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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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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.

Canberra International Music Festival

It’s not just the way it sounds. It’s the way it feels.  Being up close. Following the journey of a piece of music from start to finish.

That’s the Canberra International Music Festival. Intimate performances, exceptional musicianship, in some of the capital’s most iconic settings.

It’s more than classical music, this year they’ve expanded their repertoire to include contemporary and world music – in venues hand-picked for their stunning acoustic qualities.

You’ll experience performances that are challenging and uplifting, at times thought-provoking. Always moving, and always of the highest quality. It could change the way you think about live music.

Happening at various times and dates from 27 April. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

The Illiad Out Loud

Following on from the success of The Sonnets Out Loud earlier in 2016, The Street brings The Iliad Out Loud continuing our exploration of marrying classic verse text with live performance.

The Iliad tells of the tragic and bloody climax to the ten-year siege of Troy; the darkest episode in the Trojan War. Homer’s poem is the source myth of Greek drama, a foundational text of Western Culture, and the greatest story of heroism, betrayal and war in literature.

Read in three parts over three nights, the Gods of Olympus take their sides and the fates of all men hang in the balance. On the battlefield of Troy the scene is set for the final conflict to claim the beautiful Helen. Only the invincible Greek warrior Achilles can tip the scales of war to glory or defeat, but humiliated by his leader Agamemnon, he is stubbornly refusing to join the fray.

Happening from Friday 28 April to Sunday 30 April at the Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street ACT. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

Dracula

The Gothic horror story Dracula swoops into the nation’s capital with a gripping, critically-acclaimed production created by shake & stir.

When young Lawyer Jonathan Harker visits Castle Dracula deep within the Carpathian mountains, he’s not expecting the strange hospitality he receives from his mysterious host. Alone and trapped within the castle walls, Jonathan discovers that Dracula wants more than his presence at the dinner table – he might also be the main course. Leaving Jonathan for dead and his castle behind, Dracula travels to London on a quest for seduction, true love and above all – blood.

Happening from Wednesday 26 April to Saturday 29 April. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

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.

Stem Sells

STEM Sells is a series of fun and engaging workshops dedicated to inspire young women into pursuing their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) for girls in Year 7, 8 & 9 to come along.

Learn how to forge your own glass jewellery, make artificial silk, design biospheres and even grow glow in the dark mushrooms! Girls will also go home with invaluable skills around entrepreneurship, leadership and business.

Happening over 10 weeks, the first workshop starts on the Monday 1 of May. 4pm to 7pm, you can sign up for either session. Find more information and book on the website

Bungendore Harvest Festival

The Bungendore Harvest Festival will be a celebration of local food, farming and fibre.

Head down for a weekend of activities that promotes integrity and freshness in the growing, breeding and production of produce in the Southern Harvest Region and to put Bungendore on the map as an identity for food, farming and fibre related activities.Discover the quality and freshness of locally sourced food, wine and other beverages as Bungendore food venues showcase the best of what the Southern Harvest region has to offer.

Discover the quality and freshness of locally sourced food, wine and other beverages as Bungendore food venues showcase the best of what the Southern Harvest region has to offer.

The streets of Bungendore will come alive with stalls, talks, cooking demonstrations and other activities. The Festival will take place in marquees along the footpaths in Ellendon Street and at participating businesses. Stalls along Ellendon Street will include fresh seasonal produce from local farmers, food preserved from local harvests, local wines for tasting, other local food delights.

Explore the region and discover Bungendore’s potentia as a regional food destination. Participate in farm and winery tours, sample Bungendore’s freshest and finest local food at cafes and restaurants, and attend courses and demonstrations.

Happening on from 6pm-9pm on Friday 28 April, and 10am-9pm on Saturday 28 April and Sunday 30 April, at Ellendon Street, Bungendore NSW. Find more information on the website.

Canberra’s Modernist Soul with Darren Bradley

Award-winning photographer Darren Bradley has trekked all over the world documenting the most iconic and celebrated architectural buildings. Yet, for Bradley, there is one city that has struck a chord … Canberra.

