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Supportive youth programs put on hold 

Activities and programs run by the youth engagement team at Belconnen Youth Services will be put on hold until further notice.

Untold stories stay untold as museum delays new exhibition

Arts editor HELEN MUSA reports on delays, cancellations and changes around the Canberra arts scene.

Art prize gets creative in strange times 

The Picture House Art Prize, part of the inaugural Gunning Arts Festival, will still go ahead, most likely online, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Symphony orchestra shines without an audience

Through the closeup view of the players in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, they never relaxed in producing the finest sound even without an audience, writes ROB KENNEDY.

More galleries fall victim to the virus

Arts editor HELEN MUSA writes that more galleries, including the National Portrait Gallery, have closed as a response to the crisis.

Rage greets the prospect of new arts festival

THE new, election-year arts festival "Elsewhere" has been paused by ArtsACT in the face of the coronavirus disruptions. 

Thumbs up for pretty, peaceful dining at the river

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON enjoys casual dining at the pretty, peaceful Riverbank of Queanbeyan café.

Leonard’s learning lots in Baltimore

Canberra conductor Leonard Weiss is busy with his studies in Baltimore, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres closed

Arts editor HELEN MUSA's update on the latest event and gallery closures.

‘Unique’ pottery crafts a rich dining experience

This exhibition is important in demonstrating how artists who use different media can come together and give people pleasure whenever they eat, writes craft reviewer MEREDITH HINCHLIFFE after seeing “The Chef and the Potter" exhibition.

National Gallery shuts its doors

The National Gallery of Australia will be closed until further notice, it has just been announced (March 23).

Symphony orchestra goes ‘live’ while other events fall

Arts editor HELEN MUSA continues to keep up-to-date with events that are cancelling and events that are adapting. Here are the latest...

Half of folk festival staff to go

Fifty per cent of staff at National Folk Festival headquarters will have to go as the organisation rebuilds and regroups.

Curtain down for theatre as virus takes the spotlight

FOR the first time in its history Canberra Theatre Centre will be closed to the public from today (March 18) until April 19 in response to COVID-19.

Arts events are adapting, and falling, across the region

AS arts cancellations continue to mount, the 2020 Sydney Eisteddfod, at this stage, plans to go ahead on May 23 in the hope that the COVID-19 crisis will have eased by then. Entries at sydneyeisteddfod.com.au have been extended to March 23.

International music festival silenced by virus

Following further indoor event bans, the 2020 Canberra International Music Festival has been cancelled despite the artistic director, Roland Peelman, being optimistic earlier in the week. 

‘Whacky’ cafe idea hits the spot for night owls 

"Even the folks behind Kita wondered what they were thinking when they opened a nocturnal hotspot, but it's paid off, writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON. 

Mico’s big, new canvases go deep into space

Domenic Mico is using his art to take a leap into the cosmos, says arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Symphony Orchestra plays without an audience

In lieu of the cancelled Canberra Symphony Orchestra performances, which would have featured English-born Australian organist Joseph Nolan on Wednesday and Thursday, the orchestra, conducted by Nick Milton, has recorded Saint-Saens’ “Organ Symphony” without an audience.

Folk Festival backflips on its plans to go ahead

Almost a week after the National Folk Festival announced it would go ahead with the event at a time when other major events were being cancelled as a response to COVID-19, the festival has now said it has revisited its decision.

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