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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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NINE THINGS NOT TO MISS

Hayley Jenson

Hayley Jensen – Past Tense and Present Peace Album Launch

Songbird Hayley Jensen has wowed millions of listeners and live music lovers for over a decade.

From when she first captivated our hearts on Australian Idol ’04 or blew us all off our chairs on The Voice ’14 & at the thousands of other performances both nationally & internationally.

Sydney based, Albury born Country songstress grew up on a property outside Canberra where she became a household name.

Best known for her haunting ballads juxtaposed alongside emotive powerhouse vocals, her down to earth, warm nature, big smile and sequins have made Hayley a force to be reckoned with!

Happening on Friday 26 May from 7:30pm-9:30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

Sydney Dance Company Presents – Orb

Be captured by ORB, an extraordinary lunar mystery from Sydney Dance Company ORB presents the world premiere of Full Moon by Cheng Tsung-lung. This striking piece by the Artistic Director of Taiwan’s phenomenal Cloud Gate 2, harnesses the power of the moon and the mythology, fable and poetry of mankind to thrill the audience.

The moon, nature’s symbolic beauty of night, shines light into my eyes and helps me uncover the mysteries of the unconscious world which I do not know, yet I feel exist. Cheng Tsung-lung

Together with Ocho, the latest collaboration in eight parts by Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela and Nick Wales.

Rafael Bonachela’s Frame of Mind won the 2015 Helpmann Awards for Best Choreography in a Dance Work and Best Dance Work.

Showing from 25-28 May at various times at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

First edition: Dancehall blowout

Get out of the Canberra cold and step into the warm Carribean vibes! Bringing true Jamaican dancehall to the ACT featuring two of the hottest instructors in Australia.

Party Tun Up is bringing two workshops open to all ages, complete beginners, experienced dancers, dancehall queens and kings, or those just looking to step outside their comfort zone and try something new! They want YOU to come and jam with them.

This is an Alcohol-free event and kids under 10 will receive free entry.  

Just want to groove? There is a party afterwards for those who love the dancehall riddims – come soak up the relaxed atmosphere, immerse yourself in the culture and just groove along.

Pick up some party steps and catch the vibe! Prizes and giveaways thanks to their sponsors will be awarded throughout the night so don’t miss out!

Happening Saturday 27 May with workshops from 4pm – 7pm with an alcohol-free, all-ages after party from 7pm – 10pm at O’Donnell Youth Centre, Braddon (located at 86 Limestone Avenue).

Tickets: partytun_up.eventbrite.com.au

Instagram: instagram.com/partytun_up

The all-new Googong Display Village opens this weekend

This Saturday, Googong’s new display village will be opening its many doors for the first time with live music, BBQ and face painting from (11am-2pm). The village itself is open from 11am-4pm all weekend and will eventually boast 20 brand new homes built by some of the region’s most-accomplished builders, 15 of which will be open this Saturday.

So whether you’re just looking for design and decoration ideas, or you’re considering going Googonian for good, take a tour of the all-new display village.

Opening hours for the village: 11am-4pm Saturday to Wednesday.

Happening from 27-13 May 11am – 4pm at the Googong Display Village, Aprasia Avenue, Googong.

Find at more at googong.net.

The Makers and Shakers Market Canberra

The Makers and Shakers Market is an indoor, curated, retail event that brings together people who care about where things come from, how things are made and what they are made of.

Whether it’s home-wares, furniture, food, flowers, stationery or photography, jewellery or fashion, The Makers and Shakers Market aim is to give quality makers an affordable and fun place to show and sell their wares and for shoppers to have an awesome day out, as well as pick up some wonderful new treasures along the way.

Don’t miss this amazing event with lots of talented makers.

Happening on Saturday 27 May from 10am-3pm at Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla. 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.

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.

PLAN AHEAD FOR…

UNVEILED THE EVENT 2017

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HerCanberra are bringing you a wedding event unlike anything Canberra has ever seen. UNVEILED The Event will be a combination of stalls where you can meet and interact with potential vendors, workshops where you can learn tips and tricks, a Beauty Bar where you can try products firsthand, food and drink stalls and live entertainment topped off with our unique 4D ‘Wedding Atmospheres‘ – installations where you can walk inside five themed weddings.

General entry is just $10 per person and can be purchased via Eventbrite or at the door on the day.