In this presentation, Bradley will embark on a visual journey of Modernist Architecture showcasing work from his 6 years of travels to and from the capital, and discuss how Canberra is trading off its architectural soul.

Tickets are $15.

Happening on Thursday 27 April from 6.30pm-8pm at The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Canberra. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

Ignite Walk Canberra

Prepare to experience Lake Burley Griffin and the stunning Lennox Gardens in a whole new light at night! Expect to be wowed by live entertainment, neon light installations and music as you glow in the dark.

Challenge yourself with a 7km, 14km or 21km walk as you support young people and adults living with cerebral palsy.

The Ignite Walk kicks off with a Neon Ignite Party. Pick up your bib, grab a bite to eat from the food stalls and get your face painted with neon, glow in the dark face paint! Make sure you purchase a show bag which includes loads of neon glow in the dark goodies to light you up around the course.

Happening Friday 28 April at 6.15pm, 6.30pm and 6.45pm at the Patrick White Lawns. Find more information on the website.

TWILIGHT TEA AT WHITE RABBIT COCKTAIL ROOM

What better way to enjoy delicious cocktails and delightful meals than in the twinkling twilight air? White Rabbit Cocktail Room are hosting a Twilight Tea on Thursday 27 April from 6pm. Wih two cocktails and two courses for $65 per person, this is a tea party you don’t want to miss. 

Happening Thursday 27 April at 6pm. Call them on 6257 7779 or email [email protected] to book!

MS Walk and Fun Run

Enjoy a great day out with family and friends and support Australians living with multiple sclerosis by taking part in the MS Walk and Fun Run.

Choose to walk or run five kilometres or ten kilometres, while taking in the views of Canberra’s most recognisable landmarks. The easy grade tracks start and finish at Rond Terraces, Commonwealth Park.

All walking courses across the three states are stroller and wheelchair friendly and dogs on leashes are welcome!

Happening on Sunday 30 April from 9am at the Rond Terraces, Anzac Parade, Parkes ACT. Find more information and register on 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.

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.

Night at the Museum: Heroes and Villains

Calling all veiled villains and caped crusaders! Are you ready for Night at the Museum: Heroes and Villains? Release your inner alter ego. Go disguised as your favourite superhero or scandalous villain and prepare for a night of superhero-sized adventures, uneasy alliances and unexpected action.

Over 18s only. Tickets are $15 for pre-sale, Group bookings (10+) $12, Friends full members are free, $18 on the door from 6.15pm.

Happening on Saturday 29 April from 6pm-9.30pm at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information on the website.

FOOD & DRINK

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Bungendore Harvest Festival

The Bungendore Harvest Festival will be a celebration of local food, farming and fibre.

Head down for a weekend of activities that promotes integrity and freshness in the growing, breeding and production of produce in the Southern Harvest Region and to put Bungendore on the map as an identity for food, farming and fibre related activities.Discover the quality and freshness of locally sourced food, wine and other beverages as Bungendore food venues showcase the best of what the Southern Harvest region has to offer.

Discover the quality and freshness of locally sourced food, wine and other beverages as Bungendore food venues showcase the best of what the Southern Harvest region has to offer.

The streets of Bungendore will come alive with stalls, talks, cooking demonstrations and other activities. The Festival will take place in marquees along the footpaths in Ellendon Street and at participating businesses. Stalls along Ellendon Street will include fresh seasonal produce from local farmers, food preserved from local harvests, local wines for tasting, other local food delights.

Explore the region and discover Bungendore’s potentia as a regional food destination. Participate in farm and winery tours, sample Bungendore’s freshest and finest local food at cafes and restaurants, and attend courses and demonstrations.

Happening on from 6pm-9pm on Friday 28 April, and 10am-9pm on Saturday 28 April and Sunday 30 April, at Ellendon Street, Bungendore NSW. Find more information on the website.

Afternoon Tea at the Conservatory

Book now to enjoy a special Afternoon Tea at The Conservatory Restaurant and magnificent views over Canberra.

