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Annual Canberra contemporary arts festival Art, Not Apart matures with 2019 program of ‘soul’ when it returns on Saturday 16 March 2019.

Canberra’s free annual contemporary arts festival, Art, Not Apart, returns on Saturday 16 March 2019 to showcase an enormous diversity of contemporary artists from Canberra and beyond.

The festival will span NewActon, The Shine Dome, National Film and Sound Archive and QT Canberra for a jam-packed program from 1-7pm (with an after-party, of course). Supported from inception by Molonglo Group, this year will be the festival’s ninth instalment and the third of a four-year funding commitment from the ACT Government.

Art Not Apart 2017. Credit: Victor Tawagi.

This year’s theme ‘Soul and Mortar’ is a call to action for artists to take arms and create works to build the soul of our city and country. This is about art that combats indifference and inaction.

Audiences can expect a curated outburst of exhibitions, multiple music stages, performance art, interactive installations, film works, art and wine markets, poetry and lectures on love, delicious street food and cocktail bars, and a wild after-party. All ages welcome (except for the after-party).

Miriam Pickard with Australian Dance Party Dancers at The Shine Dome for the media launch of Art Not Apart 2018. Credit: Martin Ollman.

What not to miss

Soul Defender

Supported through a City Grant from City Renewal Authority, the Soul Defender is a repurposed 14-ton military truck which will debut as a stage at this year’s festival featuring performances by Melbourne eight-piece funk band Fulton Street, local favourites Endrey, and more. For more music, check out the Mosaic Room and Courtyard Stage.

Visual Arts

This year’s festival features three exceptional exhibitions. Soul and Mortar in Nishi Gallery, Outside In in the ANCA Art Bus, and Façade in The Apartments on Kendall Lane will all present evocative works tackling contemporary issues such as climate change, isolation and identity.

The Prime Ministerial Impressario

Commissioned exclusively for Art, Not Apart, Canberra Opera updates Mozart’s comic operetta into a political satire replacing the title characters with some of Australia’s most divisive politicians. Two performances in the iconic Shine Dome, $10 tickets. (Only charged performance at the festival. Tickets here.

The Artery

Following its overwhelming success over the last two years, the stone wall on Edinburgh Avenue will once again be transformed into The Artery, with over 100 metres of street art, viewed by tens of thousands of commuters over a few weeks.

Film and Moving Image

From encouraging Canberrans to take action to reduce emissions to exploring the dichotomies in queer relationships, powerful moving image works are scattered throughout the festival.

Food and Drink

Enjoy some of the city’s favourite street food vendors including Momo’s Taste of Tibet, Tikka Stand, Lazy Grazer, Wandering Woodfire Pizza, Hector Asado. Bar Rochford returns to operate the festival bar as their once-a-year excursion, and taste some of the region’s best local wines at the Cellar Door wine markets.

Sound and Fury after-party

Sound and Fury is a not-to-be-missed performance art party. Laugh, cry and dance as the performers fuse music, theatre and dance over one unforgettable night. Tickets selling fast- grab them here.

Feature image: Cole Bennetts


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