Lime Flamingo Collective OutsideIn / InsideOut

West Gallery, Belconnen Arts Centre
5 February – 21 March 2021

Lime Flamingo is a networking group for emerging professional artists from the Canberra region. This is an exhibition by members Lesley Andersen, Jenny Blake, Jodie Cunningham, Sarah Earle, Roger Hancock, Gillian Jackson, Diane McWhirter, Angella Price and Jo Walters.

Barbie went to Belconnen Arts Centre to speak with five of the Lime Flamingo artists
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Folk crosses the border for Easter to replace cancelled festival

Good Folk concert series
3-4 April 2021
Various venues in Queanbeyan, NSW

ARIA award and five-time Golden Guitar winner Fanny Lumsden will headline Good Folk, an event being held in Queanbeyan in lieu of the cancelled 2021 National Folk Festival in Canberra.

The Festival will partner with Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council to present 22 concerts over two days of the 2021 Easter break.

Richard spoke with National Folk Festival managing director Helen Roben and the Mayor of Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council, Tim Overall, at the launch of Good Folk on 29 January. The music performer is Kim Yang.
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Lotte Möller – Bees and Their Keepers

First published in Great Britain by Maclehose Press, an imprint of Quercus Publishing Ltd
Published in 2020 in Australia by Hachette

This is a charming and informative book. I loved it.

Lotte Möller is a Swedish journalist, writer and bee-keeper. This work, while full of classical and literary allusions, is a readable little text about the complexities and social implication s of bee-keeping.

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Mick Doust – Moving On

Bungendore Fine Art
2b Ellendon Street Bungendore NSW
Friday 29 January to end February 2021
10am to 4.30pm. Closed Tuesdays and Thursdays

Paintings from travels around the South Coast and other local areas – natural bushland scenes, coastal shorelines, magnificent mountains.

Mick Doust’s interest in painting started in his mid-20s as a plein air painter. He lived in country NSW and there wasn’t a lot of help around for an aspiring painter.

Mick painted every Sunday for many years and during this time an artist friend opened a gallery in town. He started painting seriously after he retired.

More about Mick Doust:
Bungendore Fine Art:

Image – Thistle, pastel, courtesy Bungendore Fine Art

Interrobang – Warehouse Theatre

Belconnen Arts Centre
30 January – 6 February 2021
7pm nightly and also at 12.30pm Saturday 6 February

55 mins, suitable for all ages

Featuring acrobatics, juggling, aerials, comedy and dance, this is an energetic, family-friendly, all-in circus celebration of the 30th anniversary of  Warehouse in Canberra. The young circus performers have devised a work that explores the weight and richness of legacies.

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Peter Rodgers – Beethoven’s Tenth (and the Journey which saved the World)

Green Hill Publishing, Australia, 2021

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.

Peter Rodgers visited Living Arts Canberra to talk about Beethoven’s Tenth
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Folk Dance Canberra – Beginner World Dance Classes

Day and evening classes, from 3 February 2021
Folk Dance Canberra Hall
114 Maitland Street, Hackett ACT 2602

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).

  • Wednesday nights, 7.30 – 9.00 pm – phone Lesley on 6286 6401
  • Thursday mornings, 10.30 am – 12 noon – phone Rebecca on 0420 524 412
  • Cost: $10.50 per class (discount for term payment)
  • Email [email protected]

Image: Advanced class with participants from 16 to over 70, courtesy Folk Dance Canberra:

FlashWrite Stories tell about Upper Lachlan life

Submissions welcome until 8 February 2021

The FlashWrite Project invites story submissions of a maximum of 1500 words that encapsulate local life experiences.

Stories related to the 2021 Gunning Arts Festival theme Rejuvenation are especially welcome.  Submissions can be lodged electronically or in hardcopy.

Full details on the project and how to submit stories can be found on the Gunning Arts Festival website: .

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 first FlashWrite stories are available for reading at website:

Gunning is a small rural town an hour north of Canberra and GAF hopes readers enjoy these short story insights into life in the region.

The FlashWrite project is sponsored by BJCE Australia’s Biala and Gullen Range Wind Farms and supported by an Upper Lachlan Cultural Funding Program grant.

The Upper Lachlan Cultural Funding Program is funded by the Upper Lachlan Shire Council.

Pamela Hart – The Charleston Scandal

Hachette, Australia, 2020

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.

Barbie talks to Pamela Hart about The Charleston Scandal
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Rocio Bonilla – Siblings

Quirky Kid, Australia, 2020

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.

Barbie speaks with Dr Kimberley O’Brien, Principal Child Psychologist at Quirky Kid Clinic.
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Kate Carruthers and Michael Warner – The Fire and the Flood

X Gallery Bungendore until 8 February 2021
32 Gibraltar Street, Bungendore, NSW
Open Friday to Monday or by appointment, phone 6238 0550

It is clear that the 2019-20 bushfires were a deeply etched experience for both artists, who are residents of Braidwood, and yet there is a spare restraint in their work.

Barbie talks to Kate Carruthers and Michael Warner on site at X Gallery
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I Dance Festival – a mini festival of dance films

From 5pm Friday 18 December to Monday 21 December 2020
Free event
Book at Eventbrite

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.

2020 Australian Dance Awards Winners

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.

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Pina Di Donato – Who Switched the Lights On?

The Kind Press, Australia, 2020

Pina Di Donato brings a lifetime of business and life learnings to her first book, a work that could loosely be described as a guide to living a satisfying, worthy and productive life.

Coming from an Italian background meant that Pina was framed by cultural traditions and expectations – ones that didn’t necessarily fit well with the person she was and is.

Pina Di Donato talks about Who Switched the Lights On?
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