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‘Seductive sweetness’ of the female voice

Anna Fraser, soprano

HELEN MUSA previews another week of Canberra arts in her latest Artsweek column.

Art Song Canberra presents Anna Fraser, soprano and Hannah Lane, Italian triple harp, in Dolcissimo, a celebration of the “seductive sweetness” of the female voice featuring Italian vocal music of the late Renaissance through to the Baroque. Wesley Music Centre, May 19.

The Belgian Embassy will open its gates again for its third Befair, billed as a great day of bee fun presided over by Maya the Bee. 19 Arkana Street Yarralumla, May 19.

LGBTQIA+ activist Barry Charles and screenwriter, director and artist Samuel Leighton-Dore take part in a free panel conversation, Men In Love, at the National Film and Sound Archive, May 18. Then on May 19 Book Club at the NFSA continues with a focus on Little Women.

Questacon’s latest blockbuster exhibition, Curiosity : Building Breakthroughs in Lego Bricks is billed as an exhilarating exploration of scientific knowledge, technological advancements, engineering feats, and mathematical wonders, recreated in detail with Lego. Questacon, until May 2025.


  • Persian fusion ensemble Avaye Rood will play their new single, supported by Mahesh & Tapestries of Sound alongside performances by Iranian musicians Pouya Laghaei & Kaykhosro Mokhtari and local artists Parastoo Seif & Marjan Bonyadi. The Hive, Crawford Street, Queanbeyan, May 17.
  • Kathryn Selby joins the Goldner String Quartet, James Fairfax Theatre, NGA, May 17.
  • Violinist/violist and viola d’amore player, John Ma, returns to the Wesley Lunchtime concert series in The Duke Speaks, a program that focuses on his own Baroque violin, made by Richard Duke in London around 1770. Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, May 22.
  • Canberra Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jessica Cottis, performs Edge of the World, Llewellyn Hall, May 22 and 23.


  • Subject to Change is QL2 Dance’s annual show at The Playhouse, May 16-18.
  • Clubscore, Canberra queer art and sport collective led by Zev Aviv and Ketura Budd, will present Premium Halftime Show, Rehearsal Room, Belconnen Arts Centre, May 17.
  • In How do we Fix a Turbulent World? human rights barrister and TV’s Hypothetical presenter Geoffrey Robertson analyses current affairs while giving insight into his life and famous cases. Canberra Theatre, May 22.

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