Regional dance collaboration with Connecting Stories: Generations

National Portrait Gallery
25 and 26 June 2022
11am, 12.30pm & 1.30pm

This cross-generational, cross regional dance project was inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition Shakespeare to Winehouse.

QL2’s Ruth Osborne talks to Barbie about Connecting Stories: Generations
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Performances at The Artists Shed

7.30pm 24 and 25 June 2022
1-3 / 88 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick ACT

Carnival Road

Friday 24 June 2022. A Canberra based band, performing a special blend of folk/blues/roots/alt rock and featuring front man Anthony Ives. Nostalgia is promised.

Tickets: $12/ $20

The Spooky Men’s Chorale

Saturday 25 June 2022. We are assured that this group is ‘as thunderous as a herd of wildebeest, as sly as a wagon load of Spike Milligans and as sonorous as a cloister of monks’.

Tickets: $30/$50

  • Free tea-coffee/sausage sizzle at intermission and wine bar open from 7.30pm on both nights.
  • Bookings on the Events page:

Repeat screenings for Stronger than Fiction Film Festival openers

Navalny on Tuesday 21 June at 9.15pm
A House Made of Splinters on Sunday 26 June 2022 at 12.30pm
Dendy Cinema Canberra

To open the STF 2022 season of monthly screenings, Stronger than Fiction presents two films in collaboration with the new Capital Film Festival (

Richard spoke to Hannah de Feyter about the first films in the Stronger Than Fiction 2022 season
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Twenty Minutes With The Devil – The Street Theatre

World premiere season
New dates – 18 to 25 June 2022
See website
link below
Tickets $35 to $45
Contains coarse language and loud noises, recommended 15+

Written by Luis Gómez Romero and Desmond Manderson, developed and made in Canberra, Twenty Minutes with the Devil is a gripping tale inspired by events leading to the capture of El Chapo, Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, in 2016.

Joanna Richards plays the part of Angela. Richard spoke to her about the role and career
Barbie spoke to performer Raoul Craemer, about Twenty Minutes With the Devil
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Canberra Spinners and Weavers – Warped and Twisted

Canberra Textile Works -70 Maclaurin Cres, Chifley. ACT
(the former Chifley Primary School)
Friday 3 to Sunday 12 June 2022
Open daily 10am to 3pm

Warped and Twisted showcases the diverse work of Canberra Spinners and Weavers’ members. There are 56 works on display employing different weaving techniques as well as knitting, crochet and stitching. Most work is for sale and at very reasonable prices.

Barbie spoke to Alison Leonard from Canberra Spinners and Weavers

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Film Review – A Stasi Comedy

Palace Electric Canberra as part of the German Film Festival
115 minutes, rated R18+
German with English subtitles,
Until 18 June 2022
Also showing at Palace Cinemas nationally

Those who lived in East Germany between 1950 and 1990 will probably find the title A Stasi Comedy oxymoronic. As other films in this festival, such as the dramas The Last Execution and Dear Thomas show, there was nothing funny about a regime which demanded conformity and required people to betray friends and family members.

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A Hidden World – Canberra International Music Festival

Sunday 1 May 2022
Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia

Rubiks Collective presents Gemma Peacocke’s Waves & Lines, a multimedia song cycle for soprano, electronics, and chamber ensemble based on a tradition of Afghan women’s folk poetry.

Barbie spoke with Gelareh Pour from Rubik’s Collective about A Hidden World
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While you Sleep – The Street Theatre

A musical fugue and multimedia performance
Composer Kate Neal and visual artist Sal Cooper
Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April 2022 at 7.30pm

A Street Theatre, Tura New Music and Canberra International Music collaboration, While You Sleep is an immersive theatrical performance offering audiences an aural and visual excursion into parallel worlds of the classic musical fugue and the psychological ‘fugue state’.

It employs hand-drawn animation, live action, video and stop-motion, choreographed alongside the musicians on the stage.

Visual artist Sal Cooper speaks to Barbie about While You Sleep
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Lizz Murphy –  Poetry reading from The Wear of my Face

Hosted by Yass Bookstore
Liberty Theatre, Comur Street, Yass, NSW
Saturday 30 April 2022 at 3pm

Canberra region poet Lizz Murphy’s exquisite recent publication The Wear of my Face is reviewed on our website at:

All welcome, free entry, afternoon tea provided.

Photo: Living Arts Canberra

Dianna Nixon – The Gentleman’s Companion

Louie Louie, upstairs at Verity Lane Market
Sydney Building, 50 Northbourne Ave, Canberra
Thursday 31 March 2022 (one night only)

The Gentleman’s Companion is a new cabaret show. It is based on the popular recipes and cocktails of author Charles H. Baker who travelled the world during prohibition in search of alcoholic beverages and interesting people to drink them with.

Dianna Nixon talks to Barbie about The Gentleman’s Companion
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Canberra Sinfonia – Mozart Concerto Gala

Wesley Music Centre Forrest ACT
3pm Saturday 2 April 2022
Soloists Lucy Macourt (violin), Alison Mountain (flute) and Rowan Phemister (harp)

This performance showcases two of Mozart’s dazzling yet lesser-played concerti, the  Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218 and the Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra in C major, K. 299 – Mozart’s only piece for the harp.

Lenny Weiss talks to Barbie about the Mozart Concerto Gala
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NatureArt Lab: See What I See  – Art Inspired by Nature

The Old Barn, Pialligo
18 Beltana Road, Pialligo ACT
Thursday 31 March–Sunday 3 April 2022
10am to 4pm

This exhibition showcases the creative talents of the tutoring team at NatureArt Lab.

NatureArt Lab is the premier natural science art and illustration organisation in Australia, providing art courses and nature immersion experiences to Australian and international destinations.

This year NatureArt Lab has been judged the ACT’s State winner in the Telstra Best of Business Awards in the category of sustainability.

Film review – Friends and Strangers

Currently showing at Dendy Canberra
Also in limited release in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide

Bonsai Films, Australia, 2021, 84 minutes
Rated MA+ (strong coarse language)
Starring Fergus Wilson and Emma Diaz
Directed by James Vaughan

Two privileged millennials team up for a kind of of road movie, described in the blurb as ‘a dryly comic exploration of displacement and ennui in contemporary Australia.’

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Stronger than Fiction Film Festival – The Magnitude of All Things

Dendy Canberra
Sunday 27 March, 2022 at 3pm
Directed by Jennifer Abbott
Unclassified 15+, 85 minutes 1hr 25 minutes
Origin: Canada, in English, Spanish and Kichwa with English subtitles

Given that climate change is the largest issue facing humanity as a species, it’s unsurprising that there’s a fresh crop of climate-themed documentaries every year. STF chose this film because it offered a new angle.

Hannah de Feyter from the Stronger than Fiction Film Festival talks about The Magnitude of All Things  
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