Happening Saturday 3 June from 2-6pm at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

The event will then continue after hours with UNVEILED’s Wedding Feast…

UNVEILED’S WEDDING FEAST

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Getting married? Congratulations! Just really love food? Us too!

As a luxe addition to UNVEILED The Event, our Wedding Feast will be a four-course feast of food specifically tailored around the themes of our Atmospheres, served inside our Atmospheres in the Portrait Gallery’s gorgeous Gordon Darling Hall.

All courses will also be matched with local wines from award winning vineyards such as Three Lads Wine, The Vintner’s Daughter, Four Winds Vineyard, Lerida Estate and Contentious Character (cheers to that) and there will be live entertainment all evening.

Tickets are just $99 per person and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

Happening Saturday 3 June from 7pm at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

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.

The Pop Inn Wine Bar

The Pop Inn makes use of the under-utilised gems and hidden secrets of Canberra – a true pop-up where you can enjoy wine in unexpected parts of the city.

Serving top notch wines and delicious tasting plates of local meats and delectable cheeses, it’s the perfect way to spend your afternoon.

Catch the Pop Inn crew and enjoy a wine or two at Bowen Park this Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 6pm.

Visit the website for more information and other pop up locations www.thepopinn.com

Whiskey Masterclass – The Balvenie Single Malt

A range of single malts that are rich and luxuriously smooth with a distinctive honeyed character. Learn the history and taste your way through this masterful range of spirits hailing from Scotland’s Speyside region.

This exclusive tasting session will be hosted by Brand Ambassador Ross Blainley who will guide you through the tasting The Balvenie:

– 12yr

– 14yr

– 17yr

– 21yr

– TUN (depending on availability).

Join us at Molly from 5pm on Thursday 25 May, tickets are only $35 per person ($20pp for current Molly Cabinet Members) and you will receive a complimentary cocktail on arrival.

After the event, stick around and enjoy some of the Balvenie Dram & cocktail specials that will be available throughout the evening.

Happening Thursday 25 May from 5.40pm onwards at Molly, Hobart Place.

Bookings are essential as places are limited. If you require any further details, please email Molly at [email protected]

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.

Martin Millers & Malfy Gin Masterclass

“Good gin should invite you to love it,” so that’s what they’re doing! Discover something new at Black Markets next Masterclass as we feature Malfy and Martin Miller’s Gin.

Malfy Gin is made with lemons from the Italian coast line which gives it the aroma of a freshly picked lemon, and Martin Miller’s was created by three mates who wanted to bring the romance back to the spirit. “After all gin isn’t some boring neutral spirit; gin is the most seductive of drinks.”

Date: Thursday 25 May

Time: 6 – 7:30pm

Tickets: $30pp + booking fee

Happening Thursday 25 May from 6pm at Black Market Bar, under A Baker, 6 Kendall Lane, New Acton.

Tickets are available from bmbar.eventbrite.com and bookings are essential. Book now!

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

Orb by Pedro Greig

Orb by Pedro Greig

Sydney Dance Company Presents – Orb

Be captured by ORB, an extraordinary lunar mystery from Sydney Dance Company ORB presents the world premiere of Full Moon by Cheng Tsung-lung. This striking piece by the Artistic Director of Taiwan’s phenomenal Cloud Gate 2, harnesses the power of the moon and the mythology, fable and poetry of mankind to thrill the audience.

The moon, nature’s symbolic beauty of night, shines light into my eyes and helps me uncover the mysteries of the unconscious world which I do not know, yet I feel exist. Cheng Tsung-lung

Together with Ocho, the latest collaboration in eight parts by Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela and Nick Wales.

Rafael Bonachela’s Frame of Mind won the 2015 Helpmann Awards for Best Choreography in a Dance Work and Best Dance Work.

Showing from 25-28 May at various times at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

Marziale

The Band of the Royal Military College presents Marziale. This spectacular military themed concert features one of Australia’s finest military bands, Canberra’s own RMC Band joined by music students from the Australian National University School of Music.

Llewellyn Hall will resound to the magnificent sound of sparkling modern symphonic wind band repertoire, vocalists, and virtuoso instrumental soloists. The grand pageantry, colour and precision of military music will be on full display.

