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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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15 THINGS NOT TO MISS

Image by Tim Bean Photography

THE FORAGE

The Forage is a showcase of street food (and other food products) by our local cafes, food trucks, wineries and breweries. Our mission is to give our local businesses an opportunity to get creative and showcase and feed our community in a festival style environment. Bringing everyone together in one location, gives our Canberra community an opportunity to sample what is happening in our foodie city.

Happening Saturday 1 July 2017 from 2pm-7pm at The Little National, 21 National Circuit Barton. Find information on the website.

Little National Hotel Staycation

Heading to the Forage this Saturday 1 July? Little National Hotel is offering you the chance to turn an indulgent Saturday into an epic staycation.

Their 24-hour package is $189 and  includes complimentary drinks in The Lounge, access to Hale Gym + Spa (located just around the corner) with a 25% spa discount voucher, a $15 food voucher to be redeemed at The Forage, early arrival and late check out, parking and on-demand movies and Wi-Fi so you can literally roll yourself upstairs after a big day at the Forage.

Book your staycation here!

Culture Shop at the National Museum of Australia

Experience a night of shopping with a twist! Get 20% off purchases* from the Museum Shop and enjoy a winter style workshop, with fashion and beauty stylist Trish Murray.

The event will feature this season’s clothing and accessories from quality Australian brands including Elk Accessories, Yoko Fashion, Otto and Spike, The Spotted Quoll and much more. The Museum Bar will be open with a cash bar and delicious food from Broadbean Catering, and the ‘Maestro of Mix’ DJ Jungle Jerry providing the beats. 

Happening Thursday 29 June from 6–8pm (doors open from 5.45pm) at the National Museum of Australia. Free entry. Bookings essential: visit nma.gov.au/cultureshop

*No rainchecks and no further discounts apply

HURLY BURLEY WINTER FAIR 2017

Brave the winter weather and join in when Canberra’s city west comes alive for the Hurly Burley Winter Fair 2017. This fantastic evening of entertainment offers live music, market stalls, delicious food, warmth and more!

Enjoy delicious locally made food to warm the belly. Hear live entertainment in a festive environment at Hobart Place, which will be transformed into a magical family friendly winter fair with fairy lights and sculptures through the trees.

There will be all sorts of creative goodies to purchase at the market stalls along with fire pits marshmallow roasting – so rug up warm and head down for what’s shaping up to be a great evening of entertainment.

Happening Friday 30 June 2017 fro 7pm-9pm at Hobart Place, Canberra. Find more information on the website.

GALA TRUFFLE DINNER

Ginger Catering presents a collaborative event with some of Canberra’s best chefs, showcasing premium local produce, wines and of course, truffles!

THIS YEAR’S CHEFS:

  • Ute Pikler – Vincent
  • Damian Brabender – OTIS Dining Hall
  • Alex O’Brien – Les Bistronomes
  • Laura Dale – AKIBA
  • Kotesh Khandala – The Conservatory Restaurant

The night includes canapes and four-course dinner, with matching local wines, live music, special guest speakers.

Happening Thursday 29 June 2017 at the Village Centre, National Arboretum from 6.30pm at  Tickets are $125.00 per person. Book online here or email [email protected].

CYRANO DE BERGERAC

Cyrano de Bergerac is the play that brought the word ‘panache’ into the English language. An original and finely crafted romantic comedy; this is the tale of the beautiful Roxanne and the man who would love her, but for his outrageous nose.

This production captures the cockiness, volubility and wit of the swash-buckling Cyrano, as with aching heart and self-loathing he woos the feisty and lovely Roxanne on behalf of his shy and funny friend. The audience is swept up in the romance and the tragedy of this masterful production.

Winner of Sydney Theatre Critic Awards including Best Independent Production, Best Director and Best Actor, this new adaptation of the French masterpiece, Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, was written and directed by Damien Ryan.

Happening Wednesday 28 June to Saturday 01 July 2017 at the Canberra Theatre Centre. Find information on tickets and entry times on the website.

THE TRUFFLE FESTIVAL – CANBERRA REGION

Indulge in a feast of the senses with The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region; the first and largest festival of its kind in Australia. Each year from June to August more than 250 individual events are held across the Canberra region showcasing the region’s fresh Black Winter Truffle.

Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a market and pick up some truffle delights for yourself.

Now in its ninth consecutive year, the Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival, and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.

On until Thursday 31 August 2017 across various Canberra Locations. For more information on opening hours and locations across Canberra visit the website.

Sunday Roast at Pialligo Estate

Come and experience a two or three course Argentinian-style Sunday roast at Pialligo Estate, each Sunday from 12pm. Find more information here.

Sunday Roast is just $65 for adults, $30 for children (2-12 years old). Includes drink on arrival and a three-course shared menu included two roast varieties.

To book, contact the reservations team on 6247 6060 or make an enquiry here

Inspiring Rare Birds: Building Trust

How do you build a brand that people are loyal to? How do you get your team on board with your vision and build their resilience so they deliver their best to the business?

Great leadership in business means being able to build a strong level of trust – with both your team, and your customer. Trust is a characteristic that builds respect and loyalty, as well as a supportive and safe work environment. Distrust increases tension and negative “on guard” behaviour, which can erode the spirit of the team and ultimately productivity.

Hear insights from a local panel of entrepreneurs and business leaders in conversation with Rare Birds founder Jo Burston, followed by networking and drinks.

Happening Tuesday 27 June at Rolfe Classic BMW, 2 Botany Street, Phillip.

Grab your free ticket from Eventbrite.

Whisky Business: The Science of Whisky

Whisky: it’s made from grains, gets old in a barrel, and has travelled to space and back.

Questacon’s whisky enthusiasts are back with the ever popular Whisky Business. Using drams from around the world they will be exploring the science of whisky. How does the smokiness of whisky relate to climate change? What will happen to whisky when combined with liquid nitrogen? What has Bog Man got to do with any of it? Through comparing and contrasting, science will be closely examined through the bottom of the whisky glass.

This event will be full of fun, science, and of course whisky.

Happening Friday 30 June from 7pm-9 pm at Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes

Purchase tickets here

Please note – This is an adults-only 18+ event

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.

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.

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.

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. Showing every day from 10am-5pm until 27 August at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

ICE SKATING AT GAREMA PLACE

Garema Place will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring an ice rink, a giant ice slide, jumping castle and a giant inflatable slide. Experience world-class on ice entertainment, magical lighting and killer tunes to heighten the adventure.

Get the family together for an extra-ordinary outing. Spoil that special someone with an out of the box date night experience, or get your mates together for an exciting adventure on the ice!

These pop-up ice rinks are only in town for a limited time. Don’t miss out!

Skating at Garema Place perfectly coincides with the school holidays and is the ideal activity for the entire family.

Happening from Friday 23 June to Sunday 16 July at City Centre, Garema Place.

Opening hours Monday to Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm, Friday to Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm , Sunday: 9 am – 8 pm.

SkatingAt Ice Rink tickets include ice hockey rental skates. Book your session now!

FOOD & DRINK

Image: Tim Bean Photography

Image: Tim Bean Photography

THE FORAGE

The Forage is a showcase of street food (and other food products) by our local cafes, food trucks, wineries and breweries. Our mission is to give our local businesses an opportunity to get creative and showcase and feed our community in a festival style environment. Bringing everyone together in one location, gives our Canberra community an opportunity to sample what is happening in our foodie city.