Located in the Village Centre at the National Arboretum Canberra, The Conservatory Restaurant offers visitors the opportunity to dine on food-less-travelled, with sweeping views of the nation’s capital.

The tasty delights served for tea showcase the best produce the region has to offer, prepared with care using Ginger’s paddock-to-plate philosophy.

Afternoon Tea at The Conservatory Restaurant, hosted by Ginger Catering; a wonderful way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

Happening every Sunday until Sunday 9 July at The Conservatory Restaurant, National Arboretum, Canberra. Find more information on the website. 

Beer and Satay at the Lanterne Rooms

Drop in after work for fun and casual market style food and drink.

Order a la carte from the Beer and Satay Hawker menu which features a variety of skewers and other bar snacks, served with sides and condiments.

Walk-ins or bookings welcome.

Happening until Thursday 27 March. Find more information on the website.

Valli Little – Meet the Chef Dinner

University House invites you to a dinner with Valli Little, one of Australia’s food superstars, who will be in conversation with Alex Sloan.

The 3-course dinner will feature recipes from Valli’s new book, My Kind Of Food, her most personal cookbook yet. Valli shares 100 recipes that she has cooked time and again to share with the people she loves, dishes that burst with colour and flavour, making the most of the incredible seasonal produce.

For 14 years Valli was food director of the highly successful delicious. magazine where she created up to 60 recipes each month inspired by her travels and her love of food. Alex Sloan was recently named the 2017 Canberra Citizen of the Year and is one of Canberra’s best-known and loved personalities. She recently retired from the ABC radio after 27 years.

Dinner will be preceded by pre-drinks, canapes and book signings.

Numbers are strictly limited for this exclusive event, so book your ticket today!

Happening Thursday 27 April. Find more information on the website.

Bottle your own Tempranillo at Murrumbateman Winery

Ever thought about bottling your own wine? Probably not, but bet you are now!

In late April, Murrumbateman Winery will be bottling their 2016 Tempranillo and they want to share the experience. Learn about wine making and be guided through each step from filling the bottles to capping and labelling your wine.

Your experience includes approximately 45 minutes in the winery, followed by bottle labelling and wine tasting in the cellar door.

Happening on various session over Friday 28 April and Saturday 29 April.

  • Session 1: 10.30am Friday April 28
  • Session 2: 2.30pm Friday April 28
  • Session 3: 2.30pm Saturday April 29
  • Session 4: 3.15pm Saturday April 29

Find more information on the website.

Dawn ‘Till Dusk – ANZAC Day – The Highball Express

From dusk until dawn, Highball is where it’s at this ANZAC Day.

Once the two-up is done and you’re ready to kick on, head up the stairs and enjoy a few $10 rosemary Negronis in tribute to the Anzacs.

Happening on Tuesday 25 April from 4pm onwards at The Highball Express, 82 Alinga Street, Canberra. Find more information and book on the website.

Archie Rose Distilling Co. take over Black Market!

Head down for gin flights and Archie Rose gin-inspired cocktails all night. Lachie Beange is the Brand Ambassador for Archie Rose and will be hosting the takeover.

Tickets are $10 + booking fee and include 1 complimentary drink on arrival.

Happening on Thursday 27 April from 7:30pm at Black Market, 2 Phillip Law Street, Canberra. Find more information on the website.

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.

Latin Monday – ANZAC Day Eve – The Highball Express

Head to The Highball Express for a very special Latin Tuesdays event on MONDAY 24th of April, Anzac Day Eve.

There will be $10 rosemary Negroni’s in tribute to the Anzacs, and a free Latin dancing taster class hosted by the amazing team from Salsabor.

Happening from 4:00pm on Monday 24 April at The Highball Express, 82 Alinga Street, Canberra. Find more information on the website.

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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Dracula

The Gothic horror story Dracula swoops into the nation’s capital with a gripping, critically-acclaimed production created by shake & stir.

