Artsday / Hesitant Canberrans aren’t ready for live shows

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NEW data from the Australia council shows that audiences are embracing opportunities to return to arts and cultural events. Since data was first collected in May, audience readiness to attend has increased from 22 per cent to 28 per cent, nationally. Confidence is currently highest in the Northern Territory with 39 per cent and (oddly) lowest in the ACT with 20 per cent. Audiences are continuing to participate in arts and culture at home, with 73 per cent recently consuming online experiences like live-streamed events and virtual exhibitions.

RMC woodwind players

THE Royal Military College Band Woodwinds will perform works by Piazzolla, Simaku and Uruguayan composer Beatriz Lockhart in a lunchtime concert at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest, 12.40pm-1.20pm, Wednesday, July 29. Bookings essential here or 6232 7248.

CTC@HOME continues streaming live this week, with Chrissie Shaw performing Greg Lissaman’s kids’ play “Gran’s Bag” at 4pm, today, July 27, followed by Zhi Yi Cham reading poems at 5.30pm. Then on Wednesday, July 29 the cooking show “Lazy at Home” with Andrew Duong and Adelaide Rief will stream at 6pm, followed by Toby Cole’s ANU Chamber Choir at 7.30pm. Friday kicks off with Live Music from Sesame Girl at 6pm, followed at 8pm by “The World from Here” with Chris Endrey. Accessible here.

One of the “deferred” musos, sax player Mark Ginsburg.

GEOFF Page has reluctantly deferred his “Jazz at Smiths” gigs until next year, assuming the virus abates and/or a vaccine is found. He is proposing that supporters to consider sending a fraction of what they might have spent on the concert to be to the musos who would have played.

Artist Ken Knight in Antarctica

AARWUN Gallery is holding a party marking its 20-year history and the 40th practising year of landscape artist Ken Knight, whose paintings, including works from his recent trip to Antarctica, will be on show in a huge solo exhibition running at Shop 11, Federation Square, O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls, from August 1-23. The black tie celebratory dinner will be at the Abbey in Gold Greek, 6.30pm for 7pm, July 31. Bookings essential to or 6230 2055.


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