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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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Fiona Keary

Fiona Keary

Style Uncovered Masterclass with Fiona Keary

Style is a fun way to express yourself, but with all the new trends coming and going, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Canberra Centre have asked their in-centre stylist Fiona Keary to talk us through her expert tips for uncovering your style personality.

From how to find the right trend to match your style profile to honing in on what makes your approach to fashion unique, Fiona will help you decipher your style personality so you can make good investments in your wardrobe this season.

Happening Sunday 7 May from 11am-12.30pm at Level 1, near Country Road, Canberra Centre.

Bookings essential, check the Canberra Centre website soon to secure your spot.

Velvet

Velvet is a party with an exhilarating disco soundtrack that never lets up. Funky, fresh, fun and sexy, each performance invites the audience into an intoxicating glitterball world of sensory overload.

Director Craig Ilott has created a hedonistic world, pitting dazzling acrobatics against disco divas as this sexy, spectacular, sparkling and slightly sadomasochistic show channels the original Studio 54 nightclub.

Bursting with disco, cabaret, dance, glamour and circus, and featuring an exhilarating disco soundtrack, it’s a party, it’s dangerous, it’s electrifying. Simply put, it’s a fantastic night out.

Velvet makes its Canberra debut following a sell-out success over the past two years at the 2015 and 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festivals, Edinburgh Fringe, Brisbane Festival, Sydney Opera House and Coopers Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne.

Happening from Tuesday 3 May to Sunday 14 May at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square.

For more information and details on opening hours visit the website.

Tubular Bells for Two

One album, two men, too many instruments… Two blokes juggle over 20 instruments live on stage in a spellbinding performance. A multi-award winning sell-out hit at festivals around the world, Tubular Bells for Two is now returning home for an Australia tour.

Ask anyone who grew up through the 70s and they will be able to tell you exactly where they were when they first heard Tubular Bells. Composed by Mike Oldfield in 1973, the album was the first release on Richard Branson’s fledgling record label, Virgin Records. The album went on to sell over 30 million copies, kick-starting the Virgin empire.

Now, more than 40 years on, two young Australian multi-instrumentalists, Aidan Roberts and Daniel Holdsworth, are presenting this modern masterpiece in a challenging live event. So what’s the catch? Oldfield harnessed – what was at the time – the latest in multi-track recording technology, playing a multitude of instruments one-by-one in the studio. However, in Tubular Bells for Two there are only two men on stage needing to perform every part live with only four hands and four feet between them.

The duo are literally rushed off their feet as they rush around a sea of instruments. It is an intricately choreographed, thrilling piece of tightrope theatre. Things can go wrong at any moment, and the slightest mistake or misplaced limb can bring the entire show crashing to a halt. Regardless of whether you’re a Tubular Bells virgin, or long-time fan, Tubular Bells for Two is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. It is one of the most innovative musical performances to grace the stage in many years.

Happening 5-7 May at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic.

TICKETS:

  • Standard $45
  • Concession $40

Bookings: au.patronbase.com/_StreetTheatre

Harvest of Endurance: A scroll and a concert

The Harvest of Endurance is a 50-metre scroll held by the National Museum of Australia since 1992.

Its 18 panels depict survival and resourcefulness across two centuries of Chinese settlement in Australia. View the scroll and hear 18 new compositions inspired by its imagery, with narration by William Yang.

This event is presented in association with the Canberra International Music Festival.

Happening Thursday 4 May 2017 from 6.30–7.50pm at Main Hall, National Museum of Australia. Cost: $67 Adult, $62 Concession, $30 U30, $25 U18. All ages welcome.

For more information and bookings visit nma.gov.au/cimf

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.

Pop Up Champagne Bar at Canberra Centre

Champagne is often associated with celebrations, but it also makes a fine match for an evening of good company, a great cocktail dress and a serene setting.

For the month of May, the Canberra Centre’s pop-up champagne bar will be your mini retreat – and all the excuse you need – to get out and cheers over a glass of bubbles.

Glasses of Chandon champagne will be on offer, plus high tea treats to complement.

The Champagne Bar opens on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout May on the Ground Level near the City Walk entrance. Find more information via the website.

Tim Rodgers

Whilst You Am I have been bogged down in negotiations about a new group haircut, Tim Rogers has recorded his seventh secessionist recording ‘An Actor Repairs’, and pleads for your attention as he once again confuses hubris for artistry.