When young Lawyer Jonathan Harker visits Castle Dracula deep within the Carpathian mountains, he’s not expecting the strange hospitality he receives from his mysterious host. Alone and trapped within the castle walls, Jonathan discovers that Dracula wants more than his presence at the dinner table – he might also be the main course. Leaving Jonathan for dead and his castle behind, Dracula travels to London on a quest for seduction, true love and above all – blood.

Happening from Wednesday 26 April to Saturday 29 April. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

I Progetti: M – Mysticism, Mortality and Monteverdi

I Progetti (Italian: ‘The Projects’) was formed by founder and Artistic Director Charis Messalina de Valence in early 2016 as a small chamber choir dedicated to fine singing, both a cappella and in collaboration with other musicians. I Progetti is dedicated to exploring new, unfamiliar, and infrequently-performed choral repertoire.

This concert was conceived as a tribute to Claudio Monteverdi’s 450th birthday, featuring a lesser-known work, his 1641 Messa da cappella for four voices, basso continuo, and other instruments, from his collection of sacred music published in 1640 and 1641, Selva morale e spirituale (‘Moral and spiritual forest’).

Monteverdi was a pivotal figure in the transition from the Renaissance era to the Baroque style, and in the early development of opera. Through his work, he explored the great mysteries of life: faith, love, renunciation, tragedy, and the progression of life from birth to death. The liturgy of the Mass celebrates all of these mysteries.

To complement this work, I Progetti will also present works themed upon mortality, encompassing the mysticism associated with the human experience of creation and the ultimate fragility of life, redeemed through the joys of love both human and divine.

Registration essential.

Happening on Sunday 30 April at 1.30pm at the High Court of Australia, Parkes, ACT. Find more information and register on the website.

Canberra International Music Festival

It’s not just the way it sounds. It’s the way it feels.  Being up close. Following the journey of a piece of music from start to finish.

That’s the Canberra International Music Festival. Intimate performances, exceptional musicianship, in some of the capital’s most iconic settings.

It’s more than classical music, this year they’ve expanded their repertoire to include contemporary and world music – in venues hand-picked for their stunning acoustic qualities.

You’ll experience performances that are challenging and uplifting, at times thought-provoking. Always moving, and always of the highest quality. It could change the way you think about live music.

Happening at various times and dates from 27 April. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

The Illiad Out Loud

Following on from the success of The Sonnets Out Loud earlier in 2016, The Street brings The Iliad Out Loud continuing our exploration of marrying classic verse text with live performance.

The Iliad tells of the tragic and bloody climax to the ten-year siege of Troy; the darkest episode in the Trojan War. Homer’s poem is the source myth of Greek drama, a foundational text of Western Culture, and the greatest story of heroism, betrayal and war in literature.

Read in three parts over three nights, the Gods of Olympus take their sides and the fates of all men hang in the balance. On the battlefield of Troy the scene is set for the final conflict to claim the beautiful Helen. Only the invincible Greek warrior Achilles can tip the scales of war to glory or defeat, but humiliated by his leader Agamemnon, he is stubbornly refusing to join the fray.

Happening from Friday 28 April to Sunday 30 April at the Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street ACT. Find more information and book tickets 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

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.

Yass Show N Shine and Wheelie Day

Yass is holding a Show N Shine and Wheelie Day for Cars, Bikes, Trucks, Billy Karts, Race Cars and well anything on wheels!!!

$20 Per Vehicle Entry, Spectators are a gold coin donation. All proceeds to Yass Valley Branch Can Assist, supporting local cancer patients.

Happening on Saturday 29 April in Yass.

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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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.

GAMMA and Guild VS The World

April 29 is International Tabletop Day and to celebrate GAMMA.CON and Guild are partnering up for an exciting day of games and prizes!

International Tabletop Day (ITTD) is a world-wide celebration of tabletop games started by the Geek & Sundry team (led by the actors Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton).

The event includes access to Guild’s games library, “free play”, newly released games, and a half price Guild membership.

Guild will be offering a limited fixed-price menu for the afternoons — a small pizza or nibbles and a drink.

Happening on Saturday 29 April and Sunday 30 April from 12pm-5pm LG, Bailey’s Arcade, 150 London Circuit, Canberra. Find more information on the website.

