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This Week In The Can

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this week!

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16 THINGS NOT TO MISS

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ANZAC DAY AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

Visit the Australian War Memorial and attend the Dawn Service, National ANZAC Day Ceremony and Last Post Ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces in the First World War. Anzac Day commemorations will begin at dusk on Monday 24 April, when images of Australian servicemen and servicewomen, drawn from the Memorial’s rich photographic collection, are projected onto the Memorial building.

On Tuesday 25 April, at 4.30 am excerpts will be read from the letters and diaries of Australians who experienced war firsthand.

Happening Tuesday 25 April from 5.15am at the Australian War Memorial

Find more information on the website.

CANBERRA AND REGION HERITAGE FESTIVAL

The Canberra and Region Heritage Festival theme for 2017 is ‘Questions and Change’. How far have we come 50 years on from the 1967 referendum where Indigenous Australians were counted in the census?  We’d like you to question what you think about Canberra and change your view after attending some of the 100+ events. See the community of today and pre 1913 and pre 1820.

Search for answers and celebrate the importance of the region’s heritage. Heritage is retro, it’s vintage, it’s the region’s story, it’s part of everyday life. With over 100 events, most free, you can enjoy tours, open days, dances, talks, dinners, markets and more. The festival raises awareness to the ongoing need to conserve the region’s natural, historic and Aboriginal heritage.

Happening Tuesday 18 April – Friday 7 May from 10am at various venues.

Find more information on the website.

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

Winner of Best New Comedy at London’s 2015 Olivier Awards and acclaimed with five star reviews, The Play That Goes Wrong is currently playing to packed houses in the West End and opens on Broadway in March. The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does!

The accident-prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call with hilarious consequences! Starring a bunch of ‘would be’ Australian thespians including Logie award-winner Brooke Satchwell, Actor/Writer Adam Dunn, theatre performers Darcy Brown, Francine Cain, Luke Joslin, George Kemp, Jordan Prosser, Nick Simpson-Deeks, Tammy Weller and Matthew Whitty plus original UK West End cast member James Marlowe.

Happening Tuesday 25 April – Sunday 30 April at varying times.

Find more information on the website.

Style Masterclass with Sally Obermeder & Maha Koraiem

Sisters Sally Obermeder and Maha Koraiem started their fashion and lifestyle blog, SWIISH, with the desire to inspire a luxe life for less and offer their insider secrets for all things fashion, wellbeing, beauty and family.

From Sally’s career as a TV presenter (she’s currently co-hosting Channel 7’s national news and entertainment show, The Daily Edition) covering topics from fashion to lifestyle, and Maha’s background as a certified health coach with a passion for health and fitness, the girls are a wealth of information and inspiration.

During their exclusive event, SWIISH editors Sally and Maha will be shedding light on the latest trends for the season, and will reveal their top tips for mastering each look at any age.

Happening Saturday 22 April from 11am-12.30pm at the Canberra Centre. Tickets $24.50 from Eventbrite.

WRITING WHILE FEMALE

Some of Canberra’s most interesting writers of life explore what it means to write as a woman. Featuring Jessica Friedmann, Lisa Fuller, Zoya Patel and Melinda Smith. Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)

Happening Sunday 23 April from 3.30pm at Muse Canberra

Find more information on the website.

Pop-Up Beauty Bar

Think of your shopping spree as a marathon, not a sprint. A well-earned break mid-session will help recharge the batteries and reignite your inspiration for uncovering a new season wardrobe or that missing piece from your style set.

For a select few Sunday nights over the coming months, our pop-up Beauty Bar is the pamper hangout you need. Come along to learn the latest beauty techniques and trends over a complimentary glass of bubbles and stay as long as your weary feet need.

Pop along between 11am – 4pm this Sunday 23 April, 7 May and 18 June. Find it at Level 1, Canberra Centre near the Customer Service Desk.

More information at canberracentre.com.au.

DISNEY CHANNEL PRESENTS: THE NEXT STEP, LIVE ON STAGE

Following the September 2016 SELL OUT tour, the cast of The Next Step is returning to Australia in 2017 for what will be one of the most anticipated tours of the year. Featuring ten of the cast of the hit television series, Disney Channel Presents The Next Step – Live on Stage will be a brand-new show that offers fans a chance to get up close and personal with cast members from the global hit TV show. The 90-minute stage show features solos, duets, trios and group numbers with choreography by The Next Step’s own Jordan Clark and Trevor Tordjman. Jordan and Trevor have created a whole new show and an immersive live experience for the fans in Canberra.

Happening Thursday 20 April at the Canberra Theatere Centre with two shows on that day. Purchase tickets now on the Canberra Theatre Centre website.

LEGO IMMERSIVE ZONE

As part of Westfield Belconnen’s April School Holliday activities, the LEGO Immersive zone will come to life at Westfield Woden. Children will have the opportunity to engage in live-build challenges with activities catering to all ages.

Happening Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 April from 11am – 2pm daily at Centre Court, near Myer.

Find more information on the website.

Sunwaves – Indoor Street Fest

The Caribbean experience awaits at the Sunwaves Indoor Street Fest! Cuban living statues, classic cars, vibrant vibes and artistry all ensure this indoor street fest is a fun-filled, one of a kind Canberra fest.

Music abounds with waves of funk, electro, Caribbean beats, and R&B. Beats fuse with vintage Cuban featuring percussion, bongo shows, a Latin Jazz band and DJs, flooding the depot with good vibes.

Canberra’s top street food has been selected for your dining pleasure. Local beer brewers and wineries will keep those lips moist and the sand bar will be serving mojitos.

On 22 April from 5pm at Former Kingston Transport Depot, Kingston Foreshore. Entry is $23.50 and can be found booked through the event website  www.sunwaves.com.au.

GUIDED TOUR OF BENDORA ARBORETUM

Join an ACT Parks Ranger and Friends of ACT Trees member Dr John Turnbull on a guided tour of the stunning Bendora Arboretum, in Namadgi National Park. This is Canberra’s sole surviving and oldest arboretum after others were destroyed in the 2003 bushfires. Reconnect with nature, soak in the warmth of Canberra’s autumn sun and enjoy a picnic surrounded by the stunning colours of native and exotic trees in all their autumn splendour.

