OUT OF THE CABINET 1988 and 1989

OUT OF THE CABINET 1988 and 1989

Cabinet documents meet the Enlighten Festival

Another lot of cabinet documents have been released at the National Archives, and as usual Shortis and Simpson will present a musical and satirical look at the relevant years (1988 and 1989), accompanied by an overview from Archives historian, Dr Nicholas Brown.

’88 and ’89 gave us the Bicentennial, new Parliament House was opened, the Fitzgerald Inquiry was in full swing, George Bush senior became US President, the events at Tiananmen Square unfolded and the Berlin Wall fell. Bob Hawke cried on national television, Andrew Peacock replaced John Howard as Opposition leader, and it was the time when the first ACT elections were held.

Our music charts were jumping with the hits of Crowded House, Madonna, Tracy Chapman, The Bangles, U2, Bobby McFerrin, INXS, Ian Moss and much more.

Out of the Cabinet is part of the Enlighten Festival, so make it a night out- see our public buildings illuminated, and enjoy Shortis & Simpson’s humorous musical journey through 1988 and 1989. These shows always book out, so book now.

National Archives of Australia. Fri March 6, Sat March 7, 6.30pam and 8.30pm each night. $16/$13 concession. Event lasts 1 hour. To book go to http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=OUTOFTHE15




Songs of migration to accompany A Ticket to Paradise?

A Ticket to Paradise? is an exhibition that delves into the rich diversity of the nation’s migrants and their experiences, and looks at promotional campaigns which presented a Utopian view of Australia as a welcoming country full of opportunity. The exhibition features archival film footage, audio recordings, and many images of migrants taken between the 1940s and 1990s, and a special interactive globe featuring personal stories of migration.

Join Shortis and Simpson and their Worldly Goods choir as they perform songs related to this theme, then have a wander through the exhibition.

National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Fri/Sat Feb 27/28, 7pm, free. No bookings required. Performance lasts 20 minutes.