Start-Up Camp Canberra

At Start-Up Camp Canberra, smart and passionate people with diverse interests and experience, come together to get a taste of what it’s like to start a business. The event condenses the whole experience into a weekend.

Start-Up Camp is first and foremost an ideas competition and is open to problem-solvers, creative thinkers and ideas people from all over Canberra. The ‘campers,’ most of whom have never met before, get together on the Friday night, teams are formed as they try to come up with an innovative online solution such as a website or an app around the event theme – ‘The 100-Year Life’.

Inspired by the ‘Start-up Weekend’ events organised around the world, Start-Up Camp Canberra takes participants from idea generation, business concept formation to pitching to a panel of judges.

Happening on Friday 28 April (5.30pm-9pm), Saturday 29 April from 8.30am-9pm and Sunday 30 April from 8.30am-5.30pm at the INSPIRE Centre, University of Canberra, Pantowara Street, Bruce. Find more information on the website.

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.

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.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Cupcakes for Cupcake

Help raise money for Cupcake, the baby orangutan. Cupcake is a delightful small orangutan from the Sumatran jungle, who is inquisitive of the world, but never ventures far from the protection of his doting mother, Sam. The goal is to raise $20,000 for Cupcake’s Jungle School education, which will equip him with valuable life skills.

“As Nature Intended” organic cafe and grocer at the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets will be hosting an all-day morning tea of delicious cupcakes, scones and other goodies (for a minimum donation of $5). Orangutan merchandise will be for sale and Ollie, the orangutan mascot will be there to say hello to kids. You can also become a Guardian for Sam and Cupcake by sponsoring them to ensure they are safe and thriving in their jungle home.

Happening on Friday 28 April between 10am – 3pm. Find more information and donate on the website.

OUTDOORS

Woowoolahra – Open Garden

Woowoolahra features three acres of mature garden with a large variety of deciduous trees that provide spectacular autumn colour. Beautifully constructed rock walls divide rooms and lovely old trees embrace lawn and frame views of the Burra valley. A cypress woodland opens to dams abundant with birdlife and water lilies. Sweeping 40m rose arbour.

Other activities include:
– Garden cafe serving home made cakes and lunches, tea, coffee and cold drink
– Plants for sale
– Vintage and antique jewellery on display and for sale
– Seated massage and yoga sessions by Entire Physio

Any profits from the day will be donated to The Cancer Support Group and the Burra Rural Fire Service.

Happening on Saturday 29 April and Sunday 30 April at Woowoolahra, 6 London Bridge Road, Burra, NSW. Find more information on the website.

Autumn Colours in the Courtyards

Visit the private courtyards of the Australian Parliament House on an Autumn Colours in the Courtyards tour. Gain special access to behind the scenes parts of the building. Explore unique sculptures and artwork and be enchanted by the beauty of these hidden spaces in their autumn brilliance.

These exclusive tours are only available for a short time only. Book now as numbers are limited.

Please arrive at Parliament House 15 minutes prior to your tour, and allow time for parking and clearance through security screening. Comfortable shoes are recommended as the tour will visit areas with uneven surfaces.

For security purposes at the Australian Parliament House, ticket holders must present photo identification and their ticket prior to commencing their tour. In the event a patron does not have these, they will be unable to participate in their tour.

Happening daily until Wednesday 3 May at Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Capital Hill, at 10am, 12pm and 3pm. Tickets $20 for adults and $15 for concessions. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

Botanic Treasures with Dr Rosemary Purdie

Join local Botanist Dr Rosemary Purdie for the Black Mountain Woodland Walk, where she will talk about the botanic treasures of the area.

BYO morning tea, water, snacks. Remember to wear a hat, and sturdy shoes.

Gold coin donation for participation.

Happening on Friday 28 April from 9.30am-11.30am, meet at the Caswell Drive carpark. To book, email  [email protected] or phone Linda on 0437 298 711.

