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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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RSPCA ACT Million Paws Walk

The Million Paws Walk event is a wonderful day for all creatures with two or four legs. This year more than 3,000 dogs will be at the Lake Burley Griffin precinct to show their support for local animals in need. Enjoy live entertainment, stalls, delicious food, giveaways, activities with your pooch and a whole lot more!

Happening on Sunday 21 May 2017 from 9am-2.30pm at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park. Find more information on the website.

River of Art Festival 2017

A bumper 2017 program is now out for the River of Art festival, showcasing a feast of arts to delight, inspire and entertain.

Running over ten days from 19 to 28 May, the festival dishes up more than 130 arts treats along the South Coast, all the way from Durras to Bermagui. Whatever your taste, there’s so much to choose from in this exciting menu of visual arts, live music, theatrical performances, creative workshops and cultural activities.

River of Art celebrates the creative talents that thrive in this land of many waters. With a record number of open studios and exhibitions, the 2017 festival program is ripe with invitations to meet our talented local artists and discover what inspires them.

The full festival program is available now by clicking here.

Happening 19-28 May at various locations along the Eurobodalla coastline. See the website for more details.

Old Bus Depot Markets – A Celebration of Wool

Wool is timelessly popular. Just ask the many craftspeople from Canberra, the region and interstate who come to create, demonstrate and sell this most fabulous of fibres. At the Old Bus Depot Markets the Celebration of Wool is over TWO big days – Saturday 20 May AND Sunday 21 May. It’s a great weekend to meet and speak with wool producers, craftspeople and artists, view hand spinning, learn about hand felting and watch weaving. For the first time ever, this year’s wool days will also feature Makers’ Workshops in crochet and knitting as well as some seriously good wool demonstrations by people who love to knit, felt, design and make homewares.

What might you find? If it can be created in wool, you may just find it at the markets. Browse and buy hand felted garments and accessories, designer knitwear, millinery, weavings, funky beanies and farm label knitwear. There’s also a vast array of woollen yarns, including hand spun and hand dyed yarns.

Happening from Saturday 20 May 2017 – Sunday 21 May 2017, 10am – 4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets – A Celebration of Wool, Kingston.

Find more information on the website. 

Peace Train: A Tribute to Cat Steven’s Starring Darren Coggan

Darren Coggan celebrates 50 years of Cat Stevens as he presents Peace Train: A tribute to Cat Stevens.

Fifty years ago, Cat Stevens was the ultimate rock star. Talented, charismatic, with a seemingly endless succession of beautiful melodies streaming from his imagination, the international singing star had everything. He sold more than 60 million albums, earned enough money to last several lifetimes, and enjoyed all the trappings of fame. But he wanted more out of life. So at the height of his career he shocked the world by taking his last bow. The music stopped and Cat Stevens was no more.

Showing at The Street Theatre, Canberra, Saturday 20 May 2017 at 8pm. Find more information on the website.

LANDCARE FOR SINGLES TREE PLANTING EVENT 

If you’re looking for love and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, why not come along to the Landcare for Singles tree planting event on Saturday 20 May 2017 at a Cotter Road farm, Stromlo?

The beauty of the event is that even if you don’t meet your match, you will still go home feeling good about yourself after having done something great for the environment. There’s also the added bonus of live music and a free tasty lunch.

Happening Saturday 20 May 2017 from 9.30 am – 1 pm at a Cotter Road farm (20 min south of Civic), Stromlo. How to get there: Free bus pickup available from Civic West and Woden or drive your own car to the event. Maps available on booking.Book your place now:

Book your place now: actlandcare.org.au

Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s ActewAGL Llewellyn Series, Cello.

Join the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for the ActewAGL Llewellyn Series, Cello.

HAYDN: Overture to L’isola disabitata, Hob 28/9
SCHUMANN: Cello Concerto in A minor, op.129
SCULTHORPE: String Sonata No.3 (Jabiru Dreaming)
BRAHMS: Symphony No.3 in F major, op.90

For the ‘Father of Symphony’, the idea of being stranded on a desert island was the ideal setting for a love story. Haydn’s L’isola disabitata (The Desert Island) is the unlikely story of two sisters stranded on a desert island for 13 years, until they are eventually rescued by one sister’s husband and his friend, who goes on to marry the other sister!