Happening Saturday 1 July 2017 from 2pm-7pm at The Little National, 21 National Circuit Barton. Find information on the website.

THE TRUFFLE FESTIVAL – CANBERRA REGION

Indulge in a feast of the senses with The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region; the first and largest festival of its kind in Australia. Each year from June to August more than 250 individual events are held across the Canberra region showcasing the region’s fresh Black Winter Truffle.

Taste and experience the magic of these highly-prized gems. Indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from the chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a market and pick up some truffle delights for yourself.

Now in its ninth consecutive year, the Truffle Festival is the ultimate foodie festival, and a fabulous celebration of winter in the Canberra region.

On until Thursday 31 August 2017 across various Canberra Locations. For more information on opening hours and locations across Canberra visit the website.

Whisky Business: The Science of Whisky

Whisky: it’s made from grains, gets old in a barrel, and has travelled to space and back.

Questacon’s whisky enthusiasts are back with the ever popular Whisky Business. Using drams from around the world they will be exploring the science of whisky. How does the smokiness of whisky relate to climate change? What will happen to whisky when combined with liquid nitrogen? What has Bog Man got to do with any of it? Through comparing and contrasting, science will be closely examined through the bottom of the whisky glass.

This event will be full of fun, science, and of course whisky.

Happening Friday 30 June from 7pm-9 pm at Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes

Purchase tickets here

Please note – This is an adults-only 18+ event

Sunday Roast at Pialligo Estate

Experience a two or three course Argentinian-style Sunday roast at Pialligo Estate, each Sunday from 12pm.

Sunday Roast is just $65 for adults, $30 for children (2-12 years old). Includes drink on arrival and a three-course shared menu included two roast varieties.

To book, contact the reservations team on 6247 6060 or make an enquiry here.

WODEN VIEW CLUB LUNCHEON

Meet the ladies of Woden View Club for a delicious 2 course luncheon and enjoy listening to Joy Savage who will speak about her work with indigenous women. This activity supports The Smith Family and its Learning for Life Program, which helps children in need with their education. Visitors and interested ladies are warmly welcome.

Happening Tuesday 27 June from 11.30am-2.30pm at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden, Phillip. Find more information on the website.

THE BALVENIE WHISKEY MASTERCLASS

An exciting tasting event is happening at Black Market. This time, featuring The Balvenie – 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 a tasting of The Balvenie:
• 12yr Doublewood
• 14yr Caribbean cask
• 17yr Doublewood
• 21yr Portwood

Tickets are $50 per person which includes complimentary charcuterie platters throughout the evening. On 29 June at 6pm at Black Market, 2 Phillip Law St, Canberra.  Bookings are essential as places are limited. Email Black Market at [email protected] if you have any questions.

CANBERRA TRUFFLE HUNTS

Rug up for a wintery experience and take a Canberra Truffle Hunt in the oak forest on Canberra’s only trufferie; The Truffle Farm. Follow the truffle dogs as they sniff out prized black Perigord truffles. Once the perfect truffle is found, head back into the warmth of the truffle shed to discover the secrets to using this highly prized delicacy.

Tours available Fridays to Sundays early June to August. They sell out fast so make a date with your favourite people and book now to avoid disappointment.

On every Friday to Sunday until 27 August at The Truffle Farm, Mount Majura Road, Canberra. Find information on the website.

MAJURA VALLEY EXPERIENCE

Take a journey through the Majura Valley into Pialligo for the ultimate truffle infused food and wine experience. The day includes a truffle hunt at The Truffle Farm, Wine Tasting and Truffled Brie at Mount Majura Vineyard and a three course truffle lunch at Pod Food.

Join Jayson at Canberra truffles for a truffle hunt, he will take you out with the dogs to find some truffles through the oak and hazelnut trees. Next head to Mount Majura Vineyard for truffled brie and wine, you can also taste through the range of wines while there. Lastly head to Pod Food in Pialligo for a three course truffle infused menu with a glass of Mount Majura Vineyard wine.

The Majura Valley Experience runs on weekends until Sunday 27 August 2017 at Canberra Truffles | Mount Majura Vineyard | Pod Food, Lime Kiln Road. Find more information on the website.

Afternoon Tea at the Conservatory

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

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

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

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

TRUFFLE INFUSED WINTER WEEKENDS AT CELLAR DOOR

Mount Majura is excited to once again include truffles at the cellar door as part of our winter tasting experience.

Come into the cellar door at Mount Majura Vineyard to taste a flight of three wines matched with truffled brie. We combine Flinders Estate Brie, a deliciously rich and creamy brie style cheese, with truffles from our neighbour Jayson at The Truffle Farm.

Every week we will be layering fresh truffles in the brie giving them time to infuse into the cheese, ready for serving on the weekend. To accompany this we’re pouring a flight of three 80ml glasses of wine matched to the truffled brie.

Bookings are essential to ensure the best experience possible.

Happening until Sunday 27 August 2017, every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm at Mount Majura Vineyard, Lime Kiln Road. Find 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.

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

Credit: Philip Erbacher

Credit: Philip Erbacher

CYRANO DE BERGERAC

Cyrano de Bergerac is the play that brought the word ‘panache’ into the English language. An original and finely crafted romantic comedy; this is the tale of the beautiful Roxanne and the man who would love her, but for his outrageous nose.

This production captures the cockiness, volubility and wit of the swash-buckling Cyrano, as with aching heart and self-loathing he woos the feisty and lovely Roxanne on behalf of his shy and funny friend. The audience is swept up in the romance and the tragedy of this masterful production.

Winner of Sydney Theatre Critic Awards including Best Independent Production, Best Director and Best Actor, this new adaptation of the French masterpiece, Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, was written and directed by Damien Ryan.

Happening Wednesday 28 June to Saturday 01 July 2017 at the Canberra Theatre Centre. Find information on tickets and entry times on the website.

BACH TO THE BUSH

Bach to the Bush is an ongoing concert series by New South Wales cellist Anthony Albrecht. In this two-hour concert selections from J.S. Bach’s stunning suites for solo cello are interspersed with other short early works for the instrument and discussion of the historical and cultural context of this timeless music.

An outstanding young musician of international renown, Anthony is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School’s prestigious Historical Performance program which he attended on full scholarship.

Albrecht is currently based in London as a Guildhall School of Music and Drama Research Scholar. Anthony returns to Australia regularly for performances with Pinchgut Opera and the Australian Haydn Ensemble. He has recorded for ABC Classics and VIA Records (New York City).

Happening Friday 30 June 2017 from 7pm-9pm at the Wesley Music Centre, 22 National Circuit, Forrest. For more information and entry fees visit the website.

JEN ANDERSON PRESENTS PANDORA’S BOX WITH LIVE STRING ACCOMPANIMENT

In the acclaimed German silent film Pandora’s Box, Lulu (Louise Brooks) is a young woman so beautiful and alluring that few can resist her siren charms.

Australian composer Jen Anderson wowed Australian audiences in 1993 with performances of her live score accompaniment, and now Jen and her string quartet are showcasing a revamped score to accompany the recently restored print from Deutsches Kinemathek in Berlin.

Happening Friday 7 July 2017 from 7pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, Acton. To find information on purchasing tickets visit the website.

