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Canberra Spinners and Weavers – Transformation with a Twist and a Turn

70 Maclaurin Crescent Chifley ACT
Friday 10 and Saturday 11 November 2023 10am to 4pm
Sunday 12 November 2023 11am to 3pm

The annual exhibition of the Canberra Spinners and Weavers includes open days, a silent auction, demonstrations and sales tables. Beautiful handmade garments, scarves and other textile objects are available for sale as well as hand spun yarns.

Lynne Johnson from Canberra Spinners and Weavers talks about Transformation with a Twist and a Turn


Musica Viva Australia – 2024 Concert program

February to November 2024, various venues

The 2024 program is a blend of tradition and innovation, with seven national tours to six states and territories, four world premieres by Australian composers, and 26 of the world’s best artists including William Barton, The Choir of King’s College Cambridge, Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto and pianist Kirill Gerstein.

Barbie spoke to Musca Viva’s Artistic Director Paul Kildea about the 2024 program
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The Origin of Evil – film review

Palace Electric Canberra
From Thursday 19 October 2023
Thriller, French with English subtitles
123 mins, rated MA15+

The Origin of Evil (L’Origine du Mal) was shown in the 2023 Alliance Française French Film Festival. It is billed as ‘wickedly funny’, though we found it to be wickedly clever and not funny at all.

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Sally Greenaway: Piano Music For Discoverers book launch

Greenaway Studio
2pm Sunday 22 October 2023

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Curated specially for the enjoyment of piano enthusiasts, Piano Music For Discoverers (vol. 1) is a limited edition collection of 12 original compositions for piano by Australian composer Sally Greenaway. 

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BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival

State Library of NSW
1-5 November 2023 and live streamed nationally 

 BAD Sydney celebrates Australian crime writing with a program of author panels, entertaining social events, writing workshops, guided walks and the opportunity to pitch to a publisher.

Barbie spoke to BAD Sydney’s Catherine de Peloux Menage
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Ann Cleeves to be writer-in-residence at Tasmanian festival 

Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival
Huon Valley Tasmania
21 October to 12 November 2023

The Terror Australis festival Readers and Writers Festival (TARWF) is Australia’s southern-most literary festival, a celebration of books, writing and community. This year the festival is joined by Ann Cleeves as writer in residence.

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Bell Shakespeare – Twelfth Night

Canberra Theatre Centre
13 – 21 October 2023

Director Heather Fairbairn places her characters in a garden setting that transforms throughout the play, linking their mortality to life cycles in nature and asking them, along with the audience, to find light in the darkness.

Barbie spoke to Jane Montgomery Griffiths, who plays Malvolia
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