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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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Love Your Sisters’ Big Heart Project

Connie’s health is in decline and she’s slowly succumbing to the perils of cancer. She is beyond treatment now. But before she goes, she is determined to break a world record of her own, to match her brother’s.

She has called it The Big Heart Project and it will be Connie’s final fundraising act for Love Your Sister before she retires to be with her nearest and dearest.

The world record for longest line of coins stands at 75.4kms and is held by a town in Austria.  To break the record, Connie needs to collect 3.951 million five-cent coins!

Thousands of families around the country have already purchased metres ($2.90) and Connie will lay the coins in the shape of a MASSIVE love heart, visible from space, this coming May 10, at the Lyneham Netball Courts in her hometown of Canberra.

Schools nationally are participating in ‘Five Cent Fridays’ and Bendigo Bank are providing a collection depot at each of their branches. The Royal Australian Mint are supplying the coins and Questacon have tasked their best scientists and mathematicians with the mechanics.

Most importantly though, 100% of every donated coin will be passed on to the country’s best cancer researchers, IN FULL.

Happening Wednesday May 10 from 7am until 8pm at the Lyneham Netball Courts, Antil Street, Lyneham. Find out more here.

You can donate a metre ($2.90) for a cancer-y loved one HERE!

Champagne and Shop at Westfield Woden

Visit fashion illustrator Aaron Favaloro at Westfield Woden’s Champagne Lounge in Centre Court between 4pm and 8pm to receive your custom illustration!

Relax and enjoy sweet treats provided by The Sugar Deli while sipping on a glass of Champagne Duperrey as you wait.

Happening Friday 12 May from 4pm – 8pm at Westfield Woden, Centre Court (Level 1). Find more information here.

Mother’s Day at Pialligo Estate

Guarantee yourself ‘favourite child status’ and book into Pialligo Estate’s Mother’s Day Long Lunch for the occasion!

Designed to spoil all mums, their three-course lunch includes beautiful appetisers, a divine sharing main course and desserts elegantly prepared served with an array of delightful drinks from their bartenders.

For a change why not take it a little further than chocolates and flowers…

Happening Sunday 14 May from 12 pm for 12.30 pm start. Includes a three-course lunch, glass of sparkling on arrival and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages*

$80 for adults and $50 for children. Visit the website or call 6247 6060 for bookings.

Mia Freedman in conversation with Zoya Patel

Mia Freeman is in conversation with Zoya Patel about her new book Work Strife Balance in this ANU/Canberra Times Meet The Author event. In the book she shares her most mortifying slip-ups in life, love and work, and how they came to shape the person she is today.

6:30pm at Manning Clark Theatre at ANU. This event is free – register here. Pre-book signings at 6pm and after the conversation at 7.30pm.

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.

Mother’s Day Gift Wrapping Station

Relax in Westfield Woden’s Mother’s Day lounge while their friendly staff wrap your mother’s day gift in custom Aaron Favaloro wrapping paper.

Happening Saturday 13 May from 10am – 4pm at Westfield Woden, Centre Court (Level 1). Find more information here

Friday Soirée at Buvette

Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

Mothers Day at Historic Albert Hall

Celebrate more than 100 years of Mothers Day with an elegant High Tea at Historic Albert Hall. 

Indulge in a selection of hot and cold and sweet and savoury delights that will be sure to tempt the taste buds, with sparkling wine, coffee, tea and cold beverages. Enjoy the tunes from the grand piano and be mesmerised by the ballroom dancers, before taking to the floor yourself.

The little ones can enjoy the craft corner and face painting, while you take in some great performances from some fantastic young local talent.  A great outing that all the family can enjoy, where everyone has a chance to indulge, sit back and relax, especially mum!

Happening Sunday 14 May from 10am-4.30pm at Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla. Reservations: Call 62551215 or 0413319999 or email [email protected]

Custom Fashion Illustrations at Westfield Belconnen

Visit Westfield Belconnen’s Mother’s Day Lounge on Level 1 Centre Court to receive your custom illustration by fashion illustrator Aaron Favaloro. Enjoy a tea and take home your own sheet of gift wrapping paper, designed by Aaron*.

Happening at Westfield Belconnen, Centre Court on Saturday 13 May from 11am-3pm. Find more information here

*Terms and conditions apply. Limited number of sheets available, while stocks last. 

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.

FOOD & DRINK

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Mother’s Day at Pialligo Estate

Guarantee yourself ‘favourite child status’ and book into Pialligo Estate’s Mother’s Day Long Lunch for the occasion!