Continuing this romantic theme, Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor is a work of freshness, humour and deep romantic spirit, which soloist Umberto Clerici will bring to life through the rich tone of his 250-year-old cello.

Following the desert island rescue, Peter Sculthorpe’s Kakadu-inspired Jabiru Dreaming will take you straight to Australia’s Northern Territory with its unique insect and bird sounds. End with Brahms’ third symphony, a sublime tribute to his beloved mentor, Robert Schumann.

“Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.” Brahms

Showing from Wednesday 17 May – Thursday 18 May 2017 from 7.30pm at Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University, William Herbert Place, Canberra.

Find more information on 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.

Air and Space Speaker Series| The Future of Space and Astronomy by Brad Tucker

Join Brad Tucker from The Australian National University as he kicks off the Questacon Air & Space Speaker Series! Brad will be giving an exciting talk about the future of space and astronomy and will be discussing the rapid progress in ground and space-based technology.

Attend this event and receive a complimentary single entry into Questacon. Visit during opening hours before 23 July 2017 and explore the blockbuster aviation and aerospace exhibition – Above and Beyond presented by Boeing.

Brad Tucker is an Astrophysicist and Cosmologist with a passion for science communication and education. Brad received a Bachelor’s degrees in Physics, Philosophy, and Theology from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD from The Australian National University. Brad is the lead on multiple projects, using exploding stars to discover the true nature of dark energy. He is also leading a search to find Planet 9 – a predicted new, undiscovered planet in our solar system.

Showing on Tuesday 16 May 2017, 6pm-7pm at Questacon-The National Science and Technology Centre. Find more information 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.

FOOD & DRINK

pialligo estate feature2Afternoon 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. 

Live Jazz: MOLLY & ALL THAT JAZZ 

Their favourite soloist Robbie Mann is back in the basement for a night of jazz that you won’t want to miss. Born of Ragtime and nurtured within the debauchery of burlesque houses, brothels & bars – an evening of ‘Stride’ awaits.

Venture downstairs at Molly Cocktail Bar 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 on Tuesday 16 May 2017 from 6pm at, Molly Cocktail Bar on London Circuit. Find more information 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.

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.

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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Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s ActewAGL Llewellyn Series, Cello.

Join the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for the ActewAGL Llewellyn Series, Cello.

HAYDN: Overture to L’isola disabitata, Hob 28/9
SCHUMANN: Cello Concerto in A minor, op.129
SCULTHORPE: String Sonata No.3 (Jabiru Dreaming)
BRAHMS: Symphony No.3 in F major, op.90

For the ‘Father of Symphony’, the idea of being stranded on a desert island was the ideal setting for a love story. Haydn’s L’isola disabitata (The Desert Island) is the unlikely story of two sisters stranded on a desert island for 13 years, until they are eventually rescued by one sister’s husband and his friend, who goes on to marry the other sister!

Continuing this romantic theme, Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor is a work of freshness, humour and deep romantic spirit, which soloist Umberto Clerici will bring to life through the rich tone of his 250-year-old cello.

Following the desert island rescue, Peter Sculthorpe’s Kakadu-inspired Jabiru Dreaming will take you straight to Australia’s Northern Territory with its unique insect and bird sounds. End with Brahms’ third symphony, a sublime tribute to his beloved mentor, Robert Schumann.

“Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.” Brahms

Showing from Wednesday 17 May – Thursday 18 May 2017 from 7.30pm at Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University, William Herbert Place, Canberra.

Find more information on the website.

River of Art Festival 2017

A bumper 2017 program is now out for the River of Art festival, showcasing a feast of arts to delight, inspire and entertain.

Running over ten days from 19 to 28 May, the festival dishes up more than 130 arts treats along the South Coast, all the way from Durras to Bermagui. Whatever your taste, there’s so much to choose from in this exciting menu of visual arts, live music, theatrical performances, creative workshops and cultural activities.

River of Art celebrates the creative talents that thrive in this land of many waters. With a record number of open studios and exhibitions, the 2017 festival program is ripe with invitations to meet our talented local artists and discover what inspires them.

The full festival program is available now by clicking here.

Happening 19-28 May at various locations along the Eurobodalla coastline. See the website for more details.