The songs on the forthcoming album were written and re-written over two years as an accompaniment to a performance piece Tim was attempting, concerning the retirement from the stage of an elderly Actor.

The scripted elements of the piece gave way as he began working with Clio Renner, Melanie Robinson, Xani Kolac, Davey Lane, Brett Wolfendon and especially Shane O’Mara on the songs.

Working with musicians so dextrous and wilful, more songs were written in a fever, throwing the script away to include songs of devotion and delusion to create the final 12 tracks on the album.

For your affection, Tim Rogers will be playing songs from his twenty-eight years of recordings, with accompaniment by extraordinary musicians who should know better.

DATE: THURSDAY 4 MAY 8.PM

Happening Thursday 4 May from 8pm at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic.

TICKETS:

  • Standard $43
  • Concession $39

BOOKINGS: au.patronbase.com/_StreetTheatre

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.

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

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.

Girls Make Your Move and No Lights No Lycra Canberra STH

No Lights No Lycra Canberra – South are teaming up with the Federal government’s national Girls Make Your Move campaign aimed at inspiring, energising and empowering young women to be more active, no matter who they are, all over Australia.

We’ll be holding a one-off NLNL session for young women to come and experience the feeling of dancing while nobody’s watching and losing themselves in the music. As anyone who has been along to one of our 75 locations worldwide, No Lights No Lycra is a great way to get active without feeling like you are exercising.

This is a FREE event for girls aged 13-19, spaces are limited so make sure you get in early!

Please share with anyone who has daughters, nieces, friends, etc. who are between 13-19 and would enjoy a night of dancing in the dark!

Happening Tuesday 2 May 2017 6.30pm – 8.00pm at Guide Hall Scout Hall, Kambah Canberra.

For more information visit the website.

The Joe Farnsworth Primetime Quartet

After a highly successful east coast tour of Australia in 2016 the Joe Farnsworth Prime Time Quartet are returning for an encore tour in May 2017. Led by celebrated New York drummer Joe Farnsworth , the quartet features the cream of Australian jazz with iconic tenor saxophonist Dale Barlow, award winning bassist Brendan Clarke and Sydney’s most swingin’ jazz pianist John Harkins.

Farnsworth is considered one of the top jazz drummers in the world today having appeared on over 70 albums and has frequently shared the stage with such illustrious company as McCoy Tyner, Pharaoh Sanders, Harold Mabern, Benny Golsen and Eric Alexander to name a few. Farnsworth is dedicated to the great tradition of jazz drumming conceived by the likes of Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Billy Higgins and Arthur Taylor. The Joe Farnsworth Prime Time Quartet astounded audiences with their high energy and world class performances last year and will no doubt deliver more of the same this time around!

Happening Sunday 7 May from 6pm at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic.

TICKETS: Standard $35, Concession $30. Bookings: au.patronbase.com/_StreetTheatre

FOOD & DRINK

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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. 

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

Leonard Weiss

Leonard Weiss

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.

Groovin the Moo (GTM)

Groovin the Moo, Australia’s one and only touring regional festival, is set to return to the University of Canberra Meadows.

The festival has cemented itself over more than a decade as a crowd favourite, bringing patrons a diverse range of both national and international acts.

GTM 2017 line up features in alphabetical order: Against Me! (USA), Allday, Amy Shark, Architectsuk (UK), The Darkness (UK), Dillon Francis (USA), George Maple, Hayden James, The Jungle Giants, K.Flay (USA), L-Fresh the Lion, Loyle Carner (UK), Methyl Ethel, Milky Chance (GER), Montaigne, Northeast Party House, Slumberjack, The Smith Street Band, Snakehips (UK), Tash Sultana, Thundamentals, Violent Soho and The Wombats (UK) and marshalls CC:Disco!, Kinder, Liz Cambage, Luen, and Mzrizk.

Happening Sunday 7 May from 10.30am at The Meadows, University of Canberra, Bruce.

For more information go to the website.

New Orleans to Paris

Join the Alliance Française de Canberra for a retro style evening of great trad jazz from the golden era when the music of New Orleans invaded Paris. Hear jazz band Zackerbilks live at King O’Malley’s.
Bookings available at Alliance Française de Canberra, King O’Malley’s or online.

Happening Thursday 4 May from 5pm – 7pm at King O’Malley’s, City Walk, Canberra.

For more information visit the website.

