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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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Mike Lucas and Daron Parton – Let’s Build a Backyard

Lothian Children’s Books, Hachette, Australia, 2022
Designed by Ingrid Kwong

The second in the ‘Let’s Build a’ series, this is a bright, colourful book extolling the virtues of working outdoors together as parent and child and of the joys of nature.

Barbie spoke to Mike Lucas about Let’s Build a Backyard
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Susannah Crispe – Under the Moonlight

Lothian Books, Hachette, Australia, 2022
Text and illustrations by Susannah Crispe
Design: Kirby Armstrong

Under the Moonlight is the first of Susannah Crispe’s books as both writer and illustrator, though she has been illustrator for a number before. It is a gentle story, aimed at putting fear of the dark unknown in its rightful place.

Susannah Crispe talks to Barbie about Under the Moonlight
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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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Ausdance ACT 2022 Australian Dance Week

Friday 29 April to Sunday 8 May 2022

During Australian Dance Week the Ausdance National Network promotes dance as an essential part of our lives. Ausdance ACT holds the largest Dance Week in Australia.

It is an annual umbrella festival of events, highlighting a thriving and diverse local dance scene. It includes studio classes, workshops, and activities for all ages with many free classes and showings.

Richard spoke to Ausdance ACT Artistic Director Cathy Adamek and the Principal of Canberra Dragon Dance, Wilson Lo.
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Venus Mantrap – Valley of the Molls

Tuggeranong Arts Centre
7:00pm (doors open 6.30pm)
April 29 and 30 and May 6 and 7, 2022

Drag performer Venus Mantrap navigates humour and horror in a coming-of-age tale set in the Tuggeranong Valley. Valley of the Molls is a one-hour show that uses lip-syncing and storytelling to make sense of the fraught landscape of adolescence.

Barbie spoke to Sam Townsend and designer Chris Zuber about Valley of the Molls
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Hilde Hinton – A Solitary Walk on the Moon

Hachette, Australia, 2022
Cover design by Christabella Design
Cover artwork Elizabeth Mayville

A Solitary Walk on the Moon is a compassionate, funny and astutely observed piece of writing; its ­rather like its female lead, Evelyn, in fact.

Barbie spoke to Hilde Hinton about A Solitary Walk on the Moon
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Spanish Film Festival

Palace Electric Canberra
20 April to15 May 2022

Spanish language cinema from Spain and Latin America with 34 films from Spain, Latin America including Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay and the Dominican Republic and three from Australia and the USA. Genres include period-set drama, documentary, realist drama, satire comedy.

Palace CEO Benjamin Zeccola speaks to Barbie about the festival
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Archie Roach headlines at National Folk Festival opening

National Folk Festlval
Exhibition Park in Canberra
Until Monday 18 April 2022

ARIA Award-winning First Nations singer-songwriter Archie Roach will feature at the opening concert of the 2022 National Folk Festival on Friday 15 April.

The Let Love Rule opening concert at the vast Narragunnawali Stage venue on the EPIC oval from 6pm, also features the Hauptmann Trio, the Phoenix Collective String Quartet, Layla Barnett, Katie Noonan, Alinta Barlow, Tibetan refugee and musician Tenzin Choegyal and the Folk Festival Choir.

Archie Roach and Festival Artistic Director Katy Noonan at rehearsal for the opening concert
  • Listen to interviews and music with Tenzin Choegyal and other festival performers, including Snowy Mountains-based Folk/Americana duo Montgomery Church, and Canberra performers the Super Rats Romanian Band and the Shanty Singers.
Tenzin Choegyal

Montgomery Church

Super Rats Romanian Band

Shanty Singers

Photo of Archie Roach at rehearsal by Living Arts Canberra

Charity Norman – Remember Me

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2022
Cover design by Christabella Design
Cover photo Jonathan Astin

A cold case mystery begins this story, the disappearance of Leah Parata in 1994 in the farming and wilderness area of Tawanui in New Zealand. In 2019, when the contemporary story strand is told, the disappearance remains an unsolved case and a cloud of fear and uncertainty still hangs over the community.

Charity Norman talks about Remember Me
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Tony Bernard – The Ghost Tattoo

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2022
Cover design by Mika Tabata
Cover photos the author’s collection

In telling his father’s story of his Holocaust experiences as a Polish Jew, stories of Tomaszów,  Treblinka and Auschwitz, Tony Bernard has not only created a memoir and provided a deeper view of this bigger story, but he has also crafted a deeply affecting account of his quest to know and understand  his father.

Barbie spoke to Tony Bernard about The Ghost Tattoo
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Lake House Studio – Life as we see it

Kyeema Gallery, at Capital Wines
13 Gladstone Street, Hall ACT
Thursday to Monday 10.30am to 5pm
Until 1 May 2022

A selection of works by Lake House Studio students, artists – Jeanette Zvargulis, Ivy Bahr, Sharan Fergie, Jenny Wardrobe, Richelle Eaton, Bec Langridge, Kathryn Adams, Hannah Wardrobe and Caroline Deeble (artist and mentor)

Barbie spoke to Caroline Deeble at Kyeema Gallery
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Warehouse Circus  – The Canberra Circus Festival

Lions Youth Haven in Kambah
19 to 23 April 2022

This event brings youth circus troupes and young circus artists from across Australia to train, rehearse, and perform alongside elite circus professionals.

Barbie spoke to Tom Davis from Warehouse Circus about the festival
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Jenny Blake – Tipping Point

Strathnairn Homestead Gallery 2
90 Stockdill Drive Holt ACT
Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm
Until 1 May 2022

Tipping Point is a continuation of the artist’s commitment to the subject of climate change. It is a collection of 15 layered and textured works, all 30x30cm and framed in oak.

Jenny Blake spoke to Barbie at Strathnairn about Tipping Point
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Networks Australia: Site Specific – artists respond to Rusten House

87 Collett Street, Queanbeyan NSW
8 – 30 April 2022
Open 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Saturday

This exhibition draws public attention to the history of Rusten House, its architecture, surrounding heritage garden, uses of the building and relationship to community.

Rusten House Art Centre is an 1861 NSW Heritage listed building, renovated for reuse as a gallery and workshop facility. Opening for the first time to the public as a community art centre and gallery from mid April 2021, it is owned and operated by Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council.

Barbie spoke to artist Valerie Kirk at Rusten House
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