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Local Music: En Plein Air

Emily Allen

The ANU School of Music’s courtyard will this Friday evening transform into a celebration of art and the outdoors set to a jam-packed soundtrack of our most talented young performers.

En Plein Air (translation: in the open air) is presented by the ANU Music Students’ Association and will feature live music from Slow TurismoYOUNG MONKS, Genesis Owusu, The Steptones, Duck Duck Ghost, KaleidHelena Pop and Lady Bones. Nestled in the heart of Canberra’s central musical institution, patrons can also expect food vendors, drinks and live projections lit up on the side of the Peter Karmel building.

Reinvigorated in 2014, the MSA gives a voice to music students through advocating to the school body and seeks to bring together emerging School of Music talent with the wider Canberra community as well as organising social events, and providing aid, advice and information to School of Music Students. General Secretary Jacqui Douglas (member of Kaleid of one of our ’15 Women to Watch in 2015) says the Festival has already had a very enthusiastic response from students, the School and the broader community.


Canberra trio Kaleid, performing as part of En Plein Air

“We’re confident this will become an annual event, and have already advertised a committee position of Festival Coordinator as we approach our Annual General Meeting. This event means a lot to us as student leaders, given how much change the School of Music has gone through in the last few years,” says Jacqui.

The event has seen a committed little team working tirelessly behind the scenes to piece the Festival together. Envisaged by MSA President Ellen Falconer earlier in the year, fellow students Jarod Esposito, who jumped on board as Social Chair and coordinator of the festival, Anna Davies, Hayden Fritzlaff and Millie Watson form the Festival’s sub-committee.

Canberra band Slow Turismo, performing as part of En Plein Air

Canberra band Slow Turismo, performing as part of En Plein Air

“We’re so proud of our team for hustling up so much local talent, in a celebration of the vibrant music community that does exist in Canberra. We want to showcase it! And to celebrate how hard everyone’s worked this year,” said Jacqui.

the essentials
What: En Plein Air Music Festival, presented by the ANU Music Students’ Association
When: Friday October 9 2015, 4pm – 11pm all ages
Where: ANU School of Music
How much: $10 students, $15 adults
Tickets: Purchase your tickets online here


Emily Allen

Emily is an arts administrator with a background in writing and music. By day, she works at the ANU School of Music, and by night she moonlights as a contributing writer, the Communications Coordinator and Secretary for MusicACT, and dabbles in freelance marketing, social media and communications for the arts. More about the Author

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