CLARE BOWEN

Australian-born, US-based singer-songwriter-actress, Clare Bowen, returns to Oz to play with special guest Timothy James Bowen.

Perhaps best known for her leading role as Scarlett O’Connor on the US prime-time TV series Nashville, Clare Bowen is a ferocious and gifted performer, enthralling in the live arena.

Just last year, Clare embarked on her debut Australian tour and completely sold out seven East Coast dates almost instantaneously. Don’t miss out this time – book your tickets now.

Happening Wednesday 5 July 2017 from 7.30pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit. For information on booking fees and more visit the website.

THE SUBSDANCE SHOW

Join Subsdance for a night of spectacular dance and cultural performances showcased by the talented and creative instructors, students and professional performers of Subsdance.

The show will also consist of performances by the competitors who are entering the Australian Latin Dance Championships in June.

Tickets start from $10 and can be purchased via the website. Tickets will be emailed to you after purchase. Please ensure you supply an email address.

Happening Friday 30 June from 7.30pm at Erindale Theatre, McBryde Crescent.

INTIMATE MOZART

Intimate Mozart brings together Richard Tognetti; Director and Violin, Kristian Bezuidenhout on Piano and the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO).

Born in South Africa, raised in Australia, educated in the United States and now a resident of the United Kingdom, pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of the world’s leading performers of Mozart. Since 2009, he has been recording the complete keyboard music of Mozart. As a performer, Mozart’s own performances as a pianist stunned Viennese concertgoers and paved the way for the likes of Beethoven and the Romantics to follow.

Alongside Richard Tognetti and an intimate ACO ensemble, Kristian takes on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.13. Mozart himself wrote that this concerto could be “performed with full orchestra … or merely a quattro”, which is how it will be presented here.

Schumann’s String Quartet and Piano Quintet, both written in 1842 (his year of chamber music and not long after he married his beloved Clara), complete the program. Fresh, buoyant and inventive, these two magnificent works have been called “the most perfect of all the products of his genius.

Happening Saturday 1 July 2017 from 7.30pm at Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University. For more details visit the website.

CANBERRA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S OPERA GALA

Always one of the season highlights, this year’s Opera Gala will be an extraordinary international concert event.

Six guest artists from the State Opera House of Saarbrücken in Germany will perform exquisite repertoire with the orchestra, under the baton of CSO Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Nicholas Milton AM.

The world-class opera stars—originally from Germany, Iceland, Chile and Japan—have performed on stages across the world and this Canberra event will be their only concert performance in Australia.

With an exquisite programme of arias by Puccini, Wagner, Verdi, Rossini and Mozart this landmark CSO Opera Gala promises to be a breathtaking musical experience.

Whether you love opera or want to explore this fantastical world for the first time, the 2017 CSO Opera Gala is simply not to be missed. Tickets selling fast so book yours today.

Happening Saturday 8 July 2017 from 7.30pm at the Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University. For more details visit the website.

MABO: LIFE OF AN ISLAND MAN

Born on Murray Island in the Torres Strait, Eddie Koiki Mabo and his fellow islanders changed the Australian political and legal landscape when the High Court granted them ‘native title’ to three islands in the Strait, six months after Mabo’s death in 1992.

Trevor Graham’s camera had already followed Mabo in his 1989 documentary Land Bilong Islanders, but he was moved to tell more of Eddie’s story following his death.

With Film Australia, Graham produced the feature documentary Mabo- Life of an Island Man. Director Trevor Graham and special guest Gail Mabo will be in attendance for a special Q&A session.

Happening Wednesday 05 July 2017 from 7pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, Acton. Find information on the website.

THE UMBILICAL BROTHERS

The Umbilical Brothers are an international comedy phenomenon. So far they’ve won a couple of BAFTAs, an Emmy, the Critics’ Choice at Edinburgh Fringe and the Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performers. They have performed in 37 countries with five different shows. Now they are returning home with one of their most beloved ones, Speedmouse.

Full of the stuff you love best, Speedmouse is a live action, fast paced, rewind, slow motion, frame-by-frame adventure where two men create the impossible out of a microphone and a unique physical ability that has no equal.

Speedmouse has earned a bevy of five star reviews and numerous awards including best stage production and best international show, along with a multi-platinum DVD that is sold in every corner of the world.

Join them in celebrating the return of Speedmouse with a limited live theatrical run. If you haven’t seen this show live, you should. Really.

Happening Saturday 8 July 2017 from 8pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square. To purchase tickets visit the website.

AUSTRALIAN HAYDN ENSEMBLE PRESENTS MELVYN TAN & HAYDN’S PARIS

Join AHE and Artistic Director Skye McIntosh as they present one of the world’s greatest forte-pianists, Melvyn Tan, in a program inspired by the beauty and romance of classical Paris.

Melvyn Tan, a pioneer of performance on historical instruments and renowned for his “delicacy and peerless, silvery virtuosity”, performs the concerto Mozart wrote for the Parisian pianist, Maria Theresa von Paradis, No.18 in B flat major. Exploration, insight and imagination are vital ingredients in Melvyn Tan’s blend of artistic attributes.

The Ensemble also presents the Australian premiere of a symphony by the legendary African Parisian violinist, director, swordsman, soldier and composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges, known as ‘The Black Mozart’. Director of the Paris Opera, he was also responsible for the commission of Haydn’s highly acclaimed Paris Symphonies.

AHE performs in its full orchestral configuration, presenting one of these great symphonies – No.85 ‘The Queen’ dedicated to Marie Antoinette.

On 29 June from 7pm-9pm at The Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla.

Find ticketing information on the website.

Essential Kurosawa: selected by David Stratton

The Essential Kurosawa retrospective consists of seven of the finest films made by one of cinema’s great directors, Akira Kurosawa. A master of action, Kurosawa was influenced by directors like John Ford and in turn influenced a younger generation of filmmakers, like George Lucas and Martin Scorsese.

Australian film critic icon David Stratton will join you for the closing night screening of Rashomon 4K on Friday 30 June.

Screening from Wednesday 14 to Friday 30 June at the National Film and Sound Archives. Tickets start at $35. Visit the website or more information: www.australianhaydn.com.au

THE 39 STEPS

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have the intriguing, thrilling, riotous and unmissable comedy – The 39 Steps. The show hurtles a notorious fugitive and a spellbound blonde, from a London music hall north by northwest to Scotland’s most remote highlands.
Will they save Britain from a den of devious spies?

Showing Thursday 15 June – Saturday 1 July Canberra / Wednesday – Friday: 8pm – 10.30pm, Saturday: 2pm -4.30pm & 8pm – 10.30pm, Sunday: 2pm – 4.30pm at Theatre 3, 3 Repertory Lane, Canberra

Find more information here and buy tickets online.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

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THE FORAGE

The Forage is a showcase of street food (and other food products) by our local cafes, food trucks, wineries and breweries. Our mission is to give our local businesses an opportunity to get creative and showcase and feed our community in a festival style environment. Bringing everyone together in one location, gives our Canberra community an opportunity to sample what is happening in our foodie city.

Happening Saturday 1 July 2017 from 2pm-7pm at The Little National, 21 National Circuit Barton. Find information on the website.

Three Sixty Fashion Market – Winter

There’s a place where old meets new, bright meets subtle, infamous meets not-yet-known. In terms of fashion, this place is Three Sixty Fashion Market, and it’s coming to Canberra in July!

