Artist Shed goes bush with Paverty

6-9pm Saturday 10 October 2020
The Artist Shed
88 Wollongong Street Fyshwick ACT

Paverty started in 1970 and continue to play an eclectic mix of traditional and original songs, ballads and instrumentals with country, blues, rock, bluegrass, skiffle and jug band influences.  The Pavs will have you up and dancing (1.5 metres apart!) in no time. 

They are joined by Turnip Sundae – cellist Rita Woolhouse, guitarist Fred Pilcher and Simone Dawson on flute and tenor guitar. These great musicians will be playing some of Fred’s favourite songs, Simone’s original material and Rita’s funky tunes.  The Turnips blend vocals, instruments and rhythms to create a perfect contemporary sound.

Tickets #20,  limited seating, bookings recommended at or phone 0407 607 516.

Shed Talk: Georgeina Whelan, ACT Emergency Services Commissioner

Life and this Year of 2020
Shed Talk Series, Artists Shed
Unit 1-3 88 Wollongong Street Fyshwick
Wednesday 21 October at 5.30pm

After 32 years of military service, Georgeina Whelan joined the Emergency Services Agency as Chief Officer of the State Emergency Service in late October 2017. Her face became familiar to all Canberrans with regular bush fire reports during the summer of 2019-2020.

Barbie speaks with Kathryn Spurling, organiser of Shed Talks at The Artists’ Shed

Tickets $20 with contribution to ACT Down Syndrome Association

  • Bookings essential – 0418 237 766.
  • Refreshments available at the Bohemian Café
  • COVID-safe conditions apply.

Canberra Bonsai Society Annual Show

10-11 October 2020
Canberra High School
Bindubi Street, Macquarie ACT

The display will feature high quality bonsai from the collections of CBS members, including some created by local artists currently represented in the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia at the National Arboretum, Canberra (NAC).

Barbie speaks with Brenda Berkeley from Canberra Bonsai Society
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Sputnik – Film Review

Dendy Canberra
1 to 14 October 2020

Horror, sci-fi
In Russian with English subtitles
113 minutes, rated MA 15+

This ‘alien taking possession of a space traveller’ film will initially remind sci-fi fans of Alien. Sputnik, set in the Soviet era, has all the violence and horror of any such scenario – we are immediately repelled by the strangeness, the physicality of the invasion of the human body.

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Mess – Belconnen Arts Centre

1-2 October 2020
COVID-safe restrictions apply – bookings
No door sales

Director Natsuko Yonezawa delves deep into the psyche of Hikikomori – the phenomenon in which people elect to be socially and physically isolated. Mess employs physical theatre, dance and live sound composition and plays experimentally with the shadows and light found in isolation and self-made mess.

Barbie speaks with Mess director Natsuko Yonezawa and performer Christopher Samuel Carroll
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Sneaky Jeremiah with Jen & Jim at the Artists Shed

5 – 8pm, Saturday 29 August 2020
88 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick.

Get ready for a toe tapping fun night!

Here for a good time (not for a long time!), Sneaky Jeremiah promise to have your toes tapping and your booty swaying… rock and roll, soul, rhythm and blues, popular anthems and a little bit of country.

Jen and Jim will kick off at 5pm.  They  are a popular local duo that play unique arrangements of original and well known songs.  Jenny Sawer’s powerful voice and musicianship are complemented by James Halligan’s seductive harmonies and rhythmic guitar.

More information is on the Artists Shed Facebook page at

Mallacoota Time by Milena Cifali – book launch

The Artists Shed
88 Wollongong Street Fyshwick ACT
Sunday 13 September, 3.30 – 5.30pm
Bookings essential

Australians have proved time and time again that they are resilient, but truly, how does one come back from losing almost everything close to your heart?

On her own quest to answer that question and heal from the loss of her home, her beloved pets and the devastation of her community in the Mallacoota bushfires on New Year’s Eve 2019, award winning singer-songwriter, poet and photographer, Milena Cifali takes us on a personal journey towards recovery.

Her heartfelt new book, Mallacoota Time, was written against the larger backdrop of an unprecedented bushfire season and the coronavirus pandemic.

The launch will include music, poetry and book signing.

