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Ceramics and landscapes at Strathnairn

Strathnairn Arts Centre
90 Stockdill Drive, Holt, ACT
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm

Anita McIntyre  – Survey 1970 – 2022
Woolshed Gallery until 17 July 2022

Anita McIntyre’s ceramic practice has been inspired by the Australian landscape, extensive travel, family history and a love of clay. It has been expressed in several series of work: working with porcelain, stoneware, coloured clay, printing, reverse transfer, decals and slip casting.

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Canberra Men’s Choir – Open Night

Harmonie German Club
9 Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah, ACT
Monday 11 July 2022

This non-audition choir welcomes all men who enjoy singing, regardless of their musical experience or ability. Newcomers are always welcome, and an Open Night on Monday 11 July will be an opportunity for interested men to get to know the choir and join up if they wish.

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The Training Ground – Unravel

Erindale Theatre
7pm, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 July 2022

Unravel is a contemporary dance interpretation of the Shakespearean Romeo and Juliet story. It promises to be emotionally engaging, relevant in its themes to the current day and of a high standard both choreographically and in dance technique.

Barbie spoke to The Training Ground’s co-director, Bonnie Neate
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National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature

Located at The Hub, University of Canberra

The NCACL’s mission is to collect, document and preserve Australian children’s books and literature. It aims to share the collection with all Australians through outreach activities. In order to reach national and international audiences, resources are available online.

Barbie visited the Centre to talk to Director Belle Alderman, Emeritus Professor of Children’s Literature at University of Canberra.
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Regional dance collaboration with Connecting Stories: Generations

National Portrait Gallery
25 and 26 June 2022
11am, 12.30pm & 1.30pm

This cross-generational, cross regional dance project was inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition Shakespeare to Winehouse.

QL2’s Ruth Osborne talks to Barbie about Connecting Stories: Generations
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Performances at The Artists Shed

7.30pm 24 and 25 June 2022
1-3 / 88 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick ACT

Carnival Road

Friday 24 June 2022. A Canberra based band, performing a special blend of folk/blues/roots/alt rock and featuring front man Anthony Ives. Nostalgia is promised.

Tickets: $12/ $20

The Spooky Men’s Chorale

Saturday 25 June 2022. We are assured that this group is ‘as thunderous as a herd of wildebeest, as sly as a wagon load of Spike Milligans and as sonorous as a cloister of monks’.

Tickets: $30/$50

  • Free tea-coffee/sausage sizzle at intermission and wine bar open from 7.30pm on both nights.
  • Bookings on the Events page:

Michael Winters – My Greece

A survey exhibition of linocuts
Belconnen Arts Centre
8 July to 21 August 2022
Opening 6pm Friday 8 July 2022

The title of the exhibition, My Greece indicates how much of the artist’s creative life is entwined with Greece. It was the enthusiasm for Ancient Greece of Michael Winter’s History of Art lecturer at Art School which instilled in him the desire to visit Greece. His first visit was in 1965.

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Repeat screenings for Stronger than Fiction Film Festival openers

Navalny on Tuesday 21 June at 9.15pm
A House Made of Splinters on Sunday 26 June 2022 at 12.30pm
Dendy Cinema Canberra

To open the STF 2022 season of monthly screenings, Stronger than Fiction presents two films in collaboration with the new Capital Film Festival (

Richard spoke to Hannah de Feyter about the first films in the Stronger Than Fiction 2022 season
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Twenty Minutes With The Devil – The Street Theatre

World premiere season
New dates – 18 to 25 June 2022
See website
link below
Tickets $35 to $45
Contains coarse language and loud noises, recommended 15+

Written by Luis Gómez Romero and Desmond Manderson, developed and made in Canberra, Twenty Minutes with the Devil is a gripping tale inspired by events leading to the capture of El Chapo, Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, in 2016.

Joanna Richards plays the part of Angela. Richard spoke to her about the role and career
Barbie spoke to performer Raoul Craemer, about Twenty Minutes With the Devil
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Canberra Spinners and Weavers – Warped and Twisted

Canberra Textile Works -70 Maclaurin Cres, Chifley. ACT
(the former Chifley Primary School)
Friday 3 to Sunday 12 June 2022
Open daily 10am to 3pm

Warped and Twisted showcases the diverse work of Canberra Spinners and Weavers’ members. There are 56 works on display employing different weaving techniques as well as knitting, crochet and stitching. Most work is for sale and at very reasonable prices.

Barbie spoke to Alison Leonard from Canberra Spinners and Weavers

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Film Review – A Stasi Comedy

Palace Electric Canberra as part of the German Film Festival
115 minutes, rated R18+
German with English subtitles,
Until 18 June 2022
Also showing at Palace Cinemas nationally

Those who lived in East Germany between 1950 and 1990 will probably find the title A Stasi Comedy oxymoronic. As other films in this festival, such as the dramas The Last Execution and Dear Thomas show, there was nothing funny about a regime which demanded conformity and required people to betray friends and family members.

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