On 2 July, Fitters Workshop Kingston Canberra will be filled with cutting-edge couture and vintage varieties of all sorts.

There’s always a plethora of options. Some stalls will sell name brand designer denims while others will house high-quality vintage items that you aren’t likely to find elsewhere. Local creative craftspeople will have their collections available for sale, too. Plan to spend the day perusing handmade jewellry while you mix and match marvelous creations from up-and-coming artists.

Parking is available all around the Kingston Foreshore. Concerned about sizes? Changing rooms will be centrally located within the marketing, including mirrors on the insides and outsides of the rooms for your convenience.

Three Sixty Fashion Market is always a must-see event in town. May was a huge success, and this winter market is sure to be spectacular!

Check out the venue, get more details, or apply to sell your own stuff at Three Sixty Fashion Market’s official website.

Happening Sunday 2 July from 10am-3pm at Fitters Workshop, Kingston Foreshore.

Find more information via the website.

GUNNING FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

The countdown is on to the Gunning Fireworks Festival – the largest fireworks show ever to be staged in the region. If you love fireworks then you must make a note on your calendar.

This combined community event and pyrotechnics trade show has become one of the most popular family events in the area. People travel from afar to enjoy an afternoon of music and entertainment and an evening of fireworks demonstrations with a spectacular fireworks finale.

The event is produced by Fireworks Australia who have a factory in the region. They supply specialised products to other fireworks companies, film and television, touring productions and major events Australia wide. The fireworks finale will showcase the latest in high tech effects during a massive pyrotechnic musical sky show.

Take a rug and chair, sit back, and enjoy the show.

Happening Saturday 9 September 2017 from 3pm till 9pm at the Gunning Showgrounds, Yass Street. Find more information on the website.

CULTURE SHOP

Get 20% off purchases* from the Museum Shop and enjoy the winter style workshop, with fashion and beauty stylist Trish Murray.

The event will feature this season’s clothing and accessories from quality Australian brands including Elk Accessories, Yoko Fashion, Otto and Spike, The Spotted Quoll and much more.

The Museum Bar will be open with a cash bar and delicious food from Broadbean Catering, and the ‘Maestro of Mix’ DJ Jungle Jerry providing the beats.

Happening Thursday 29 June 2017 from 6pm-8pm at the National Museum of Australia, Acton. Find more information on the website.

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS – CREATIVE FIBRE

Creative types unite! Be inspired by the originality of the region’s most talented textile artists showcasing and selling their work at our annual Creative Fibre. This day offers an excellent opportunity to engage with the textile artists who call the Canberra region home. You can see products and learn about the processes involved in designing, printing on fabric, creating mixed media homewares and wearable textiles, weaving, knitting, crocheting, hand dyeing fabric and more.

What might you find? A large range of handcrafted homewares, clothing and textiles.

Happening Sunday 9 July 2017 from 10am-4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston. For more information visit the website.

CANBERRA METRO POP UP STALL

Have a question about the Light Rail in Gungahlin?  Stop by Canberra Metro’s Information Pop Up stall, within the Gungahlin Village (Coles end) in the old Flight Centre space!

Happening Tuesday 27 June 2017 from 11am-1pm at Gungahlin Village, Hibberson Street. Find more information on the website.

LIFELINE SOUTHSIDE BOOKFAIR

Happiness is curling up with a good book … stock up on some happiness at the annual Lifeline Southside Bookfair! 

Browse among a wide range of books, movies, music, games, comics and more at low prices. Saturday is Family Day with fun activities for the kids.

Entry is by gold coin donation; all proceeds going to our local Lifeline crisis support service.

Visit their website for full details.

Happening Friday 7 July 2017 to Sunday09 July 2017 at Tuggeranong Southern Cross Stadium. For full details and information on opening hours visit the website.

HARTLEY HALL MARKETS

The Hartley Hall Markets are one of Canberra’s best craft and home produce markets, located at the Hall Village Showground just north of Canberra. Get along where you can buy many wonderful local products such as; unique gifts, artwork, home baked goods, dog/cat beds and treats, plants, jewellery, fresh produce, woodwork, crafts and much more – over 200 stalls!

Enjoy the rustic atmosphere where you will find great live music, delicious food and plenty of fun activities and entertainment for the kids such as jumping castles, pony rides and face painting.

Entry is by gold coin donation and all of the proceeds from the Hartley Hall Markets are contributed to Hartley Lifecare which provides accommodation, respite, community services and assisted technology to people with physical and complex disabilities living in the ACT and surrounding regions.

Entry is gold coin donation. Visit the website for more information:  www.hallmarkets.com.au/

On 2 July from 10am – 3pm at the Hall Showground, Victoria Street, Hall.

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.

CAPTAIN FLAT COUNTRY MARKETS

The Captains Flat Country Markets are friendly, relaxed markets held the first Saturday of each month (except January and this April when Easter Saturday falls on the same date) selling craft, homemade jewellery, local produce, handcrafted timber goods, plants, homemade cakes, slices biscuits, pre-loved goods, and much more.

The Markets’ Cafe provides fresh tea and real coffee and various community groups provide a barbecue. The Captains Flat Country Markets are run by the Captains Flat Community Association (CFCA – a not-for-profit organisation), for the benefit of the local community. Funds raised go towards supporting a variety of community initiatives.

Don’t forget to talk to the Community Association representatives on their regular stall to find out more about local events and activities, including local businesses and services.

Happening from Saturday 3 June – Saturday 2 December 2017 at Captains Flat Community Hall | Open from 10am – 2pm. Find more information on the website.

MARKET GARDEN PRODUCE STALL

Selling fresh, clean, chemical free vegetables, preserves and baked goods in the Courtyard of 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood every Saturday morning from 8.30am until 12.00 or sold out.

Wynlen House is a small urban micro farm specialising in offering a broad range of seasonal vegetables all year round.

They also run workshops to show people how to grow vegetables, garlic, and raise small farm animals on a large suburban block and offer slow food events to showcase the benefit and deliciousness of produce grown locally, without chemical inputs and picked fresh.

On every Saturday from 8.30am – 12pm, at The Courtyard, Braidwood. For more information visit 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. Do your weekly shop, grab some dinner sit down and relax while you enjoy a cold drink at the end of a hot week! The Farmers and Foodies Markets are on every Friday from 4pm to 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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Inspiring Rare Birds: Building Trust

How do you build a brand that people are loyal to? How do you get your team on board with your vision and build their resilience so they deliver their best to the business?

Great leadership in business means being able to build a strong level of trust – with both your team, and your customer. Trust is a characteristic that builds respect and loyalty, as well as a supportive and safe work environment. Distrust increases tension and negative “on guard” behaviour, which can erode the spirit of the team and ultimately productivity.

Hear insights from a local panel of entrepreneurs and business leaders in conversation with Rare Birds founder Jo Burston, followed by networking and drinks.

Happening Tuesday 27 June at Rolfe Classic BMW, 2 Botany Street, Phillip.

Grab your free ticket from Eventbrite.

IN CONVERSATION: CAPITAL IDEAS – AUSTRALIAN BUDGET WOES

This Capital Ideas event will explore the causes of repeated budget projection errors. It will describe how these are affecting policy choices. It will ask whether anything fundamental has changed that might require a rethink of how budgets are prepared. And it will explore the institutional barriers to better outcomes, and the opportunities for reform.

