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It may be chilly outside, but Tuggeranong Arts Centre is turning up the heat this July with a fantastic array of performances from the acclaimed ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, cabaret darling Constantina Bush and coming soon, the sensational gospel blues collaboration the Turner Brown Band fresh from the USA.

We also invite you to join us for our Community Consultation sessions and help shape the future direction of Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Image: Kamahi Djordon King and Katie Beckett as Dad and Tash, in ILBIJERRI Theatre Company's production, WHICH WAY HOME. Photo by Steven Rhall.



18 July, 11am and 7pm

A road trip comedy 80,000 years in the making.

Tash and her Dad are going home to country, where the sky is higher, and the world goes on forever.
It’s a long way from the wide streets and big old houses of Tash’s childhood. Dad still thinks he’s the king of cool, but he’s an old fella now. It’s time for Tash to take him home.
Written by Katie Beckett and presented by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, WHICH WAY HOME is a heartwarming story perfect for everyone who loves their dad.

Tickets: $20 Adult, $15 Concession/Student.

Images: 1-3 - Snehargho Ghosh, 4 - Steven Rhall


Mystery and Magic at Twilight

29 July, 5pm

Don’t miss this chance to hear some of Canberra’s most outstanding young musicians in a highly appealing program of solo, duo and trio combinations.
The program offers a feast of well-loved works by the greats, combining the mystery of Beethoven’s Ghost Trio, with the magic of Schumann’s captivating Fairy Tales for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Tchaikovsky’s every popular Nutcracker Suite (in the popular piano 4 hands arrangement) and Granados’ haunting Lover and the Nightingale.

  • Shirahni Mudaliar – Violin
  • Yona Su – Viola
  • Ariel Chou – Cello
  • Aisha Ward – Clarinet
  • Mia Huang, Katrina Tang, Linus Lee – Piano
Tickets: $35 Adult, $20 Student

Coming in August: The Turner Brown Band

7.30pm, 3 August

Nikki D Brown, born into a Church-based lap-slide guitar tradition known as ‘Sacred Steel’, learnt the instrument first-hand from a myriad of steel guitar masters including Ruth Durdel, Yolondo Ramsey, Del Grace and Henry Tyson, melding them all into her unique and wildly gritty guitar sound.

Renowned Australian blues-based slide-guitarist and vocalist, Dom Turner has spent more than 30 years touring the festival circuit with Backsliders as well as various musical collaborations. Joining Dom and Nikki are her sisters Gloria Brown (rhythm guitar and vocals) and cousin Tomika Webb (drums and vocals) who share the same deep musical heritage and love of infectious gospel-soul music.

See them for the first time ever in Canberra on Friday 3 August!

Tickets: $45 General Admission, $35 Concession. On sale 1 June




Unexpected photography by Martin Ollman
Gallery 1, 6 - 28 July

A unique view of Canberra through close ups, nature, people and places.
Opening Friday 6 July, 6pm.
Exhibition continues until Saturday 28 July.

Image: Martin Ollman, (detail) Rusted tractor, Holt, 2015.

Traversing Tidbinbilla

Ruby Berry, Holly Grace, Melinda Heal and Sally Mumford
Gallery 2, 6 - 28 July

Through a Craft ACT residency in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve during the spring of 2017, four artists had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the ecology and heritage which enveloped them.
The exhibition embraces their responses in glass, drawing, textiles and installation.
Opening remarks by Rachael Coghlan, CEO, Craft ACT on Friday 6 July at 6pm.
Exhibition continues until Saturday 28 July.

Image: Top L - Sally Mumford (detail), R - Holly Grace (detail), Bottom L - Ruby Berry (detail), R - Melinda Heal (detail)


Community consultations

26 July

Once again we invite you to discuss our past programs and offer your thoughts and ideas for future planning.
The board members and staff of the Tuggeranong Arts Centre welcome organisations and individuals to share feedback and look at ways we can work together to create inspiring art, provide access to the arts for everyone and challenge our thinking on topics relevant and important.

Session 1 (For organisations): Thursday 26 July, 10:00am, The Hunting Lodge. Registrations required - email to reserve a place.

Session 2 (Everyone welcome): Thursday 26 July, 5:30pm, The Hunting Lodge.

Light refreshments provided.

Image: Tuggeranong Arts Centre Patron, Aunty Agnes Shea, offers a Welcome to Country at the official opening of Another Day in Paradise. Photo: Martin Ollman, 2018.


17 July, 7pm

For one performance only, catch Kamahi Djordon King’s female alter-ego and cabaret darling, Constantina Bush!

Sassy, irreverent and totally unforgettable, this 7’ girl from a cattle station near Katherine will take Canberra by storm.

Tickets: Free! (But please book a seat.)

Image: Constantina Bush performs at Homeground at the Sydney Opera House. Photo by Daniel Boud.


Free workshops with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company

17 July

In addition to the two performances of WHICH WAY HOME, writer and actress Katie Beckett, along with ILBIJERRI’s Artistic Director Rachael Maza and multi-talented artist Kamahi Djordon King will run free community workshops on the 17th of July.
Katie Beckett’s workshop – Devising Theatre - will use drama games, performance and writing activities to explore ways you can use your own stories to devise a piece of theatre. This workshop is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people aged 7+ and their families.
In Everyone’s Got a Story Rachael Maza’s workshop for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults, participants will have the opportunity to work with one of Australia's most successful directors to learn how to tell their story through theatre.
All are welcome to join multi-talented artist and Gurindji man Kamahi Djordon King for a special visual arts workshop using latex, before he transforms into his fiesty alter ego Constantina Bush for an intimate and free performance in the Hunting Lodge.

RSVP for workshops:

Photo: Rachael Maza, courtesy ILBIJERRI Theatre & Regional Arts Victoria
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