Bookings through Milena at [email protected] or on Facebook at

Indigenous musicians join Griffyn Ensemble for Songs from a Stolen Senate

Online on Friday 4 Sept 2020 at 7pm, and Saturday Sept 5 at 2pm and 7pm

You are invited to interact online with the Griffyn Ensemble and some of Australia’s most inspiring First Nation musicians in three performances covering topics ranging from stolen generations to climate politics.

Richard talks to Griffyn Ensemble director Michael Sollis
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Indigenous Literacy Day goes live around Australia

Wednesday 2 September 2020
12.30pm  on the Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s YouTube channel
2pm  on the Sydney Opera House YouTube channel

This 45-minute celebratory event, designed especially for children aged 3 to 11, will inspire the community about the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s first languages and why learning in language is important.

It will feature ILF Ambassador Jessica Mauboy and long-time supporter Archie Roach.

Tina Ray, from the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, talks to Barbie
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First Seen 2020: Milk By Dylan Van den Berg

The Street Theatre
Friday 7 August 2020 at 5pm
Book online at
Free; donations welcome

Spanning two centuries, Milk tracks a conversation between three Aboriginal ancestors: an old woman is dying, clutching the stone that should have killed her sealer husband; a middle-aged woman curls her hair in preparation for another date; a young man grapples with the past before plunging headfirst into an uncertain future.

Barbie spoke to Dylan Van den Berg about Milk
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World premiere of musical tribute to asylum seekers

Hidden Thoughts II: Return to Sender
Composed by Dr Katy Abbott
Performed by the Flinders Quartet with mezzo soprano Dimity Shepherd and actor Richard Piper
Streaming live at 7pm, Thursday 23 July 2020

Hidden Thoughts II: Return to Sender is a musical response by Melbourne composer Katy Abbott to the many letter sent by Australians to asylum seekers on Nauru last decade, nearly 2000 of which were returned unopened.

Featuring spoken word and music, the piece was to have been performed at this year’s Canberra International Music Festival.

Richard talks to composer Dr Katy Abbott and Flinders Quartet cellist Zoe Knighton about Hidden Thoughts II – Return to Sender
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Darcy Welch and Nicholas Lee-Murphy at the Artists Shed

Sunday 19 July 2020, 2-5pm
88 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick

Darcy Welsh is a local singer/songwriter who has performed in venues and at festivals over the last five years. Darcy’s unique voice and unassuming manner lie at the heart of all his music. He sings solo and also in the band “The Love” which will be joining him for a few songs.

Nicholas Lee-Murphy is a multi-award winning singer/songwriter who has been based in Canberra since 2012. He has been playing live for 14 years in multiple bands as well as solo.

His style is a mix of disconnected comedy amongst deep thinking emotional songs seeking to strike a nostalgic chords with its listeners. Nicholas has shared the stage with the Black Sorrows, Moving Pictures and the Super Jesus.

Tickets $20.  Social distancing and cleaning requirements in place. Café will be open and a BBQ in the break,

Bastille Day relaunch for Alliance Française French Film Festival

New dates: 14 July – 4 August 2020
Palace Electric Cinema Canberra

The 31st French Film Festival had barely begun before it was disrupted by COVID-19 restrictions. But the Festival will resume nationally on 14 July, with 28 films confirmed.

Nancy Waites from the Alliance Francaise de Canberra talks about the resumed French Film Festival.
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The Awesome and Dorothy-Jane Does Duets

The Artist’s Shed
Unit 1-3, Lower ground, 88 Wollongong St, Fyshwick
Sunday 26 July 2020, 2 -5pm

The Awesome plays jazz-folk fusion, featuring Milena Cifali and Jim Horvath, and Dorothy-Jane’s duets are with Ali Penney, Johnny Reynolds and, Jeff Prime.

Enquires and bookings: Annette 0412 101 534, DJ 0411 065 189.

Admission: $20 at the door, booking required because of limited seating in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions.

The Bohemian Coffee and Wine Bar will be open,  BBQ available during intermission (usual cost $5).


Baby et Lulu – The Street Theatre

Saturday 25 July 8pm 
Virtual tickets available
Live audience tickets fully booked

A night of song, witty banter, magnifique music and sheer joie de vivre is promised as  chanteuses Abby Dobson – ‘Baby’ (Leonardo’s Bride) and Lara Goodridge – ‘Lulu’ (FourPlay) preview a little of their upcoming Album Trois and present an evening of beauty, elegance and general Frenchiness. Their band will accompany them at this live and streamed performance.

Lara Goodridge talks about Baby et Lulu
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