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That’s arts and entertainment: Helping youth find focus

Helping youth find focus

PhotoAccess has launched Re-Focus and is asking the public to join them in helping a young person see their world in a new way.

Re-Focus aims to raise $7,000 to enable 20 young people who are struggling with significant life challenges to take a journey of self-discovery through photography.

These young men and women have had minimal opportunities to experience the transformative effect of participating in the arts.

Re-Focus participants, aged 13 to 18, will spend eight weeks with PhotoAccess, working in two groups to explore black and white photography, film developing and darkroom printing.

PhotoAccess is looking for looking for 35 inspiring people to make a tax-deductible donation of $200. Once PhotoAccess have raised $7,000, Creative Partnerships Australia will double their money.

Visit photoaccess.org.au for more.

New Woden & Gungahlin arts programs

Both Tuggeranong Arts Centre (TAC) and Belconnen Arts Centre (BAC) will expand their reach over the next three years, as new community focused arts programs in Woden and Gungahlin launch.

With TAC running the Woden program and BAC taking responsibility for Gungahlin, the programs will include opportunities for children, families and adults to participate in all forms of the arts and will be developed over time in collaboration with each region.

The Woden program will be led by new TAC community arts officer John Hart, while Gungahlin’s will be run by BAC’s new community arts officer Michele Grimston.

Each community arts officer will engage with their respective communities to get a sense of what meaningful arts projects will look like for the region to help shape their programs.

Dame Edna stages comeback in Canberra

Dame Edna’s national comeback tour, Dame Edna My Gorgeous Life, will launch at Canberra Theatre this September. Photo supplied.

The legendary Dame Edna Everage says she’s been forced out of retirement by the demands of her adoring “precious possums”, and will launch her comeback tour right here in the nation’s capital this September.

In a letter to her fans, Dame Edna apologised for upsetting them when she announced her retirement, blaming her manager, “failed actor and attention seeker” Barry Humphries.

Dame Edna is a national treasure and globally renowned performer, artist and star of stage and screen, having toured the world since the 1950s.

Since first appearing on stage as purple-rinsed Melbourne housewife Mrs Edna Everage, she has become a global touring sensation, picking up a Tony Award along the way.

Tickets to Dame Edna My Gorgeous Life are on sale from today, Thursday 9 May 9am.

Dame Edna My Gorgeous Life will be performed at the Canberra Theatre on 17-19 September; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

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