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Spring into Summer, with Summerfest!

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Friday 19 January 2018
By Ginninderry Project Team
23 Feb 2018 - 23 Feb 2018
7:30am - 11:15am

After the roaring success of Winterfest and Springfest, Ginninderry continues its tradition of seasonal celebrations on Saturday 24 February 2018 with SUMMERFEST – Ginninderry’s family-friendly celebration of summer with live music, dance and theatre performances from local artists including:

Simone Penkethman 

Simone Penkethman is a Canberra based singer, guitarist and songwriter. She is an experienced solo performer, band leader with hundreds of gigs to her credit. Between 2000 and 2006, Simone released two albums and an EP with her band, Simone and the Soothsayers. In 2009, she released a solo album, Fall. A Riotact Review said, “Fans of PJ Harvey and Patti Smith will especially appreciate this recording… As much as I appreciate this album, I believe that nothing really compares to watching her perform live onstage.”

In recent years Simone has rarely performed live and looks forward bringing out her favourite acts for Summerfest. In her final numbers, Simone will be joined by some guests from Mother’s Voice. Mother’s Voice is a singing group for mothers with babies and small children that is run by Belconnen Community Service. Simone, who also taught music for many years, founded the group in 2009 and it still continues today.

Ben Drysdale’s Band

Ben Drysdale’s brand of contemporary folk spans from soft-spoken heartfelt ballads, to uplifting upbeat tunes that explore the endless shades of darkness and light that permeate the human condition. Drysdale colours his folk lyrics with musical shades of reggae, blues, funk and soul tailoring the energy of a set to the venue: whether engaging a thoughtful listening crowd or filling a dance floor.

He has been playing around Canberra and the East coast of Australia since 2004 both solo, and in a number of bands including Smitten, Ben Drysdale and the Otherwise Occupied, Beth n Ben, and most recently East Row Rabble. Festival credits include Stonefest, Woodford Folk Festival, Corinbank Emersion Festival, Summer Rhythm Festival, Peats Ridge Festival, Enlighten Festival, Bondi Love Jam, and the Northern Beaches Music Festival.

Ben has released four studio EPs and a full length live album including Smitten’s self titled debut EP, and Boarding Pass, Economy Class, Scenic Roots, and Baggage Claim with Beth n Ben and played on bills with some of Australias greatest including Paul Kelly and the Waifs, and international stars such as Chris Isaak.

Fan Dancers

Jazida’s Fabulous Fan Dancers are a performance troupe that have developed through weekly classes at the Canberra Dance Theatre. They have a wide repertoire of choreographies written by Jazida who won the title of Miss Fantastic at the Miss Burlesque Australia competition in 2016 for the best fan dancing. The troupe is inspired to use feather fans and silk fan veils in a wide range of creative ways and takes influence from belly dance, burlesque, jazz, circus, fire, water and so much more. Acts feature work with single fans, double fans, open and closed fan as well as lots of fun staging.

With a line up that expands and contracts like the universe itself, the troupe is fluid and performers can range from 2 to 15 people depending on availability! The fan veil troupe prides itself on containing a variety of performers – several of whom are star solo performers in their own right. Ages range from teens to 50s and sizes from small to large! This troupe demonstrates that anyone can have a wonderful time with a set of fans to dance with!

Key representatives within the troupe include Jazida (winner of Miss Burlesque ACT 2016, Baby Bombshells 2016 and Burlesque Idol Canberra 2015), Rainbow (ambassador for Burlesque Idol Australia 2017), several members of the well established Obsidian Bellydance Professional Performance Troupe and many more!

Their fun choreographies and joyful delivery has seen this troupe booked to perform at several key events in Canberra and nearby cities including the Newcastle Bellydance Festival, Mondayitis Cabaret, Industrial Illumination as part of the Enlighten Festival at the Royal Australian Mint, High Brow at the LoBrow, Ode to Eve, the Canberra Multicultural Festival, the Canberra Curry Festival and many more. They even featured as backup dancers a part of Miss Burlesque ACT in 2016.

Play The Dance Agency

Proud to support Ginninderry, PLAY will be showcasing their award winning soloists as well as some duos and trios at what is sure to be a great night! These dancers all train at PLAY – The Dance Agency in Mitchell and can’t wait to show off their routines from the 2017/2018 competition season.

Collective Theatre  

Collective Theatre is an independent theatre company run by, and consisting of public school students with a shared passion for arts and performance. They came together from different Canberra colleges, with varying musical and theatrical experiences. Independent and resourceful, they are a bunch of people who have taken the initiative to collaborate and create this community project. Last year, they produced a stage show of the musical Ordinary Days.

Ordinary Days, a short musical by American composer Adam Gwon, follows the story of four New Yorkers navigating life in the city that never sleeps. The cast of four, accompanied by a piano, explore the theme of finding beauty in the everyday. Collective Theatre will perform a shortened version of this musical.

Jess Osvald – Claire
Andrew Howes – Jason
Jett Chudleigh – Deb
Mark Zatschler – Warren
Caleb Campbell – Piano

With One Voice Ginninderry Choir

With One Voice Ginninderry is a choir with a real sense of community and friendship, whether you’ve been there since the start or are having your first day. From people who sing in multiple choirs to people who aren’t sure they can even hold a tune, the choir is full of people who simply want to sing together and enjoy making music as a group. The choir sings in a range of styles, often performing varied and unusual cover songs such as “Energy” by Apples in Stereo and “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash! They do many performances in the local community as well as for events at Ginninderry.

Matthew Arnaudon

Kid of Harith is the music project of Canberra based artist Matthew Robert Arnaudon. Now celebrating a tenth year, Kid of Harith makes dark-folk, pop and ambient music. Matthew also conducts the With One Voice Ginninderry choir and is a published fiction author.

Twice the Spice 

Twice the Spice is a duo with a delicious blend of simmering vocal harmonies you are sure to find mouth watering. Their repertoire is filled with flavoursome fun from the 40’s and 50’s, simmering songs from the 60’s and 70’s, and even more tunes from the exotic 80’s through to the nutty 90’s, 00’s and beyond.


Times: Event kicks off at 5:30pm, with performances starting at 6pm, before drawing to a close at 9:15pm.

What you’ll need: Bring your picnic rug and hamper of goodies*, or purchase food and drink at the event from Two Before Ten. While it’s warm during the day, it may get a little cooler in the evening, so be sure to pack something warm and don’t forget your wet weather gear (just in case!). A wet weather option is in place, so the event will proceed – rain, hail or shine.

Tickets: $5 each or $15 for families (4 pax). Children under 5 are free. All tickets available online, at The Link and on the night.

Contact: For more information, contact Show Pony Events on 6228 1807 during business hours, or Susan Davis on 0457 333 008, outside of business hours.

Proceeds: All proceeds to cancer patient support in the ACT.

*Please note: Due to licencing restrictions, alcohol cannot be brought into the event, but can be purchase on site by an approved provider.

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