Tubular Bells for Two

One album, two men, too many instruments… Two blokes juggle over 20 instruments live on stage in a spellbinding performance. A multi-award winning sell-out hit at festivals around the world, Tubular Bells for Two is now returning home for an Australia tour.

Ask anyone who grew up through the 70s and they will be able to tell you exactly where they were when they first heard Tubular Bells. Composed by Mike Oldfield in 1973, the album was the first release on Richard Branson’s fledgling record label, Virgin Records. The album went on to sell over 30 million copies, kick-starting the Virgin empire.

Now, more than 40 years on, two young Australian multi-instrumentalists, Aidan Roberts and Daniel Holdsworth, are presenting this modern masterpiece in a challenging live event. So what’s the catch? Oldfield harnessed – what was at the time – the latest in multi-track recording technology, playing a multitude of instruments one-by-one in the studio. However, in Tubular Bells for Two there are only two men on stage needing to perform every part live with only four hands and four feet between them.

The duo are literally rushed off their feet as they rush around a sea of instruments. It is an intricately choreographed, thrilling piece of tightrope theatre. Things can go wrong at any moment, and the slightest mistake or misplaced limb can bring the entire show crashing to a halt. Regardless of whether you’re a Tubular Bells virgin, or long-time fan, Tubular Bells for Two is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. It is one of the most innovative musical performances to grace the stage in many years.

Happening 5-7 May at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic.

TICKETS:

  • Standard $45
  • Concession $40

Bookings:/au.patronbase.com/_StreetTheatre

The Whitlams 25th Anniversary Tour

Don’t miss this great night out as The Whitlams’ music gets the full orchestral treatment and celebrate 25 years of Tim Freedman’s songwriting. Strictly one night only.

Following on from their immensely successful collaborations with the state symphony orchestras, Tim and the boys return for a career-spanning set with the National Pops Orchestra to mark 25 years since The Whitlams launched onto the Australian music scene.

The Whitlams have been a fixture in the Australian music scene since 1992. Their achievements include seven albums and numerous ARIA Awards. In 2011 Eternal Nightcap was placed 27th on the ABC’s “My Favourite Album” poll, and more recently was voted no. 17 in “JJJ’s Hottest Australian Albums of All Time”.

Happening Friday 5 May from 6pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square.

For more information visit the website.

Tim Rodgers

Whilst You Am I have been bogged down in negotiations about a new group haircut, Tim Rogers has recorded his seventh secessionist recording ‘An Actor Repairs’, and pleads for your attention as he once again confuses hubris for artistry.

The songs on the forthcoming album were written and re-written over two years as an accompaniment to a performance piece Tim was attempting, concerning the retirement from the stage of an elderly Actor.

The scripted elements of the piece gave way as he began working with Clio Renner, Melanie Robinson, Xani Kolac, Davey Lane, Brett Wolfendon and especially Shane O’Mara on the songs.

Working with musicians so dextrous and wilful, more songs were written in a fever, throwing the script away to include songs of devotion and delusion to create the final 12 tracks on the album.

For your affection, Tim Rogers will be playing songs from his twenty-eight years of recordings, with accompaniment by extraordinary musicians who should know better.

DATE: THURSDAY 4 MAY 8.PM

Happening Thursday 4 May from 8pm at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic.

TICKETS:

  • Standard $43
  • Concession $39

BOOKINGS: au.patronbase.com/_StreetTheatre

Velvet

Velvet is a party with an exhilarating disco soundtrack that never lets up. Funky, fresh, fun and sexy, each performance invites the audience into an intoxicating glitterball world of sensory overload.

Director Craig Ilott has created a hedonistic world, pitting dazzling acrobatics against disco divas as this sexy, spectacular, sparkling and slightly sadomasochistic show channels the original Studio 54 nightclub.

Bursting with disco, cabaret, dance, glamour and circus, and featuring an exhilarating disco soundtrack, it’s a party, it’s dangerous, it’s electrifying. Simply put, it’s a fantastic night out.

Velvet makes its Canberra debut following a sell-out success over the past two years at the 2015 and 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festivals, Edinburgh Fringe, Brisbane Festival, Sydney Opera House and Coopers Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne.

Happening from Tuesday 3 May to Sunday 14 May at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square.

For more information and details on opening hours visit the website.

