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Wallet-crushing in search for ‘something spectacular’

"I wanted something spectacular. On the wine list were a couple of Barolo’s, the Italian wine from the Piedmont region made entirely from the varietal Nebbiolo," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER stepping out for the first time in a while. 

Schoolboy Will’s on screen and in the film fest

Arts editor HELEN MUSA speaks to 13-year-old Canberra High student William Best about his first film role in “Safety Net”, showcased at the Sydney Film Festival.

Artsday / Minister dashes from museum to gallery

MINISTER for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts Paul Fletcher made a mad dash this morning (June 2) from opening the National Museum’s show...

‘Diversity’ shines in arts funding round

The names of 17 successful applicants to the ACT government’s most recent arts activities (formerly project) funding round were announced yesterday (June 1) by Arts Minister Gordon Ramsay.

Muddy Wolfe releases second EP

What’s happening where… it’s all in arts editor HELEN MUSA’s weekly column.

Not packed, but dining is a thrill

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON galloped into Lamshed’s in Yarralumla as soon as restrictions allowed diners to return.

Artsday / National Gallery gets creative with indigenous artists

THE National Gallery of Australia is launching a suite of artist-led online resources to mark National Reconciliation Week.

Oddball comedy takes ‘Office’ cast into space

"CityNews" streamer-in-chief NICK OVERALL looks at what's hot in home viewing this week and whether we're prepared to accept advertising breaks. 

Is the ‘new’ cultural festival really new?

Two and a half months after the announcement of a new winter festival to be called “Elsewhere”, ACT Arts Minister Gordon Ramsay has announced yet another festival to be called “Where You Are” – but it’s probably the same one, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Artsday / Timely exhibitions celebrate indigenous art

Arts editor HELEN MUSA reports on what's on in the Canberra arts scene.

ACT musician heads a national initiative for kids

Musica Viva in Schools has taken its program completely online—and it’s a Canberra initiative, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Artsday / Carillon becomes an ‘electric canvas’ for Reconciliation

Another day in the arts, rounded up by arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Visual artists rise to the top in First Nations Awards

Visual arts identities Alison Milyika Carroll and Djon Mundine have been honoured with the Red Ochre Awards for Lifetime Achievement at the First Nations Arts Awards, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

NGA to open on Tuesday

The National Gallery of Australia will welcome people back through its doors from Tuesday, June 2.

It’s official, Cottis takes the CSO reins

It's now official that conductor Jessica Cottis will take over the reins at Canberra Symphony Orchestra from chief conductor and artistic director Nick Milton, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Artsday / Portrait Gallery shows 36-panel work for Reconciliation Week

Arts editor HELEN MUSA rounds up another day in the arts in Canberra.

How a movie sent merlot sideways

"Seeing the movie 'Sideways' again got me thinking about how unfair the insecure hero is towards merlot and how I now want to slap him," writes our normally passive wine columnist RICHARD CALVER.

Shared fascination with light and surface

MEREDITH HINCHLIFFE reviews “Transference”, online and at Craft ACT Craft + Design Centre, a collaborative exhibition by artists Robyn Campbell and Jo Victoria.

Phoenix rises in digital mode

Director of the Phoenix Collective, violinist Dan Russell talks to arts editor HELEN MUSA about his newest venture.

Heine on pliés, pinot and paying her dues

Dancer and choreographer Michelle Heine will go down in Canberra’s theatre history as the last Gold CAT, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.





The blossoming relationship that could lead to reform

The relationship between Christian and Sally can be seen now as a significant contributor to Scott Morrison’s bid, outlined this week, to seek a consensus approach to reforming the industrial relations landscape, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.


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