Column: Bit Parts   |   Date Published: Tuesday, 9 April 13   |   Author: Greta Kite-Gilmour   |   4 years, 1 month ago

WHAT: Half-day TEDxCanberra Conference
WHEN: Wed Apr 17
WHERE: National Library of Australia

TEDx events bring together the world's leading thinkers and change-makers to share their insights into ideas and solutions that matter. Last September, TEDxCanberra brought together over 600 participants with a keen interest in sharing innovative ideas. The next TEDxCanberra full-day event will be held later in 2013. But for those who just can't wait, the half-day midweek TEDxCanberra Salon provides an opportunity to connect and explore ideas about preparing and informing society. TEDxCanberra Salon 2013 speakers include noted futurist Mark Pesce; GreenMag Group's Marcus Dawe; Dr Will Grant of the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, and many more. TEDxCanberra Salon runs for four hours, covering topics such as climate change, technology and philosophy. It’s an invaluable opportunity to engage with some of Australia’s brightest minds from Canberra and surrounds in a more intimate setting than TEDxCanberra's full-day experience. 1pm-5pm. Registration is $35 + bf at: More info:


WHAT: Twilight Fete
WHEN: Thu Apr 11
WHERE: Alfred Deakin High School Twilight Fete

Alfred Deakin High School students are pleased to present their Twilight Fete. Situated on the school oval, there will be fair ground rides, stalls selling food, books, crafts and pre-loved clothing. Students will run traditional fete games and entertainment showcasing bands, singing and dancing. This is part of an ongoing student project to raise money to build houses in Cambodia. Students and teachers of the school encourage all to attend – student or ex-student, parent, friend or simply a local who wishes to have a bit of fun and pick up some goodies while supporting a worthy cause. 5pm-8pm. Free.


WHAT: Pet-walking fundraiser
WHEN: Sun May 19
WHERE: Lake Burley Griffin, Central Basin

The Million Paws Walk is Canberra’s premiere pet event that allows you and your friends to mingle, chat and celebrate your love of animals while getting a good, healthy dose of exercise and the outdoors. Funds raised through walk registrations and online fundraising will go towards vital programs, services and campaigns undertaken by RSPCA ACT, as well as supporting the daily battle to stop animal cruelty. This year, in line with Centenary celebrations, the walk’s theme is ‘birthdays’. Feel free to dress up in your favourite party outfit – there will be prizes for best dressed! 11am. Register at:


WHAT: Youth Choir Performance
WHEN: Sun Apr 14
WHERE: Belconnen Arts Centre

Belconnen Arts Centre presents a performance by Youth Choir CCS New Voices directed by musician extraordinaire Mal Webb. CCS New Voices is the newly formed youth choir of Canberra’s longest established choral organisation, Canberra Choral Society. They join with amazing musician, singer, composer and beat-boxer Mal Webb to create a performance which will entertain and inspire all ages. Mal will also conduct the Vocal Acrobatics Workshop for young vocalists who wish to be a part of the CCS New Voices ensemble on Sat & Sun April 13 & 14. More info at 3pm-4pm. $10 door.


WHAT: Childrens’ Theatre
WHEN: Sat Apr 20-Sat Apr 27
WHERE: The Street Theatre

Join Princess Gwendolyn, Prince Gregor and a fascinating array of characters from this witty version of Hans Christian Andersen’s children’s classic The Princess and the Pea as they confront the Dragon-with-One-Nostriled-Snout. Commissioned by The Street Theatre and adapted by Canberra’s own Serious Theatre this irresistible adaptation PEA!, with puppets of all varieties, can be seen during the April school holidays and champions all things little – especially peas! Is it possible that one particular pea can protect the peace and prevent a plot to pummel a potential proper princess? Book now and find out: 10am & 2pm. $11-$18.


WHAT: Dance Workshop
WHEN: Mon-Wed April 15-17
WHERE: Mount Rogers Community Centre, Spence

Canberra Dance Development Centre (CDDC) is thrilled to present Australia’s in-demand entertainment dance company, A-Live Entertainment. A-Live’s mission is to develop the Australian performing arts industry by educating young dancers, creating new and evolving forms of entertainment and by connecting with inspirational performers to blend talents. Three action packed days of jazz, tap, lyrical, JFH, contemporary, hip hop and break dance will provide opportunities for students to try new dance genres and attempt styles they may not have experienced before. The workshop concludes with a showcase performance. Bookings essential: (02) 6259 1550; Info at:



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