Katharine Murphy, political editor at the Guardian and 15-year veteran of the Canberra press gallery, will discuss the issues with John Daley, CEO of the Grattan Institute, presenting new research from Grattan Institute’s work on budget policy.

Happening Tuesday 27 June 2017 from 6pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West. Find more information on the website.

Thank You Baby Range Launch

On Saturday, The Business Experiment podcast and social enterprise Thankyou will team up to launch Thankyou’s new and improved nappy in Canberra. 100 per cent of the profit from Thankyou’s nappy and baby care fund child and maternal health programs in developing countries.

Children between the age of birth and 5-years-old are the most vulnerable members of developing communities. In these communities, too many children never reach 1 month old, while many mothers are dying during childbirth from preventable causes.

The 1 July event, to be held at Wisdom Learning (Canberra Airport) between 10.30am and 1.30pm, will showcase the new products and teach how, as consumers, we can be part of the solution and help to increase survival rates through the purchase of amazing baby and toddler products. 

The Business Experiment will record a live podcast at the event featuring a member of Thankyou’s leadership team. A 30-minute short documentary filmed by Thankyou, Global Village of Change, will be screened with face painting, food and more provided at this family friendly event.

Happening Saturday 1 July at Wisdon Learning, Canberras Airport. For more details, click here.

LIFE AND DEATH: DOROTHY ENGLISH PARTY

Treasures Curator Nat Williams sheds light on the brief life of Dorothy English Party. Creating two exceptional sketchbooks filled with watercolours of plants, Dorothy’s work is now held in the Library’s Rex Nan Kivell collection.

The Treasures Curator is supported by Catalyst-Australian Arts and Culture Fund. A Treasures Gallery Access Program, supported by National Library Patrons.

Happening Wednesday 28 June 2017 from 6pm-8pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West. For information on ticket purchases visit the website.

NAIDOC COLLECTION TALK: OUR VOICE

The National Library has been collecting oral histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to ensure their life stories, and personal insights are recorded for future generations. Join Ryan Stoker as he highlights a variety of interviews, social histories and folklore recordings.

Happening Thursday 6 July 2017 from 12.30pm-1.30pm at the National Library of Australia. Find information on the website.

NAIDOC WEEK EVENT: OUR LANGUAGES MATTER

Our manuscripts collection holds some of the earliest records of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander languages, written in the post-European contact period. Shannon Sutton provides a fragmentary glimpse of the diverse range of the hundreds of languages spoken in Australia before European contact.

Happening Tuesday 4 July 2017 from 12.30pm-1.30pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

PROF WILL STEFEN CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Professor Will Stefen – Climate Change & Sustainability talk at the Canberra Cross Country Ski Club social night.

Professor Will Stefen is one of Australia’s foremost climate change Scientists and researchers at the Australian National University, Canberra. He has featured several times this year on radio interviews and has very kindly agreed to come and talk on Climate Change, specifically in South East Australia including the Snowies. This is a golden opportunity to hear the latest information on this very important subject that affects us all.

Happening Wednesday 28 June 2017 from 7.30pm at Hughes Community Centre. Find more information on the website. 

WHAT IF THE WORST HAPPENS? FREE FIRST AID LESSON FOR RETIREES – CPR, DEFIBS AND CHOKING

Would you know what to do if someone collapsed in front of you? Would you know what to do if someone choked in a restaurant? Would you have the confidence to act?

In this free session you will be taught how to follow the DRSABCD action plan to help an unconscious, not breathing patient.

DRSABCD stands for:
* Danger
* Response
* Send for help
* Airway
* Breathing
* CPR
* Defibrillation

They will show you how to do CPR or tell someone else how to do it and also show you how easy and safe using a defibrillator is. There will be an opportunity for those who wish to have a hands on practice at CPR to do so on our CPR manikins.

Please note that it is the knowledge of CPR that can save a life. Those without the physical strength can instruct others in what to do, even if that person has never done CPR before. Our volunteers will also show you how to recognise and manage choking.

The sessions are targeted at retirees, seniors, the elderly and their families. On June 28 from 2pm – 3.30pm at St John Ambulance ACT, 14 Thesiger Court Deakin.

Visit the website for more information: www.stjohnact.com.au

INTRO TO PERMACULTURE

Permaculture is a design methodology which focuses on designing landscapes that mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature while yielding an abundance of food, fibre and energy. In contrast to industrial agriculture, land cultivation in permaculture is viewed in terms of how it relates to surrounding ecosystems. The aim is to work with, rather than against, natural cycles, patterns and processes and create genuinely sustainable agriculture.

This workshop is run by Bredbo Valley View Farm’s Martyn Noakes and will focus on the ethics and principles that will get you started on the road to permaculture planning and action.

Tuesday 27 June 6-8pm, Canberra Environment Centre, $25. Limited places are available and bookings are essential, please visit www.canberraenvironment.org or phone 6248 0885 to book.

INTRO TO NATURAL DYEING

This is a rare opportunity to learn the art of plant dyeing from one of Australia’s celebrated textiles artists, Sally Blake. Sally is a Canberra based textiles artist. Her practice includes woven techniques, stitching, plant dyeing and

Sally is a Canberra based textiles artist. Her practice includes woven techniques, stitching, plant dyeing and paper work. Along with appearing in exhibitions around Australia, Sally has been recognised in France, Britain, Japan and New Zealand.

Sally will give a general introduction to plant dyeing and the different techniques available, as well as a short history of the practice. This will be followed by a demonstration on how to make and apply plant based dyes using acacias and eucalypts.  Includes all materials and take home notes.

Thursday 27 June 6-8pm, Canberra Environment Centre, $25. Limited places are available and bookings are essential, please visit www.canberraenvironment.org or phone 6248 0885 to book.

THE FULL CIRCLE

Combined Artists show their works in a cosy comfortable atmosphere, come along and view the talent and talk to the artists while the cafe serves you hot beverages and yummy treats! Gold coin donation upon arrival is our door fee for the evening! All donations $3 or more go in the lucky door prize draw.

Art ranges from Metal to waterclours and some some amazing creatures that maybe familiar!

On 30 June from 7:30 PM – 10 PM at Beyond Q Bookshop, 44 Curtin Pl, Curtin.

Stepping Forward: Combining social interaction with light exercise

This free 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.

On fortnightly in Tuggeranong on Wednesday mornings and fortnightly in Gungahlin on Friday mornings, during school terms only. Children not yet at school are welcome to attend. 

Complete the online contact form to register.

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.

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.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

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HEART FOUNDATION TRIVIA NIGHT

For Canberra women – Heart disease is the largest killer; women are four times as likely to die from heart disease than from breast cancer.

You’re invited to test your trivia knowledge for an evening of fun, food and prizes with host Quiz Master Steve Doszpot MLA and MC Greg Bayliss.

A great night out for families, and for a great cause –  heart disease which affects one in three Canberrans.

Cost is $60 single ticket or $500 for a table of 10.

Happening Friday 30 June at 6.30pm at Hellenic Club, Woden. Tickets on sale now www.tinyurl.com/Trivia4Heart 

Fundraiser Screening: Cars 3

Join Dance Central for the opening week screening of Cars 3! This special screening has been created to help their kid’s street dance crew DKC fund their trip to Arizona USA to compete in Hip Hop International, August 2017.