Designed to spoil all mums, their three-course lunch includes beautiful appetisers, a divine sharing main course and desserts elegantly prepared served with an array of delightful drinks from their bartenders.

For a change why not take it a little further than chocolates and flowers…

Happening Sunday 14 May from 12 pm for 12.30 pm start. Includes a three-course lunch, glass of sparkling on arrival and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages*

$80 for adults and $50 for children. Visit the website or call 6247 6060 for bookings.

Mothers Day at Historic Albert Hall

Celebrate more than 100 years of Mothers Day with an elegant High Tea at Historic Albert Hall. 

Indulge in a selection of hot and cold and sweet and savoury delights that will be sure to tempt the taste buds, with sparkling wine, coffee, tea and cold beverages. Enjoy the tunes from the grand piano and be mesmerised by the ballroom dancers, before taking to the floor yourself.

The little ones can enjoy the craft corner and face painting, while you take in some great performances from some fantastic young local talent.  A great outing that all the family can enjoy, where everyone has a chance to indulge, sit back and relax, especially mum!

Tickets:

  • $65 Adult incl sparkling wine
  • $35 Children 12 to 16, $20 Children five to 11
  • Children under five years – Free of Charge

Happening Sunday 14 May from 10am-4.30pm at Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla. Reservations: Call 62551215 or 0413319999 or email [email protected]

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. 

Champagne and Shop at Westfield Woden

Visit fashion illustrator Aaron Favaloro at Westfield Woden’s Champagne Lounge in Centre Court between 4pm and 8pm to receive your custom illustration!

Relax and enjoy sweet treats provided by The Sugar Deli while sipping on a glass of Champagne Duperrey as you wait.

Happening Friday 12 May from 4pm – 8pm at Westfield Woden, Centre Court (Level 1). Find more information here.

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.

Friday Soirée at Buvette

Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

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.

Girls Night Out – Mothers Day cocktail classes

We know you love a good night out with your girls! We also know that mums often need a good drink, so the crew at Highball Express has put together the perfect opportunity to lock in a night out, and treat the mum in your life to a night off.

Master the art of mixing the perfect cocktail from their award-winning team of bartenders and enjoy the exclusivity of small group sessions. You’ll learn the tricks of the trade and get behind the bar to create 3 unique Highball cocktails! Finish the night off with one of their incredible charcuterie platters to enjoy in a booth or out on the balcony.

Happening Thursday 11 May from 6pm and 8pm sessions with only 10px per session. $40 per passenger (includes 3 cocktails and charcuterie platter to share)

Bookings are essential so head to highballevents.eventbrite.com to book.

Description: MOLLY & ALL THAT JAZZ

Jazz was born in a whisky barrel, so it’s right at home with Molly.

The M2 Jazz Duet is Tim Benson on trumpet and flugelhorn with singing sensation, Leisa Keen on piano and vocals. The M2 Jazz Duet will ensure you have a roaring good time as they play jazz standards and swinging tunes from the great American songbook.

Venture downstairs every Tuesday for live jazz from 7-10pm with your favourite tipple on the side. Ask their bartenders about the featured cocktail for the evening.

Happening Tuesday 9 May from 7pm-10pm at Molly, Hobart Place, Civic. Entry is free.

Find more information via Facebook.

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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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.

Julia Morris

After a year off touring, Julia Morris will return in her brand new, one-woman show, Lift and Separate. As a woman in her extreme 30’s, Julia will deliver her signature full tilt, high octane stand up storytelling, leading directly to what Julia calls ‘hurty tummy laughter’. It’s trying to make sense of day-to-day life while trying to actually Lift and Separate.It’s a delicious and raucous romp through the last two years, complete with a dissension into general madness and finding her way back.

It’s a delicious and raucous romp through the last two years, complete with a dissension into general madness and finding her way back.

Happening on Thursday 11 May at 7:30pm at The Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

Akmal – Trial and Error

Experience the workings of one of Australia’s best comedy minds in Akmal – Trial & Error. Will what you see make it into his new show? They don’t know, but either way it will be entertaining!

Known for his incredible ability to deal with hot topics in a hilarious and slightly offensive way, Akmal promises to deliver a show that is punctual and jam-packed with words … some of which he will be using for the first time.

One of Australia’s most respected and accomplished comics, Akmal draws on his Arabic heritage, his experiences immigrating to Australia at the age of 11, and his disillusionment with religion and the modern world to deliver a stand-up show that is fresh, honest and ridiculously funny.