Happening Sunday 23 April from 10.30 – 12.30 at Bendora Arboretum.

Find more information on the website.

COOKING DEMONSTRATION WITH ROWIE DILLON: AUSTRALIA’S QUEEN OF GLUTEN FREE BAKING

Come along and see a Cooking Demonstration with Rowie Dillon, Australia’s Queen of gluten-free baking and cooking, at Centre Court at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome. Is it possible for naughty tasting cakes and desserts to be good for you? Well, it is now. Rowie Dillon has a passion for great food, culinary design and is protective about her diet. Grab your ticket and see Rowie in action as she uses the new Cuisinart stand mixer to demonstrate how to mince your own beef and vegetable patties, make your own pasta at home, create her own delicious cakes and more!

In 2001 she created Rowie’s Cakes – a kitchen where every wickedly delicious morsel that leaves the kitchen is 100% gluten, yeast and wheat free. Rowie’s range of products is testament to the fact that she believes that it is possible for naughty tasting food to be good for you. All ticketed guests receive reserve seating, and a gift bag valued at over $70 RRP! Registration is free! Register for your free spot now via Eventbrite.

Happening Saturday 22 April from 11am – 12.30pm at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome. Find more information on the website.

COSMIC DECAY: CONTAMINATION BOOK SIGNING

In local author Courtney Carr’s debut novel Cosmic Decay: Contamination, the world is dominated by the Mindless – humans who hunt the empty streets in a cannibalistic rage. A small group of survivors witness the arrival of Visitors from another world who covet the Earth and its natural resources.

When the settlement of Earth begins, the group of survivors race to unravel the mystery that connects the Mindless to the Visitors, giving them their best chance at surviving against all odds.

On Saturday 22 April at 11am, Courtney Carr will be signing exclusive copies of her debut novel at Paperchain Bookstore in Manuka.

For more information go to the website.

ANZAC DAY POPPY FLOWER GARDEN

Children will be able to make a paper poppy to plant in the Westfield Belconnen ANZAC Day garden.

Happening Sunday 23 and Monday 24 April from 10am – 2pm at Westfield Belconnen.

FELIX RIEBL (OF THE CAT EMPIRE)

Felix Riebl is one of Australia’s most unique and accomplished songwriters and musicians.  As singer and percussionist with his legendary live band The Cat Empire he has spent the last decade and a half performing on some of the world’s most illustrious and exciting stages. For the In Your Arms National Tour, he will be joined on stage by some of the country’s most celebrated musicians, weaving songs from Paper Doors, Into the Rain, new works, and re-imagined material from his extensive catalogue with The Cat Empire.  A spellbinding performer, this show promises to be intimate, sublime, and highly dynamic – not to be missed.

Happening Monday 24 April from 8pm at The Street Theatre.

Find more information and book tickets here.

NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE GHOST TOUR  

Join Tim the Yowie Man for a rare look behind the spooky history of the National Film and Sound Archive headquarters. Discover the strange, the ghostly and the disturbing stories lurking in the National Film and Sound Archive basement and under the stairs… if you dare! A rare treat for lovers of the mysterious and macabre.

Price includes fortifying glass of wine to calm the nerves.
You must be 18+ to attend.

Happening Thursday 6 April to Friday 5 May from 8pm at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Acton

Visit the website for more information.

LES MISERABLES

Free-Rain Theatre Company presents a new production of Les Miserables. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, ‘Les Miserables’ travels with prisoner-on-parole, 24601, Jean Valjean, as he runs from the ruthless Inspector Javert on a journey beyond the barricades, at the centre of the June Rebellion. Meanwhile, the life of a working class girl with a child is at turning point as she turns to prostitution to pay money to the evil innkeeper and his wife who look after her child, Cosette. Valjean promises to take care of the child, eventually leads to a love triangle between Cosette, Marius who is a student of the rebellion, and Eponine, a girl of the streets. The people sing of their anger and Enjolras leads the students to fight upon the barricades.

Running Wednesday 5 until Saturday 22 April at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan. Tickets from $40.

For more information, tickets and showtimes, visit the production’s website. 

FOOD & DRINK

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Sunwaves – Indoor Street Fest

The Caribbean experience awaits at the Sunwaves Indoor Street Fest! Cuban living statues, classic cars, vibrant vibes and artistry all ensure this indoor street fest is a fun-filled, one of a kind Canberra fest.

Music abounds with waves of funk, electro, Caribbean beats, and R&B. Beats fuse with vintage Cuban featuring percussion, bongo shows, a Latin Jazz band and DJs, flooding the depot with good vibes.

Canberra’s top street food has been selected for your dining pleasure. Local beer brewers and wineries will keep those lips moist and the sand bar will be serving mojitos.

On 22 April from 5pm at Former Kingston Transport Depot, Kingston Foreshore. Entry is $23.50 and can be found booked through the event website  www.sunwaves.com.au.

ANZAC DAY AT OLIMS BAR & BISTRO

Olims Bar and Bistro at Mercure Canberra is open to the Public on ANZAC Day. Wander down after the dawn service to enjoy the day with plenty of food and entertainment!

Happening Tuesday 25 April form 6am at Olims Bar & Bistro, 1 Ainslie Avenue.

ANZAC DAY AT EQ CAFÉ

EQ Cafe & Lounge is OPEN on Anzac Day for breakfast and lunch. Drop in anytime from 6am (or after the dawn service at the Australian War Memorial) until 3pm.

Happening Tuesday 25 April from 6am at EQ Café, 70 Kent St, Deakin. To book call 6161 1666.

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

Designed to blend tradition with innovation, the new Burbury High Tea menu also offers signature favourites with freshly- baked scones, strawberry macaron and finger sandwiches.

Burbury Terrace is also proud to introduce a fully-dedicated gluten-free high tea menu. Remaining as innovative as the standard menu, it also includes the traditional sandwiches and indulgent sweets.

