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Festival Muse: your reason to stay this Canberra Day

HerCanberra Team

Now in its second year, Festival Muse is a long weekend of events that gathers together writers, thinkers, activists and artists to celebrate passion in all its forms.

It’s fun, fabulous and you don’t need to pack a suitcase to travel across the literary, political and culinary landscape of Australia. With over twenty participants including Clementine Ford, Jack Heath, Ken Helm, Jennifer Wong and Michael Brissenden, Muse will be teeming with talent – so get excited as we celebrate curiosity, conversation, creativity and consonance over damn fine coffee, canapés and cabernet.

Friday Night

Festival Opening – Turn Me On

In this unique story-telling session, Muse will explore the lightbulb moments and hidden drivers behind being personally and politically engaged with Zoya Patel, Michael Brissenden, Roland Peelman and Jacob White.

There will also be post-event launch drinks and canapes.

Friday 9 March from 6–8pm | Tickets: $20

Saturday Afternoon

The Long Table – Jack Heath

Canberra literary identity Jack Heath sits down at The Long Table for an afternoon of fine food and good conversation to coincide with the publication of his first book for adults, Hangman.

Saturday 10 March from 1–3 pm | Tickets: $75 and include a two-course lunch and a copy of Hangman

Saturday Night

Helm Family Wine Dinner

For the first time in Canberra, formidable father and daughter winemakers Ken Helm (Helm Wines) and Stephanie Helm (The Vintner’s Daughter) present a selection of their wines together for a six-course wine dinner worth writing about! (Tickets: $120 – includes all wine and food)

Saturday 10 March from 6.30–10.30 pm | Tickets: $120 includes all wine and food

Sunday Afternoon

Bipartisan – Karen Viggers & David Lindenmayer

Our Bipartisan series places a gentle spotlight on how couples, friends and partners nourish both their passions and their relationship. Join novelist Karen Viggers and scientist David Lindenmayer as they reveal how work, creative output, family, politics and friendship work for them.

Sunday 11 March from 4–5 pm | Tickets: $15

Monday Afternoon

The Burning Issues of Now

Led by participating chair Gabrielle Chan (Guardian Australia) our panel of expert observers will interrogate the national zeitgeist to find out what’s next for Australia and why.

1-2pm | Tickets: $15

The Good Life – Live Podcast

This Canberra Day Andrew Leigh MP brings his podcast The Good Life to Muse as he sits down with palliative care expert Dr Liz Forbat to talk about living, dying and the journey between the two.

3–4pm | Tickets: $15

Festival Closing – Clementine Ford on #MeToo

What next for #MeToo? Hear Clementine Ford speak on the way women are silenced. How when they speak out, they are questioned, cross-examined, and dismissed. And how women question and undervalue their own experiences. Please note that this event will be held at The Street Theatre.

4.30–6pm | Tickets: $30

the essentials 

What: Festival Muse
When: 9-12 March
Where: Muse Food and Books, at the bottom of East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston
More information and tickets: musecanberra.com.au/festival-muse


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