TIMING

5pm – Ticket collection. All tickets can be collected from a special DKC ticket booth located inside the cinema. Drinks, Popcorn and Choc tops will then be available from the candy bar upon sitting customers ticket.

6.10pm – DKC special performance

6.20pm – Cinema doors open

6.35pm – Movie starts!

TICKETS

$20/person includes popcorn or choc top or drink.

Happening Wednesday 28 June from 5pm at Limelight Cinemas, Tuggeranong.

To reserve your ticket please email [email protected] to reserve ticket. Payments may be made in cash on the day or via direct deposit. Direct deposit details are accessible to those who wish to pre-purchase tickets and reserve a ticket in advance.

ANOTHER CHANCE OP SHOP – 50% OFF STOREWIDE SALE

Another Chance Op Shop, Scullin will be having an end-of-financial-year SALE with ALL STOCK STOREWIDE (except books and greeting cards) HALF PRICE!

A great range of children’s and adult clothing, bags, shoes, kitchenware, manchester, books, toys and bric a brac are on offer at affordable prices.

Another Chance Op Shop is a project of Mosaic Baptist Church, with profits from sales going directly towards supporting people in need both locally and overseas.

Happening Monday 19 June to Friday 30 June at 10am – 4.30pm and on Saturday 24 June at 10am – 1pm, at Scullin Shopping Centre, Ross Smith Crescent and McIntosh Street Scullin.

For more information call 6278 4135.

SPORTS

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Kowen Trail Run

The Wamboin Runners Group, in association with the Australian Mountain Running Association is holding the inaugural Kowen Trail Run in conjunction with the Wamboin Home Produce Market.

Starting and finishing at the Wamboin Community Hall, the race will see competitors running up Bingley Way and into Kowen Forest. The event includes a marathon, half marathon and 12 kilometre run/walk.

For more information, visit the Kowen Trail Run Facebook page.

RAIDERS VS COWBOYS

Make your way to Canberra to see Raiders v Cowboys. Since their premiership breakthrough in 2015, the North Queensland Cowboys have been one of the benchmark teams in the NRL. With a plethora of representative players in their side, this rugby league game against the Raiders is shaping up as one of the biggest of the year.

Showing Saturday 1 July 2017 with kick off at 7.30pm at GIO Stadium, Bruce. More information and tickets will be available on the website.

PAIN SUPPORT ACT PRESENTS YOGA FOR CHRONIC PAIN

Pain Support ACT inc presents Yoga for chronic pain: Support and information event. This event will start off with a short talk from an experienced yoga for chronic pain teacher and your questions, then be followed by sharing and discussion as below.

What are the key aspects of managing pain? How are they helping you? How do you feel about accepting pain?

This friendly get-together is a chance to talk with others who experience pain and understand your situation. You can browse and borrow a library book (members only) from our up to date range of quality up-to-date books. Practice relaxation or meditation. Relax and have a cuppa with us.

BYO: Your lunch if you’d like to have it with us. Cushion if you need one. Coffee, tea, biscuits provided.

Happening Tuesday 27 June 2017 from 12pm-2pm at Maitland House, Hackett. For more information visit 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.

OUTDOORS

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GUNNING FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

The countdown is on to the Gunning Fireworks Festival – the largest fireworks show ever to be staged in the region. If you love fireworks then you must make a note on your calendar.

This combined community event and pyrotechnics trade show has become one of the most popular family events in the area. People travel from afar to enjoy an afternoon of music and entertainment and an evening of fireworks demonstrations with a spectacular fireworks finale.

The event is produced by Fireworks Australia who have a factory in the region. They supply specialised products to other fireworks companies, film and television, touring productions and major events Australia wide. The fireworks finale will showcase the latest in high tech effects during a massive pyrotechnic musical sky show.

Take a rug and chair, sit back, and enjoy the show.

Happening Saturday 9 September 2017 from 3pm till 9pm at the Gunning Showgrounds, Yass Street. Find more information on the website.

DINOSAUR IN THE GARDENS

They’re back! Once again the Australian National Botanic Gardens has partnered with the National Dinosaurs Museum to bring some prehistoric beasts to life. Step back in time at the Australian National Botanic Gardens and become an intrepid explorer when the dinosaurs visit the Gardens. Bring your family and friends for a limited and rare opportunity to encounter dinosaurs and plant fossils among the landscapes they once inhabited.Discover some dinosaur-some activities at the Visitor Centre then set off on your adventure by following the dinosaur footprints around the Gardens during the school holidays.

Discover some dinosaur-some activities at the Visitor Centre then set off on your adventure by following the dinosaur footprints around the Gardens during the school holidays.

For added excitement take your adventure after dark with one of our dino stampede public open nights when the Gardens will be illuminated and the dinosaurs more menacing!

Showing daily at the Australian National Botanic Gardens from Thursday 01 July until Friday 16 July 2017, 9.30am till 4.30pm. For more information visit the website.

WARM TREES AT THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM

Come and see the huge installation of knitting and crochet on trees and the largest knitted flowers in the world at the National Arboretum for the month of July.

Warm Trees is the combined effort of hundreds of volunteers who knit or crochet cherry blossoms, circles, flowers and scarves to enliven the Arboretum during winter. Join us for a free ‘knit in’, try your hand at crocheting a cherry blossom or attend the Origami workshops for children during the school holidays.

The ‘Sakura Exhibition’, a stunning exhibition of cherry blossom scenes from Japan, features in the Village Centre daily.Everyone is welcome to the official launch by Mr Miyashita from the Embassy of Japan and Ms Orr MLA. Enjoy a performance to celebrate Sakura (cherry blossoms) with a Japanese court instrument accompanied by the digeridoo.

Everyone is welcome to the official launch by Mr Miyashita from the Embassy of Japan and Ms Orr MLA. Enjoy a performance to celebrate Sakura (cherry blossoms) with a Japanese court instrument accompanied by the digeridoo.

Happening from Thursday 01 July to Sunday 30 of July 2017 at the National Arboretum Canberra, Forest. For opening hours and more visit the website.

AFTERDARK FINEFLY LANTERN TOUR

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Australian National Botanic Gardens‘ native Australian flora by night.

Start the evening with a delicious hot chocolate, then participate in the construction of your own hand made lantern.

Your tour leader will then take you on a fascinating after dark discovery of the Gardens using your ‘firefly lantern light’ to help guide the way.

AfterDark tours are suitable for adults and children over five years only.

Please wear flat shoes and warm clothing – gloves, coats and warm hats are essential during the winter months.

Showing from Thursday 01 July till Saturday 12 August 2017 at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. For tours times and entry tickets visit the website.

SUPER SATURDAY – PROUDLY SUPPORTING MARYMEAD

Enjoy a great afternoon of horse racing in the nation’s capital on one of the best tracks in the country at Thoroughbred Park.

Join them for fashions on the field with Classic Ladies Race wear and Classic Mens Race wear.

Book a table in the members-only Black Opal Room for a carvery lunch or enjoy superb bar facilities in the Winning Post Bar.

Showing every Saturday until March 24 2017 at Thoroughbred Park, Randwick Road. For more information visit the website.

KIDS

Image via VisitCanberra

Image via VisitCanberra

KOALAS IN THE CANOPY

Search for Koalas in the Canopy and enjoy a ranger guided walk through the tall eucalypt forest at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Hear the ranger’s story or two about these fascinating marsupials. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.