Canberra Opera Presents Die Fledermaus 

Canberra Opera presents Die Fledermaus. Music by Johann Strauss II, Libretto by C Haffner and Richard Genee, New English Translation and Musical arrangement by IAN GLEDHILL of Pavillion Music By Arrangement with David Spicer Productions www.davidspicer.com.au

Revenge is a dish best served cold!! Die Fledermaus is a journey from boudoir to ballroom to gaol. Throw in some farce, a lot of humour and just a little cunning and you have the recipe for comic operetta at its best! Champagne anyone?

The pinnacle of Viennese operetta, Die Fledermaus is light, frothy and utterly charming. Combining the beautiful waltzes of Johann Strauss II with some of the best young voices in Canberra, director Karyn Tisdell has reimagined the story in a more contemporary setting. The year is 1955, London, England. With the end of 14 long years of rationing, we find our main characters living life to the fullest. The Eisenstein’s are wealthy aristocrats, a little bored by life, but nevertheless entertaining themselves with intrigue, shopping and champagne fuelled parties. Little do they know the events of one evening will change things forever when one of their friends enacts revenge for a past wrong.

Happening Friday May 5 2017, 8pm – 11pm at the Belconnen Theatre, Chandler St, Canberra.

For more information visit the website.

Keith Hall Blues Band

The Keith Hall Blues Band, finalists in 2016 Chain awards “The Band of the Year” category, has developed a distinctive sound, drawing both on traditional blues (John Lee Hooker, Dr John, Buddy Guy) and the 60s’ British blues scene (Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Eric Burdon).

Keith, originally hailing from Manchester UK, started his musical career in SA, where his band supported Kevin Borich. Moving to Sydney, Keith played on the Balmain blues scene in Hot Ice with Shayne Pacey (Bondi Cigars) and The Stumblers with Dom Turner (The Back Sliders).

The band’s latest album, “A Sense of Place” (2016), debuted at No.3 and was recorded with 14 friends around Australia,  including Andy Phillips, Paul Hay, Tim Hulsman & our beautiful local, Ali Penny.

Keith Hall’s powerful vocals are rich, earthy and melodic, so get ready to boogie and rock!

Happening Friday 5 May 2017 from 8pm-10.30pm at the Harmonie German Club of Canberra, Narrabundah.

For more information go to the website.

OPA – Greek Dancing

Dance to live music at Folk Dance Canberra’s big Greek Dance Party. Join the circle and follow the leaders as they dance Zorba, Hassapiko, Kalamatianos, Tsamikos and more: fun for everyone!

All welcome – no partners needed. A contribution to afternoon tea is always welcome.

Happening Saturday 6 May 2017 from 2pm – 4.30pm at Folk Dance Canberra INC, Hackett.

For more information visit the website.

In-Sync – Dance and Science Align

Celebrating Ausdance ACT Dance Week, Liz Lea and Alison Plevey, two of Australia’s most prolific dance artists, present a series of dance works inspired by scientific research – ecology, psychology, robotics and genetics. Plus! an excerpt from a new work choreographed by Jack Ziesing for QL2 Dance Inc (Canberra, Australia). Film, form and finesse.

Happening Saturday 6 May 2017 from 7pm-8.30pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

For more information visit the website.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston - Sunday, 15 January 2012 - 10.12AM

Multicultural Sunday at OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

Love experiencing different cultures? On the first Sunday of the month, there’s an added touch of international ‘flavour’ to the markets. It’s like touring the world without leaving the markets.

What might you find? A variety of stallholders offer handcrafted items from around the world – think gorgeous jewellery, clothing, accessories and homewares with a multicultural feel – and of course plenty of tasty international cuisine in our food hall.

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.

Collector Village Pumpkin Festival

The Collector Village Pumpkin Festival is an annual event held on the first Sunday in May each year.

First held in the autumn of 2003, it has grown to be one of the largest community events in the region. It is a colourful festival that celebrates rural life and the harvest season using a unique pumpkin theme.

Community-based, ran by volunteers with profits returned to local community. Features over 120 stall holders and many activities with the flavour of a traditional country fair full of simple fun, lots of colour and imagination. Showcases local produce and the arts/craft community.

Happening Sunday 7 May from 10am to 4pm at the Collector Village – various venues, Bourke Street.

For further information visit the website.

CRAFTALIVE

Australia’s biggest craft series is coming to Canberra for the first time ever, for three big days. CraftAlive is packed full of the latest craft supplies and trends, featuring both local and interstate craft experts.

