroque presents “Melancholy & Mirth”, a collection of music written purely for entertainment by the likes of Mozart, Bach, Locatelli, Cimarosa, Matteis and Farina, which includes Leopold Mozart’s clever “Toy Symphony”. At Albert Hall, Friday, February 22. Book at

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