Normal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required for Koalas in the Canopy.

Arrive an hour early and see the pelicans being fed at Pond 4 at 1.30pm. Hear insights about pelicans and the other remarkable inhabitants of the wetlands from a Tidbinbilla ranger.

Saturdays 2.30pm – 3pm until Sunday 12 May 2018 at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Find more information on the website.

NAIDOC WEEK AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

The Australian War Memorial commemorates NAIDOC Week with a series of free events.

HANDS-ON HISTORY

Let the kids try on uniforms, handle real objects, and uncover the story of a family featured in the exhibition ‘For Country, for Nation’

Mondays to Saturdays during NAIDOC Week and school holidays, excluding Fridays at 11 am.

BADU PRINTS

In 2016 the Memorial commissioned artists from the Badu Art Centre to create a suite of lino prints that explored the experience and legacy of the Second World War for the Badu Island community. This your first chance to see these stunning prints on display.

Wednesday 5 July 12 pm, Captain Reg Saunders Gallery

A LONG TRADITION

Listen as Memorial curators share stories about the service and sacrifice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and see unique works of art, objects, and photographs that commemorate their wartime experiences. Stay for the Last Post Ceremony to hear the story of Flight Sergeant Arnold Lockyer.

Wednesday 5 July, 2 pm onwards

Happening at the Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell. Find more information here.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY MOVIE PROGRAM: BOOK HEROES ON THE SCREEN

This July holidays the National Film and Sound Archives celebrates beloved books that have become magical movies. See exciting works that successfully took the leap from book to screen.

Showing till Friday 4 July 2017 at the National Film and Sound Archive, Acton. For information on entry times and fees visit the website.

SCHOOL PROGRAM AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

There’s lots to discover this winter on School Holiday Programs at the Australian War Memorial.

FAMILY TOURS

Join Education staff as they share some of the fascinating stories behind the objects in the galleries. This 30-minute interactive tour is designed especially for children and their families.

Mondays to Thursdays at 10.15am

MAKE AND CREATE

Children and their families are invited to join the Education team for a free craft session. Make poppies and other creations to take home, and help make a collaborative work to display in the Education Space.

Thursdays and Fridays from 11.30 am to 1 pm

Happening from Saturday 1 July to Sunday 16 July 2017 at the Australian War Memorial. Find more information on the website.

STORY TIME IN THE ARCADE

Hear a different Australian story come to life on selected Wednesdays during winter. Story Time in the Arcade will be followed by craft activities.

Best suited to pre-schoolers, but all children under five are welcome.

Showing till Wednesday 30 August 2017 at the National Archives of Australia, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

SUPERHERO MASTERCLASS AT MOAD

Do you enjoy wearing capes? Are you good at helping people? Discover your inner superhero in a hands-on workshop at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Design and make your own superhero costumes out of recycled materials, then you will be ready to save the world!

Once you have discovered your super powers, try them out on the MOAD’s Superhero museum trail!

The Superhero Masterclass is suitable for children 5 years and over with an accompanying adult.

Happening from Monday 3 July to Friday 7 July from 9.30am at the Museum of Australian Democracy, Parkes. Find information for booking fees and more on the website.

AFTERDARK FINEFLY LANTERN TOUR

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Australian National Botanic Gardens‘ native Australian flora by night.

Start the evening with a delicious hot chocolate, then participate in the construction of your own hand made lantern.

Your tour leader will then take you on a fascinating after dark discovery of the Gardens using your ‘firefly lantern light’ to help guide the way.

AfterDark tours are suitable for adults and children over five years only.

Please wear flat shoes and warm clothing – gloves, coats and warm hats are essential during the winter months.

Showing from Thursday 01 July till Saturday 12 August 2017 at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. For tours times and entry tickets visit the website.

PLATYPUS PURSUITS

Take a Sunday walk with a wildlife ranger through Tidbinbilla’s wetlands in search of the elusive platypus. It is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon. Meet at the Sanctuary main entrance. Bring binoculars.

Nominal entry fees to Tidbinbilla apply. No bookings required for Platypus Pursuits.

Arrive early to explore the rest of the sanctuary. You’ll see the pelicans being fed at Pond 4 at 1.30pm. Hear a ranger sharing insights about pelicans and the other remarkable inhabitants of the wetlands.

Showing until Sunday 1 October 2017 at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Open the 1st and 3rd Sunday in September 3.30pm – 3.45pm. Find information on the website.

ABOVE AND BEYOND

Visit Questacon and join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Above and Beyond is the ultimate interactive and multi-sensory flight exhibition celebrating the power of innovation to make dreams take flight. From flying cars and supersonic planes to space elevators and mega-rockets, Above and Beyond takes you faster, further and higher for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Design and test-fly your own supersonic jet. Pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane to measure nature’s fury. Spread your wings and experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wing-flapping aircraft. Or take an elevator ride to the edge of space.

Packed with fun interactive challenges, vehicle concept models and prototypes, immersive media presentations, and inspiring stories, this thrilling exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make the “impossible” possible. Explore advanced aircraft and spacecraft that change our lives and transform our world. And join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Happening until Sunday 23 July from 9am-5pm at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

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 until 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.

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

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. Showing every day from 10am-5pm until 27 August at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Find more information on the website.

AVIARY

Aviary presents a gaggle of bird sculptures, paintings, prints and drawings drawn largely from the CMAG collection, which will be flocking into the gallery and nesting for several months.

Artists include Jan Brown, Linda Davy, Nicola Dickson, Annie Franklin, Kevin Gilbert, Patsy Hely, Steven Holland, and Danie Mellor.

Showing until Sunday 30 July 2017 at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit. For more on entry fees and opening hours visit the website.

THE WAY OF THE REFORMER: GOUGH WHITLAM

Gough Whitlam shaped the Australian nation, before that, the Australian nation shaped him. The Way of the Reformer: Gough Whitlam in His Century tells the story of the man behind the legacy – the bright Canberra schoolboy obsessed with Greek mythology, the RAAF navigator braving hazardous skies at the height of the Pacific war, and a young father starting a family on the urban fringe.

Happening from Friday 23 June to Sunday 03 September 2017, from 9am till 5pm at the National Archives of Australia, Parkes. For more information visit the website.

MID WINTER NIGHTS AT QUESTACON

Don’t waste the winter sun, come explore Questacon after dark. Celebrate winter with tasty food, stargazing, winter crafts and science shows in addition to our eight action-packed galleries. Immerse yourself in the ultimate winter activity these July school holidays with Mid-Winter Nights at Questacon!

Showing from Thursday 6 July to Sunday 9 July 2017 from 5.30pm till 9pm at Questacon National Science and Technology Centre. Find more information on the website.

FEDERATION GALLERY SPECIAL VIEWING

Take a peek at the rarely seen birth certificates of the Commonwealth of Australia, including the Constitution and Queen Victoria’s Royal Commission of Assent.

Don’t miss this Federation Gallery Special Viewing … Powerful. Compelling. Beautiful.

Showing on Sunday 09 July 2017 at the National Archive of Australia. Find information on entry times and fees on the website.

FINDERS KEEPERS: COLLECTORS AND THEIR STORIES

Peek into the personal collections of five fascinating collectors. Diverse, rich and often surprising, these collections are brimming with stories. From cherished mementoes of political careers, to well-worn protest T-shirts, each collection takes us on a journey through Australia’s democratic history.

