That’s art and entertainment: regional youth in the spotlight

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C.W. brings you the latest arts and entertainment news from across the Canberra region. Highlights this week: Local youth are honored with a holiday dance program and an invitation to participate in an art contest.


Free NSW Youth Dance Workshop

Young people living in the NSW region are invited to learn from dance industry experts during Create NSW’s holiday programme.

Spring in your step will see a number of young adults aged 12 to 24 take part in the five-day programme, which culminates in an in-house dance performance. Experienced instructors will teach students elements of hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, tap, cabaret and musical theatre.

Hosted by Bom Funk at Queanbeyan, the weekend show will take place in their new Highlight Theatrette. Candidates are encouraged to have some dance experience, as the program offers insight into a career path for future dancers.

Apply to learn the art of dance at bomfunk.com.au


Love Explored in Traditional South Indian Dance

Canberra-based Bharatanatyam dancer Vaidehi Subramanyan will perform her solo show, Nayika, at the Gorman Arts Center on Saturday, September 10.

Bharatanatyam, or Sadir, is a classical dance originating in Tamil, South India, incorporating rhythm, grace and acting. Nayika means the state of being that a person can feel when in love, which the performance explores from different angles.

Connecting the divine with the everyday are themes of Hindu scripture and folklore, while age-old music and poetry tell the story of the lover afflicted by separation, the one who trusts in the devotion of his significant other, and the one who feels cheated.

See the story unfold in Nayikaat the Gorman Arts Centre, Saturday, September 10, 7 p.m.; ainslieandgorman.com.au


Matthew CurtisMargin, 2022, blown tinted glass, chiselled, aluminium, 560 x 150 x 740 mm. Photo: Rob Little.

Fuse Glass Price in Kingston

The Fuse Glass Prize, a biennial showcase of glass artists from Australia and New Zealand, is taking place this month at the Canberra Glassworks.

This year’s winner of the $20,000 cash prize for an established artist is Queanbeyan-based Matthew Curtis with his work titled Margin.

The winner of the David Henshall Emerging Artist Award is Bronte Cormican-Jones for his work sightlines; she wins $2,500 in cash and a professional development opportunity at the renowned JamFactory workspace.

This year, the competition featured four works by artists from the ACT region. These pieces, along with the other finalists, can be viewed at the Canberra Glassworks until September 25. From there, the exhibition will then travel to the Australian Design Center in Sydney, starting October 7.

Learn more about canberraglassworks.com


Local children invited to make history

School children across the country are encouraged to create a short video about a moment in history as part of the History Makers competition.

Organized by the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, the competition is open to students from kindergarten to grade 12. Each school can submit a video of less than four minutes, which highlights a historical or contemporary defining moment that is important to them.

Winners in each of five categories – regional stories, research skills, collaboration, creativity and smart use of technology – will receive $2,000. Organizers invite students from regional, rural and remote schools to submit a defining moment from their local community for the regional stories section of the contest.

The videos will be featured on the Australian Museum’s Defining Moments Digital Classroom website. The site offers a list of defining moments that students can refer to for their assignments.

Submissions are open until November 4.

For more information, visit digital-classroom.nma.gov.au

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