Canberra Spinners & Weavers Inc – Warped and Twisted

Exhibition and Sale of members’ work
Fay Skyring Canberra Textile Works Gallery
Chifley Health and Well-Being Hub -70 Maclaurin Cres, Chifley
(former Chifley Primary School)
Friday 3 May – Saturday 11 May 2024
Open daily 10am – 3pm

An exhibition of all sorts of wonderful hand-made items involving spinning, weaving and other fibre based artisanal processes. Work is for sale (card payments only).

Barbie visited the exhibition to speak with fibre artists Barbara Cairns and Monique van Nieuwland
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A Chorus of Women – The 14th annual Anzac Eve Lantern-lit Peace Vigil

Top of Mt Ainslie
Wed 24 April, 2024
5.30 – approx. 7.15 pm

The purpose of the vigil is to gather as night falls to reflect on all those who have been, or are being, impacted by armed conflicts, on our shores and beyond.. This year brings new and unimaginable horrors from the Middle East.

Everyone is welcome to attend and to connect with each other in a spirit of shared humanity.

The group will share grief and,  in a new ceremony this year,  also share bread as a symbol of our common humanity, noting the common practice of sharing bread across all cultures and faith traditions.

The Anzac Eve Peace Vigil has been recognised by the ACT Government as a significant event in the ACT calendar, adding a respectfully different and important opportunity to participate in the Anzac tradition.

Because of some of the challenges of the current site and bearing in mind the capacity to expand the event, with assistance from the ACT Heritage Department, A Chorus of Women is currently investigating alternative venues, and also seeking expressions of interest from other organisations and individuals to co-manage future events.

The event is part of the ACT Heritage Festival.

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Sharon & Slava Grigoryan – Our Place

The Street Theatre
7.30pm. 6 April 2024

Sharon and Slava Grigoryan’s repertoire includes standard works for guitar and cello (Vivaldi, Granados, Piazzolla), creations by contemporary composers, their own compositions and new arrangements of familiar favourites. 

Barbie talks to Sharon Grigoryan about Our Place
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The Shiny Bum Singers – Something Olde, Something New

Smiths Alternative 
1-2pm Saturday 30 March 2024 (Easter Saturday) 

Expect the usual parodies and satires on workplace, bosses and politicians, performed often to very familiar tunes.

Shiny Bums Chris Clarke and Frankie Seymour talk to Barbie about the concert

Tickets $15, concession $10 –

Folkie defies trends by going big, says managing director

National Folk Festival
Exhibition Park in Canberra
28 March – 1 April 2024

A community of regulars allows the National Folk Festival to flourish in an environment which has seen the cancellation of large festivals such as Groovin the Moo, according to NFF Managing Director, Heidi Pritchard.

Richard spoke to Heidi Pritchard at the launch of the 2024 National Folk Festival
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The Magic of Artistry – In Harmony with Nature and Ourselves

Old Barn Gallery
18 Beltana Road Pialligo
Thursday 14 to Sunday 24 March 2024
Open 10am – 4 pm Thursday-Sunday

This exhibition is a tribute to the group members’ passion for nature and their desire to share its beauty with others. It also explores our connection with nature and the ways it influences and balances our lives.

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Musica Viva Australia – Long Lost Loves (and Grey Suede Gloves)

Pianist Michael Curtain with mezzo-soprano Anna Dowsley
Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, Canberra
7pm Friday 1 March 2024

Written and directed by Constantine Costi, Long Lost Loves (and Grey Suede Gloves) weaves together a series of American composer William Bolcom’s cabaret songs to create a poignant meditation on life, love and living in the moment. 

Barbie spoke to Michael Curtain about Long Lost Loves (and Grey Suede Gloves)
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Andrew Blanch and Emily Granger – Suite mágica album tour

Wesley Music Centre, Canberra
7pm Thursday 8 February 2024

Suite mágica,  Emily and Andrew’s debut recording, showcases the energy, versatility and beauty of this enchanting combination of harp and guitar.

There are impressionist masterpieces by Ravel and Granados, substantial multi-movement works by South American composers Máximo Diego Pujol and Marco Pereira, and a suite of brand-new works written especially for the duo by celebrated Australian composers Elena Kats-Chernin, Sally Whitwell and Tristan Coelho, before finishing with a new arrangement of a Ross Edwards miniature.

  • Concert tickets:
  • Emily Granger harp    Andrew Blanch guitar
  • Suite mágica CD album out 2 February 2024
  • Also available across digital platforms, including Dolby Atmos