Finders Keepers asks why do people collect, why do museums collect and what do our collections say about us? With 269 objects on display, the most in the history of the museum, Finders Keepers unveils the collector in us all and invites you to share your own collection story.

Families can explore the exhibition and discover what makes collectors tick with our fun, hands-on Finders Keepers Collector Kits.

Showing daily till Sunday 24 December 2017 from 9am-5pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Find more information on the website.

SEEING INTO ABSTRACTION

Session 2 of Take 2 Confident Collecting. Join us for a glass of wine and a fascinating art conversation! Everything you have ever wanted to know about the enigma of Abstract Art!  The NGA’s engaging expert curator Lara Nicholls will help us unpack the mystery of Abstraction. Then for the artist’s perspective find out what drives hot talent Ham Darroch to Abstraction.

On 26 June from 6pm – 8 pm at M16Artspace Blaxland St Griffith.
Entry starts at $30 (Con) – $40. Book here https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/take-2-confident-collecting-the-second-glance-tickets-35365077900

DOROTHY ENGLISH PATY’S SKETCHBOOKS

Immerse yourself in a world of beautiful watercolour sketches of plants and wild flowers by Dorothy English Paty, one of Australia’s best early natural historians. Her works, including two exceptional sketchbooks, are held in the National Library’s collection. Treasures Curator Nat Williams examines the circumstances around the production of these memorable works.

Entry is $20 and you can book here: www.stickytickets.com.au/52772/treasures_gallery_talk_life_and_death__dorothy_english_patys_newcastle_sketchbooks.aspx

On 28 June at 6pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Pl W, Canberra.

LUNAR CAUSTIC BY RENATE RIENMUELLER

Emerging photo media artist Renate Rienmueller will open her first solo exhibition entitled Luna Caustic. An exciting range of 19th century photographic processes combined with digital technology will challenge the notion of what constitutes a photograph. In this series Rienmueller draws on the history of photography to remind viewers of where photography has come from, the physical makeup of a chemical photograph and how we understand, interact and value photography 170 years later.

On 1 July from 3pm – 5pm at Suki & Hugh Gallery. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information: www.sukihugh.com.au

The Chandelier Show

The Chandelier Show promises to excite the senses and prompt genuine house-improvement envy! Come and see what these contemporary glass artists can do with a free design brief. Think swanky, slinky, slick and sophisticated.

Artists: Christine Atkins, Scott Chaseling, Ngaio Fitzpatrick, Jacqueline Knight, Kate Nixon, Tom Rowney and Wendy Dawes, John and Ruth White. Curator: Jane Cush.

Showing at the Canberra Glassworks until 7 August 2017.

Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial

Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia brings the works of 30 contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the country into the national spotlight.

This exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of 1967 Referendum that recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australians for the first time. It explores the ongoing resilience of Australia’s Indigenous people since first contact, through to the historical fight for recognition and ongoing activism in the present day.

Be moved by powerful art that touches on the issues of identity, racism, displacement, country, nuclear testing, sovereignty and the stolen generations through many media: painting on canvas and bark, weaving and sculpture, new media, prints, photography, metalwork and glasswork.

This groundbreaking show is the largest survey yet at the NGA and it highlights the continued excellence and diversity of Indigenous practice today. Showing until 10 September 2017.

Worry will vanish revelation

Worry will vanish revelation‘ is a large-scale immersive video installation by Swiss contemporary artist, Pipilotti Rist on show at the National Gallery of Australia until 20 August.

An intertwining psychedelic microcosm of flesh and nature is projected on a 16-metre surround screen inside a dedicated space that engulfs the viewer in a meditative experience.

Accept the invitation to explore the sensation of being at one with the universe and every living organism in it. Remove your shoes and step inside an alternative space, recline on a soft cushion, give yourself permission to stop and stretch out. Allow your mind a reprieve from the day’s schedule, release your worry. Slow your breathing by relaxing each body part, starting with the soles of your feet right up to the top of your head. Absorb your new surrounds through your eyes and ears and try to sense your environment through every pore of your skin. Listen to the soundscape of a rhythmic, whirring pulse.

Free entry.

A VIVID COLLECTION OF ARTWORK FROM WARNAYAKA ART CENTRE

A vivid collection of artwork from Warnayaka Art Centre. Warnayaka is located in Lajamanu in the Tanami Desert 580kms south west of Katherine, Northern Territory. This is a energetic and bold collection of contemporary paintings representing Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards Finalists: Lily Hargraves, Molly Napurrurla Tasman and Rosie Napurrurla Tasman along with a selection of other artists.

Get along to the opening, enjoy a glass of wine and a vibrant display of art that will warm your winter’s evening! Visit the website for more information www.jakmangallery.com.au.

Opening on Tuesday 13 June from 6pm – 8 pm at East Hotel, Kingston.

Rodel Tapaya: New art from the Phillipines

Exciting new talent Rodel Tapaya draws inspiration from Filipino folklore and contemporary events in an exhibition of recent mural-sized painting, sculptural installation and works on paper on exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia until 20 August.

By drawing inspiration from pre-colonial mythology and Filipino folkloric tradition, Tapaya meticulously pieces together numerous pictorial fragments, fusing the otherworldly with the real, in a visual grappling with contemporary politics, social and environmental issues.

Free-wheeling: Cycling in Australia

Freewheeling: Cycling in Australia 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.

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.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the Museum of Australian Democracy is launching a new, collaborative exhibition. Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum explores the journey of Australia’s most successful referendum campaign and asks what this far-reaching change means today. 

This is a joint exhibition by the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Reconciliation Australia.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum is open now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily. For more information visit the website

HANNAH QUINLIVAN AUTONOMY OF A DRAWING

At Canberra Museum and Gallery Hannah Quinlivan presents Autonomy of a Drawing. The artist uses the glass-walled space of Gallery Four on Civic Square to dissect and display the elements of a drawing, in an inversion of classic anatomical drawing, which peels away layers of skin and flesh to expose the structure beneath. Employing the conventions of those graphic traditions, Quinlivan separates various elements of a drawing and rearranges them on different spatial planes within the space, able to be viewed from different directions and angles; the whole interrogating our art-historical understanding of what can constitute a drawing.

Showing until 30 July 2017 at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, London Circuit. Opening Hours from 10am – 5pm on weekdays and 12pm – 4pm on Weekends. For more information visit the website.

PREVAILING VOICES – INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS PARLIAMENTARIAN

Timed to coincide with National Reconciliation Week 2017, the exhibition is intended to recognise and celebrate the contributions of Indigenous parliamentarians to the Australian Parliament.

Featuring portraits of current and former Indigenous parliamentarians, personal stories, footage of first speeches and other objects of significance.

Works from the Parliament House Art Collection, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the National Portrait Gallery of Australia have been brought together for the first time for this historic exhibition.

Showing until Sunday 30 July 2017 at Parliament House, Capital Hill.

For more information visit the 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 until 15 July at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building. Email [email protected] or call 6262 9333.

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.

On display at at CraftACT, 180 London Circuit, Level 1, North Building. Email [email protected] or call 6262 9333 for more information.

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 until 23 July 2017, 9am-5pm at the National Museum of Australia. Find more 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

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.

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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