MonthFebruary 2019

Carriberrie – virtual reality celebration of Indigenous Australian dance and song

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
10am-2pm daily until 1 June 2019

Carriberrie features 156 dancers and 36 performances, encompassing traditional and contemporary dance. It was shot on locations including Uluru, Sydney Opera House, the Arnhem Wetlands and the Torres Strait. it is narrated by actors David Gulpilil and Jack Charles.

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Sulari Gentill – All the Tears in China

Pantera Press 2019

Sulari Gentill just gets better and better. All the Tears in China is the latest of the addictive and absorbing Rowland Sinclair mysteries. This is the sort of book that makes it seem perfectly reasonable to read till 4am just to finish it, just because you can’t bear not to know the denouement in full and RIGHT NOW.

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Nancy Tingey: Magic Happens – The Story of Painting with Parkinsons

Edited by Bernadette Hince
Self-published, Canberra Australia 2019

Artist Nancy Tingey OAM dedicates this book to her husband Robert John Tingey, diagnosed with Parkinsons at the age of 46 in 1987 and died aged 77 on 17 November 2017.

It was Bob who first became involved with the Parkinson’s Disease Society of the ACT, but it was in 1993 that Nancy decided to start an art group called Painting with Parkinsons.

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Alliance Française 30th French Film Festival

Palace Electric Cinema Canberra 7 March to 10 April

The utterly delicious French Film Festival returns to Canberra with 54 films across a variety of styles and genres. With 30 years under its belt, the festival celebrates with a grand array of films and plenty of special events to entice Francophiles and film lovers.

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Angela Pisciotta and Bertha Firebrace – Things of Yarn and Wood

Strathnairn Arts Homestead Gallery until 3 March

This beautiful exhibition is by mother and daughter Aunty Bertha Firebrace and Angela Pisciotta. Bertha is a Wiradjuri/Yorta Yorta woman, an emerging artist painting her stories on wooden objects and Angela is a Wiradjuri woman who has now been in Canberra for 24 years or so and calls it home. Angela works in woven forms including basketry.

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Canberra Bonsai Society

Australian Plants as Bonsai Exhibition
23 to 24 February 2019
Australian National Botanic Gardens – Crosbie Morrison Building
Open Sat. 9.30am to 4.30pm and Sun. 9.30am to 4pm

Enjoy a display of more than 30 bonsai by Canberra based artists showing the diversity of Australian plants. There are demonstrations daily at 2pm for those interested in learning techniques and small group guided tours daily at 12 noon through the gardens to show the large versions of the bonsai native trees.

Visitors can vote for their favourite bonsai and there is a raffle offers the  chance to win a native bonsai and some books.

  • Admission $5 adults, $3 concession and children under 12 years free entry when with an adult.
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Padma Menon – Moving Archetypes

Free introductory workshops 12 and 16 February 2019: Ganesha—the bestower of new beginnings and Rasa classical Indian dance.

Two new Indian dance courses offer students a meditative practice or the principles of the classical Indian tradition.

Padma Menon has over 30 years’ international experience as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and facilitator. She has performed in venues all over the world and created numerous original contemporary and traditional Indian dance productions for high profile festivals and venues internationally.

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Dance for Wellbeing

Belconnen Arts Centre and Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Classes run concurrently with ACT school terms.

Having had the privilege of sitting in as an observer on a taster session for the Dance for Wellbeing program, I must compliment Philip Piggin and his colleagues and the two arts centres for such excellent provision of dance classes for people with Parkinsons, dementia and at all mobility levels.

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Canberra Sinfonia: Peter and the Wolf, 16-17 Feb 2019

Canberra: St John’s Church Hall, 45 Constitution Avenue Reid, Saturday 16th February 2pm and 3:30pm

Goulburn: Trinity Catholic College Hall,
Clinton St & College Streets, Sunday 17 February, 2pm

Narrated by Charles Hudson and conducted by artistic director, Leonard Weiss

Peter and the Wolf tells the story of Peter, a young boy who ignores his grandfather’s advice and ventures beyond the safe enclosure of his back garden. Outside he encounters a variety of animals, some friendly and others not so friendly, with much adventure, charm and laughter ensuing.

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