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Cathy arrives job-ready for Ausdance ACT 

Cathy Adamek is Ausdance ACT's first full-time director in five years, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Arts centres need to be part of the ‘new normal’

"The emphasis for arts centres should be based on community control with creative leadership from linked-in arts organisations and artists with professional expertise in working with residents," says "Canberra matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Alarming email suggests cuts to arts grants 

Artists desperately awaiting results of the ACT government’s current round of arts activities grants have been alarmed by an enigmatic email from ArtsACT today (October 26), suggesting that the grants may not go ahead.

Artsday / Canberra musicians come out to play

Canberra will be deluged with more than rain this week as its musicians begin to emerge from isolation, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her daily arts round-up.

Streaming evolves to a TV future?

DESPITE all the fascinating new ways we're taking in television, streaming may actually be on a path to resembling more… well, traditional television, says NICK OVERALL.

Review/ ‘Intriguing’ incidents explore intimacy

“Intimacy” is a tantalising 45 minutes of seemingly unrelated and often intriguing collection of incidents, which, while entertaining and well executed, often leave the audience guessing as to their relevance to the stated topic, writes reviewer BILL STEPHENS. Jazida

Canberra District shiraz wins two NSW trophies

CANBERRA District winery Lerida Estate picked up two trophies at the NSW Wine Awards.  

Review / Sublime evening of memorable music

Reviewer LEN POWER savours an evening of romantic works exploring emotions associated with the joy of love and the pain of its loss.

Seven classics for the new REP season

Canberra REP will present a 2021 season of classics, with seven rather than the usual six plays, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Movie review / ‘Baby Done’ (PG)

"Baby Done’s" screenplay squeezes out every possible social, emotional, medical, obstetric and relationship problem that might confront a woman in her first pregnancy, writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘On the Rocks’ (M)

Here's a "wonderfully satisfying combination of narrative style and gently insistent drama that steers clear of message or unresolvable tension". DOUGAL MACDONALD reviews "On the Rocks".  

Movie review / ‘Never Too Late’ (M)

DOUGAL MACDONALD review a mildly amusing movie that tells about four veterans planning to repeat their escape from a Vietnamese PoW camp. Escape? From where? From an Adelaide veterans’ retirement village.

‘Normal’ makes the abnormal relatable

"Normal" is a vivid depiction of teenage life under pressure, writes reviewer JOHN LOMBARD.

Exhibition explores mixed heritage identity

The colourful mixed-media works of Emma Rani Hodges explores her mixed-heritage identity, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

CSO to highlight Aussie works in 2021

Twenty-four Australian works will sit alongside classics in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s 2021 season, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Artsday / Araluen exhibition responds to natural disasters

The 'Last Summer' exhibition captures the local response to bushfires in Araluen earlier this year, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her daily arts round-up.

One-to-one concerts build support for music

ANU music lecturers are at the forefront of an international, one-to-one music project launched in Sydney this morning, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Where dough is king and the pizza glorious

The team at the Department of Pizza has mastered the art of making dough, writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Celebrating the art of restless contrarian Connee

An art-meets-history show celebrates one of Queanbeyan's larger-than-life characters, Connee-Colleen Cameron, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Artsday / Chris Sebastian coming to The Street

Chris Sebastian, winner of 'The Voice Australia' in July, will perform at the Street Theatre on Friday night (October 23), writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her daily arts round-up.





‘Normal’ makes the abnormal relatable

"Normal" is a vivid depiction of teenage life under pressure, writes reviewer JOHN LOMBARD.


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