Film Screening: Still Life

Set against the spectacular landscape of the Three Gorges region, Jia Zhangke’s humane and moving Golden Lion winner Still Life tells two contemplative and compassionate stories of a man and a woman searching for absent spouses in Fengjie. This ancient town on the Yangtze River is being demolished and will soon vanish forever in the flooding caused by the controversial Three Gorges hydro-electric dam project.

At the same time as offering a revelatory, thought-provoking portrait of people adrift in a world they no longer recognise, Still Life also reveals their energy, resilience and ability to reach new understandings.

‘I entered this condemned city with my camera and I witnessed demolitions and explosions. In the roaring noise and fluttering dust, I gradually felt that life really could blossom in brilliant colours, even in a place with such desperation.’– Jia Zhangke

This screening will be followed by a short informal discussion. The film is part of Asia and the Pacific Screens Season Six: Borderlands, presented by the Australian Centre on China in the World.

2006, 111 mins, China
Directed by Jia Zhangke
Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles

Showing Wednesday 17 May 2017 from 5.30pm at The Auditorium, Australia Centre on China in the World.

Find more information on the website.

Canberra Wind Symphony: Blown Away

Join the stunning Canberra Wind Symphony for Blown Away – an evening of musical brilliance, with contemporary works from extraordinary Australian and international composers with fascinating stories to tell.

Australian Ralph Hultgren’s thrilling ‘White Noise’ (2011) opens the show
with a Canberra Premiere. Yosuke Fokuda then takes you on an energetic journey with his 2006 ‘Belly Dance’ and ‘Renaissance Dance’ before the orchestra leads you into the exuberant world of ‘Danse Folatre’ (1987), the final vituosic work from the pen of the great American composer Claude T. Smith.

Vincent Persichetti’s fabulous ‘Divertimento’ (1951) features after interval before heading down the soulful Percy Grainger path with his timeless 1918 ‘Irish tune from County Derry’ and quirky ‘Shepherds Hey’.

Blown Away concludes with ‘Celebration’, the seminal 1993 British work from Philip Sparke: a celebration indeed of the full power and texture the wind orchestra experience brings to lovers of the beauty and excitement of live music.

Showing at The Street Theatre in Canberra, on Friday 19 May 2017 from 7.30pm. Find more information on the website.

Petula Clark

The legendary film and theatre music star and two-time grammy award winner will present a concert of sheer enjoyment for her audiences at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

All of her favourite hits will be featured …

‘Downtown.’, ‘I know A Place’, ‘My Love’, ‘Colour My World’, ‘A Sign Of The Times’, ‘Don’t Sleep In The Subway’, ‘This Is My Song’.

We are also privileged to hear some of the new tracks from Petula’s latest album. Petula Clark’s extraordinary career, spanning over 67 years has to be recognised as outstanding achievement in today’s world of entertainment.

Having sold nearly 70 million records throughout her career, Petula Clark continues to reach for even more impressive levels of perfection. In 2016 the UK Pop Legend released yet another brilliant album “FROM NOW ON” (BMG).

“Petula Clark delivers an absorbing slice of pop history” Daily Telegraph London 2016

Happening Friday 19 May 2017 from 8pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit. Find more information on the website.

A View From the Bridge

Join Canberra REP when they present the classic American drama A View from the Bridge. Arthur Miller’s very physical play tells of a longshoreman, family and community betrayal.

A View from the Bridge remains startlingly relevant today in its themes and issues—revealing a world where navigating the expectations of family and community can be treacherous and the impacts of change can be hard to accept.

Showing until Saturday 20 May 2017, Wednesday to Saturday from 8pm and Saturday and Sunday matinees from 2pm, at Theatre 3, Repertory Lane, Canberra. Find more details on the website.

Peace Train: A Tribute to Cat Steven’s Starring Darren Coggan

Darren Coggan celebrates 50 years of Cat Stevens as he presents Peace Train: A tribute to Cat Stevens.

Fifty years ago, Cat Stevens was the ultimate rock star. Talented, charismatic, with a seemingly endless succession of beautiful melodies streaming from his imagination, the international singing star had everything. He sold more than 60 million albums, earned enough money to last several lifetimes, and enjoyed all the trappings of fame. But he wanted more out of life. So at the height of his career he shocked the world by taking his last bow. The music stopped and Cat Stevens was no more.