Happening from Tuesday 9 May to Sunday 14 May at 8pm each evening at The Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

Anh Do: The Happiest Refugee

Comedian Anh Do brings his best-selling memoir, The Happiest Refugee, to life in this ground-breaking stand-up show. This moving and inspirational theatre experience combines humour, real life stories, photos and filmed pieces to retell Do’s amazing story.

Anh Do travelled to Australia in 1980 on an eight-metre fishing boat with 47 other Vietnamese refugees. Sick with dehydration and one person already dead, the journey was the first of many struggles for a young Do, who overcame all manner of difficulties throughout his life to become a lawyer and, in 2008, Australia’s Comedian of the Year.

Today he is one of Australia’s most sought after stand-ups, as well as a talented writer, actor, producer and Star of the ABC1 TV’s ‘Anh’s Brush With Fame”.

The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir, charts his journey from starving refugee to one of Australia’s best-loved entertainers, and was described by Russell Crowe as “the most surprising and inspiring read I have had in years,”. It has been awarded Book of the Year with sales in excess of 400,000.

Happening on Saturday 13 May at 7.30pm at The Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

Musica Viva Presents Angela Hewitt

Acclaimed as one of the world’s great pianists, everything about Angela Hewitt’s playing serves to highlight the innate beauty in each piece. Angela brings her emotional openness and faultless technique to masterworks by Bach, Beethoven, Chabrier, Ravel and Scarlatti.

Happening on Thursday 11 May at 7:30pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, William Herbert Place. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

Latin Tuesdays

Hosted by the amazing team from Salsabor Dance Studio, learn how to shimmy and shake like a pro at the free Latin dancing taster class 6.30pm. Add a few cocktails and you’ve got yourself a Tuesday night that’s hard to beat.

  • 6.30pm – Free Latin taster class
  • 7.00pm – Continuation class
  • 8.00pm – Social dancing

$12 cover l $5 extra for 45 mins class

Escape Canberra as you’re transported to Cuba for a night of Latin dancing and fabulous drinks that you’ll keep coming back for.

Happening Tuesday 9 May from 4pm at Highball Express, 82 Alinga Street, Civic.

Find more information via Facebook.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour – Canberra

The world’s most prestigious mountain film festival is coming back. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour showcases over 2.5 hours of the most enthralling mountain adventure films that will have you planning your next adventure before the credits roll.

The tour is hot on the heels of the largest – and one of the most prestigious – mountain festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Festival, which takes place every November in the mountain town of Banff, in Canada.

This year, the Australian line-up features two-and-a-half hours of captivating short films shot in some of the most wild and remote corners of the world. Sure to enthral, it showcases a selection of films packed full of mesmerising cinematography, thought-provoking storylines and adrenalin-inducing action sequences.

Audiences will experience incredible highs and agonising lows through the lenses of some of the most accomplished climbers, paddlers, skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers, mountain bikers, explorers and adventure filmmakers alive today.

Presented by World Expeditions, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be screening for a limited time only.

Happening from Saturday 13 May at various times, at the National Film and Sound Archives, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Find more information and book tickets on 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.

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 on Friday 12 May at 8pm. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

Sydney Hotshots Live at The Abbey

Sydney Hotshots: a group of what can only be described as the ultimate kind of man: toned and fit with bulging biceps and a cheeky twinkle of the eye – it was impossible to resist a night out with the Hotshots!

The Sydney Hotshots shows are now known as the best place to party and the Go-To option for girls night’s out, hen’s nights and birthday parties across Australia. Come watch the hottest men tear off their fantasy costumes, and whisk audience members onto the stage for the time of their lives. Girls will blush, women will scream, and husbands will be left at home.

8 PM | Tickets only $30 , 18+ ONLY

Happening Saturday 13 May from 8pm at The Abbey, Nicholls.

Call (02) 6230 2905 or visit Facebook for more information and tickets. 

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

Image: Martin Ollman

Image: Martin Ollman

Telstra Tower is turning 37

Join the celebration at Telstra Tower. There will be face painting, glitter tattoos, fairly floss, popcorn and much more.

Free entry from 10am-12pm, $3 entry from 12pm onwards.

Happening on Sunday 14 May from 10am-2pm at 100 Black Mountain Drive. Find more information on 6248 8846.