$50.00 per person including TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee.

$60 per person including a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee.

Available Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4.30pm at Burbury Terrace, Barton. Find more information here.

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch…but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email [email protected]. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

BURNELEE EXCURSIONS ON HORSEBACK: TWILIGHT RIDE 

Burnelee Excursions, Poachers Pantry and Eden Road Wines are working together to stage an exciting and adventurous night. Starting the evening will be a twilight horseback ride by Burnelee seeing the beautiful landscapes of the countryside, followed by Smoked meats tasting by Poachers Pantry and wine tasting by Eden Road wines. 5:00pm Arrival for a 5:30pm – 7:30pm Ride.

Happening until 16 December at Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, 320 Dicks Creek Road, Nanima. Find more information here.

HAVANA NIGHTS

Spend a night in Cuba courtesy of The Highball Express as the crew whisks you away to tropical Havana. Head in every Thursday from 4pm for Havana Nights where you can enjoy some exotic drinks and start the slide into the weekend.

They’ll be featuring mojitos and daiquiris for only $10 and will have all their usual suspects available too so there is always something for everyone regardless of whether you’re flying first class or coach.

Happening from 4pm at Highball Express, 82 Alinga St, Canberra.

See website for more information.

TACO TUESDAY

Your choice of chicken, pork, or beef in a soft shell taco with cabbage, shallots & coriander. Happening every Tuesday from 1pm-5pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

BURGERS & BEERS

A selection of Burgers and tap beer. Happening every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

A selection of housemade Pizza paired with a schooner of James Squire Pale Beer. Happening at 5pm every Thursday at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

FILM, MUSIC & STAGE

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Billy Bragg & Joe Henry – Shine a Light Tour

The legendary Billy Bragg will unite with Grammy-Award-winning-songwriter Joe Henry for an intimate evening in Canberra. Performing songs from their brand new album Shine a Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad, as well as beloved tracks from their individual catalogues, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry represents an experience not to be missed.

The pair’s joint love obsession with the songs and the mythology of the Americas brought them together in 2016 for Shine a Light: a concept album that focuses on the transformative part the railroad played in disseminating the songs that gave birth to the rock n’ roll era.

Happening Thursday 20 April from 10am at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

Find more information in the website.

DISNEY CHANNEL PRESENTS: THE NEXT STEP, LIVE ON STAGE

Following the September 2016 SELL OUT tour, the cast of The Next Step is returning to Australia in 2017 for what will be one of the most anticipated tours of the year. Featuring ten of the cast of the hit television series, Disney Channel Presents The Next Step – Live on Stage will be a brand-new show that offers fans a chance to get up close and personal with cast members from the global hit TV show. The 90-minute stage show features solos, duets, trios and group numbers with choreography by The Next Step’s own Jordan Clark and Trevor Tordjman. Jordan and Trevor have created a whole new show and an immersive live experience for the fans in Canberra.

Happening Thursday 20 April at the Canberra Theatere Centre with two shows on that day. Purchase tickets now on the Canberra Theatre Centre website.

DJ GOSPER HOSTS APRIL BLUES JAM

Canberra’s Blues force of nature, Dorothy-Jane ‘DJ’ Gosper (singer, songwriter, harmonica player) leads a band of powerhouse musos to host the April Jam: Australia’s Blues sweetie, Ali Penney (keys), Chris Harland (guitar), Paul Leeder (bass) and Gavin Kelly (drums). Join us for some swinging shuffling good time Blues!

Happening Sunday 23 April from 2pm – 5.50pm at Harmonie German Club. Find more information on the website

MARK SWIVEL : DAD. JOKE

Comedy. Evidence based musings! Swiv is preparing a speech for his son’s 21st … And struggling. What on earth does a Near Dead White Male say to his Son, The Triumph of Beard Oil? Join Swiv on a free dive into his past and our future. He emerges with pearls for his son, for all of us. On Gough and slippery dips, choc tops.

A rousing, ridiculous how-not-to-guide on parenting and politics in our arguably-a-bit-mad world. Simone Whetton, 702 ABC Radio called it “vulnerable, excoriating and hilarious in one loveable mixture!”. Phillip Adams gave his last show, ‘How Deep Is Your Love?’ a much coveted a koala stamp.

Happening Friday 21 April – Sunday 23 April at The Street Theatre. Find more information and book tickets here

LES MISERABLES

Free-Rain Theatre Company presents a new production of Les Miserables. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, ‘Les Miserables’ travels with prisoner-on-parole, 24601, Jean Valjean, as he runs from the ruthless Inspector Javert on a journey beyond the barricades, at the centre of the June Rebellion. Meanwhile, the life of a working class girl with a child is at turning point as she turns to prostitution to pay money to the evil innkeeper and his wife who look after her child, Cosette. Valjean promises to take care of the child, eventually leads to a love triangle between Cosette, Marius who is a student of the rebellion, and Eponine, a girl of the streets. The people sing of their anger and Enjolras leads the students to fight upon the barricades.

Running Wednesday 5 until Saturday 22 April at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan. Tickets from $40.

For more information, tickets and showtimes, visit the production’s website.

INDIGO LAKE WORLD PREMIERE

Be there for the Indigo Lake World Premiere. The new Australian thriller is on the surface a story of murderous adultery. But unlike most films in the genre, it has a deeper core. In this case it’s about the price artists must pay to express their inner passion. The film will be followed by a Question and Answer session with stars Andrew Cutcliffe and Miranda O’Hare, director Martin Simpson and producer Brian Cobb.

Celebrated artist Jack Zeffa is hired by nightclub owner Bill Kazak to paint a portrait of his beautiful but troubled wife Ruby. As Jack paints her, he and Ruby fall in love. In the intimacy of his studio Ruby inspires Jack to break from the tortured past that has been smothering his artistic capabilities. Ruby, taken seriously by a man for the first time in her life, sees a future beyond the darkness she has endured while trapped in her marriage to Kazak. But her husband’s suspicions soon explode into violence. The lovers, fearful for their lives, fight back, hijacking Kazak’s attempt to kill them, starting down a terrible and deadly road that ends at Indigo lake.