A weekend dedicated to craft including patchwork, stamping, scrapbooking, quilting, jewellery, home wares & food! CraftAlive is an interactive event with workshops, demonstrations, specialty areas and make-and-takes or simply the chance to talk 1-on-1 with worldclass exhibitors.

On from 5 –7 May from 9.30am – 4pm at Thoroughbred Park, Canberra Racecourse, Randwick Rd.

Visit the website for more information www.craftalive.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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Stepping Forward: Combining social interaction with light exercise

This group is suitable for women wanting to reconnect socially with other women after domestic violence. 

The group gets together each fortnight to go for a relaxed 30-minute walk and catch up at a local café. Guest speakers are invited to join providing information about topics of interest in the group. This group is an open group, making it easy for new members to join throughout the term. This group is organised and run by the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT.

Day and Time: Fortnightly in Tuggeranong on Wednesday mornings and fortnightly in Gungahlin on Friday mornings, during school terms only

Children: Children not yet at school are welcome to attend

Cost: There is no cost associated with this group 

Registrations: Complete the online contact form 

The Unmourned by Meg and Tom Keneally 

The Unmourned, a murder mystery set in convict Australia, is a brilliant collaboration by Australian author Tom Keneally and his eldest daughter Meg. Hear more about their creative partnership and the gripping historical crime series, Monsarrat.

In association with Penguin Random House

Happening Wednesday 3 May from 6pm to 8pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit the website.

For Country, For Nation Highlights Tour

Since the formation of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have proudly served in the Australian military forces. The Australian War Memorial’s exhibition For Country, for Nation has a diverse range of relics and stories to explore. Join a Memorial curator to learn of some of these personal stories on a highlights tour.

Occurring every Tuesday from 11.30am till 12.30pm till 26 September 2017 at the Australian War Memorial.

For more information visit the website.

The Speaker the Journalist and the AFL

At Old Parliament House in Canberra, don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear award-winning journalist and author Paul Daley in conversation with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Tony Smith MP. Join us as they share stories of Parliament, discuss the role of the Speaker and explain how a mutual love of AFL united a politician and a journalist.

This is also your chance to see the golden key used by His Royal Highness the Duke of York to open Parliament in 1927 and view MoAD’s new exhibition, The Opening Day: 9 May 1927, marking the 90th anniversary of the opening of Parliament House.

Happening Tuesday 2 May 2017, from 11am-12pm at Old Parliament House, Parkes Canberra.

For more information visit the website.

Wise Women of Canberra – Feeling Playful

Canberra Wise Women will be showcasing the work of three Canberra Women at their event on Wednesday 3 May who all enjoy a level of ‘play’ with their careers. The event will be held from 5pm to 7pm at Vibe Hotel, Canberra Airport.

First up on the stage will be Fiona Keary. Fiona is a Canberra Image Consultant, business owner, former corporate accountant and mother of two. Fiona is known for helping her clients express their personality through their wardrobe. Fiona is also a well-respected ambassador for Cerebral Palsy (CP) Alliance ACT raising awareness and funds, as her second son Max developed CP after a premature and complicated birth.

The second guest will be Alice Taylor. Alice is a freelance filmmaker, with an international CV of films after studying Film and TV Production at UCLA. In 2016 Alice was the first female Director of the Canberra International Film Festival. Alice is a keen storyteller and understands the importance that storytelling has in helping people connect, learn and play.

The last guest at the May event will be Heidi Silberman. Heidi is a Performer, Writer, Director, Producer and Improv Artist. Heidi is a Mum of four, who has an alter ego – Doctor Peek-a-Boo, a much loved Clown Doctor at Canberra Hospital. Heidi brings all aspects of ‘Play’ in to every area of her life.

The Interviewer for this event will be Author and Columnist Emma Grey. 

Happening Wednesday 3 May from 5pm to 7pm at Vibe Hotel, Canberra Airport.

Ticketing for this event is available through Eventbrite by searching Canberra Wise Women.

SOCIAL IMPACT ‘TEEN ACCELERATOR’ 

An innovative program that invests in our future thought leaders, change-makers and status-quo challengers – the new ‘Social Impact’ Teen Accelerator is open to all Year 6 to 12 students in the ACT and region. The 8-week after-school program is delivered by Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre (Lighthouse), the organisation that delivers the popular Teen Start-Up school holiday competitions. Each term focuses on learning a particular 21st Century skill like problem solving, creative and critical thinking, presentation skills and working effectively in groups. Students will have the opportunity to apply their new skills to real world problems in a fun and interactive environment.