Showing at The Street Theatre, Canberra, Saturday 20 May 2017 at 8pm. Find more information on the website.

Verdi’s Requiem

The Llewellyn Choir present the choral masterpiece Verdi’s Requiem. Along with guest singers and soloists, accompanied by the Llewellyn Sinfonia and conducted by Rowan Harvey-Martin, you’ll hear nearly 200 voices fill the Llewellyn Hall.

Showing at Llewellyn Hall William Herbert Place, Saturday 20 May 2017 from 7.30pm. Find more information on the website.

Strings in the Salon

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra are bringing harpists Tegan Peemoeller and Meriel Owen along to perform music composed for two harps.

Strings in the Salon has a harp-off!

Ticket types include either a two course lunch (main and dessert) at $70 or simple entry at $20.

Monster can cater for dietary requirements – just send them an email after you buy your ticket.

Showing on Sunday 14 May 2017 from 1pm-3pm at Monster Kitchen and Bar, Canberra. Find information on the website.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

Image: Martin Ollman

Image: Martin Ollman

Old Bus Depot Markets – A Celebration of Wool

Wool is timelessly popular. Just ask the many craftspeople from Canberra, the region and interstate who come to create, demonstrate and sell this most fabulous of fibres. At the Old Bus Depot Markets the Celebration of Wool is over TWO big days – Saturday 20 May AND Sunday 21 May. It’s a great weekend to meet and speak with wool producers, craftspeople and artists, view hand spinning, learn about hand felting and watch weaving. For the first time ever, this year’s wool days will also feature Makers’ Workshops in crochet and knitting as well as some seriously good wool demonstrations by people who love to knit, felt, design and make homewares.

What might you find? If it can be created in wool, you may just find it at the markets. Browse and buy hand felted garments and accessories, designer knitwear, millinery, weavings, funky beanies and farm label knitwear. There’s also a vast array of woollen yarns, including hand spun and hand dyed yarns.

Happening from Saturday 20 May 2017 – Sunday 21 May 2017, 10am – 4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets – A Celebration of Wool, Kingston.

Find more information on 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

Air and Space Speaker Series| The Future of Space and Astronomy by Brad Tucker

Join Brad Tucker from The Australian National University as he kicks off the Questacon Air & Space Speaker Series! Brad will be giving an exciting talk about the future of space and astronomy and will be discussing the rapid progress in ground and space-based technology.

Attend this event and receive a complimentary single entry into Questacon. Visit during opening hours before 23 July 2017 and explore the blockbuster aviation and aerospace exhibition – Above and Beyond presented by Boeing.

Brad Tucker is an Astrophysicist and Cosmologist with a passion for science communication and education. Brad received a Bachelor’s degrees in Physics, Philosophy, and Theology from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD from The Australian National University. Brad is the lead on multiple projects, using exploding stars to discover the true nature of dark energy. He is also leading a search to find Planet 9 – a predicted new, undiscovered planet in our solar system.

Showing on Tuesday 16 May 2017, 6pm-7pm at Questacon-The National Science and Technology Centre. Find more information on the website.

Making Natural Skincare Products

Saturday 20 May 1pm – 3pm, Canberra Environment Centre, $45

Make your skin sing, naturally!

Treat yourself to some homemade skincare products that are good for you and won’t cost the environment.

In this hands-on workshop Susan Hutchinson will show you how to make inexpensive, non-toxic and skincare products using natural ingredients commonly found in your garden or kitchen. Learn how to make deep moisture lip balm, healing and antiaging rosehip night serum and aromatherapy bath bags for yourself or a friend. Susan will also discuss how different ingredients work and how to you can personalise products according to your own needs, be it dry, oily or sensitive skin.

Limited places are available and bookings are essential, please visit www.canberraenvironment.org or phone 6248 0885 to book.

Creating a Bee Friendly Backyard

Tuesday 23 May 6pm -8pm, Canberra Environment Centre, $25

Bees in our backyards – what’s all the buzz about?

Come and hear fromACT for Bees’Julie Armstrong who will show you simple steps towards a bee-friendly backyard and how to increase and support your local bee populations. You’ll learn about what plants to grow and HOW to grow them, how to propegate plants and how to help them flourish.