Happening Sunday 23 April from 10am at Dendy Cinema Canberra.

Find more information on the website.

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG 

With a host of awards for Best New Comedy to its credit, The Play That Goes Wrong actually appears to be doing something right for West End audiences, and now audiences here will get their chance to witness theatrical disaster on stages across Australia when this hilarious masterpiece stumbles into town.  Described as Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off, The Play That Goes Wrong will play in Canberra from 25 April.

On from April 25 at various times at the Canberra Theatre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra.

Tickets start at $89.90 and can be booked here: www.Canberratheatrecentre.com.au

FREE CANADIAN FILM DAY 

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the High Commission of Canada in Australia is joining with other Canadian diplomatic missions across the globe to screen a Canadian film on National Canadian Film Day.

The High Commission has chosen to show Francois Girard’s 1993 documentary “Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould”, which focuses on the highly acclaimed and famously eccentric classical pianist Glenn Gould.

The film will be screened in the National Film and Sound Archive’s Theatrette and will be introduced by Emeritus Professor Larry Sitski AM (ANU School of Music) who will discuss the work and music of Glenn Gould.

Admission is free but bookings are essential by clicking www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=260327

On Wednesday April 19 at 6.45pm at National Film and Sound Archives, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

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OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

Lovers of fine hand-crafted wares, clothing collectors, food fanatics and jewellery junkies are just a few of the people who head to Canberra’s award winning Old Bus Depot Markets every Sunday. In a fabulous old industrial building you’ll experience the endless colour, tastes, sounds and atmosphere that is “Canberra’s Sunday Best”.

Not your average market, each week you’ll find over 200 stalls of exceptional quality, featuring items all hand-crafted by local and regional creatives. From 10am to 4pm each Sunday in the Old Bus Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

AUTUMN THREE SIXTY FASHION MARKET

Three Sixty Fashion Market is a niche Canberra market dedicated to recycling vintage, retro, handmade and pre-loved fashion. This fashion market is ideal for stylish and discerning shoppers after quality fashionable clothing items. Three Sixty Fashion Market is committed to sustainable fashion and to creating a market place and an accessible opportunity for people who value ethical choices and ecological sustainability as much as they value style and fun! Fashion has moved from consumption-driven purchases to a more community driven movement. Now scouring markets, op shops and recycling pre-loved clothing is more than just acceptable; it’s a statement about who you are. The Three Sixty Fashion Market team understands vintage clothes, designer bargains, style capers, op shopping and sustainable fashion and brings it all together for you.

Happening Sunday 23 from 10am at the Fitters Workshop at Kingston Foreshore

Find more information on the website.

SUNWAVES – INDOOR STREET FEST 

Caribbean experience awaits at the Sunwaves Indoor Street Fest! Cuban living statues, classic cars, vibrant vibes and artistry all ensure this indoor street fest is a fun-filled, one of a kind Canberra fest.

Music abounds with waves of funk, electro, Caribbean beats, and R&B. Beats fuse with vintage Cuban featuring percussion, bongo shows, a Latin Jazz band and DJs, flooding the depot with good vibes.

Canberra’s top street food has been selected for your dining pleasure. Local beer brewers and wineries will keep those lips moist and the sand bar will be serving mojitos.

On 22 April from 5pm at Former Kingston Transport Depot, Kingston Foreshore. Entry is $23.50 and can be found booked through the event website  www.sunwaves.com.au

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

Get along to the Southside Farmers Markets every Sunday morning and pick up the finest fruit and vegetables and produce our region has to offer.  There are over 50 stalls made up of farmers and producers who sell their food direct from their farm or kitchen.  Many farmers are out picking their produce the night before the market and you can certainly taste the difference.

Talk to the farmer direct and find out where your food is being grown, how they grow it, and even how they best like to cook it.  Not only do they provide us with fresh food every week but they are a wealth of information on the food that nourishes week in week out.

What’s in season this week?  Annual herbs, beans, peas, beetroot, capsicums, carrots, chillies, corn, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, garlic, onion, radishes, rhubarb, squash, zucchini, melons, stonefruit, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes and more!

Every Sunday from 8.30am to 11am at Canberra College, 2 Launceston Street, Phillip. Entry is free, visit the website for more information.

MURRUMBATEMAN VILLAGE MARKET

Murrumbateman Village Market is a friendly market close to Canberra and Yass on the Barton Highway, specialising in local fresh food and crafts.

The market sells a wide range of local crafts, pottery and handmade goods, as well as organic vegetables, local produce from local gardens, plus breads, cakes, pastries, jams, honey, sauces, chillies, a range of meats, olives and olive oil, native plants, local winemakers and more.

Experience a great ambience at the Village Green, Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

Happening each week until 9 December 2017 at Murrumbateman Village Market, Barton Highway.

Find more information on the website.

FARMERS AND FOODIES MARKETS

A weekly food market with a focus on local and organic produce, amazing street food and boutique beer wine and spirits. Come and do your weekly shop grab some dinner sit down and relax while you enjoy a cold drink at the end of a hot week! On every Friday from 4pm – 8pm at the Old Bus Depot Building, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

YASS FARMERS MARKETS

Support the local producers and come to the Yass Farmers Markets. Local wine, jams, sauces and craft items. Oil, baked goods and great coffee or juices. Vegetables and plants too. Home made food, arts and crafts.

It’s a great place to catch up with friends or to take a family and friends, with good weather expect to see the jumping castle and more stalls outside.

The Yass Farmer’s Markets have become a fantastic community event every first and third Saturday of the month. Have a coffee, relax and enjoy the ambiance and perhaps take in a local vineyard for lunch.

On until 7 October 2017 every first and third Saturday of the month from 10am- 1pm at St Augustines Church, Meehan Street, St Augustines Church.

Find more information on the website.

SOUTHERN HARVEST FARMERS MARKET AT BUNGENDORE

The Southern Harvest Farmers Market: selling sustainable, authentic, regional food: grown and made by the Community, for the Community.