This event promises voluminous entertainment and will highlight the great pride felt for the men and women serving in the Australian Defence Force through a stirring musical tribute to their dedication and sacrifice.

All proceeds will go to support Hartley Lifecare.

Showing on Thursday 25 May at 7pm at Llewellyn Hall, 100 William Herbert Place, Canberra. Find more information and book tickets on 6125 5767.

Australian National Eisteddfod – Bands & Orchestras

Come and see thousands of musicians perform in the Australian National Eisteddfod.

Includes concert, school, jazz, brass and rock bands and orchestras of all levels performing challenging works. Each section concludes with feedback and awards for each group.

Happening Thursday 25 May – 1 June at Llewellyn Hall (ANU), Lyneham High School Performing Arts Centre and CIT Music Industry Centre. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Harrison Craig – Kings of Vegas

Harrison Craig’s unique tone and crooning style sets him apart in his genre. See him live on stage during his Kings of Vegas: Lounge Sessions tour.

The two-hour concert will showcase songs from the Craig’s Kings Of Vegas album. Enjoy hits from the likes of Mel Torme, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin, Frankie Valli, Elvis Presley, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr, Tom Jones, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Barry Manilow and The Righteous Brothers, among many more. Add the hits of the new Kings of Vegas – Elton John, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart and Michael Bublé – plus a string of Harrison’s own hits from his first two records and you’ve got a show that you definitely don’t want to miss.

Showing on Friday 26 May at 8pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

Hayley Jensen – Past Tense and Present Peace Album Launch

Songbird Hayley Jensen has wowed millions of listeners and live music lovers for over a decade.

From when she first captivated our hearts on Australian Idol ’04 or blew us all off our chairs on The Voice ’14 & at the thousands of other performances both nationally & internationally.

Sydney based, Albury born Country songstress grew up on a property outside Canberra where she became a household name.

Best known for her haunting ballads juxtaposed alongside emotive powerhouse vocals, her down to earth, warm nature, big smile and sequins have made Hayley a force to be reckoned with!

Happening on Friday 26 May from 7:30pm-9:30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

Sammy J – Hero Complex

In 1996, Sammy J borrowed some Phantom comics from his school gardener. He wasn’t to know it at the time, but that moment set off a chain of events that led to the birth of his daughter, saw him committing a crime in Canberra, and ended with a federal policeman searching his attic. It’s an unbelievably true story from the star of ABC’s “Playground Politics”.
Sammy J is an award-winning comedian, musician and writer. He has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and Montreal Just for Laughs festivals, been nominated for three ARIA awards, and provides the human half of the acclaimed man/puppet comedy duo “Sammy J & Randy”.

Sammy J – Hero Complex is directed by Chris McDonald.

Note: This performance is not suitable for children.

Showing on Saturday 27 May at 7.30pm at The Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

Australian Piano Duo: Folkloric Enchantment

Australian Piano Duo will take their audience around the world in 60 minutes, all on a Sunday afternoon. Join the Duo at the High Court of Australia as they blend musical elements from both the East and West, through exotic Chinese melodies to imaginative Russian harmonies, including works by Schubert, Rachmaninoff and transcriptions crafted by the Australian Piano Duo.

Hailed as dazzlingly breathtaking and flamboyantly electrified, this dynamic team has been performing globally in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, USA and Vienna.

Dr. Vicky Yang and Dr. Candidate Maggie Chen began their collaboration in 2003, focused on a shared passion of folk-influenced music repertoire. In the recent years the duo have been premiering works for Australian and European composers. In addition they are also collaborating with artists internationally including Choreographer Eric Lin (Taiwan), singer Koen van Stade (Netherlands), videographer/film maker Lewis Yu (Hong Kong) and photographer Jasper Tu (Shanghai).

Registration essential via High Court website.

Showing on Sunday 28 May at 1:30pm at the High Court of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

Migration with the Australian String Quartet

Ralph Towner Guitar Quintet Migration
Iain Grandage Guitar Quintet Black Dogs
Schubert String Quartet in G major D887
With guest artist Slava Grigoryan, guitar

Slava Grigoryan, one of Australia’s favourite musicians, joins the Australian String Quartet in two works of contemporary sensibility, bringing his trademark virtuosity and lyrical warmth to the quartet.

