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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
https://www.m16artspace.com.au/

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
www.folkdancecanberra.org.au

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:

Jane Gerrish – Observe

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.

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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: https://www.gunningartsfestival.com/activities/flashwrite-project/ .

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: https://www.gunningartsfestival.com/activities/flashwrite-stories/.

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.

A Call to Spy – Film Review

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.

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Kate Carruthers and Michael Warner – The Fire and the Flood

X Gallery Bungendore until 8 February 2021
32 Gibraltar Street, Bungendore, NSW
Open Friday to Monday or by appointment, phone 6238 0550

It is clear that the 2019-20 bushfires were a deeply etched experience for both artists, who are residents of Braidwood, and yet there is a spare restraint in their work.

Barbie talks to Kate Carruthers and Michael Warner on site at X Gallery
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I Dance Festival – a mini festival of dance films

From 5pm Friday 18 December to Monday 21 December 2020
Free event
Book at Eventbrite

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.

2020 Australian Dance Awards Winners

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.

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Lesley Wallington – Birds on the Shoreline

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.

Roz Dibley from Bungendore Fine Art talks about December and January exhibitions at Bungendore Fine Art

A Gift from Bob / A Christmas Gift from Bob – film review

Palace Electric Canberra
From 3 December 2020
Rated PG, 92 mins

James Bowen was a busker and recovering addict when, in 2007, he rescued an abandoned and injured cat, nursing it back to health.

He and the cat, christened Bob, became inseparable, winning admirers as they performed and sold The Big Issue on the streets of London.

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