In Term 2 2017, the ‘Social Impact’ Teen Accelerator program will run on Wednesdays from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in the Senior Representative Centre (SRC) at Orana Steiner School, starting on May 10th.

What does it involve?
– 8-week after school program
(Wednesdays, 10 May to 28 June)
– designed to teach 21st Century skills
– Suitable for Year 6 to Year 12 students
– Great guest speakers

The program also introduces students to experts from science, technology, engineering and artistic backgrounds to encourage students to make the connection between what they are learning in class and how it translates to life beyond school.

On 10 May from 3.30pm – 5pm at SRC, Orana Steiner School, Dargie Street, Weston. Cost is $180 + GST per term. Visit the website for more information www.teenstartupcamp.com.au/accelerator.html

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

In Their Memory Gala Ball

The Gala Ball at The Realm Hotel is raising funds to support the Cancer Council. The night will include a 3 course meal and drinks, including entertainment by live music, dancers and performers.

A Raffle and Auction on the night provides guests the opportunity to bid on a unique selection of generously donated items.
Planning for the 2017 Ball is now in progress. For further information or to reserve a table/seat please email [email protected] or [email protected]

Dress Code: Black Tie, Formal
Tickets: Single– $150 per person | Table of 10- $1500

Happening Friday 6 May 2017 from 6.30pm for 7pm start at The Realm Hotel, Barton Canberra.

To reserve a table or for more information, email Chloe Ryan or Georgia Lucas at [email protected] or [email protected], or visit the website.

National Day of Remembrance – Candle Light Vigil

On the first Wednesday each May, DVCS and other service providers from around Australia, remember those who have been subjected to domestic, family or intimate partner violence and have now died at the Canberra National Day of Remembrance Candle Light Vigil held at Civic Square.

This day is an opportunity for family, friends and the community to reflect and remember those who have died and of those who continue to live with domestic, family or intimate partner violence.

DVCS encourages people to arrive at 5.45pm for a 6.00pm start. Those in attendance are invited to take a small LED candle in exchange for a gold coin donation.

People are encouraged to wear warm clothing as the event is held outdoors.

Seating is very limited and should you require seating please contact us to arrange.

Happening Wednesday 3 May 2017 from 5.45pm-6.30pm at Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra. Visit the website for more information.

MS 24 hour MEGA Swim  

The AIS is holding the MS 24 Hour Mega Swim. It is a fun team relay event for everyone.

With teams of up to 15 friends, you can compete for laps swum and money raised for the title of Mega Swim Champions or just get in and have some fun to support people living with multiple sclerosis! Each team must have a swimmer in the water for the entire 24 hours.

This event is for people of all ages and abilities. Each team creates a swimming roster to suit each individual swimmer, whether it is 10 minutes of 4 hours! There is no set formula which really means anyone can take part!

Happening Saturday 6 May and Sunday 7 May from 12pm at the the AIS Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Bruce.

Find more details on the website.

Pegasus riding for the disabled ACT INC Open Day

A celebration of all things Pegasus, the Open Day recognises the ongoing contribution of our many dedicated volunteers and friends who support us.

Come on out and learn about the life-changing horse-facilitated therapy Pegasus has provided to people with a disability for over 40 years!

Activities include face painting, jumping castles, horse demonstrations, music and the infamous Obstacle-a-thon!

The Pegasus Open Day is a great community day out for the whole family!

Happening Saturday 6 May 2017 from 10am-3pm at Pegasus Riding for the Disabled, Holt.

For more information visit the website

OUTDOORS

Image: Martin Ollman

Image: Martin Ollman

NATIONAL TREE WEEK

The Tree Projects photographic exhibition at the National Arboretum Canberra Village Centre is a collection of photos of the tallest flowering plant in the world – Mountain Ash, Eucalyptus regnans  from the Styx Valley in Tasmania.

To learn more about the Tree Projects visit their website. The exhibition will be showing all Tree Week from 1-7 May at the National Arboretum, Canberra.

There will also be a Heritage Garden open day in Fetherston Gardens, Heysen Street Weston on Saturday 6 May from 10am-2pm.

The open day includes guided walks, children’s activity tent and a plant stall. Find out more via Facebook.

