Canberra International Music Festival

Canberra International Music Festival

Free & Live at Belco Arts

10am-4:30pm Saturday 8 May 2021


A day of unbridled music making in Belco Arts crowns this year’s Canberra International Music Festival. Free and fabulous, a taste of the world is coming to Belconnen!

Enjoy hip-hop grooves to Hindustani vibes, the hot, hot frenzy of Super Rats, plus a special appearance by the Tiwi Strong Women. Throw in the Golden Gate Brass Quintet for good measure and you’re guaranteed a great day of music!


10:00-10:30am: Golden Gate Brass Quintet
11:30am-12:00pm: Kim Cunio, Heather Lee and Samurai Cunio
1:00-1:30pm: Kim Cunio, Heather Lee and Samurai Cunio
3:30-4:00pm: Woden Valley Youth Choir

Theatre Foyer

11:00-11:30am: DJ Diola
12:30-1:00pm: DJ Diola
2:00-2:30pm: DJ Diola

Rehearsal Room

1:30-2:00pm: Super Rats
3:00-3:30pm: Super Rats

Generator Gallery

1:00-1:30pm: Wesley Music Scholars
2:30-3:00pm: Wesley Music Scholars
4:00-4:30pm: Tiwi Strong Women

Dance Studio

10:30-11:00am: Emily Granger
12:00-12:30pm: Emily Granger

About the artists

Golden Gate Brass

Golden Gate Brass
Formed in 2017 at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Golden Gate Brass is an ensemble dedicated to providing high quality performances of brass repertoire. Its members are Michael Olsen & Fletcher Cox (trumpets), Aidan Gabriels (horn), Jackson Bankovic (trombone), and Jason Catchpowle (tuba). Each member of the ensemble maintains an impressive career in their own right, having collectively appeared in every full-time professional orchestra in the country as well as in numerous other performances, festivals and competitions across Australia. Golden Gate Brass provide performances which are high energy, innovative and exciting.

Kim Cunio and Heather Lee

Kim Cunio, Heather Lee and Samurai Cunio
Leading Composer and Head of ANU School of Music, Kim Cunio, joins long-time collaborator and Aria Award-winner Heather Lee in a captivating performance of sacred traditional music from around the world. They are joined on stage by their son, Samurai Cunio.

DJ Diola

DJ Diola
Music industry powerhouse DJ Diola will electrify the Belco Arts Theatre Foyer as she traverses hip hop, soul, funk, groove and quality future soul beats with her serious DJ skills.

Emily Granger
US-born harpist Emily Granger has firmly established herself in Australia as one of the most in-demand instrumentalists of her generation, with solo, chamber and orchestral performances in concert halls across the country. Her warmth and captivating performances make her a favourite with audiences and musicians alike as she shares music from a broad range of approaches. As a founding member of the Chicago Harp Quartet, Emily has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Centre, and Ravinia Festival and has presented masterclasses and workshops at NYU, University of Minnesota, and a week long musical residency in Havana, Cuba.

Super Rats

Super Rats
Super Rats bring you classic Romanian and Roma (gypsy) tunes from the backstreets of Bucharest. Featuring the mighty cimbalom, a fiendishly large dulcimer with 145 strings, backed by blistering accordion, sinuous violin, and thumping double bass.

Tiwi Strong Women

Tiwi Strong Women
The Tiwi Strong Women’s Group have been singing together since they were young girls, learning traditional songs from their mothers and grandmothers. They work in the community as mentors, drawing on their knowledge of Tiwi song traditions to help young Tiwi people connect with their language and cultural identity. They have performed at the Darwin Festival a number of times, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the NT Deadly Awards, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Sydney Recital Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and to a crowd of 400,000 people at the Papal Mass at World Youth Day celebrations. Their albums have won Best Traditional Music Recording at the 2008 NT Deadly Awards and NT State Winner at the 2018 APRA Awards.

Woden Valley Youth Choir

Woden Valley Youth Choir
Woden Valley Youth Choir (WVYC) is an exciting and dynamic choir for young people aged 8 to 21. As Canberra’s iconic youth choir, they offer the value of learning to sing with confidence, the value of friendships made both locally and overseas, the value of positive self-esteem, and the value of developing performance skills which will hold them in good stead for the rest of their lives. Throughout its 50 plus year history, WVYC has performed for Prime Ministers, Governors General, royalty, Nelson Mandela and many, many more.

Wesley Music Scholars
The Wesley Music Scholars are a new ensemble of Canberra’s youngest classical musicians who have each participated in ongoing training as part of ANU youth programs and the prestigious Wesley Music Centre. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to witness a new generation of local classical musicians in our beautiful Generator Gallery.

Supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

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