Julie will share some information about some of the most pressing threats to bee populations, bee habits and how bees contribute to Australian agriculture (including urban agriculture in your backyard!) You’ll also be introduced to the basics of backyard beekeeping.

Limited places are available and bookings are essential, please visit www.canberraenvironment.org or phone 6248 0885 to book.

Frog Friendly Gardens

Tuesday 30 May 6pm – 8pm, Canberra Environment Centre, $25

Like the comforting soft croaking of backyard frogs? Dislike bugs and mosquitoes? Then why not learn how to set up a frog pond in your own backyard?

Frogwatch’s Anke Maria Hoefer will show you just how simple it is to keep what is surely one of the easiest backyard pets out there – frogs!  You only need to be as nurturing as a desert to keep your frogs happy, and in return they will eat the insects and mosquitoes which bug you; attract birdlife; cool your garden in summer; and help create a little micro habitat right in your own backyard.

Limited places are available and bookings are essential, please visit www.canberraenvironment.org or phone 6248 0885 to book.

Professional Women’s Lunches is coming to Canberra! 

Professional Women’s Lunches (PWL) is a global community of professional women committed to empowering each other to succeed.  We want women to fully understand the value of connecting, appreciate their value and we support the view that each of these women should see themselves as a successful professional woman no matter what role, level or type of career they have chosen.

We’re all about encouraging women to expand their networks via this global community and gain success in their chosen career, by nurturing these networks.

Come join us at one of our monthly lunches, where you will meet other professional women in a relaxed environment over a delicious meal and truly network.

We look forward to meeting you, build a real relationship with you and making lots of new connections!

Happening Wednesday 17 May 2015 from 12.15pm -2pm at Morks Restaurant 18-19 Eastlake Parade, Canberra. For more information and ticket purchases visit the website.

Drawing Birds

Learn how to draw birds with renowned illustrator, Peter Marsack from the Wildlife and Botanical Artists (WABA). No drawing experience necessary.

All materials and morning tea included in the price. Maximum group size 12.

Best suited to those aged 12 years and over.

Happening at Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Fyshwick on Saturday20 May 2017 – Saturday 27 May 2017, 9.30am-12.30pm. Find more information on the website.

Collection Highlights Tour

The National Portrait Gallery offers a free thirty-minute tour of their Collection every day. Explore the building and immerse yourself into the artistic world. Learn some background information on specific works and the artists behind the masterpiece.

Feel free to ask any questions. Guides are more than happy to answer.

Showing until Friday 8 September 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery, from 11.30am daily. Find more information on the website.

Guided Tours of the National Library of Australia

Visiting the National Library of Australia? Take a tour and see a side of the Library most visitors never experience.

Whether this is your first visit or the next of many, you can learn more about the Library and its exhibitions by joining a free guided tour. Tours are offered by trained Volunteer Guides who have a passion for sharing their knowledge of the Library and its collections. Your Guide will welcome the opportunity to introduce you to the National Library, its collections and the stories of Australia.

Treasures Gallery – Daily at 11.30am

Take a tour and come face-to-face with some of the Library’s greatest treasures and Australia’s greatest stories.

Behind The Scenes – Thursdays at 2pmTake a tour to visit enormous stacks where the books are stored and learn about strange curiosities in the Library’s collection that have been acquired over more than a century of collecting.

Take a tour to visit enormous stacks where the books are stored and learn about strange curiosities in the Library’s collection that have been acquired over more than a century of collecting.

Discover your National Library – Saturdays at 2pm

Join a Library guide for a journey around the building and discover the stories in the Reading Rooms and public spaces.

Happening from Sunday 28 May 2017 – Wednesday 31 May 2018 at the National Library of Australia. Find more information on the website.

Artist talk: Debbie Ding and Angela Tiatia

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres is excited to present an artist talk featuring visual artist and technologist Debbie Ding (Singapore/London) and Sydney-based filmmaker, curator, and visual artist Angela Tiatia (Australia).

