This is a wonderfully funny, wonderfully clever social-political satire that takes a swipe, albeit not a vicious one, at almost every aspect of contemporary life.
Former diplomat Peter Rodgers aimed to write a book with a laugh on every page, and he has succeeded. There is a serious intent and much research in this work, but the humour is what the reader carries away, demonstrating that a skilled hand has directed it.
With music from countries around the world, you can enjoy the travel currently not possible in real life by attending a class at Folk Dance Canberra. Classes are suitable for all ages and all levels of dance experience.
Folk Dance Canberra is a welcoming community providing physical and social well-being through world dance. No partner necessary (socially distanced Covid safe dancing).
Suki & Hugh Gallery 38A Gibraltar Street Bungendore, NSW Saturday 13 February – Sunday 21 March 2021 Opening on 13 February 2021, 10am – 4pm
Observe is Sydney artist Jane Gerrish’s third solo show. In it she transports us to the glamourous Côte d’Azur of the 1920s and beyond, revealing captivating detail of the master Henri Matisse in his studios.
A selection of the stories is being published online in the lead up to the 2021 Gunning Arts Festival and some will be selected to be performed and published in a booklet to be printed as part of the Festival.
The Charleston Scandal is Pamela Hart’s 37th book, an absorbing and highly readable historical fiction that dives into the issue of class and privilege in British society in the 1920s, particularly in the royal and sub-royal echelons. It is also a delightful glimpse into the life of the theatre at that time.
Siblings is a story told from two points of view and the book itself reflects this. Read from one end, the book is in the voice of the sister, while from the other end it is in the voice of the brother. The stories meet in the middle with the same dilemma.
Produced and presented by Liz Lea and the Australian Talented Youth Project, supported by the Office for Disability Inclusion and Participation and Ausdance ACT’s Small Grants Fund (in turn supported by the ACT Government), the I Dance Festival will showcase excellence in dance films curated and created by artists with disability across the ACT, Australia and the world.
The festival is hosted by Hanna Cormick, Matt Shilcock and Liz Lea for the 2020 International Day of People with Disability.
Film artists include Katrina Mcpherson, Simon Fildes & Marc Brew, Fayen D’Evie & Hillary Goidell, Sue Jo Wright, Imago Theatre & Hanna Cormick, Restless Dance Theatre, Josh Twee & Matt Shilcock, Joshua Campton and Riana Head-Toussaint.
I Dance has Auslan Interpretation, Captions and Audio Description.
The Australian Dance Awards were presented online on Tuesday 8 December, acknowledging achievements across 2018 and 2019 in 12 categories.
They celebrate the rich diversity and uniqueness of dance in Australia with national companies, performers and collaborating artists, dedicated studio, school and tertiary teachers, regional and remote artists, independents, youth and community dance groups.
Bungendore Fine Art 5 December 2020 to 25 January 2021
Depicting birds from the inland to the coast, this exhibition celebrates the diversity of birdlife inhabiting and visiting South Eastern Australia. These recent works are watercolour, gouache and mixed media.
Lesley Wallington is a professional award-winning artist and tutor. Lesley is a keen bird watcher who volunteers for the South Coast Shorebird Recovery program. She currently paints in her home studio and conducts classes and workshops for Nature Art Lab in Canberra.
Alchemy Chorus brings together people living with dementia, their relative or close friend, volunteer musicians and singers for a morning of music-making, story-sharing, laughter and fun.
The choir normally meets from 10am to 12noon on Thursdays at the Hughes Community Centre but COVID restrictions have meant a temporary relocation to the park opposite. Under the shade of an oak, the group works on its extensive repertoire under the leadership of Brian Triglone.
Barbie spoke to Alchemy Choir organisers and participants
Alchemy Chorus was founded in 2016 and provides not only the benefits of music but also of social interaction for both carers and dementia sufferers. The socialising with people who understand their situation is cited by carers as a major plus for the group. A third of the group is made up of volunteers, allowing for smooth administration and the organisation of regular concert performances.
We enjoyed a morning with the choir and found it to be a welcoming and well organised group, coping magnificently with the difficulties of the time, enjoying a great range of familiar songs and a healthy dose of laughter. Some excellent voices are members of the choir and these people are often soloists in the concerts.
New members are always welcome. It is advised to contact the choir organisers before attending. Contact details are on the Alchemy Chorus website.