Festival Muse is a long weekend of events that brings together some of Canberra's most intriguing individuals. It’s new, fabulous and you don’t need to pack a suitcase to travel across the literary and culinary landscape of Australia. Our little capital city is teeming with talent so get excited as we celebrate curiosity, conversation, creativity and consonance over damn fine coffee and canapés. Let's get festive!
We’re all consumers of the news – and in this town politics – but what goes into covering it? Find out about the highs and the lows, as well as the how-tos of political correspondence; get opinions of what will be op-ed worthy for the year ahead and find out if there’s anything special about being a woman in this political world.
Are there limitations to writing ourselves into pre-existing media forms? Join this live and online panel of some of Australia’s foremost LGBTQIA+ writing talent from television, magazine and literature discuss the ways we make and hold wriggle room for queer stories in predominantly straight, cisgender, white creative fields and frameworks.
Our Bipartisan series places a gentle spotlight on how couples, friends and partners nourish both their creativity and their relationship. Join Virginia Haussegger and Mark Kenny as they reveal how work, creative output, family, politics and friendship work for them – what’s best combined, best kept separate and what’s the secret?
Just what can happen in the Muse kitchen when someone new steps in? Find out, as Jerome Felix, Head Chef of The Cupping Room takes the helm, serving up a suite of contemporary seasonal flavours matched with some smashing local wines.
The Anchoress created a historical world tiny in scope, but intense and sensuous, touching on issues of faith, shame, grief and expectation. How does a writer get to a place of achieving this? This Question Time event will shed some light on the art and craft and life of The Anchoress’ creator Robyn Cadwallader, with Irma Goldleading the interrogation to dig deep and maybe find out a secret or two.
Meet Ann McGrath, Frank Bongiorno and Meggie Hutchison - three of Canberra’s busiest historians, all adept at communicating to us the stories both grand and granular that together have shaped the Australia in which we live today. In this lively panel discussion, we’ll explore the craft and the joy of historical research, the role of history in a turbulent world, and discover just how cut-throat the deceptively peaceful groves of academe can be.
What happens when you get two of Australia's most intriguing musical minds in the one room? Conductor and keyboardist Roland Peelman has electrified the capital's classical music scene since taking over as artistic director of the Canberra International Music Festival. Meanwhile, gardening expert and maker of the "Baroque Bassoon-osaurus" Simon Rickard is not only one of Australia's top early music practitioners, he's also an expert on the ins and outs of heirloom vegetables. Join Simon and Roland as they talk bassoons, broad beans and Buxtehüde.
We're getting out into the neighbourhood and taking Muse on the road! Join us at Telopea Park this Canberra Day for food, wine, music and great conversation. We'll be joined by chef Janet Jeffs, gardener and musician Simon Rickard and food writer Liz Posmyk to dish the dirt on food - growing it, making it and securing it for future generations. Later on we'll have food, drink and more besides, so grab a blanket and kick back for an a-Muse-ing afternoon.