I Dance Festival – a mini festival of dance films

From 5pm Friday 18 December to Monday 21 December 2020
Free event
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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.

A Gift from Bob / A Christmas Gift from Bob – film review

Palace Electric Canberra
From 3 December 2020
Rated PG, 92 mins

James Bowen was a busker and recovering addict when, in 2007, he rescued an abandoned and injured cat, nursing it back to health.

He and the cat, christened Bob, became inseparable, winning admirers as they performed and sold The Big Issue on the streets of London.

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Graduating Exhibition of CIT Visual Arts students for 2020

Saturday 5 December, 10:00am – 4pm
DesignSpace gallery, L Block building, Reid Campus, Canberra Institute of Technology

In a highly challenging year for students and teachers across the world, it is a delight to see an exhibition of work by graduating art students at CIT Canberra.

The exhibition is testament to the dedication of both students and staff to the completion of bodies of work which express the individuality and talent of their makers.

At the VIP night on Thursday 3 December, Craft ACT awarded two Emerging Artist Support Scheme winners: Akka Ballenger ( and Christine Little (@ChrisLittle_Art)

Akka Ballenger
Sally Black

The NAVA award of two years’ membership went to Sally Black (  – this award recognises a student’s preparation for professional practice.

Malyan Gilbert (pictured)

You can also find things of interest on Instagram: #CITDiplomavisualart2020 

Congratulations to all students and staff and best wishes to the graduates in their ongoing or new careers.

Canberra Sinfonia returns, and so does Lenny Weiss

Directed by Leonard Weiss
Natalie Nicolas & Lachner
Saturday 5 December at 2pm
Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest ACT
Tickets: $35 at

We are delighted to see Artistic Director Leonard Weiss conducting the Canberra Sinfonia again, having recently returned from studying conducting with Marin Alsop in the USA.

Prime goals for the Sinfonia are to give exceptional performances of chamber music, and to promote new music, primarily by Australian composers, as a core feature of their concerts.

Lenny Weiss talks about the Canberra Sinfonia concert on 5 December
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Music for Canberra – A Musical Celebration

Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music
From 1.30pm Saturday 5 December 2020


In a COVID year full of challenges, Music for Canberra is delighted to be performing for face to face audience at its end of year musical celebration.

With concerts from young and talented String Stream Ensembles, James McCusker Orchestra and the Canberra Youth Orchestra these day and night performances will be jam packed full of music from MFC Concerto Competition winners and small ensembles, with piano accordion player Anton Wurzer and diverse repertoire including Vaughan Williams, Vieuxtemps, and Tchaikovsky.

  • String Stream Ensembles: 1.30 to 3.30pm
  • James McCusker Orchestra: 4.30- 6pm
  • Canberra Youth Orchestra: 7.30-9.30pm

Kylie Fogarty – In The Vines

Barton Estate Wines
2307 Barton Hwy, Murrumbateman NSW 2582
Part of the DESIGN Canberra festival
Until 29 November 2020
10am – 5pm weekends, weekdays by appointment
Meet the artist 1pm 29 November

Kylie Fogarty has been artist in residence at Barton Estate for the past seven years.

She has now created an exhibition paintings and drawings, responding to her experiences and exploring the elements which have impacted the wines during this time – heat, rain, hail, and more recently, fire and smoke.

Kylie Fogarty talks about In the Vines on site at Barton Estate Wines

The exhibition pays homage to the landscape around Barton Estate Wines, and is a tribute to the process of viticulture.

Artist Society of Canberra Annual Exhibition

The Fitters Workshop, Kingston
Tuesday 17 to Sunday 22 November 2020
Public invited to view the works and vote for the People’s Choice

There are 290 works are on display at this year’s exhibition, an amazing feat in COVID times and a mighty job of installation for Vice-President Angharad Dean and her team. The number and calibre of works must also have made it hard work for the judges.

Angharad Dean talks about the Artist Society of Canberra’s annual exhibition
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Miss Juneteenth – Film Review

Drama, in English
1 hour 43 minutes

Limited cinema release, available on streaming services

The film premiered at Sundance in January 2020, and was released via video on demand on 19 June, 2020 to mark the 155th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Texas, from which the film derives its title.

Miss Juneteenth follows a single mother and former Miss Juneteeth, Turquoise Jones, preparing her daughter Kai for the same beauty pageant years later.

Kai clearly has other interests, but Turquoise seems determined to live out her own unfulfilled dreams through her daughter. While other former Miss Juneteenth winners have gone on to have successful careers Turquoise’s education was derailed by the birth of Kai, which forced her to drop out of college and for a time work as a stripper.

She makes many sacrifices to make sure her daughter succeeds, including the purchase of a very expensive dress, which in the end she cannot afford.

The competition, while yet another disappointment itself, allows epiphanies in several quarters for both Turquoise and Kai.