Open House for Mother’s Day

Surprise mum with a trip to one of ACT Historic Places’ house museums: Lanyon Homestead in Tharwa, Calthorpes’ House in Red Hill, or Mugga Mugga in Symonston. Share family memories and glimpse into the life of a family from the past.

Happening 14 May Lanyon Homestead from 10am-4pm. Calthorpes House and Mugga Mugga Cottage tours at 1.00, 1.45, 2.30, 3.15. Entry free for Mothers and Grandmothers, otherwise $7 adults, $5 concession.

Find more information and book your tickets via the website.

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

Questacon’s SciNight Mile High

The first Questacon adults only SciNight for 2017 – Mile High.

Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? What is in store for the future of human space exploration? Is sex in space even possible? The café and bar will be open from 5.30 pm.

Tickets available for $15 from the online Q Shop or at the door on the night. Q Club members are free.

Happening on Friday 12 May from 6pm-9pm at Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

Make your own glass flower for Mother’s Day

Don’t buy your Mum flowers this Mother’s Day. Treat her to an experience she’s unlikely to forget – a session with a professional artist making her own flower out of molten glass. Sure beats another cake of soap and she’ll have it forever.

Happening on Saturday 13 May and Sunday 14 May from 10am-4pm at the Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

‘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

What makes this program unique is its focus on social impact and throughout the term students will be encouraged to come up with ideas that address challenges their generation will face with a focus on coming up with solutions that are ‘good for people and good for planet’.

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.

Happening from 3.30pm – 5pm on Wednesday 10 May weekly until 28 June at SRC, Orana Steiner School, Dargie Street, Weston. Cost is $180 + GST per term.

Find more information via 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.

Turning Challenges into Opportunities: Lead Mama Lead community workshop

Are you worried about your career after having children? Are you frustrated by a lack of opportunities since returning to work?

Do you want to find meaningful career-worthy work that gives you more time with your family? Are you trying to get back into the workforce after years away and worried about overcoming this hurdle? Or are you thinking about having children soon and wondering how you might fit your career ambitions and your family ambitions together?

These are the questions that Lead Mama Lead want to tackle head on.

They believe that the modern workplace is not working for most families and that the workplace needs to evolve so that all working parents can have a meaningful career, whilst also meeting the unpaid needs of caring work. But this kind of change doesn’t happen easily. Most of us face challenges now, and they will continue to face challenges as they try to fit together meaningful work AND meaningful time for family and community.

Happening Thursday 11 May from 7pm until 10pm at The Duxton in their The Living Room (Upstairs in the Loft Bar), O’Connor Shops.

Find more information via Eventbrite.

Gender Segregation of the Australian Workforce

It may seem hard to believe in 2017, but the Australian workforce is still largely segregated along gender lines. This has a flow-on effect on the gender pay gap, and women’s social and economic equality.

Join the CPSU for a discussion with Senator Jenny McAllister on why this is still happening and how steps can be taken to redress the balance for Australian women. Senator McAllister is currently leading the Senate Inquiry into this important subject.

Happening on Friday 12 May from 5.30pm-6.30pm at the CPSU Office, 1/40 Brisbane Avenue, Barton. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

Moving On: Develop personal strategies and resources

Moving On is a therapeutic group for women who want to develop strategies and personal resources for moving on after domestic violence, learning from and supporting each other. This group is organised and run by the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT.

This is a closed group which means women start at the commencement of the eight-week program. This program is not suitable for children. Child care assistance might be available upon request for those not yet at school. Light refreshments will be provided. There is no cost associated with this group. 

Happening Wednesday lunch times commencing 10 May and concluding on 28 June 2017 in Gunghalin. For more information and to register, complete the online contact form

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

Love Your Sisters’ Big Heart Project

Connie’s health is in decline and she’s slowly succumbing to the perils of cancer. She is beyond treatment now. But before she goes, she is determined to break a world record of her own, to match her brother’s.

She has called it The Big Heart Project and it will be Connie’s final fundraising act for Love Your Sister before she retires to be with her nearest and dearest.

The world record for longest line of coins stands at 75.4kms and is held by a town in Austria.  To break the record, Connie needs to collect 3.951 million five-cent coins!

Thousands of families around the country have already purchased metres ($2.90) and Connie will lay the coins in the shape of a MASSIVE love heart, visible from space, this coming May 10, at the Lyneham Netball Courts in her hometown of Canberra.

Schools nationally are participating in ‘Five Cent Fridays’ and Bendigo Bank are providing a collection depot at each of their branches. The Royal Australian Mint are supplying the coins and Questacon have tasked their best scientists and mathematicians with the mechanics.