Ralph Towner is a celebrated jazz guitarist and his quintet, Migration, inspired by the wild nature of America’s Pacific Northwest, blends the melodic and harmonic language of jazz with a classical sense of development.

Australian composer, Iain Grandage, also traverses classical, jazz and popular styles in his work. His theatrical flair comes to the fore in this guitar quintet, contemplating the mind’s mystery and complexity in music of kaleidoscopic colour.

The poignant world of late Schubert forms the emotional apex of this concert. His final string quartet, in G major, is charged with the heartfelt emotion and eloquent lyricism that is the core of his genius.

Showing on Sunday 28 May from 2-4pm at Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Find more information and book tickets on the website.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

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Themed Sunday: Collectible Sunday

The 4th Sunday of the month here at the Old Bus Depot Markets is ‘Collectable Sunday’.

Stallholders items range from ceramics, glassware, china and vintage clothing to antique oil lamps, chippendale chairs and vinyl records.

Happening on Sunday 28 May from 10am-4pm at the Former Transport Depot Kingston, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Find more information on the website.

The Makers and Shakers Market Canberra

The Makers and Shakers Market is an indoor, curated, retail event that brings together people who care about where things come from, how things are made and what they are made of.

Whether it’s home-wares, furniture, food, flowers, stationery or photography, jewellery or fashion, The Makers and Shakers Market aim is to give quality makers an affordable and fun place to show and sell their wares and for shoppers to have an awesome day out, as well as pick up some wonderful new treasures along the way.

Don’t miss this amazing event with lots of talented makers.

Happening on Saturday 27 May from 10am-3pm at Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla. 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.

The Unusual Suspects

Five scientists walk into a bar… No, seriously.

On Wednesday 24 of May, five local scientists will be walking into King O’Malley’s to answer any question posed to them by the public.

The attending speakers are a microbiologist, radio astronomer, quantum physicist, psychologist and climate scientist.

The night will begin at 6pm with drinks and socialising with the speakers over interactive experiments supplied by Shell Questacon, before moving on to the Q and A at 7pm, when the speakers will answer everything from whether or not they’ve ever taste-tested one of their experiments, to if they feel Australia is doing enough for renewable energy.

Entry is free but places are limited, so register today.

Happening Wednesday 24 May from 6pm at King O’Malley’s Irish Pub, City Walk.

Find more information via Facebook.

5 x 5 Speaker Series

The Design Institute of Australia – ACT Branch (DIA) presents the 5×5 Speaker Series. Hear five superstar speakers from diverse art & design fields from across Canberra share a five-minute insight into their professional creative practices.

Speakers:
Rolf Barfoed – Furniture Designer and Maker
Dr. Sabine Pagan – Interdisciplinary Practitioner – Contemporary Jeweller
Philip Quartly – Exhibition Designer – Designcraft
Tim Fulton – Graphic Designer – Swell Design Group
Jeremy Lepisto – Glass Artist – Workshop Level

Get amongst the vibrant creative scene of Canberra and head along to this inspiring and insightful event.

This event is fully catered.

Happening on Wednesday 24 May from 6-9pm at UCI, 12 Pirie Street, Fyshwick, Canberra. Book tickets at eventbrite, and find more information the website.

Who shafted Les Darcy?

What made Australian boxing legend Les Darcy stow away to America two days before the 1916 Conscription plebiscite? What crime led Australian and American newspapers to vilify him mercilessly? Why did three American state governors ban him from boxing? Roger Ley revisits this century old cold case.

Free entry but registration required.

Happening on Wednesday 24 May from 6-7pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes West Place, Parkes, Canberra. Book a spot and 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.

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!

Free entry.

Happening on Monday 22 May from 6pm-8:30pm at the Anthony Low Building, Australian National University, Eggleston Road. Find more information on the website or call 0434 992 797.

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.

Introduction to Brush Lettering (Workshop) 

During this three hours workshop, Alena from Moonlight Creation will be teaching you everything you need to know when it comes to Brush Lettering. She will take you through the drills (warm up exercises), the pressures of the pen, and the different strokes that each letter of the alphabet is constructed of. You will receive your very own 10 pack brush markers, a workbook. Hot drinks & snacks are complimentary!

