Australian Dance Party – Symbiosis

An Enlighten Canberra performance
Australian National Botanic Gardens
5 to 14 March 2021

Symbiosis takes the audience on a guided walk through different environments in the Australian National Botanic Gardens, exploring our human connection with Nature, our part in the natural world and its delicately balanced ecosystems.

It aims to direct focus back onto the urgency of climate action and to remind us of our role in protecting the precious.

Alison Plevey talks to Barbie about Symbiosis
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First Nations composers turn parliamentary voices into song and story

Songs from a Stolen Senate
Presented by the Griffyn Ensemble and Belco Arts
2pm & 7pm Saturday 13 March 2021
Belconnen Arts Centre

Songs from a Stolen Senate is the beginning of a series from The Griffyn Ensemble that challenges how Australian identity had been forged since European settlement.

In this instalment, First Nations composers from across the country have taken parliamentary voices and reworked them into song and storytelling from their Indigenous perspective.

Michael Sollis from the Griffyn Ensemble talks to Barbie about Songs from a Stolen Senate

Eight of Australia’s most prolific First Nation musicians from a diverse genres and backgrounds join The Griffyns in this work:

  • Aranda country music icon Warren Williams
  • inspirational Noongar singer-songwriters Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse
  • Norah Bagiri from Mua Island in the Torres Strait
  • Ngunnawal custodian Richie Allan
  • Larrakia hip-hop artist Jimblah
  • Canberra-based Christopher Sainsbury from the Dharug Nation
  • Yuin composer Brenda Gifford.

From Stolen Generations to climate politics, Songs from a Stolen Senate offers different perspectives of our national past and the Australian parliament.

COVID seating applies: One empty seat will be left between separate bookings to aid in social distancing. Tickets purchased in the same booking will be seated together.

Image courtesy Belconnen Arts Centre

Angharad Dean – I am Strong

M16 Artspace, Gallery 3
25 February to 14 March 2021
Open Wednesday to Sunday 12 noon to 5pm

Angharad Dean’s solar plate etchings are made from original ink drawings and depict a mature woman’s form in a variety of poses, mostly expressing strength and confidence with the occasional view of weariness and perseverence.

Barbie spoke to Angharad Dean at M16
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Pillar of The Church keeps the faith

Review: Steve Kilbey, supported by The Dalmations
Belconnen Arts Centre Theatre
, 20 February 2021

The new Belconnen Arts Centre theatre established its credentials as a live music venue on 20 February when it hosted a COVID-capacity concert by British-born and now expatriate Canberran Steve Kilbey, best known as lead singer of The Church, of which he is now the only original member.

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Maria Pfohl and Siva Nathan – Colours of Nature

Kyeema Gallery at Capital Wines Cellar Door
13 Gladstone Street, Hall ACT

Thursday to Monday from 10.30am to 5pm
Until 15 March 2021

It is heartening to see galleries opening up after the challenges of COVID year, and the good folk at Kyeema Gallery in Hall now have a full year of exhibtions scheduled for 2021.

Maria Pfohl and Siva Nathan have exhibited together before and while their styles differ greatly their work hangs together well.  They bring a deep sensibility to their paintings, which pay homage to Nature’s restorative beauty.

Barbie talks to Maria Pfohl and Siva Nathan about Colours of Nature
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Julie Lark and Sheryl Miller – Art from the Heart

Magpie Room, Dirty Jane’s Canberra
80 Collie Street Fyshwick
Until 21 March 2021
Open daily 10am to 5pm

Julie Lark’s lustrous alcohol ink abstract works are paired with  Sheryl Miller’s distinctive landscapes and bird paintings in the current exhibition in the Magpie Room at Dirty Jane’s Canberra. The artists create joyous works and clearly share a love of colour and line.

Julie Lark talks with Barbie about her work at Dirty Jane’s
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Annie Parnell – Clay is like Stone, Glaze is like Rock

Strathnairn Gallery until 7 March 2021

This exhibition demonstrates the importance for the emerging artist of time to play. This is not indicate a frivolous diversion but rather the space to experiment and make work that does not intend necessarily to be functional or commercial. It expresses a delight in simply making forms, playing with the mediums, inviting the viewer to make of them what he or she will.

Barbie went to Strathnairn to talk to Annie Parnell
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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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Phil Page – Melbourne Fragments

Gallery 3, M16 Artspace until 31 January
Wednesday to Sunday 12 noon to 5pm

The works in this exhibition clearly and beautifully demonstrate the artist’s architecture background. Phil Page is interested in the way cities develop in layers, built one upon another. His works are created in the same way, documenting his memory of place and change.

Barbie visited M16 to talk with Phil Page about Melbourne Fragments
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The Elfkins – Baking a Difference – Film Review

Palace Electric and Hoyts cinemas from 14 January 2021
Family CG-animated feature, 78 min
Parental guidance recommended for younger children

The legendary HEINZELMÄNNCHEN of Cologne were gnomes secretly finishing craftmen’s work at night until they were ousted by a tailor’s malevolent wife 200 years ago.

Ever since then, the Heinzels have been hiding in a secret underground habitation where any contact with the upper world – and, most of all, with humans – is strictly forbidden. But one day, lively Heinzel girl Helvi decides that she cannot stand the restriction of this little world any longer.

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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:

Dreambuilders – Film Review

At Palace Electric, Dendy and Hoyts in Canberra from 7 January 2021
81 minutes, rated PG – Family

The premise of this originally Danish film (with American voicing) is that our dreams are a kind of sound stage managed by a group of benevolent creatures ensuring we wake in time to avert disaster.

The now rather common story line of a family blending with unlike children having to cope with a sudden unannounced coming together in a home setting, unprepared by previous meetings or outing, feels rather too derivative for my liking.

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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.