Most importantly though, 100% of every donated coin will be passed on to the country’s best cancer researchers, IN FULL.

Happening Wednesday May 10 from 7am until 8pm at the Lyneham Netball Courts, Antil Street, Lyneham. Find out more here.

You can donate a metre ($2.90) for a cancer-y loved one HERE!

Walk to a Better World Trivia Night

This fun filled trivia night will include Trivia, screening of last years doco, Lucky Door Prize, Raffles, Lolly Bar (meals available from the bistro and drinks available at the bar). Proudly supporting sustainable development through our Charity Partners Caritas Australia and Empower Projects. 

Happening Friday 12 May 2017 from 6pm for a 6.30pm start at Eastlake Football Club (upstairs), 3 Oxley St, Kingston.  

To make a booking please email [email protected]

Tickets cost $30 per person (tables of 8-10). For enquiries please phone 0404 182 494

The Way We Wear Frock Up Festival Canberra

Discover one hundred and fifty years of fabulous fashion and fashion accessories for sale at the 24th The Way We Wear Frock Up Canberra event.

Discover Victorian dresses with ridiculously small waists and ‘Downton Abbey’ tea dresses from the Edwardian era. Find flapper numbers from the Twenties, slinky Thirties gowns, and black austere dresses from the Forties. Delight in the lovely Fifties party dresses, Sixties minis, flower-powered Seventies numbers and big shouldered Eighties dresses.

Add in designer labels from more recent times. Cabinet items range from Victorian skirt lifters to flapper era garters. Browse through the vintage sale racks.

Part of the profits go to support the Women of Empire 1914-1918 exhibition.

Happening on Friday 12 May from 6pm-9pm, and Saturday 13 May from 10am-4pm at Griffith Neighbourhood Centre, Griffith. Find more information on the website.

The Canberra Clothes Swap & Style is happening on Sunday 14 May from 11am-1pm in the Nishi Playhouse, above Palace Electric Cinema, NewActon precinct. $20 entry fee applies. For more information visit the website or phone 6287 6172.

OUTDOORS

Love Your Sisters’ Big Heart Project

Connie’s health is in decline and she’s slowly succumbing to the perils of cancer. She is beyond treatment now. But before she goes, she is determined to break a world record of her own, to match her brother’s.

She has called it The Big Heart Project and it will be Connie’s final fundraising act for Love Your Sister before she retires to be with her nearest and dearest.

The world record for longest line of coins stands at 75.4kms and is held by a town in Austria.  To break the record, Connie needs to collect 3.951 million five-cent coins!

Thousands of families around the country have already purchased metres ($2.90) and Connie will lay the coins in the shape of a MASSIVE love heart, visible from space, this coming May 10, at the Lyneham Netball Courts in her hometown of Canberra.

Schools nationally are participating in ‘Five Cent Fridays’ and Bendigo Bank are providing a collection depot at each of their branches. The Royal Australian Mint are supplying the coins and Questacon have tasked their best scientists and mathematicians with the mechanics.

Most importantly though, 100% of every donated coin will be passed on to the country’s best cancer researchers, IN FULL.

Happening Wednesday May 10 from 7am until 8pm at the Lyneham Netball Courts, Antil Street, Lyneham. Find out more here.

You can donate a metre ($2.90) for a cancer-y loved one HERE!

Hoskinstown Chestnut Roast

The Hoskinstown Chestnut Roast is on again.

Don’t know anything about chestnuts? Then here is an opportunity for you. There will be chestnuts galore to sample (roasted, in soups and sauces, other goodies), demonstrations of how to cook with chestnuts, gourmet foods from regional producers, home grown produce and more!

Tweenhills Chestnuts, renowned for their great chestnuts, will be on site! They will be roasting chestnuts in their iconic red van, as well as having fresh chestnuts available to purchase.

This is the major fundraiser for the Hoskinstown community with all funds going towards the maintenance of the Hoskinstown War Memorial Hall.

It’s always a great day out for the whole family. Entry is free.

Happening on Sunday 14 May at Hoskinstown War Memorial Hall, 1697 Hoskinstown Road, Hoskinstown. Find more information on 6238 2890, or email [email protected].

SPORTS

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Plus500 Brumbies V Lions

Round 12 of the 2017 Vodafone Super Rugby will see last year’s runners-up, the Lions, make their first trip to Canberra from South Africa since 2011. This evening of rugby against the Plus500 Brumbies is sure to be a matchup of competition heavyweights.