Happening Saturday 27th May 2017 from 10am – 1pm  at Ground Floor, 490 Northbourne Ave, Dickson

Contact details: Alena 0406029164, [email protected] 

BOOK LAUNCH: Fanny Karouta-Manasse

Fanny Karouta-Manasse is pleased to invite you to the launch of her book entitled “Discovering Australian Flora. An Australian National Gardens Experience” which will take place at the Botanical Bookshop, ANBG, at 11am on Saturday 27 May. 

The speaker at the launch will be naturalist Ian Fraser. The book is published by CSIRO and is directed to people wanting to become familiar with Australian native flora. It will interest newcomers in Australia as well as Australians in general (see attached flyer).

The book will be available in bookshops from May but it can already be ordered on the CSIRO 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.

Wholeheartedly Me workshops

Wholeheartedly Me workshops are for women who’ve arrived at a life crossroad and don’t know which way to turn. You know that feeling of disorientation when life turns a corner or suddenly grinds to a halt, and you’re left hanging mid-air like a character in one of those old cartoons, perhaps with stars circling your head?

In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn how to:

– apply a framework for creating personal change,

– work out what you want,

– build your toolkit of helpful resources,

– create an action plan that’s achievable, and

– get help to implement your action plan.

Plus, lunch, morning & afternoon tea are provided!

If you need help navigating your way (back) to being a Whole You – then here’s your chance.  Time for you to be Wholeheartedly Me.

Happening Sunday 28 May from 9am to 5pm at Ibis Eaglehawk, Federal Highway. See Eventbrite for more information.

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.

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

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

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Salvos Red Shield Appeal

What’s involved? In helping with the Salvos Red Shield Appeal this winter?

1. Register as a volunteer, with or without your friends, at salvos.org.au

2. Show up on the day you choose to get your fundraising kit.

3. Spend just a few hours out and about collecting in your designated area OR by looking after a collection bucket at a busy spot like a shopping centre.

4. Head back to the Doorknock centre to tally how much you’ve raised and deposit it with your local Salvos rep for banking.

5. Celebrate how much you’ve helped the people who need it most

Happening on Saturday 27 May from 8am-9pm around Canberra. Find more information on the website or call 0421 508 772.

Radio 1RPH Fundraising Dinner

Their Challenge: Each day people with a print disability have trouble doing what most Australian take for granted: reading newspapers, magazines, books and other printed material, which means they lack access to important information.

www.radio1rph.org.au turns print into sound, making this information available. Volunteers contribute 12,000 hours each year to on-air reading, production and administration.

Running the Station costs over $100,000 each year and funding comes from a mix of fundraising, grants, donations, membership and sponsorship.

Join Paul Bongiorno AM, Network Ten’s Contributing Editor for a talk on “The direction of Australian media over the next 20 years”.

Happening Saturday 27 May from 6.30pm at the Royal Canberra Golf Club, Bentham St, Yarralumla.

 

$80.00 per person. ($25 going to 1RPH)

Pre-dinner drinks and two course dinner. Dress: Suits for men, Ladies ‘after 5’. Bookings essential. Contact Jenni Rush: (02) 6241 4076.

YMCA Canberra Half Marathon

The YMCA of Canberra 2017 Rex Foulkes Half Marathon will be held on Sunday 28 May, starting at 8.00 am from Lennox Gardens, Flynn Drive, Yarralumla.

This race has been a major annual event in the calendars of YCRC members and other local and interstate runners and the tradition continues. There are also 1.6 km and 5 km events on Saturday afternoon.

Rex Foulkes, in whose memory this event is named, was a local distance runner who died in a road accident returning to Cooma from Canberra after a race in 1970. The first Rex Foulkes Half Marathon was held on 13 September 1970 and had just 24 finishers. In 2015 there were 458 entrants. This race is a Senior Distance Runner of the Year point score event.
Half Marathon.

Online registration is now available via the YMCA of Canberra website.

Happening on Sunday 28 May from 8am-2pm at Lennox Gardens, Yarralumla. Tickets are $60 for YCRC members and $80 for non-members. Entries will also be taken at Lennox Gardens on Saturday 27 May from 1pm-3pm.

Find more information on the website, or call 0427 275 469.

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.

OUTDOORS

Image via VisitCanberra

Image via VisitCanberra

National Botanic Gardens Open Day

The Australian National Botanic Gardens Open Day celebrates the gardens with craft activities, behind-the-scenes tours, botanic art demonstrations, face painting, yoga and massage, and more.

