Delegation of the European Union to Australia

Supporting culture around the country

19/10/2018 - 02:48
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The EU Ambassador to Australia Michael Pulch held a musical fundraiser featuring one of the country's leading young guitarists, Callum Henshaw,  in support of the Canberra International Music Festival.

A prominent feature on the ACT cultural calendar, the festival celebrates 25 years in 2019. Speaking at the fundraising dinner on 18 October, CMIF Artistic Director Roland Peelman said the program will showcase artists from Europe and Australia, with a special focus on baroque. “The Festival on 2-12 May will rejoice in the ever-deepening mastery of baroque specialists from Australia and Europe. The team are hard at work creating a program that will ensure the 25th anniversary is the best Festival yet!"

Ambassador Pulch said the EU is proud to support music and culture at the local level and around the country. "The CIMF is a community organisation with a long history of supporting emerging musicians and promoting culture."

Signature sounds at the Ambassador's residence

From Córdoba to Tirana and Saigon – Canberra-born classical guitarist Callum Henshaw has had major success at competitions on the international stage.  In both Europe and Australia, he has taken part in master classes with many of the world’s great guitarists, including Pavel Steidl, Hubert Käppel, Sergio Assad, Judicaël Perroy, Aniello Desiderio, and Ricardo Gallén.

The 50+ guests who attended the fundraiser event at the Ambassador's residence were treated to two recitals and works by Domenico Scarlatti, Nigel Westlake and Agustin Barrios.

In 2019, Callum will be 'pedaling' his music to regional audiences and will cycle the 2000 km between concerts.


Founded in 1994, the CIMF has achieved a national reputation for presenting an art music program which is both highly innovative and of exceptional quality. For more information, visit:

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