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Canberra’s best coverage of local arts news plus reviews, including dining, film, theatre, music, visual arts and dance

Tapestry to celebrate Canberra’s Centenary

THE design for the Canberra Centenary Community Tapestry has been launched by Greens MLA and Speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly, Shane Rattenbury. The Canberra...

Review: Running hot and cold

WITH the weather so cold, there are no ends one might go to dine at the hearth of a blazing fire, the very prospect...

Arts in the City / Dervishes whirling for free

THE Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism will mark 100 years of peace between Turkey and Australia with a visit from the UNESCO-rated Sufi...

Dining / ‘Meating’ the challenge of service

“My burger was perfectly cooked... The bun was massive – you need to be a Brumbies player to tackle it," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

The art of affordable inspiration

CREATING a market-style venue to sell affordable, original art has become the mission of local couple Matt McDonald and Melissa Christie, who are working...

Arts / Film helps to heal the wounds of war

CANBERRA filmmaker Graham Gall may be a veteran in cinematic matters, but in "Exit Wounds" he’s an actor. "Exit Wounds", one of the highlights of...

Arts / When the Queen came to town

ONE of the highlights of the enormously-popular British Film Festival will be “When the Queen Came to Town” by Canberra’s Wildbear Productions. Directed by Maurice Murphy...

Arts / Emily’s dance steps in the right direction

CANBERRA has an extraordinary record when it comes to producing elite dancers. Elsewhere, I have written about the principal ballerina with the  Australian Ballet, Lana...
Kelly Paterniti as Juliet... “I guess it’s the last time I'll be able to do the part.” Photo by Daniel Boud

Arts / Kelly kisses Juliet goodbye

JULIET – she’s the stronger half of the world's most famous star-cross'd lovers and to play her is the dream of every young actress...

New menu doesn’t disappoint, pity about the service

"It took more than 30 minutes for starters to start arriving. We went inside to enquire but were just told it wouldn’t be long (it already was)." Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON endures a slow start to what turned out to be a good meal.

Eisteddfod Choirs to go ahead, says Eisteddfod chair

DESPITE fears raised that the Choirs section in the Australian National Eisteddfod may go the way of the National Aria—into oblivion—the event will go...

‘Symbolic’ sculpture relates to Ginninderry’s wildlife

A large gathering of visual arts identities were on hand this morning (October 18) to see Suburban Development Minister Yvette Berry unveil a striking new sculpture commissioned by Ginninderry Estate.

Art by and in the Lake: ‘Art, Not Apart’

PLUNGING into Lake Burley Griffin is just one of the “beautiful and crazy experiences” on offer in the “Art, Not Apart” festival, whose fifth...
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Review / ‘How To Be Single’ (M) *

DIRECTOR Christian Ditter and lead writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein offer us a view of the New York scene for early-20s boys and...

Jane Austen alive again at University House

“CAN you believe it – this is the seventh year I’m doing it,” said a breathless Aylwen Garden-Gardiner, founder and director of the annual...

Arts in the City / Movies, movies everywhere!

MOVIES are all the go in Canberra as the weather warms up. CINE Latino, Australia’s largest festival of Latin American cinema, is in town...

Review: ‘Warts and All’ and well rehearsed

theatre “Warts and All” Written, produced and directed by Bruce Hoogendoorn At Canberra Theatre Courtyard Studio until April 12. Reviewed by Simone Penkethman

Arts in the City / Dreamer Simon brings on the laughs

“SIMON'S Final Sound” is a knockabout, adult comedy by prolific Aussie playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer about unemployed dreamer Simon, who proves the perfect example of...

Review: ‘Guilt Trip’ (M) **

IN Anne Fletcher’s road-trip/family movie, Barbra Streisand plays obsessive widowed mother Joyce whose chemist son Andy (Seth Rogen) loves her but has tried to...

‘Digital natives’ set loose at Youth Theatre

IN Canberra Youth Theatre's new production “Insomniac Attack”, the Junior Ensemble players are let loose  with their technological prowess and invite others – that’s...





The Kafkaesque tale of Canberra’s secret prisoner

The secrecy surrounding Canberra's secret prisoner has led a former NSW Supreme Court justice to question whether Australia is heading down a path towards totalitarianism, as fundamental democratic principles such as open justice are increasingly being curtailed, write PAUL GREGOIRE and UGUR NEDIM


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