With a schools program and a diverting line-up of authors and events, Storyfest is back in business under the patronage of author Markus Zusak and artistic direction of author Meredith Jaffé. The program will soon be published on the festival website https://www.storyfest.org.au/
Strathnairn Gallery 96 Stockdill Drive Holt ACT Until 2 May 2021 Open Thursday to Sunday 10am to 4pm
Having only relatively recently moved to a 200 acre sheep farm, Ellen Bennett had her first taste of the effects of drought as she watched dams dry up, whilst the whole nation watched large populations of fish die in riverways. Television images of the fish kill shocked urban dwellers and environmentalists as well as people on the land.
This experience and subsequent unnerving times of drought, fire and flood gave rise to this exhibition by Ellen Bennett and her daughter, Jessica Peascod. The works are both a celebration of water and a consideration of the fragility of water ecosystems and their inhabitants.
Alex & Annette Hood – a Tribute Supported by Paverty Bush Band and featuring St Gregory Primary School Queanbeyan Bicentennial Hall 1.30pm Saturday 3 April 2021
COVID-19 put paid to last year’s National Folk Festival, at which Alex and Annette Hood were to have received Lifetime Achievement Awards for their significant commitment and contribution to enriching folk music and culture in Australia.
While this year’s festival was also cancelled, the Good Folk event in Queanbeyan during Easter will be a fitting opportunity for them to receive their awards.
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Now playing at Hoyts, Limelight and Palace cinemas in Canberra 89 minutes, rated PG (Mild themes)
This animated German-Luxembourg-Irish co-production (also known by the title Ooops! The Adventure Continues) is a sequel to the 2015 family film known in the UK and Ireland as Two by Two, and All Creatures Big and Small in the US.
It continues the Noah’s Ark theme of the original, this time with the colourful Nestrian and carnivorous Grymp family of stowaways on a creaky ark. With no land in sight, the one thing which keeps the carnivorous animals from eating the herbivores are communal meals of green slop – and food supplies are dwindling fast.
FourPlay String Quartet at Good Folk 5.30pm Sunday 4 April 2021 Queanbeyan Bicentennial Hall
In 1995, four members of the Australian Youth Orchestra started ‘mucking around’ and playing covers of artists such as Jimi Hendrix. As a joke, they entered a university band competition – and won.
After 25 years, FourPlay is still a string quartet, comprised of violinist and singer Lara Goodridge, viola players Tim Hollo and Shenzo Gregorio, and cellist (and Tim’s brother), Peter Hollo. But there’s no penguin suit or evening gown in sight.
Strathnairn, Woolshed Gallery 96 Stockdill Drive Holt ACT Until 18 April 2021 Open Thursday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday – Sunday 12 pm – 3 pm
Carolyn Fitzpatrick’s superb drawings in ink and pastel carry a deep reverence for the landscape and for the tenacious power of nature Her sensitive evocation of land has found a perfect home in the woolshed at Strathnairn.
[email protected] Entries open nationally until 28 May 2021 Shaw Vineyards in partnership with Belconnen Arts Centre 4 to 19 September 2021 at Shaw Vineyards, Murrumbateman, NSW Ticketed event with COVID limitations on numbers
This new prize aims to celebrate outdoor public art that exudes a sense of play and imagination. Artists are encouraged to challenge viewers with experiential works that can be small, large scale, or site specific to the beautiful Shaw Wines and surrounding Murrumbateman countryside.
Sunday, 28 March 2021 Riverbank Cafe, Trinculo Place, Queanbeyan (weather permitting) Performance begins at 4.30pm; concludes approx 5.15pm
Phillip Mackenzie, who has a life-long attachment to the Rubaiyat, is joined by Dawn Gardiner in a witty and wistful conversation between the ageing poet and his slightly more worldly houri; they are supported with traditional dance by Alli Jury Gereige and music by John Mimellis.
Selected verses will be read in the original Farsi by Sam Sharifi.
26 March at 7pm, 27 March at 2pm and 28 March at 5pm, 2021 Belconnen Community Theatre 23 Swanson Court Belconnen ACT
Devised by a cast of people with differing abilities, The Beauty Thief is a reflection on the idea of beauty, and its relationship to worth and power.
In the form of a traditional fairy tale, the story unfolds using minimal dialogue, relying on movement and music to tell the tale, with dance sequences performed by the CDTeens from Canberra Dance Theatre.
Dialogue is projected to assist people who are hard of hearing or deaf. The show is not recommended for very young children.
This gentle story of girl power is told in the voice of Super Nova’s brother. She is always up to mischief but has everyone fooled except for him. Despite the challenges of being an older brother to Nova, he is always there to cheer her on – even through tussles with aliens.