News and Announcements

CityNews concert review: Lest We Forget

Posted by Dan Sloss, Saturday, 26th April 2014 @ 11:23am

  • On Anzac eve, Canberra International Music Festival’s preview concert, “Lest we Forget”, was performed by David Pereira and Tamara Anne Cislowska to a full house at the Centre for Christianity and Culture. Sponsored by “CityNews”, this program featured works from the first world war. Immediately one was struck by the unpretentiousness of the evening – two players in an unadorned room, no stage, no professional lighting – intimate as a soirée.  Review by Judith Crispin.

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Why you should not miss this festival

Posted by Dan Sloss, Saturday, 26th April 2014 @ 9:42am

Boat cruise: Sounding the Lake

Posted by Dan Sloss, Friday, 18th April 2014 @ 8:14am

  • This year’s musical voyage starts at Lotus Bay in Yarralumla and travels up the Lake to the Kingston Foreshore and the marina.

    As we cruise by the Carillon you will hear a commemorative work by Ross Edwards 60,000 Bells Peal for the Fallen for the 60,000 Australian soldiers that died in WWI.  This work has been commissioned especially for the Festival.

    Join with us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the filling of Lake Burley Griffin.   Enjoy lunch, music and listen to our architectural speakers talk about the Lake’s architectural history and its future.

    Tickets for the boat cruise are limited so be sure to book early: Buy tickets online.

2014 Community Commissions

Posted by Dan Sloss, Friday, 18th April 2014 @ 8:11am

  • In 2014 we are commissioning a number of commemorative works from Australian composers which will be premiered at the Festival. We are seeking to raise $6,000 to fund our 2014 Commissions.  All commissioned works will be premiered at the Festival.

    Commissioning music gives you the opportunity to become an active participant in the creation of a legacy of music for the future.  Your contribution will be acknowledged in perpetuity on the printed score.  And then there’s the excitement of attending the world premiere performance of the work!

    If you think you would like to participate in one of our 2014 community commissions you can find more information here.

Premium and Gold Passes

Posted by Dan Sloss, Friday, 18th April 2014 @ 8:08am

  • Our new Premium and Gold Pass cards are arriving from the printer next week.  We will be posting them out to all of you who have purchased your tickets already with a letter providing you with details of your Festival “package”, and everything you need to know about this year’s festival.

    Please note that Premium Gold Passes have sold out and Gold Pass numbers are limited. You can purchase a Festival Gold Pass by emailing Hanna Mari at or calling the office on 6230 5880.

Adopt a young artist

Posted by Dan Sloss, Monday, 7th April 2014 @ 3:23pm

  • Are you a true and traditional arts lover? From time immemorial, great musicians and composers have been sheltered and nurtured by friends and family, who are the solid foundation in every great musician's life. We still have approximately 20 young artists who require a warm bed and some home care during the second week of the Canberra International Music Festival, Sunday May 11th to Monday May 19th.

    At this critical time in a musician's career it is essential that our young artists experience this most important support. If you are able to provide a warm and comfortable bed, and a nourishing breakfast for a student musician then we need you and your genuine and practical commitment to support young talent. Please contact us at and become an important part of our CIMF family!

10 April Preview Concert

Posted by Dan Sloss, Saturday, 5th April 2014 @ 9:56am

  • YouTube: Want to hear something truly of great beauty? A transcendent work by Puccini entitled “Morire” (to die, fade, come to an end, vanish) is coupled with some evocative images. Before you are moved with this piece live at the Europe Day opening concert, May 9th, performed by the wonderful Simone Ricksman and experience this gem of a piece in the comfort of your own home.

    Click to watch Puccini "Morire" If you enjoy this, make sure that you book in for a unique music in culture experience this coming Thursday, April 10th, 6pm at Old Parliament House, Museum of Australian Democracy. Tickets are only $10 and are available through TryBooking:  


Posted by Dan Sloss, Saturday, 5th April 2014 @ 9:51am

  • Do you Twitter? If not, join the revolution of "cultured hipsters" and join us in conversation. Our handle is @TheCIMF

    We are currently looking for our music lovers to answer this question on Twitter: Who is your favourite composer? Let us know!


Posted by Dan Sloss, Saturday, 5th April 2014 @ 9:48am

  • Want up to date information and Festival inside stories? Join us on Facebook to keep up with the latest on the Festival! We would love to see you on our online community.

Gold Passes and Weekend Passes

Posted by Dan Sloss, Saturday, 5th April 2014 @ 9:40am

  • Only a handful of gold and weekend passes left. Get in quick to snatch up these final tickets. What a great idea for an Easter present! Contact ProMusica office on 02 6230 5880 or via email at

¡Hola! CIMF friends!

