Arts & Entertainment: Deadly Dialogues, Flazeda and more

C.W. brings you the latest arts and entertainment news from across the Canberra region. Highlight of this week: a local film goes to an international film festival and another performing arts space organizes an open day.

The film festival is coming to Canberra

There’s no denying that many Canberran locals enjoy cycling – and a film festival for enthusiasts has moved to the Dendy Cinema on Thursday 18th August for The Big Bike Film Night.

Now in its eighth year, one man’s passion project is jumping the ditch from numerous sold-out venues across New Zealand. As part of a three-month tour of Australia, the screenings celebrate cycling in all its forms.

The evening features 13 short films shot in locations around the world ranging in length from two to 32 minutes and devoted to telling the extraordinary stories of ordinary people.

Head to Dendy on August 18 to see the films;

Flazeda Open Day

Have you ever wondered if you have enough junk in the trunk to twerk your booty, or have you ever wondered how the dancers manage to keep nipple glans while shimmy? Flazeda Hub has the answers for you at their open house on Sunday, August 21.

Showcasing what makes their classes a unique, fun and inclusive experience, the Alternative Performing Arts Center invites Canberrans to come and experience them in free bite-sized plays. Classes will run throughout the day and participants will learn a range of fringe and subcultural arts, including the sword and feather dance. Before the day is over, be sure to catch the free mini-show.

If you’re feeling a little tired after learning a new skill, there’s a range of food and drink on offer, along with some fabulous market stalls.

Try something new at the Flazeda Open House, Sunday August 21;

Deadly talks at the National Library

Rachael Maza visits the National Library of Australia for Deadly Talks, Monday, August 8 at 6 p.m. Picture provided.

The latest event at the National Library On the scene is the third episode of Deadly Dialogues with Rachael Maza AM on Monday, August 8 from 6-7 p.m.

Rachael Maza AM, wife of Yidinji and Meriam, was awarded the Order of Australia in 2020 for her significant service to the performing arts as Artistic Director. Maza is the daughter of Bob Maza, who founded Australia’s first black theater company. Following in his father’s footsteps, Maza has an impressive repertoire of acting, directing and playwriting experience under his belt. She is the Artistic Director of Ilbijerri, Australia’s oldest Aboriginal theater group.

Deadly Dialogues, a platform that celebrates our First Nations artists and is hosted by Rhianna Patrick, invites guest artists to come and share their experiences of working within the Australian art scene.

Join Rachael Maza at the National Library of Australia on August 8 at 6 p.m.;

Canberra Women of Science and Art

Canberra’s Women in Science and Art are delighted to share their knowledge and projects with locals during National Science Week, hosting three events in the capital.

3D-printed drones, balloons, ships and mini-robots will all appear in the experiments led by a group of women working or inspired by science, technology, engineering, art and math ( STEAM). Between them, they taught hundreds of children to fly drones, created a balloon show to introduce the concept of genetics to young minds, and sparked the start of a Canberra art robot tribe.

During National Science Week, they will host a lunchtime fireside chat with a Q&A and networking opportunities and two interactive mini-workshops for all ages. Events are free, however, reservations are recommended.

For more details, visit

Love forever, from Canberra to Venice

For the first time, a locally produced Canberra film, Love foreverwill premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.

Writer/director Clare Young’s debut short follows a Canberra girl as she experiences her first love with a boy from Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Young received an ArtsACT Fellowship for intensive mentorship with Jane Campion, who she says taught her the power of uncompromising vision served by talented collaborators in the spirit of love and trust.

Shot on location in Canberra and Sydney, the film will be screened in 79e Venice International Film Festival in the Orizzonti Short Films competition. The festival runs from August 31 to September 10.

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