Happening on Friday 12 May at 7.45pm at GIO Stadium, Battye Street, Bruce. Find more information and book tickets at Ticketek. 

Giants Netball V Melbourne Vixens

A critical season clash is set to take place in the Suncorp Super Netball when rivals GIANTS Netball take on the Melbourne Vixens in Canberra.

Round 12 offers much more than just netball, coinciding with Mother’s Day and offering plenty of entertainment both on and off the court. 500 Mums will receive a flower to celebrate their special day. Take part in face painting, sending a message to your favourite player, the styling station and more.

Happening on Sunday 14 May at 12pm at the AIS Arena, Leverrier Street, Bruce. Find more information and book tickets on the Ticketek.

Canberra Royals Polocrosse Club Women’s Carnival

Polocrosse is an action packed sport that is fun for the whole family! Teams of six players per side go head to head in sections of three. Compared to being rugby on horseback, this sport is great fun to watch.

Women and Men compete on an equal playing field in this sport. However for this special weekend we are having a Women’s Composite Competition! What this means is women from all different polocrosse clubs will be put into teams with other girls they haven’t gotten to play with before, making it not only a good opportunity to play some good polocrosse but also meet new people. Men will also be competing, however in a separate competition.

In conjunction with this event money will be raised for both the Breast Cancer Network Australia and Ovarian Cancer Australia. A portion of all senior (17 plus) players fees will go towards donations, as well as having donation buckets placed at the bar and canteen for people to donate.

All are welcome to come out and watch the action. Play will run between 8.30am and 3.00pm Saturday and Sunday, with finals and presentation held on Sunday afternoon. Dinner Saturday night will be a fundraiser for our Zone, with tickets being just $15 for adults for a 3 course meal. There will be an auction following dinner, then live music between 8.30pm and 9.30pm from Matilda Rose and Alice Plumb, plus a DJ until late.

Happening on Saturday 13 May and Sunday 14 May from 8:30am-3pm at Bungendore Showground, Mathews Lane, NSW. Find more information on 0422 419 820.

Live footy screenings at Ostani

Watch the AFL, NRL and Super Rugby live from Ostani’s big screens. Don’t miss a match on the two big screens, plus enjoy Happy Hour every Friday from 5pm-7pm.

Happening at Ostani Lounge Bar and Restaurant, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

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Above and Beyond at Questacon

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.

The ANU Music Society Kids and Family Concert

Let your 2-8 year olds experience live ensemble music, learn about instruments up close and even try their hand at conducting!

The ANU Music Society’s Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra bring you a range of well known and loved tunes – from movie music, to classics like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Jazz music that will get everyone on their feet dancing!

Tickets are $6 for kids, $10 for adults, and $25 for a family of four.

Happening on Saturday 13 May from 10.30am at Ainslie Arts Centre, Main Hall. Find more information and book tickets at eventbrite.

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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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.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

See forty-nine of the year’s best photographic portraits at the 2017 National Photographic Portrait Prize. An annual prize open to both aspiring and professional photographers, the NPPP celebrates contemporary photographic portraiture from across the country, with the winner awarded $25,000.

Now in its tenth year, the prize continues to present surprising perspectives on contemporary photographic portraiture, with the images remaining an evolving kaleidoscope of the nation’s preoccupations and identity.

Happening daily at the National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 

Old Parliament House was once brand new. What was it like to be a spectator at the opening ceremony? 

This new exhibition marks the 90th anniversary of the opening of Old Parliament House and tells an important story in Australia’s democratic history from the perspective of onlookers in the crowd. Follow The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 around the corridors and discover the pomp and pageantry, humour and tragedy of this historic day.

The Opening Day: 9 May 1927 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily. For more information visit: moadoph.gov.au

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.

Tom Rowney and Zeljko Markov, A Joint Exhibition

Tom Rowney and Zeljko Markov present a joint exhibition that explores concepts of highly skilled making, form, finish and thought. Both of these artists’ reference traditional forms and techniques within their chosen medium, glass (Rowney) and furniture (Markov), however their practice extends well beyond this.

Each element, line, curve and piece is considered and developed, creating form and function so refined that the most subtle intersection or plane will melt into the next. This exhibition showcases two great artists who skills and sensibility makes them front runners in the production of the design classics of the future.

Happening Wednesday to Sunday from 10am-4pm at the Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Find more information on 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.

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.

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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