DanceStepper Georgie Lynch with students from Bom Funk

Another week of arts events in this week’s Artsweek column by HELEN MUSA

Around 70 dance student leaders from across Australia will descend upon Bom Funk Dance Studio from as far as Perth and Adelaide to attend the inaugural National DanceStep Leadership Summit and Awards Ceremony in Queanbeyan, May 25-26.

The seventh annual Reconciliation Day event will be held in Commonwealth Park on May 27. The free family-friendly event will feature Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music, entertainment and workshops.

DocPlay, which streams top documentary films, launches at NFSA with 13 titles premiering from May 27.

Author Siobhan O’Brien discusses her novel All the Golden Light with Genevieve Jacobs Manning Clark House, Forrest, May 24.

Beauty and the Beast – Victorian State Ballet


  • Beauty and the Beast – Victorian State Ballet is at Canberra Theatre, May 24-25 .
  • Comedians Kaz Cooke and Judith Lucy will be here with Menopausal Night Out. The Playhouse, May 24.
  • Comedian Bron Lewis is bringing her hit show Obviously, about how she lost her marbles after having babies, to The Street Theatre, May 24.
  • Tempo Theatre’s Mother and Son is its 50th anniversary production. Belconnen Community Theatre, May 24-June 1.
  • Choirboys are here with a new show Run to Paradise – the Stories of Australian Rock N Roll. The Q, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, May 25.


  • Tenor Stuart Skelton with Catherine Carby, Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, perform Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) Llewellyn Hall, May 24.
  • Tjaabi: Flood Country is a contemporary intercultural music and theatre performance led by Patrick Churnside and Big hART. The Vault, Fyshwick, May 24.
  • Brother-duo Joel and Luke Smallbone will be here with stories and songs including selections from their fourth studio album, What Are We Waiting For? Royal Theatre, May 25.
  • ANU Choral Society performs Heavenly by Rutter, All Saints Church, Ainslie, May 25.
  • In Heartbeats, Maruki Community Orchestra presents an ambitious concert of music by Rossini, Sibelius and Johannes Brahms, Albert Hall, May 26.


  • Craft + Design Canberra has new exhibitions opening on May 23: The Edge Between by Sue Peachey; Light Ripples by Hannah Gason; and Sequence of Variables by Estelle Briedis.
  • New exhibitions at Beaver Galleries, Deakin, are Julian Laffan’s carved and painted woodblocks alongside Nicole Ayliffe’s studio glass. May 23-June 8
  • Glenn Frew’s photography exhibition Eclectic is coming to The Link – Ginninderry, May 28-July 7.

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