Debbie Ding and Angela Tiatia are participating in a new reciprocal residency project between The Australian War Memorial and the National Museum of Singapore. They will be making work in response to the legacy of the Second World War in the Asia Pacific region. Debbie is currently a Visiting Artist with Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres. In this talk they will speak about their practice, current work and reflect on their current research and thinking in relation to the reciprocal residency.

Showing on Thursday 18 May 2017 from 4pm-5.30pm at Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre. Find more information on 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.

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

Heart Foundation Gala Dinner

Enjoy an evening of live entertainment at the National Gallery of Australia. Be wooed by crooner David Campbell and entertained by Allan Pease, while enjoying canapes and a three-course gourmet meal with beverages.

Plan your outfit for this fabulous night now and book seats with your favourite people. Tables are configured in groups of 10

Showing at the Gangel Hall, National Gallery of Australia on Saturday 20 May 2017 at 6.30pm. Find more information on the website.

Registrations open for Santa Speedo Shuffle

Dust off your speedos for Cystic Fibrosis ACT’s annual 6500 Santa Speedo Shuffle and help raise money for Canberrans living with cystic fibrosis. They’re calling for 200 brave Santas to descend on Lake Burley Griffin on Sunday 30 July.

Registrations are now open and free for groups of up to six Santas to participate in the shuffle. For those less daring, take part in the individual 5km fun run; with registrations for adults $35 and $15 for under 12’s. The event will finish with a Christmas in July themed festival at the Southern Cross Yacht Club.

Each team must raise a minimum of $2,000 and individuals a minimum of $500 to contribute to this year’s fundraising goal of $200,000.

For further information, fundraising tips, or to register visit www.santashuffle.org.au.

CRIME STOPPERS WEEK 2017

For the first time in Canberra, ACT Region Crime Stoppers will run a series of community competitions and events to celebrate Crime Stoppers Week. From 15-19 May, they will be promoting the important role of Crime Stoppers in helping to reduce, prevent or solve criminal activity across the region.

As an independent community-based organisation, Crime Stoppers is the trusted link between the community and police. They help keep Canberra safe by encouraging community members to report information anonymously. In 2016, information provided to Crime Stoppers helped to arrest more than 7,000 criminals across Australia.

Their community event is happening Thursday 18 May 2017
 in Garema Place
 from  10am -3pm
 including fun activities, games and a sausage sizzle!

Find more information about the event and weeks activities via the website.

Bogan Bingo – Royal Life Saving ACT Annual Fundraiser

Book a table or a seat and you’re on your way to the best night out you’ve had in years!

All proceeds will go towards an exciting and innovative new youth Lifesaving and Water Safety program commencing in Canberra in 2017! A fresh approach to the tireless drowning prevention work that Royal Life Saving ACT does so well.

So bring your mates, the fam and your wallet for this fantastic and unique laugh-a-minute experience!

Happening on Tuesday 6 June 2017 from 7pm at Deakin Soccer Club. For more information and entry tickets visit the website.

OUTDOORS

National Walk Safely to School

Primary school students across Canberra are encouraged to walk to school on Friday 19 May. Local schools will be hosting healthy breakfasts and walking events to encourage students to walk to school as part of the 2017 National Walk Safely to School Day community initiative.
For more information regarding on the day events, please contact your local school.

Happening Friday 19 May 2017, at Primary schools across Canberra from 8am-9am. Find more information on the website.

RSPCA ACT Million Paws Walk

The Million Paws Walk event is a wonderful day for all creatures with two or four legs. This year more than 3,000 dogs will be at the Lake Burley Griffin precinct to show their support for local animals in need. Enjoy live entertainment, stalls, delicious food, giveaways, activities with your pooch and a whole lot more!

Happening on Sunday 21 May 2017 from 9am-2.30pm at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park. Find more information on the website.

Wee Jasper Reserves Bonfire and Fireworks Night

In support of the Yass and District Hospital, Michelle and Michael are hosting a fundraiser at Billy Grace Reserve. It will be a bonfire and fireworks night, with food stalls, entertainment and much more provided. Funds raised will be donated to the Yass and District Hospital and other foundations in honour of Duncan Waters.

For more information join yourself to the Facebook Event “Bonfire and Fireworks at Billy Grace Reserve”!

Showing at Wee Jasper Reserves, on Saturday May 20 2017. Find more information on the website.

SPORTS

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.

