FAME Festival Canberra 2019

The next FAME Festival will be held in Canberra, the nation’s capital, from Sunday January 6 to Sunday January 13, 2019.

Our venue is Canberra Park is a single-storey venue and is fully air-conditioned throughout. Purpose-built in April 2017, it “offers a new standard of specifically designed accommodation for groups visiting our nation’s capital”. Free on-site parking is available.

Canberra Park is located 9km north of the Canberra Centre precinct in Bunda St, Civic – Canberra’s CBD. A 15- to 19-minute ‘RedRapid’ bus ride takes you to the City Bus Station and Civic shops (#200 every 15 min, 6.12am-10.04pm Mon-Fri, also weekend buses)from the Flemington Rd/Well Station Rd bus stop, which is a 12-minute (1.1km) walk from Canberra Park. Information about bus tickets and fares is at: https://www.transport.act.gov.au/myway-and-fares/fares. By car, it is 15 minutes to the Canberra Centre (paid parking).
Capital Region Farmers Market, Stirling Ave, open Saturdays 7.30-11.30am, is 600m (6-mins walk) away. McDonald’s Mitchell, open 5.30am-11pm every day, is 500m (5-mins walk) away. The closest local shops are the Watson shops, 1.6km (20-mins walk) away.

We have been fortunate indeed to have secured the services of the acclaimed Carlo Aonzo, virtuoso mandolinist from Savona, Italy, as our guest conductor for the week.  Carlo has been awarded many international awards and played extensively throughout Europe, USA and Japan.  This will be his first visit to Australia.  Carlo has run workshops throughout the USA and established the International Mandolin Accademia, where he runs week-long camps in Italy and Switzerland annually.  During the course of the festival week, Carlo will also be offering both individual and small group lessons to festival attendees.  (https://www.carloaonzo.com/ )

Our busy week will be filled with rehearsals, sectionals, workshops and a day out sightseeing the many features of Canberra.  An evening where we play pieces written by composer/bassist Rob Kay will pay tribute to our great friend Rob, member of WAMO, a great contributor to the FAME community and to the mandolin ensemble repertoire and mandolin world more widely.

All in all, it will be a full and fun week for all mandolin (and mandolin-family) and guitar players!  Further details on festival venues and events and the Festival Registration Form will be available shortly on a new ‘FAME Festival Canberra 2019’ website; your FAME reps will keep all our member orchestras informed.

Your Committee, FAME Canberra Festival 2019

Canberra Mandolin   Orchestra   CMO: Ian Bull (Chair), Wal Jurkiewicz, John Hyam
Capital of Ausatralia Mandolinata   COZMO: Col Bernau, Lea O’Brien, Trevor Smallwood


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