SPORTS

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Giants V Western Bulldogs

The stage is set for a massive AFL preliminary final replay in the nation’s capital when GIANTS v Western Bulldogs. The GIANTS are out for redemption in what will be a Friday night blockbuster match at UNSW Canberra Oval.

Be there for the battle of redemption in Round 6 of the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership Season and cheer on your favourite team.

Tickets now on sale from Ticketek.

Happening Friday 28 April. Find more information on the website.

Fox Rollercoaster Superflow Round 3

Round Three of the Fox Rollercoaster Superflow Series will be held at Stromlo Forest Park in Canberra, one of the most popular MTB venues in the country!

Why #Superflow? The race tracks are picked so that they give the riders that “super flowy” feeling! Each track will demand different skill sets of the riders – from tricky sections around rocks and tight corners to flowy berms and quick stints that needed pedal power and endurance.

Spectator entry is free.

Get your #superflow on with the Fox Rollercoaster, hydrated by Camelbak!

Happening on Sunday 30 April from 8:00am-4:00pm at Stromlo Forest Park, Opperman Avenue, Stromlo ACT. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

Plus500 Brumbies V Blues

The Plus500 Brumbies welcome the Blues to Australia for Round 10 and their only Sunday afternoon game of the year. The Brumbies will be looking to get revenge after suffering a big loss to the Blues in Auckland in 2016. This is an afternoon of 2017 Vodafone Super Rugby not to be missed.

Happening on Sunday 30 April for a 4:05pm kick-off at GIO Stadium, Batteye Street, Bruce. To book tickets visit Ticketek.

Urban Polaris

The Urban Polaris rides again. Forming part of the Canberra & Region Heritage Festival and Australian Heritage Week the Urban Polaris will take in heritage sites spread throughout Canberra.

Make tracks in the Capital as teams of two riders take to the cycle paths, forests and roads seeking out a choice of checkpoints in a seven-hour event that is open to serious riders, recreational riders and teams of all ages.

Urban Polaris is a navigating and cycling event where teams must find their way around control points. Each control point is given a point value that the competitors accumulate during the day. The team with the most points at the end of the seven hours is declared the winner. Successful teams will require good tactics to ensure they visit enough control points while allowing themselves time to return to base without incurring too many penalties.

Despite its competitive undertone the event suits everybody from those teams who will endeavour to reach every point to those who see it as an opportunity to have a day out riding with friends and taking in areas of Canberra they may not otherwise visit. There are categories and prizes.

Happening on Saturday 29 April at the Old Bus Depot Markets. Registration opens at 6:00am, the race starts at 8:00am. Find more information on the website

Ignite Walk Canberra

Prepare to experience Lake Burley Griffin and the stunning Lennox Gardens in a whole new light at night! Expect to be wowed by live entertainment, neon light installations and music as you glow in the dark.

Challenge yourself with a 7km, 14km or 21km walk as you support young people and adults living with cerebral palsy.

The Ignite Walk kicks off with a Neon Ignite Party. Pick up your bib, grab a bite to eat from the food stalls and get your face painted with neon, glow in the dark face paint! Make sure you purchase a show bag which includes loads of neon glow in the dark goodies to light you up around the course.

Happening Friday 28 April at 6.15pm, 6.30pm and 6.45pm at the Patrick White Lawns. Find more information on the website.

MS Walk and Fun Run

Enjoy a great day out with family and friends and support Australians living with multiple sclerosis by taking part in the MS Walk and Fun Run.

Choose to walk or run five kilometres or ten kilometres, while taking in the views of Canberra’s most recognisable landmarks. The easy grade tracks start and finish at Rond Terraces, Commonwealth Park.

All walking courses across the three states are stroller and wheelchair friendly and dogs on leashes are welcome!

Happening on Sunday 30 April from 9am at the Rond Terraces, Anzac Parade, Parkes ACT. Find more information and register on the website.

Orienteering on Horseback

Burnelee Excursions present a day of orienteering on horseback.

People are split into small teams and given a map and a compass to navigate their way through 1000 acres of Natural Bushland and find a number of markers. Each team is accompanied by a lead rider.