The market is open every Saturday from 9am to noon and is a great source of fresh food and farm produce from around the region including meat, eggs, seafood, honey, fruit, vegetables, preserves and refreshments.

On every Saturday from 9am- 12pm until 16 September 2017 at Bungendore Anglican Hall, 25 Butmaroo Street.

Find more information on the website.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

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Style Masterclass with Sally Obermeder & Maha Koraiem

Sisters Sally Obermeder and Maha Koraiem started their fashion and lifestyle blog, SWIISH, with the desire to inspire a luxe life for less and offer their insider secrets for all things fashion, wellbeing, beauty and family.

From Sally’s career as a TV presenter (she’s currently co-hosting Channel 7’s national news and entertainment show, The Daily Edition) covering topics from fashion to lifestyle, and Maha’s background as a certified health coach with a passion for health and fitness, the girls are a wealth of information and inspiration.

During their exclusive event, SWIISH editors Sally and Maha will be shedding light on the latest trends for the season, and will reveal their top tips for mastering each look at any age.

Happening Saturday 22 April from 11am-12.30pm at the Canberra Centre. Tickets $24.50 from Eventbrite.

ONE HUNDRED STORIES

Observe a film curated by Professor Bruce Scates (Monash University) that tells one hundred moving stories of those who served in the Australian military during World War I. We are encouraged to remember not just the men and women who lost their lives, but also those who returned to Australia irreparably damaged by war. No bookings required, just drop in. The film screens on loop during normal opening hours.

Happening Tuesday 18 April – Sunday 30 April from 9am – 5pm at the National Archives of Australia

Find more information on the website.

GUMTREE GARGOYLES – BOOK LAUNCH

Nothing comes from nowhere. There is a truth hidden in every myth and a reality hidden in every fable. Fairy tales don’t start with once upon a time for nothing….

In 2015, author Rebecca Rosengrave lost her father to mental illness, after fifteen years of her father refusing to seek help and her family imploring the Canberra authorities to assist. With the health system having no power to intervene, she watched her father suffer a long and painful demise that culminated in him living alone, as a hoarder and battling alcoholism. He was found dead at his home by his family, who after being unable to contact him had arrived to check on him.

The tragic loss of her father saw Rebecca escape to Sweden. Her debut novel, Gumtree Gargoyles came to life in Gothenburg, when one night. The book is set in her hometown of Canberra and the characters are inspired by her family. It tells the tale of a young woman called Katie, whose father’s recent suicide has left her with a most unusual inheritance – the guardianship of a nation.

Whilst the story explores several Canberra-centric themes and is cloaked in fantasy and surrealism, it also reminds the reader that sometimes life can be hard – but that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

This book will appeal to lovers of fantasy and mythology…. and remind everyone of how tumultuous a time your twenties can be.

On April 22 at Impact Comics 16 Garema Pl, Canberra. Entry is free but can be booked here: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/gumtree-gargoyles-book-launch-tickets-33417983087

MAKING PERMACULTURE ACCESSIBLE IN CANBERRA

The Canberra Environment Centre is teaming up with Permaculture Canberra to run a full Permaculture Design Certificate over a 4 month period. The course will take place each Wednesday evening from 6.30 – 9.30 pm at the Canberra Environment Centre and will be led by Bredbo Valley View Farm’s Martyn Noakes.

Participants will learn about permaculture techniques and strategies such as site observation, imitating nature and zoning and how they can be used to create an abundant, diverse and self-renewing system in your backyard and beyond.

On Wednesdays until 28 June at 6.30 – 9.30pm at the Canberra Environment Centre, cnr Lawson Crescent and Lennox Crossing, Acton Peninsula.

Cost is $800 and there are limited places available. Bookings are essential, visit the website for more information.

SPORTS

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RAIDERS V SEA EAGLES

The new 6pm Friday timeslot makes its first appearance in Canberra in Round 8 of the NRL Telstra Premiership when the Raiders v Sea Eagles. Manly have recruited very strongly in recent times and possess several young, exciting rugby league talents who aren’t afraid of throwing the ball around.  There is a special discount ticket offer for this match of the Telstra Premiership. Access the discount by using the password 17ANZAC when booking with Ticketek.

Happening Friday 21 April from 4pm – 9pm at GIO Stadium.

Find more information on the website.

AMB 100 MOUNTAIN BIKE MARATHON

Join locals and mountain bikers from all over Australia and conquer the Stromlo trails! The AMB 100 Marathon is a lap-based event that features almost all the trails of Stromlo Forest Park on a giant monster circuit – the longest possible racing circuit at this popular MTB destination! What better way to enjoy the outdoors on a crisp winter’s day than on your bike with magnificent views of the nation’s capital? The classic marathon challenge participants will have to complete three laps of the 30-kilometer racecourse. A mass race start at 8am will also offer a pairs category and one and two lap options. By then the growing number of marathon addicts will have completed almost a third of their race – because the five-lap AMB 100 Miler kicks off at 5am with views of a glorious sunrise over the nation’s capital.
Happening Sunday 23 April from 8am – 4pm at the Stromolo Forest Park

Find more information on the website

KIDS

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WAREHOUSE CIRCUS HOLIDAY PROGRAM 

Warehouse Circus and Nutrition Australia have combined talents to offer a unique school holiday experience in Chifley from 18 to 21 April. Participants can learn a choice of circus skills including tumbling, mini trampoline, stilt walking, unicycling, hula hooping, juggling, staff or poi twirling and the basics of aerial disciplines such as tissue and trapeze.

Circus activity is followed by a special Healthy Snacks workshop where students cook nutritious food in a real kitchen and learn about safe food handling and preparation. Don’t be surprised if your child comes home with juggling skills and a plate of cheesy vegetable muffins!

Circus program: 9am – 3pm each day, $300/week (four days). Healthy Snacks workshop, 3pm – 5pm each day, add $120/week (four days)

On from 18 – 21 April at the Warehouse Circus – Training Space, Chifley Health and Wellbeing Hub, 4/70 MacLaurin Crescent, Chifley

Visit the website for more information: www. warehousecircus.org.au/programs/school-holiday-program/

DISCOVERY SPACE: THE NATURE COLLECTOR

Start your journey as a natural historian with a tour of the Museum’s unique nature collection, including 19th-century seaweed albums. Then experiment with natural materials to make your own nature journal. You can also contribute to a collaborative artwork created by artists Julie Ryder and Mary Kayser.