Learn about threatened plants and how the Australian National Botanic Gardens is helping to save them.

Happening on Sunday 28 May 10am-2pm the Australian Botanic Gardens Clunies Ross Street, Acton. Find more information on the website.

SPORTS

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Raiders v Roosters

Round 12 of the NRL Telstra Premiership sees the entertaining Roosters return to GIO Stadium to play the Raiders. This match promises some of the most entertaining rugby league of the season.

There’s plenty to play for both teams, with the Sunday afternoon time slot the perfect way to end the week with your favourite people.

Happening on Sunday 28 May at 4pm at GIO Stadium, Batteye Street, Bruce. Tickets available from the Ticketek website.

National Capital Rally

Get up close to international motor sport stars as the Australian round of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship returns to Canberra better than ever for 2017 with the National Capital Rally.

Drivers will be pushed to the limit over the weekend with valuable points on offer for the FIA Asia Pacific Championship and the Australian Rally Championship. See drivers tackle some of the best roads in the country.

The free event kicks off on Friday afternoon with a ceremonial start and meet and greet of the teams at Hotel Realm, before heading out to the forests over the weekend.

Spectating is free with plenty of activities for little and big kids alike at the spectator points.

Happening from 26-28 May at various locations. Find more information on the website.

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.

KIDS

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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.

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.

DRAGON AND BOY

Solomon Grainger has been drawing as long as he can remember. In the Summer of last year, he rediscovered his early childhood drawings in a box half way through year 12. The discovery inspired a completely new direction for him, moving away from realism and into the abstract and figurative. But Grainger sees it as very true to himself.

Happening at the Aarwun Gallery, Federation Square, Canberra. Open Daily 10 am – 5 pm.

Find more information via the website.

Enigma exhibition

A new exhibition by photographer Lorna Sim–‘Enigma‘–captures the free spirit of young contemporary dancer Eliza Sanders, who dances wherever the wind takes her. The challenge for Lorna was to capture Eliza’s spontaneous, fleeting and emotional movements in a still frame. The resulting thought-provoking images that draw you in and don’t want to let you go. The images are unedited, making them even more fascinating.

Also on are two other free exhibitions. ‘Absence of Sunshine’, by Maurice Weidmann, features black and white photographic prints of theatre productions from Canberra in the 1980s. ‘What comes to mind’ is by Dörte Conroy, who has turned small sculptures into photographs.

Happening until 25 June every Sunday from 10am-4pm at The Photography Room at the Old Bus Depot Markets. Free entry.

For more information visit their website.

Next

NEXT is a solo exhibition by South Australian designer and maker, Christian Hall. The exhibition will be a collection of furniture and objects that explore “the viewpoint” as a focus for design. Audiences will experience time and movement from the visual impact of shifting patterns and geometry generated by the moving around the pieces. NEXT questions traditional distinctions between functional and decorative, literal and ambiguous and between pure and applied art.

Happening from Thursday 25 May – 15 July at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building. Email [email protected] or call 6262 9333.

Melodrama in Meiji Japan

Step into the tumultuous world of Meiji Japan (1868–1912), through a selection of stunning Japanese woodblock illustrations. Used to illustrate Japanese novels, these beautiful images, known as kuchi-e (literally, ‘mouth/opening picture’), accompany stories filled with drama, tragedy and intrigue, reflecting the uncertainty of the times.

Curated by Dr. Gary Hickey, the exhibition draws upon a substantial collection of kuchi-e amassed by University of NSW Emeritus Professor Richard Clough (1921-2014) and donated to the Library. This collection, along with other works acquired, forms one of the most significant collections of this genre in the world and the largest focused collection of Japanese art in Australia. The exhibition features over twenty artists and a range of subjects, illustrating a fascinating history of a genre profiled for the first time in a major exhibition.

Free entry.

Happening from 24 May from 10am-5pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

Emerging Contemporaries

Emerging Contemporaries is the Craft ACT National Award Exhibition for early career artists.

This exhibition plays a pivotal role in supporting and transitioning artists into professional practice and placing Australian artists in view of the national cultural collecting institutions, business and industry, and audience.

Happening from Friday 26 May at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building. Email [email protected] or call 6262 9333 for more information.

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 Saturday 13 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.

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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