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.
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.
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.
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).
Suki & Hugh Gallery 38A Gibraltar Street Bungendore, NSW Saturday 13 February – Sunday 21 March 2021 Opening on 13 February 2021, 10am – 4pm
Observe is Sydney artist Jane Gerrish’s third solo show. In it she transports us to the glamourous Côte d’Azur of the 1920s and beyond, revealing captivating detail of the master Henri Matisse in his studios.
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.
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.
Palace Electric Canberra Preview 20 December 2020 at 4.10pm Nationally from 26 December Running Time: 123 minutes, rated M
This fictionalised historical drama from the 2020 British Film Festival is inspired by real events, though it takes the liberty of throwing together characters whose paths did not actually cross.
It is the story of three little-known female heroes of WWII, engaged in Churchill’s ring of female spies, who came under the umbrella of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) Their mission was to conduct sabotage and build a resistance.
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.
The Australian Dance Awards were presented online on Tuesday 8 December, acknowledging achievements across 2018 and 2019 in 12 categories.
They celebrate the rich diversity and uniqueness of dance in Australia with national companies, performers and collaborating artists, dedicated studio, school and tertiary teachers, regional and remote artists, independents, youth and community dance groups.
Bungendore Fine Art 5 December 2020 to 25 January 2021
Depicting birds from the inland to the coast, this exhibition celebrates the diversity of birdlife inhabiting and visiting South Eastern Australia. These recent works are watercolour, gouache and mixed media.
Lesley Wallington is a professional award-winning artist and tutor. Lesley is a keen bird watcher who volunteers for the South Coast Shorebird Recovery program. She currently paints in her home studio and conducts classes and workshops for Nature Art Lab in Canberra.