The contemporary arts festival is celebrating its 10th birthday – and returning for another massive year of art, inclusion and celebration. This year’s theme is “Today, I Tomorrow, You” with local and national artworks scattered through the NewActon Precinct, the Shine Dome (Australian Academy of Science) and National Film and Sound Archive. For Art, Not Apart, local artists are a top priority, naturally, with 50% of the programming budget going to Canberra region artists to support their presentation at the festival.

Art, Not Apart consecutively pushes the boundaries of art, artistry and our surroundings as human beings of the 21st century, posing the thought provoking question: what is art? There is a special program of ticketed events at Albert Hall pushing the boundaries this year. One of these events is Melting Pot. This is helmed by acclaimed saxophonist John Mackey who will lead an ensemble of the country’s finest musicians on a journey of improvised jams.


For those excited to enjoy the free festival on Saturday 14 March, come along for the festivities in the streets including exhibitions, performance art and poetry, multiple music stages, interactive installations, film and imagery, markets, local food and beverages and, of course, the after-party.

Tickets for the exquisite Melting Pot and other Albert Hall events may be purchased HERE