Posted by Dan Sloss, Saturday, 5th April 2014 @ 9:28am

  • For some “Reel Inspiración” don’t miss the impressive and exciting award-winning array of films that Palace Cinemas will present at this year’s upcoming Spanish Film Festival, presented by Estrella Damm. Starring in the festival are emotional road-trips, spirited comedies, swindle rom-coms, suspenseful thrillers, stylish dramas and high-octane action rides, all topped off with some hearty battles-of-the-sexes and plenty of laughter all the way.

    Going strong in its 17th year, the Festival continues to present audiences with an unsurpassed opportunity to see 30 of the very best and most recent Spanish and Spanish-language Latin American films. The Festival will take place over two weeks at Palace Electric Cinema from May 1-14.

CIMF 20th Anniversary Festival Launch.

Posted by Dan Sloss, Monday, 24th March 2014 @ 12:18pm

  • And we have LAUNCHED! 

    Thank you to everyone for attending and contributing to the vibrant occasion of the 2014 Canberra International Music Festival Launch. We exceeded expectations with a fabulous turn out of Canberra notables and music lovers, in the iconic Fitters’ Workshop at Kingston Foreshore. Performances by Christina Wilson, Alan Hicks and David Pereira were inspiring and a treat for the senses. Artistic Director, Chris Latham, expressed his vision for this year’s Festival entitled “The Fire and the Rose” and invited everyone to take some time and smell the roses. 

    Of course Life and Love is about smelling the roses and of course celebrating milestones. Rather fittingly in our 20th year of the Canberra International Music Festival, we have generous support from the embassies of 20 countries. What a great way to bring our Nation’s Capital closer to the world.

Ticket Sales

Posted by Dan Sloss, Monday, 24th March 2014 @ 12:10pm

  • All ticket purchasing information is available now on the CIMF website. There are a few changes to our normal ticket providers for this Festival. Please note that the majority of our concerts are sold through Canberra Ticketing.
    To purchase tickets for the concerts:

    • Living Democracy: the cultural cost of war,
    • Lest We Forget, and
    • Sounding of the Lake. 

    Visit the 2014 festival page to BUY TICKETS on TryBooking for these inspiring performances. 

    Tickets for the Festival’s signature concert, “The Fire and the Rose”, Llewellyn Hall, Saturday May 17th at 7:30pm, are sold through TICKETEK – book in early to secure your seats.

    Gold Passes and Weekend Passes are still available from the ProMusica Office, so don’t delay too long if you are after one. Gold and weekend passes make a great Easter present so let us help you with your season shopping, and give the gift of love and inspiration. Email or call 02 6230 5880.

Purchased Passes

Posted by Dan Sloss, Monday, 24th March 2014 @ 11:51am

  • For Premium Pass holders, Gold Pass Holders and Weekend Pass Holders please note.  Due to printing delays your passes will be sent out in the mail as soon as possible, within the next couple of weeks. Thank you for your patience and do be assured that they are on their way! We will keep you posted.

Do You Love to Blog About Music?

Posted by Dan Sloss, Monday, 24th March 2014 @ 11:38am

  • We are looking for keen music lovers to volunteer to blog for us. If you want to be part of the many different voices on our blogging team sharing their knowledge, appreciation, passions, or simply to review concerts CONTACT US.

    If you’d like to contribute one or more blogs between now and the 19th May, please email our marketing manager to discuss:

Are you on Twitter or Facebook?

Posted by Dan Sloss, Monday, 24th March 2014 @ 11:35am


Posted by Dan Sloss, Saturday, 8th March 2014 @ 8:48am

  • Remember to book in to “Sounding the Lake”, a special performance on the beautiful Lake Burley Griffin,  Friday, 16 May from 11:30am.  Bookings are now open for this event online at Sounding the Lake TicketsRead more...


Posted by Dan Sloss, Saturday, 8th March 2014 @ 8:37am

  • General ticket sales will be available for purchase after the Festival Launch (20 March 6pm at the Fitters' Workshop) from Canberra Ticketing and Ticketek.  Please check their respective websites for more information.  


Posted by Dan Sloss, Saturday, 8th March 2014 @ 8:35am

  • We are thrilled to announce that we will be back in the Fitters Workshop for select concerts in the 2014 program.  Read more… 


Posted by Dan Sloss, Saturday, 8th March 2014 @ 8:31am

  • Ladies and Gentlemen, we require just a little more help to get our 20th Festival finalized.  Many fabulous performers are all ready to travel to Canberra, but we need your help to get everyone over the finish line.  Donations as little as $100 or more will add up and you will be the end of these wonderful beginnings.  

    ACO2   Supported by …
    Wallfisch Band    Supported by …
    Roland Peelman (Conductor)     Supported by .......
    Christopher Saunders (Tenor)        Supported by ..............
    Desert’s Edge Duo     Supported by……..

    We also have some local artists who are also need your assistance. Every bit helps, so donate as an individual, or grab some friends to donate as a syndicate.  Please call the CIMF office on 02 6230 5880 to make your donation.  (Donations over $2 are tax deductable.)

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