The Galaxy Project

Join Liz Lea & Collaborators featuring Jazida at Mount Stromlo Observatory’s public observing night as she presents a series of performances inspired by the galaxies.
Come and see the Pleiades and Cygnus brought to life alongside the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon as well as beautiful star clusters and nebulae whilst enjoying dance and light featuring performers of all ages. Celebrating Ausdance ACT Dance Week!

This is FREE event but bookings essential. Entry by gold coin donation. Warm clothing is recommended

Happening Thursday May 5 2017 from 7.30pm-9.00am at Mount Stromlo Observatory, Stromlo.

For more information visit the website.

Gungahlin Dogs Day Out 2017

The Gungahlin Dogs Day Out is a fun-filled event for you and your dogs! Bring them along for a social walk/run around Yerrabi Pond, obstacle courses, food, prizes and lots more! This event is brought to you by Full Throttle Training Centre, Wolfy’s VIP, Best Friends Gungahlin and will be fundraising for ACT Rescue and Foster who look after dogs who have not yet found a suitable fur-ever home.

Happening Tuesday 2 May 2017 from 10am–12pm at Yerrabi Pond, Canberra.

For More information visit the website.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TREE COMMUNITY CLIMBING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017

As part of Canberra Tree Week 2017, the Australian Capital Tree Community will be hosting the Australian Capital Tree Community Climbing Championships 2017.  At the championships professional and rookie arborists will compete in 5 events.

This year’s championships will feature Maja Blasch, who recently came second in the women’s division of the Asia Pacific Tree Climbing Competition.  The championships are a great spectator sport for all ages and a great way to celebrate Canberra Tree Week for 2017.

On 6 May 7am-5pm and 7 May 9am-5pm at Telopea Park, Barton. Entry is free and you can find more information via Facebook.

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.

SPORTS

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BRAVE 2017 SEASON KICK OFF

It all starts with a BRAVE POP UP this Friday night at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome. There will be a full team appearance and autograph signing and a pop-up merchandise shop. Get there early and be the first to play the new BRAVE Virtual Reality PuckStop goalie experience.

It’s all happening 6pm – 8.30pm Centrecourt Tuggeranong Hyperdome Friday 5 May.

Then shake ya tail feather and get to the tailgate party! Get down to the BRAVE CAVE early before the game as there is one massive party taking place.

Meet the players, Bar by Capital Ale – the official beer of the BRAVE, Merchandise shop, coffee stand, BBQ and kids activities and a visit from the National Zoo and Aquarium.

Sunday 7 May from 1 – 3.30pm at the Brave Cave, Irving Street, Phillip. Find more information and purchase tickets via the website.

2017 Anzac Test Match: Australian Kangaroos vs. New Zealand and Kiwis

Don’t miss seeing some the greatest international rugby league stars do battle in preparation for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. The Australian Kangaroos take on the New Zealand Kiwis in this mid-season ANZAC Test Match

The Kangaroos will be looking to build on their 2016 success after winning the Four Nations tournament in the United Kingdom, while the Kiwis will be seeking redemption.

Before the Kangaroos do battle with the Kiwis, the Harvey Norman Jillaroos will take on the Kiwi Ferns in a much-anticipated clash of the best female Rugby League players in Australia and New Zealand.

Happening Friday 5 May at GIO Stadium, Bruce. Visit Ticketek for more information and ticket purchases.

Girls Make Your Move and No Lights No Lycra Canberra STH

No Lights No Lycra Canberra – South are teaming up with the Federal government’s national Girls Make Your Move campaign aimed at inspiring, energising and empowering young women to be more active, no matter who they are, all over Australia.

We’ll be holding a one-off NLNL session for young women to come and experience the feeling of dancing while nobody’s watching and losing themselves in the music. As anyone who has been along to one of our 75 locations worldwide, No Lights No Lycra is a great way to get active without feeling like you are exercising.

This is a FREE event for girls aged 13-19, spaces are limited so make sure you get in early!

Please share with anyone who has daughters, nieces, friends, etc. who are between 13-19 and would enjoy a night of dancing in the dark!

Happening Tuesday 2 May 2017 6.30pm – 8.00pm at Guide Hall Scout Hall, Kambah Canberra.

For more information visit the website.

KIDS

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Above and Beyond at Questacon

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.