Everyone comes back together for lunch to swap stories and a laugh before heading out to beat each other to the last few markers and then return home on time. Whether you are competitive or just in it for fun it is a great day out.

Suitable for people who feel comfortable to trot and canter in a group – sign up with a friend or two or on your own – they are a very friendly community.

Happening on Sunday 30 April from 9am-4pm at 320 Dicks Creek Road, Nanima NSW. Bookings are essential either email or phone. Find more information on the website.

KIDS

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Blinky Bill: The Koala Revolution!

Dorothy Wall’s The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill has not been out of print since its publication in 1933.

Mr Tim and Ensemble Offspring bring this children’s classic to life, featuring an all-Australian score by Boyd, Edwards, Grainger, Pollard, Sculthorpe and Westlake. For little possums (and their koalas) aged 3 to 8.

In association with the Canberra International Music Festival.

Happening on Sunday 20 April at 9.30am and 11.30am at the National Library of Australia. Find more information on the website.

Eggs-celent Dinosaur Egg Hunt

This April school holidays, kids can take part in an Easter egg hunt at the National Dinosaur Museum. Search the museum display for answers on prehistoric eggs and babies to win a real fossil to take home.

Free with normal entry.

Happening until Tuesday 25 April between 10pm-5pm at the National Dinosaur Museum, 6 Gold Creek Road, Nicholls, Canberra. Find more information on the website.

Dinosaur babies tour at the National Dinosaur Museum

To celebrate its latest acquisition, a fossil dinosaur nest from France, the National Dinosaur Museum will be running special tours every day during the April school holiday. Discover the various eggs and prehistoric babies the museum has on display, including the largest egg in the world!

Let their knowledgeable staff take you back in time to when the lords of the land were not born, they hatched!

Perfect for all ages.

If you take the 11am tour, stay on to take part in the Paint a Dinosaur Egg activity at midday.

Free with normal entry.

Happening until Tuesday 25 April, tours start at 11:00am, 2:00pm and 3:00pm.

Find more information on the website.

Stem Sells

STEM Sells is a series of fun and engaging workshops dedicated to inspire young women into pursuing their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) for girls in Year 7, 8 & 9 to come along.

Learn how to forge your own glass jewellery, make artificial silk, design biospheres and even grow glow in the dark mushrooms! Girls will also go home with invaluable skills around entrepreneurship, leadership and business.

Happening over 10 weeks, the first workshop starts on the Monday 1 of May. 4pm to 7pm, you can sign up for either session. Find more information and book on 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.

The Official Observer – 25 Years of AusPic

For decades the Australian Government Photographic Service (Auspic) has captured images of the Parliament of Australia. The Official Observer celebrates 25 years’ service by Auspic photographer David Foote. See iconic images of royalty, major world events, world leaders, former Prime Ministers and the Australian Parliament.

Happening daily until Sunday 14 May from 9am-5pm at Parliament House, Capital Hill, ACT. Find more information on the website.

Facing Two Fronts: The Fight for Respect

How did war become a platform for advocating the civil rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people? Indigenous Australians have served in the Australian military since Federation. Their role was significant, yet largely unrecognised. For some, armed service provided equality. For others, discrimination.

Through the lens of military service and the stories of those who served, learn about Indigenous soldiers’ fight for social justice. A digital exhibition at the Archives featuring extraordinary images and records from our collection and a series of stirring video portraits.

Happening daily until Sunday 16 July from 10am at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

Canberra’s Modernist Soul with Darren Bradley

Award-winning photographer Darren Bradley has trekked all over the world documenting the most iconic and celebrated architectural buildings. Yet, for Bradley, there is one city that has struck a chord … Canberra.

In this presentation, Bradley will embark on a visual journey of Modernist Architecture showcasing work from his 6 years of travels to and from the capital, and discuss how Canberra is trading off its architectural soul.

Tickets are $15.

Happening on Thursday 27 April from 6.30pm-8pm at The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Canberra. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: ARTS, HERITAGE AND THE ENVIRONMENT. 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.

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 of Magna 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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