On from 18-21 April. Two sessions daily: 10-11.30am and 11.30am – 1pm at National Museum of Australia.

Entry fee is $10 per child or free for children on Museum Friends full membership.  Find out more here: www.nma.gov.au/discovery-space

TEEN ACCELERATOR SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM 

An experiential learning program for young innovators aged 11 to 18 years with plenty of fun, game-based immersive activities to cater to all interests. Knowledgeable facilitators provide a supportive environment where students can step out of their comfort zone and build their problem-solving and communication skills.

On 20 April 20 from 9am – 4pm at Unit 6, 65 Tennant Street, Fyshwick. Tickets start at $99-$176 and can be found here: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/teen-accelerator-school-holiday-program-tickets-32246303562

AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT (AIS) – HOLIDAY PROGRAMME

School holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has a focus on participation and having a good time. These programs are suitable for primary school aged children and will have your child exploring a world of fun, activity and adventure.

Choose from the Pre-School Holiday Program, Soccer, Tennis, AFL and Swim Intensive Camps and a general Sports Vacation Program.

All programs are based around children having fun, learning new skills, working as a team and keeping active. There will also be activities in Sportex, the interactive sports experience.

Full day or weekly programs available.

Happening Monday 10 to Friday 21 April, at the Australian Institute of Sport, Bruce. Open from 8am – 5:30pm.

For more information visit the website.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY MOVIE PROGRAM: BOOK HEROS ON THE SCREEN

This April holidays the National Film and Sound Archives celebrates beloved books that have become magical movies. See exciting works that successfully took the leap from book to screen.

April 19: The Wizard of Oz, 1939, G rated
April 20: Coraline, 2009, PG rated
April 21: Hunger Games Mockingjay Pt 1, 2014, M rating. Part 2, 2015, M Rating

Happening Tuesday 11 to Friday 21 of April from 11am at the National Film and Sound Archive, Acton.

Visit the website for more details and for purchasing tickets 

MAKE YOUR OWN TREASURE BOX

Create your own wooden treasure box with a magical glass lid inlay at Canberra Glassworks in Kingston. Work with a professional artist to Make Your Own Treasure Box and then create a stunning fused tile that will be set in the lid of your box, creating a truly magical place to keep all of your treasures.

Wednesdays mornings during the school holidays.

Happening Wednesday 12 to Wednesday 19 April from 10.30am – 12.30am at Canberra Glassworks, Kingston Foreshore.

For more information visit the website.

DISCOVERY SPACE: THE NATURE COLLECTOR  

Start your journey as a natural historian with a tour at the National Museum of Australia of the unique nature collection, including 19th-century seaweed albums. Then experiment with natural materials to make your own nature journal. You can also contribute to a collaborative artwork created by artists Julie Ryder and Mary Kayser.

Monday to Thursday 10–13 April and Tuesday to Friday 18–21 April
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30am and 11.30am–1pm
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free
Bookings essential as numbers are limited

Happening Monday 10 to Friday 21 April from 10am–1pm at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

For more information about the event visit the website.

ABOVE AND BEYOND

Visit Questacon and join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Above and Beyond is the ultimate interactive and multi-sensory flight exhibition celebrating the power of innovation to make dreams take flight. From flying cars and supersonic planes to space elevators and mega-rockets, Above and Beyond takes you faster, further and higher for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Design and test-fly your own supersonic jet. Pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane to measure nature’s fury. Spread your wings and experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wing-flapping aircraft. Or take an elevator ride to the edge of space.

Packed with fun interactive challenges, vehicle concept models and prototypes, immersive media presentations, and inspiring stories, this thrilling exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make the “impossible” possible. Explore advanced aircraft and spacecraft that change our lives and transform our world. And join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Happening until Sunday 23 July from 9am-5pm at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCES

After a sell-out season in London, this virtual reality experience comes to the National Museum of Australia.

David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Experiences are a feast for the senses! Immerse yourself in the first two natural history documentaries ever designed for Virtual Reality (VR). Join David Attenborough as he travels back through time to see the first glimmerings of life on earth, or dive into a breathtaking underwater tour of the Great Barrier Reef, all using the latest in VR technology.

Showing until 30 June 2017 daily from 9.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm at The National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

Find more information on the website.

RANGER GUIDED WALKS AND ACTIVITIES AT TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE 

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve offers an extensive program of guided walks and activities and special school holiday activities throughout the year. Don’t miss your chance to see Australian wildlife in this beautiful natural environment.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is home to a wide range of Australian animals including kangaroos, platypus, potoroos, wallaroos, possums, wombats, echidnas, emus, lyrebirds and many other birds and reptiles.

Walks and activities cater for a range of different age groups.

Happening until 31 December at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, RMB 141 Paddy’s River Road, via Tharwa. Find more information here.

STORY TIME AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

Hear stories of brave animals, extraordinary people, and faraway places, brought to life through puppets, uniforms, and educational toys. This Friday program is suitable for pre-school-aged children, but older brothers and sisters are also welcome.

Happening Fridays, excluding public holidays 10.30 am until 16 June 2017 in the lower galleries at Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell.

PLAY UP

Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head.

The exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun.

Open from 9am to 5pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

Your local library is a treasure trove…not only are there free books and resources, there are regular amazing events! Giggle & Wiggle with your little ones (up to two years) and help them learn through language play using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories.

Looking to improve your English and make new friends, then head along to your local library for one of the informal English conversation groups. For more events and info check them out here.

STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Take your little ones along to the Australian National Botanic Gardens for some fun with stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities brought to life by the ACT Storytellers. An engaging treat for pre-school children, parents and carers.

