Musical Magic: The Canberra International Music Festival is back

Tori Shingles and Josie Gouvoussis

Hold onto your viola and stop singing Andrea Bocelli in the car, The Canberra International Music Festival is back for 2018!

From 27 April to 6 May, Canberra will be swaying to the tunes of talented composers, basking in the verbal wordplay of infamous poets and listening to world-class orchestras as the 2018 Festival sweeps the city into a melodic frenzy. 

Want to feel as if you’ve been transported to a time where Bach, Bernstein and Beowulf reigned supreme in their contemporary elements? With a choice of 23 concerts across a large array of venues, there’s an immersive experience for everyone.


Clementine. Credit: Tim Bean Photography

Never pass up a chance to combine food, wine and music?

Taste of Country in early May will enable you to immerse yourself in Canberra’s history by taking a trip across the Yass Valley where you will visit the historic Woolshed at Strathnairn Arts and the Lovat Chapel established in 1842.

This trip has loads of tasty goodies on offer, from wine tasting at the Brindabella Hills winery through to fine dining at Clementine Restaurant in Yass.

If that wasn’t enough, the tour will be accompanied by artists Adrian Brown, I Bassifondi and Pietra Quartet who bring you the sounds of Italy, Anglo concertina and the string quartet.

Happening Thursday 3 May from 8.30 am – 4 pm from a departure destination yet to be revealed. Tickets cost $140.00 per person and will include transport, morning tea, a two-course meal and wine tasting as well as tea and coffee.

Secure your tickets here.



Festival at Muse will be held in one of Canberra’s all-time favourite foodie destinations, Muse in East Hotel where artists Ned McGowan and Claire Edwards will grace you with contemporary and classical takes on famous tunes.

Happening Wednesday 2 May from 9 pm. Tickets are $50 per person.

See the website to make a booking.


Even for those unacquainted with history, these performances are sure to take you on a journey through time. 

Israel in Egypt will be performed in the fittingly historic backdrop of the Fitters’ Workshop in Kingston and is ideal for those who have a particular taste for the work of Messiah and the early stylings of Mozart.

Happening Monday 30 April from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Fitters’ Workshop, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Click here for more details.

In association with the Australian War Memorial, Requiem will be also presented in the Hall of Remembrance, in commemoration of all of those lost during the conflicts of 1914 and 1918, which is sure to be a very special event. 

Artists to perform include William Barton, Pietra and Orava Quartets as well as Luminescence Chamber Singers.

Happening Monday 30 April from 6:30 pm at the Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell. Click here for more information. 


The Turrell Skyspace via

A Sunset Performance in The Turrell Skyspace at the National Gallery of Australia is the perfect way to grace your love with classical romance as you gaze into the sunset.

A masterpiece in itself, the Skyspace will become an open-air theatre during CIMF2018 for two brief performances by Susannah Borsch on the recorder. Take note, however, this is not a performance like those of your primary school attempts at this instrument.

Happening twice daily from Monday – Friday, April 30 – May 4 at the James Turrell Skyspace – NGA, Parkes Place.

For more information on this free event see the website.


Looking to make it a family outing? These concerts are sure to bring the kids’ imagination to life as they are thrown into a fantastical, whimsical display of artistry.

Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Holly Harrison’s homage to Lewis Carrol, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, will both delight and entertain little ones with special performance featuring the Festival Sinfonia directed by Leonard Weiss.

Perhaps the little ones will become inspired by the masters of music?

Happening Sunday 6 May from 11 am to 12 pm at the Fitters’ Workshop, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Tickets $25 per person or $85 for Family of four. Click here to purchase tickets.


End the festivities on a high note (pun intended) on closing night as the Festival celebrates the work of violin soloist Tim Fain and harp soloist Alice Giles with music from Debussy, Bernstein and Finsterer.

Gather around for one last musical performance that will have your senses buzzing for next year’s festival!

Adult $69, Concession $64, Under 30 $30, Under 18 $25, Student $25

Happening Sunday, May 6 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm at Fitters’ Workshop, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See website to purchase tickets.

the essentials 

What: The Canberra International Music Festival 2018
When: 27 April to 6 May 2018
Where: Various locations across the ACT
Tickets and more information:

HerCanberra are proud sponsors of the CIMF 2018


Josie Gouvoussis

Josie Gouvoussis is a 16-year-old intern, currently in Year 11 at Radford College, studying Ancient History and English Literature. Born and bred in the nation’s capital, Josie is an aspiring journalist and hopes to one day write her way around Europe. She enjoys meeting, learning from and writing about local Canberrans and the extraordinary lives they lead. She is a low key (by low-key meaning fangirl obsessed) book lover who will read anything from politics and history to gore, crime and fantasy. Usually one can find her lounging around deeply immersed in a fiction novel or swimming with her friends. More about the Author