Lyons Childhood School Fete

Lyons School P&C Fete with a ‘Heritage’ theme, community event that will be on regardless of the weather. Jumping Castle, Laughing Clowns, Merry-go-Round, Laser Tag, Photo Booth, Kenny Koala, Fire Brigade, Sheep Shearing, Heritage Storyteller, Samba Dance Show, St John Ambulance demos (bring a teddy for bandaging!), Possie’s Cafe Coffee, Sausage Sizzle & Drinks, Nachos, Cakes & treats, Secondhand Stall, Silent Auction, Tombola & Lucky Dips, Free Heritage Play area – playdough table, fishing game, treasure hunt, old photos match up, games & races.

Happening Saturday 6 May 2017 from 10am – 2pm at Lyons Early Childhood School, Canberra.

For more information about the event visit the website.

We’re going on a Bear Hunt  

“We’re Going On A Bear Hunt. We’re going to catch a big one,” chant hundreds of pre-schoolers in this impishly cute adaptation of Michael Rosen’s award-winning children’s picture book, with illustrations by Helen Oxenbury.

Bear Hunt is the wonderful and endearing story of a family out for walk and on the lookout for a growling bear – they have to march through long swishy grass, wade through thick gloopy mud and even battle a snow storm before entering a big dark cave where maybe they will finally spot the glinty wet eyes of a slobbering, gigantic bear winking at them through the blackness.

Full of rhymes and onomatopoeia, this lively and lyrical 55-minute mini-musical features catchy songs, plenty of interactive hands-on adventure for children of all learning abilities plus the family dog and of course…a big brown cuddly bear!

Australia’s leading producer of high-quality entertainment for kids and families including Possum Magic, Wombat Stew and the latest sensation There’s a Hippopotamus on our Roof Eating Cake offers up comes the world renown classic We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – live on stage!

Happening Saturday 6 May from 10am till 11.45am at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square.

Find more information 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.

New Porcelain – Keiko Matsui, Kenji Uranishi and Prue Venables

New porcelain brings together contemporary ceramicists, Keiko Matsui, Kenji Uranishi and Prue Venables. All three artists search for beauty in the everyday, drawing their inspiration from different places.

Keiko Matsui incorporates elements of traditional Japanese techniques to pursue external beauty in contemporary ceramics, Prue Venables’ functional objects of domesticity search for simplicity, quietness and essential stillness and Kenji Uranishi explores the moment of connection between a raindrop and a surface.

Happening from Thursday April 28 until Sunday 14 May 2017, from 10am till 5pm Wednesday to Friday at Beaver Galleries, Deakin.

For more information visit the website.

Free-wheeling: Cycling in Australia

On the last stage of its national tour ‒ Freewheeling: Cycling in Australia is a must-see exhibition for cycling enthusiasts of all ages.

Freewheeling explores more than 140 years of cycling in Australia and the stories of riders who have experienced the joy, excitement, freedom and glory of moving at speed under their own power.

Among the extraordinary bikes on display are cycling legend Cadel Evans’ Tour de France road bike and a BMX bike belonging to world champion Caroline Buchanan. The exhibition also includes examples of the first human-powered-wheeled vehicle known as a ‘boneshaker’ from the 1860s as well as a penny-farthing, ‘safety bicycles’, mountain bikes, tricks bikes and a light-weight racing bike.

Freewheeling celebrates the intrepid individuals who have cycled thousands of miles across the continent, and how the bicycle has transformed the lives of ordinary Australians.

Happening every day from 9am till 5pm until Sunday 9 July 2017 at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.

For more information on further dates and times visit the website.

Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers  

Visually arresting, humorous and thoughtful, Canberra-based artist Alison Alder reinterprets and reinvigorates portraits of the first eight prime ministers in Onetoeight: Australia’s First Prime Ministers, a contemporary art exhibition.

See intense patterned wallpaper honouring the prime minister’s wives and a Term-O-Meter animation tracking the changing political hues of individuals and governments. Through the portraits Alder gives us a sense of Australia’s history that is lively, dynamic and parallels the present day.

Occurring until 24 February 2018 daily from 9am to 5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

For more information visit the website.

Street Prints by John Pratt

At the Beaver Galleries in Canberra, highly regarded Canberra printmaker, John Pratt explores the human form in space. Street combines layers of dynamic visual elements that surround the figure in motion within the urban precinct. As John says; “The street zone was like a stage with a broad repertoire of movement and intent- walking, running, conveying, waiting, conversing.”

John’s work is represented in many collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery and Print Council of Australia.

Happening from 9am till 5pm Friday to Sunday until Sunday 14 May 2017 at Beaver Galleries, Deakin.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Feature Image: Tim Bean Photography

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