National Walk Safely to School

Primary school students across Canberra are encouraged to walk to school on Friday 19 May. Local schools will be hosting healthy breakfasts and walking events to encourage students to walk to school as part of the 2017 National Walk Safely to School Day community initiative.
For more information regarding on the day events, please contact your local school.

Happening Friday 19 May 2017, at Primary schools across Canberra from 8am-9am. Find more information on the website.

RSPCA ACT Million Paws Walk

The Million Paws Walk event is a wonderful day for all creatures with two or four legs. This year more than 3,000 dogs will be at the Lake Burley Griffin precinct to show their support for local animals in need. Enjoy live entertainment, stalls, delicious food, giveaways, activities with your pooch and a whole lot more!

Happening on Sunday 21 May 2017 from 9am-2.30pm at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park. Find more information on the website.

Friday 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.

Friday Story time at the Australian War Memorial is a program suitable for pre-school-aged children, but older brothers and sisters are also welcome.

Happening from Saturday 12 May 2017 – Thursday 31 August 2017 every Friday from 10.30am at the Australian War Memorial, Campbell.

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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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.

River of Art Festival 2017

A bumper 2017 program is now out for the River of Art festival, showcasing a feast of arts to delight, inspire and entertain.

Running over ten days from 19 to 28 May, the festival dishes up more than 130 arts treats along the South Coast, all the way from Durras to Bermagui. Whatever your taste, there’s so much to choose from in this exciting menu of visual arts, live music, theatrical performances, creative workshops and cultural activities.

River of Art celebrates the creative talents that thrive in this land of many waters. With a record number of open studios and exhibitions, the 2017 festival program is ripe with invitations to meet our talented local artists and discover what inspires them.

The full festival program is available now by clicking here.

Happening 19-28 May at various locations along the Eurobodalla coastline. See the website for more details.

Tim Rowney and Zeijko 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 5 April – Sunday 28 May 2017 Wednesday to Sunday from 10am-4pm at Canberra Glassworks, Kingston.

Find information on the website.

Kirstie Rea, The Land: A 20 Year Survey

Kirstie Rea established an independent studio in Canberra in 1987, following her graduation from the Glass program at the (then) Canberra School of Art. This exhibition documents her achievements over the past two decades as one of Australia’s leading contemporary glass artists. Much of the artist’s distinctive imagery has its genesis in rural experience. Her work often explores the growing separation between our increasingly urbanised lives and her perception of the natural environment.

Happening Saturday13 May 2017 – Sunday 20 August 2017, Wednesday’s from 10am – 5pm and Weekends from 12pm-5pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit.

Find more information on the website.

Evolution: Torres Strait Masks

Developed by the Gab Titui Cultural Centre on Thursday Island, in partnership with the National Museum, Evolution explores the longstanding importance of ceremonial masks in Torres Strait culture, and how they continue to influence contemporary art forms.

Showing from Friday 19 May 2017, to 23 July 2017, 9am-5pm at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information on the website.

Extirpation: Local Extinction

Extirpation: Local Extinction features an art exhibition and a panel discussion on the theme of extirpation, i.e. local extinction, in the ACT.

See artwork from local artists depicting species or ecological communities listed on the ACT Threatened Species List.

Hear from a panel of professionals from the art and science communities on the topic of local extinction.

This event is run by students of the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) at the Australian National University (ANU). Follow them on social media for regular updates and profiles on the artists, panellists, and species!

Happening Monday 22 May 2017, from 6pm-10.30pm at the Anthony Low Building, Australian National University. Find more information on the website.

Mephisto: The Rarest Tank in the World

LAST CHANCE – CLOSES JUNE 6 2017

See Mephisto, the rarest tank in the world, and learn about its significance in the battles of WWI. To commemorate the WWI centenary, the Australian War Memorial has collaborated with the Queensland Museum to display Mephisto outside Brisbane for the first time since it was transported from Europe after the end of the WWI.

Tanks were one of the First World War’s major technological innovations. They were first developed by the British, and were later taken up by France. The Germans began developing their own tanks after the British first deployed theirs during the battle of the Somme in 1916.

Showing until Tuesday 6 June 2017 from 10am at the Australian War Memorial. Find information on 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

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.

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.

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.

 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.

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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