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‘Most extraordinary performance”

“The Christmas Truce” – Concert 19 Canberra International Music Festival Fitters’ Workshop, May 16 Reviewed by Clinton White

Barbie and other dolls at CMAG: ‘little receptacles of meaning’

TODAY, Canberra Museum and Gallery assures us, Barbie can range from a glamorous bit of eye candy to an astronaut, but even having a...

Come to the cabaret, old chum

Arts editor HELEN MUSA's week includes cabaret and lots of theatre in her latest Arts in the City column.

Budding puppeteers wanted for new course at Belco

MARIANNE Mettes is a Canberra puppeteer, puppet-maker, artist and performer who works full-time through her company PuppetOOdle. Mettes has trained with master puppeteers from...

Arts funding delivers mixed bag

ALTHOUGH mercifully early this year, as usual ACT arts funding is a mixed bag. On the national front, Creative Partnerships Australia has announced $1,338,148 in-principle...

ANZAC painting visits Parliament House

PARLIAMENT HOUSE yesterday witnessed the installation of the seminal  work of art, “ANZAC, the landing 1915”, in its new temporary home on Level 1. George...

Arts / A question of glass and when it isn’t

A POWERFUL retrospective of work by glass artist Kirstie Rea has just opened at the Canberra Museum and Gallery – and it raises questions...

Fashfest 2014: Night 1

THIS year’s Fashfest brought with it high expectations: the local fashion festival’s 2013 premiere drew huge crowds, made national headlines and put previously unheard...

Arts in the City / A musical journey to Lisbon

THE five-piece Alma Orquestra plans to transport Smith’s to Lisbon with Fado and folkloric songs of the Iberian Peninsula, as well as music from...

The Descendants (M) ? ? ?

IT’S more rewarding to ignore than give credence to the PR hyperbole accompanying Alexander Payne’s serio-comic family drama. George Clooney plays Matt, lawyer, principal in...

Arts / Bands to dazzle at Llewellyn Hall

Tarantara! Tarantara! The Open Bands sections of the Australian National Eisteddfod is coming up. Eleven concert and brass bands will take the stage at Llewellyn...

Review / ‘The Himalayas’ (M) 124 mins ****

SINCE 1998, South Korean film-makers have made more than 1560 feature titles. We’ve seen only two in this century until Seok-Hoon Lee’s docu-drama...

‘Due to popular demand’ – more ‘Sweet Charity’ matinees.

THE "Due to popular demand" signs have gone up as, flushed with the success of  “Sweet Charity” at the Sydney Theatre Awards on Monday...

Arts / Artists dabbling in daydreams

THE Tin Shed Art Group’s 19th annual show, “Daydreams”, is at the Watson Art Centre, 10am-4pm, Wednesday-Sunday, until November 9. The 10 exhibiting artists,...

Strong start to the best festival that never was

TONY MAGEE reviews the first performances of the Canberra International Music Festival's virtual response to its coronavirus cancellation with "The Best Festival We Never Had".

Ping Pong debuts in film

  TONIGHT'S the night when The British feature film, “Ping Pong,” makes its Australian debut at the Arc Cinema, along with parts of the documentary...

Meet Canberra’s new Town Crier

ANDREW Barr today, February 8, unveiled that Canberra's new Town Crier will be played by Joseph McGrail-Bateup.  Joseph takes over from Alan Moyse who retired...

Meeting of art and Russian music

RUSSIAN Music will be to the fore at the NGA’s Fairfax Theatre tomorrow night, when Vincent Plush joins pianist Marcela Fiorillo and Spanish visual...

‘Gigfest’ creates a buzz for local musicians

The Canberra region is suddenly awash with arts festivals and “Covideo Gigfest” is the newest festival on the block, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Arts / Festival that’s all about ‘Me’

CANBERRA Youth Theatre’s first venture for the year is “I’m Me”, a twilight performance festival for 7-12 year olds aimed at exploring new ways...





Streaming / More to sport than winning and losing

Sports's not about sport, it's about politics, passion and emotion, says streaming columnist NICK OVERALL. 


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