Mon. Dec 6th, 2021

the Government House’s ball concert. Photo: Martin Ollman

The CANBERRA Symphony Orchestra has decided to cancel the Summer Ball 2021 and calculates that even if the weather decreases, it is highly unlikely that conditions will be safe in time for the event on December 4, let alone earlier in the week for installation. The CSO will process refunds in the week beginning Dec. 13, but patrons will have the opportunity to donate their refunds, 50 percent of which will go to “HeartStrings,” its fund for people facing barriers to concert attendance.

Paul and Matilda House with their work

NEW dates have finally been announced for the 4th National Indigenous Art Triennale, “Ceremony”, which runs from March 26 to July 31 at the National Gallery, featuring works by more than 35 artists from across Australia. A highlight of the opening weekend will be the inauguration of a permanent public art installation “Mulanganggari yur-wang” (living and strong), by Matilda House and Paul Girrawah House.

Sesame Street characters are getting festive

THE Sesame Street Circus Spectacular Christmas Edition makes its world debut in Canberra in Majura Park 1.-23. December. The show takes place under a large Christmas-themed top. Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and Super Grover appear in a whole new Christmas story. Book here.

ANU Drill Hall Gallery shows the work of Melbourne artist Elizabeth Newman, which spans collage, installation, text-based, textile and found object art added to pictorial representations of representation. Wednesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DYMOCKS has announced its Book of the Year for 2021 following a nationwide voting process. The winner is “Still Life” by Sarah Winman, “a story of people brought together by love, war and art.

Digital instructors, Chris Howlett and Adele Schonhardt

THE Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, soon to be renamed the Australian Digital Concert Hall, has won the Arts Leadership Award from Creative Partnerships Australia and plans to present more than 200 live-streamed performances from across the country, with all proceeds from the box office going to artists. Founded at the height of covid by Chris Howlett and Adele Schonhardt, it has so far had 2,000 musicians, including Canberrans.

CANBERRA author Merlinda Bobis participates in an online author discussion about her book “The Kindness of Birds”, in conversation with journalist Louise Maher at 14 this Saturday, November 27, available here.

STUDENTS from Marcela Fiorillo Studio hold the last concert of the year in the Wesley Music Center, Forrest, at 16.30, Saturday (November 27). Admission is free but registration here or at the door.

A stage adaptation of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is now at the Canberra Rep Theater until December 5, book at canberrarep.org.au or 6257 1950.

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