While there is not a lot of visible emancipation in the society depicted in this film, it nevertheless explores aspects of female empowerment. Amidst the grim social justice questions raised by the film there is a bright note when we realise that the film is carried largely by black female actors – the medium itself becoming the message, as it were.

The coming of age theme works well for the Kai character, but equally for Turquoise who see a light all her own when she finally acknowledges that the Miss Juneteenth pageant is not the only route to success and that she can forge ahead without attaching herself to a man.

At times I found the dialogue difficult to understand – I am not sure if this was due to the small screen viewing or my own unaccustomed ear. While this did not prevent understanding of the plot or themes, it was a trifle irritating.

On the other hand, the denouement was deeply satisfying.

  • Writer/Director: Channing Godfrey Peoples
  • Producers: Toby Halbrooks, Tim Headington, Jeanie Igoe, James M. Johnston, Theresa Page, Neil Creque Williams
  • Nicole Beharie as Turquoise Jones
  • Kendrick Sampson as Ronnie
  • Alexis Chikaeze as Kai Jones

NAIDOC in the North

Belconnen Arts Centre
8 to 15 November 2020
Information and bookings:

An online and live celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture through story, song, art dance and ceremony.

A range of online performances from some of Canberra’s most accomplished Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists will be released online throughout the week from the Belco Arts website

Barbie talks with Michele Grimston about NAIDOC in the North
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ConneXion Big Band – live at the Harmonie German Club

Directed by Justin Buckingham
Featuring vocalists Neille Williams and Tony Haley and composers/arrangers Mike Dooley, Sally Greenaway and Bryan Hooley
12.30 to 3.30pm Sunday 22 November 2020

This is the first live event for the band in 2020 due to Covid shut downs and restrictions and hence a cause for celebration.

ConneXion Big Band is a long established Canberra-based community jazz band open to all comers who are of a suitable musical standard. 

Justin Buckingham, director of ConneXion Big Band

The band delivers a wide cross-section of big band era and popular music styles.  ConneXion also commissions and performs music written by Australian musicians, including local composers.

As COVID restrictions ease here, the Harmonie German Club has welcomed the opportunity to showcase the ConneXion repertoire by inviting the band to provide the musical backdrop to what looks to be a very enjoyable lunch out. 

  • Book at –, or pay slightly more at the door
  • Restrictions – due to COVID-19 restrictions numbers are limited to 100, so an early booking is probably safer; no dancing permitted
  • Ticket prices – Concession $11.58; Adult $27.33; reserved table of 6 $132.28; lunch and show $64.06 per person

Araluen exhibition of photographs and other works

Federal Hall, 5989 Araluen Rd, Araluen NSW
Daily 2-5pm until Sat 31 October 2020

This exhibition of works made during last summer by Araluen people aims to help them share their experiences, appreciate the sustained effort by fire fighters and so many others and to thank everyone who helped their community through the most challenging of summers.

Araluen local Lauranne Ye walked around the exhibition with Barbie

Cakes and lunch available in the hall, Christmas shop, drinks and counter lunch at the pub. Tickets in the big Xmas Raffle available.

For information email  [email protected]

Bill Chambers at The Artist Shed

Flyer for Bil Chambers concert

2-5pm Sunday 25 October 2020
88 Wollongong Street Fyshwick ACT
Booking recommended

Bill Chambers has toured the world playing in daughter Kasey’s band and also his own solo shows, playing anything from house concerts and coffee lounges to major festivals.

He grew up listening to Hillbilly music and discovered early Rock’n’Roll, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. In recent times he has been particularly influenced by Texas singer/Songwriters. 

Chambers also has produced albums for Catherine Britt, Audrey Auld, Amos Morris, Jessica Belle, Sharna Burcher, Sandra Humphries, Bec Willis and Halley Anna Finlay from Texas. 

The support act is 24 year old singer/guitarist Brittany Jane. She has been performing around the Canberra/Bungendore region for the past four years.

Mostly performing acoustic covers, her career highlights have been opening at Gundaroo Music Festival 2017 and opening for Shannon Noll at the Queanbeyan Show 2019

Intimacy – Belconnen Arts Centre Theatre

Created and performed by Jazida, Noa Rotem and Adam Deusien
6pm and 8.30pm, 22 and 23 October 2020 (final performance sold out)
Running time: 45 mins, no interval, cabaret table seating
Suitable for ages 18 years +

This work explores how we can be intimate in a (COVID) world which requires personal distance.

Jazida, Noa Rotem and Adam Deusien, collaborating with designer Tiffany Abbott, take the audience through ‘the awkward and the beautiful, the audacious and the tender, the silly and the sublime: all the paradoxes of getting closer’.

Barbie spoke to Jazida, Noa and Adam about Intimacy

With burlesque, dance, text and physical theatre, Noa, Adam and Jazida create a world of joy, heartbreak and ridiculousness focussing on the tricky territory of becoming intimate.

$90 per table (seats up to 4 people) Bookings and details:

Image by Captivitae Photography