Author: Dora Gillett

Deakin’s little gallery packs a big punch

If you’ve passed Beaver Galleries at Deakin without going inside, then you’ll be forgiven if, like I did, you didn’t pay it much thought beyond wondering what the giant coffee cup sculptures outside represented. This little contemporary art gallery looks humble from the outside, but it turns out it packs some serious punch on the inside. Alexander Boynes’ Last Light exhibition has opened in the gallery, dealing out one such punch. Boynes’ work deals with the damage that industry is dealing to Australia’s environment, and stands as a call to action about the loss of our country’s indigenous history....

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GIVEAWAY: Stronger Than Fiction Doco Film Festival

Canberra is home to lots of things that are lovely. Some of these favourite things are publically known and others are hidden in the woodwork and it’s those things that make this place properly unique. The Stronger Than Fiction film festival is one of those unique kinds. Much like how our little city encapsulates our whole country’s seat of government and is home to so many gems of art, music and food; so this festival somehow squeezes the great into the tiny. Over just four days, from 2 to 5 August, Stronger Than Fiction will deliver the true stories of...

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Hail to the chiefs of American indie film fest

Palace Electric has put on quite the show to celebrate the launch of the third American Essentials Film Festival. With pre-movie drinks and fare laid on by Bourbon Street Kitchen – pulled pork brioche, sloppy joes, and best of all, these incredible friend chicken po’ boys – it’s almost as much a feast as a film screening. They’ve had some fun with the American theme, decking out their Prosecco Bar in red, white and blue, complete with a bouquet in theme from sponsor Saint Valentine Botanical Design. When a waiter offers me a tray of mini corn dogs in one hand and a pile of red and blue...

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Opening night fiesta at Palace Electric

As Spanish Ambassador Mr Manuel Cacho Quesada tells the packed Palace Electric, the Spanish Film Festival is all about showing that “Spain is not only siesta and fiesta, just as Australia is not only sun and surf.” I’m at the opening night event for the Canberra festival and I’ve downed one or two glasses of cava, which definitely makes me want to both siesta and fiesta. The lights dim, and for a bubbly hour and a half, we’re swept along in the feel-good story of The Tribe. It’s got everything you want out of a mid-week movie night: comedy,...

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What to expect at the National Folk Festival

Exhibition Park In Canberra (EPIC) will come ablaze with lights, food, and music from Thursday 29 March to Monday 2 April. You might see a parade of jugglers and acrobats or stumble across a late-night cider garden, and you will definitely see some incredible bands. The occasion: the National Folk Festival. Director Pam Merrigan describes the festival as having “a big heart and a sturdy heart”. It’s been an institution for more than fifty years, and this year marks its 52nd birthday – and the festival shows no sign of slowing down.  Some of the acts coming along have been...

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