First Friday of the month (different theme each month) and commences at 10am (duration one hour). Tickets are $5 per child and bookings are not required. Visit www.anbg.gov.au for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

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BORROW TOMORROW – LUKE CHISWELL 

In his upcoming solo show Borrow Tomorrow, Luke Chiswell presents a new body of work that continues his exploration of objects’ within space, abstracting perception and scale.

After finding and collecting materials and sources of inspiration from the land in his home town of Collector New South Wales, Chiswell presents a process-driven series of paintings.

Gathering the energy of the land, chewing it up and pushing it into his paintings, Chiswell attempts to capture the physical manifestation of inspiration at its inception through his minimal abstract paintings.

Opening night on Friday 7 April from 6pm, exhibition on show until Sunday 7 May at Nishi Gallery, Canberra. Free entry.

Find more information on the website.

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: ARTS, HERITAGE AND THE ENVIROMENT. 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Check out this group exhibition of new artist-in-residence’s works. The annual international artist-in-residence program supports a local, national and international artist to each undertake a residence at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in the Namadgi National Park, and a two-week research component within a national cultural institution in Canberra. The program facilitates access for the artist to national cultural, tertiary and research institutions and their collections, curators and researchers.

Happening from 7 April to 13 May. Open Tuesday to Friday 10am-50, Saturdays 12pm-4pm at CraftACT, Canberra. Free Entry.

Find more information on the website. 

CURIOUS TALES – A JOURNEY THROUGH FORM

Curious Tales – A journey through form is a solo exhibition by mid-career, Canberran furniture maker Peter Bollington that looks to engage the user/viewer through function, colour, shape and form.

The range will be primarily crafted from solid timber with accents of colour and various materials. The body of work will be a continuation of the multi-functional pieces previously visited, along with further complimentary pieces to the range.

Happening from 7 April to 13 May. Open Tuesday to Friday 10am-50, Saturdays 12pm-4pm at CraftACT, Canberra. Free Entry.

Find more information on the website.

FROM SCIENTIST TO PRINTMAKER 

A botanic artist from regional NSW, Kim Bagot-Hiller, brings her background as a scientist to her keen observations of Australian native flora in a new exhibition ‘Point of Difference’ at the National Botanic Gardens in Acton.

The 30 new works in the exhibition showcase plants held in a little known treasure of the NSW Central West, the Burrendong Botanic Gardens and Arboretum near Wellington, just south of Dubbo. Bathurst-based Kim Bagot-Hiller was recently artist in residence at Arboretum, which she considers an under-used resource. She is excited to share the plants of the Arboretum with visitors to the National Botanic Gardens.

The exhibition brings together Kim Bagot-Hiller’s background as an environmental scientist with her second career as a visual artist.

Running from April 19 – May 21 at National Botanic Gardens.

DEAD LEAF DREAMING: ECHOES 

Botanical artist and Captain of the Burra Bushfire Brigade, Sharon Field will open a solo exhibition at Suki & Hugh Gallery. The exhibition will showcase 18 finely rendered watercolour paintings of artefacts from the Australian bush. Sharon’s work has been recognised internationally by the Society of Botanical Artists in the United Kingdom. A finalist in the Waterhouse National Science Art Prize and a winner of the Queanbeyan Regional Art Prize she has twice been selected as an artist in residence at Bundanon, the home of Arthur and Yvonne Boyd. The show will run until 7 May

On through to 7 May at Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore. Visit the website for more information: www.sukihugh.com.au

INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS AT WAR FROM TEH BOER WAR TO PRESENT

Indigenous Australians have served Australia in all major conflicts from the Boer War to the present. The armed services would provide a first experience of equal opportunity, although sadly not an enduring one. This Shrine of Remembrance travelling exhibition celebrates the courage, tenacity and resourcefulness of Indigenous Australians in the armed forces.

The exhibition uncovers the individual and family stories of service and sacrifice of the First Australians. The National Archives of Australia is proud to host the first Shrine of Remembrance exhibition ever touring to Canberra.

Showing until Sunday 16 July from 9am-5pm at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

STUART DEVLIN – THE DESIGNER WITH THE MIDAS TOUCH

The Royal Australian Mint is a unique attraction as the only producer of Australia’s circulating coins. But be sure to check out Stuart Devlin – The Designer with the Midas Touch, an exhibition exploring the masterly work of Stuart Devlin AO with unparalleled pieces and behind-the-scenes rarities.

From the platypus amid rippling water to a resplendent lyrebird, Geelong-born Stuart Devlin AO is best known in Australia as the designer of Australia’s decimal coins. The much-loved coins were the springboard for an international career as the most creative and influential designer goldsmith and silversmith of the past 50 years.

Take a 30-minute tour of the exhibition with a guide who holds specialist knowledge of Stuart Devlin and his work and explore his illustrious career in further depth. $10 per person. Bookings essential via Eventbrite.

While you are visiting, view the factories where Australia’s circulating coins are made and discover that special coin, gift or souvenir at the Mint Coin Shop.

Showing until 30 April 2017 from 8.30am-5pm at Royal Australian Mint

Denison Street, Deakin. Find more information on the website.

DRESS CODE: EMPIRE

Dress Code: Empire. An old coat rescued. Sir Edmund Barton revealed. In this exhibition you will discover an intriguing tale of power, prestige and Australia’s changing ties to Britain.

Discover Barton’s coatee, an exciting digital interactive, videos and school activities.

Showing until 1 August 2017 from 9am-5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCES

After a sell-out season in London, this virtual reality experience comes to the National Museum of Australia.

David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Experiences are a feast for the senses! Immerse yourself in the first two natural history documentaries ever designed for Virtual Reality (VR). Join David Attenborough as he travels back through time to see the first glimmerings of life on earth, or dive into a breathtaking underwater tour of the Great Barrier Reef, all using the latest in VR technology.

Showing until 30 June 2017 daily from 9.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm at The National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

Find more information on the website.

NGA TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.

BEHIND THE LINES 2016: THE YEAR’S BEST POLITICAL CARTOONS

Behind the Lines 2016: The year’s best political cartoons celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

Explore the unpredictable events of 2016 that shaped our political destiny – from Australia’s own double-dissolution, to Brexit and the shock Trump victory – through the sharpened wit and pencils of Australia’s best cartoonists.

There’s more than cartoons. Dress up in a crown and velvety red cape in the exhibition programming space, discover your political destiny with a game of political tarot or challenge your friends and family in political head.

Showing until 8 December 2017 from 9am- 5pm at The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

ARTISTS OF THE GREAT WAR

Artists of the Great War explores the horrors of the First World War, palpably expressed in the work of Australia’s official war artists and their combatant and non-combatant peers.

This powerful exhibition addresses wartime propaganda, front-line experience and remembrance through paintings, drawings and prints featuring a a special focus on the remarkable artist Will Dyson.

Showing until 31 May 2017 from 10am-5pm at The National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

ATHOL SHMITH FASHION PHOTOGRAPHS

Enter the elegant, bold and often glamorous world of Melbourne photographer Athol Shmith (1914–1990). A selection of stunning black and white prints from the National Library of Australia’s large collection will be on display.

Showing until Sunday 16 July 2017. Open from 10am – 5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

See website for more information.

VERSAILLES TREASURES FROM THE PALACE

For the first time in history, a collection of over 130 sumptuous treasures from the Palace of Versailles are on show in Australia. Prepare yourself for an epic exhibition that embodies the opulence, luxury and beauty of a period central to French history, bringing life to the reign of three kings, their queens and mistresses. From the iconic gardens to the rich paintings, from sumptuous rooms to the golden details, from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, this exhibition is the greatest cultural experience this summer.

Highlights include magnificent works, such as the marble bust of Louis XIV, the monumental Gobelins tapestries, the Dauphin’s fine writing desk, the original sculpture of Latona from the centre of Versailles’ main fountain and Marie-Antoinette’s porcelain.

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace – exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra until 17 April 2017. Book your tickets here: nga.gov.au/Versailles.

FRANK STELLA “THE KENNETH TYLER COLLECTION” 

Artist Frank Stella and master printer Kenneth Tyler played a significant role in the development of twentieth-century American printmaking. Throughout his career, Stella has been a constant adventurer and highwire act, an ‘unstoppable risk-taker’, as collaborator Tyler described him in April this year. Frank Stella ‘The Kenneth Tyler Collection’ showcases a selection of Stella’s adventurous and groundbreaking prints.

Showing until Friday 30 June 2017, 10am at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See website for more information.

FOR COUNTRY, FOR NATION

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories of military service in times of war and peace will be told in this new exhibition at the Australian War Memorial.

For Country, for Nation will draw inspiration from cultural traditions and symbols of the warrior’s discipline, knowledge, leadership and skill.

Showing until 27 September 2017, 10am – 5pm, at the Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell.

See website for more information.

THE SELL: AUSTRALIAN ADVERTISING 1790S TO 1990S

Step back in time, into the ads of Australia’s past. The Sell: Australian Advertising 1790s to 1990s showcases rich collections of Australian advertising and explores the messages behind many iconic and long forgotten ads.

Ephemeral by nature, often lasting in impact, advertising can reflect how much or just how little Australian society has changed over the centuries. From wanted posters to ads for underwear and chocolates, Vegemite and Victa Mowers, to the ‘Life. Be in it’ and ‘Do the Right Thing’ campaigns, there will be something to push everyone’s buttons!

Showing until 25 April 2017, daily 10am – 5pm. No booking required. More information at National Library of Australia.

FRANK STELLA THE KENNETH TYLER COLLECTION

Artist Frank Stella and master printer Kenneth Tyler played a significant role in the development of twentieth-century American printmaking.

Throughout his career, Stella has been a constant adventurer and highwire act, an ‘unstoppable risk-taker’, as collaborator Tyler described him in April this year.

Frank Stella The Kenneth Tyler Collection showcases a selection of Stella’s adventurous and groundbreaking prints.

Showing until 30 June 2017, 10am – 5pm daily at the National Gallery of Australia. More information at National Gallery of Australia

PEACE, LOVE AND WAR: THE DENMANS, EMPIRE AND AUSTRALIA, 1910-1917 

Lord Thomas Denman was Australia’s fifth Governor-General. He and his wife, the irrepressible Lady Gertrude Denman, resided in Australia from July 1911 to May 1914. This exhibition examines the political, cultural and Imperial interests of this imposing power couple – and those they influenced – in the context of rapidly evolving social values, against a backdrop of a Europe on the brink of World War.

Happening weekdays from 10am-5pm and weekends 12pm-5pm at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit, Canberra. Find more information: www.cmag.com.a

MYSTERIOUS EYES: ARTHUR BOYD PORTRAITS FROM 1945

A young man whose soft features betrayed the intensity of his own self-image, Arthur Boyd portrayed others with equally concentrated emotion. In this focus exhibition, Boyd’s self-portrait at age twenty-five is joined by his portraits of those around him. Through his eyes they are a reflection of the artist’s own state of mind.

Showing at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.

MEMORIES OF THE STRUGGLE

This exhibition features the voices and memories of some of the Australians and South African expatriates who worked hard over decades to bring about the end of apartheid. They often faced bitter opposition, and some were jailed for their actions. Memories of the Strugglepays tribute to the dedication and commitment of everyone who took part in the movement.

On exhibition now at the Museum of Australian Democracy, inside Old Parliament House, Parkes.

ART IS A WEAPON

Art is a Weapon explores how the Eureka story, legend and iconography have been used by groups and causes of all political flavours to spread their message. Alongside the portfolio of works, other objects and artworks using the Southern Cross motif show how the idea of Eureka has been adopted by groups as diverse as young communists and motorcycle clubs.

Showing now at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

MAGNA CARTA – AN AUSTRALIAN STORY

This exhibition celebrates the 800th anniversary ofMagna Carta, one of the most famous and significant documents for democracy and human rights around the world. First written in 1215, it set down rules limiting the power of the monarchy and safeguarding basic human rights and freedoms. This exhibition explores the history and relevance of Magna Carta from an Australian perspective.

Showing now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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