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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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12 THINGS NOT TO MISS

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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 @ Questacon!

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Happening Thursday 6 – Sunday 9 July from 5.30-pm each night at Questacon, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

GIRLS ROCK! CANBERRA JULY PROGRAM

Ever wanted to learn an instrument, form a band and write a song? At Girls Rock! Canberra’s rock camp you’ll form a band, learn an instrument (bass, guitar, vocals, drums or electronic music), watch live music performances, participate in creative workshops- like making zines and screen printing band t-shirts- and write an original song to be performed at the end of the week. GR!C aims to empower girls aged 10-17 years old through a week-long mentorship program that encourages creativity, self-expression and teamwork through music.

Girls Rock! Canberra’s program is open to girls, trans and non-binary youth ages 10-17. No music experience required!

Financial aid is available. Registration through application – camper applications close Sunday 4 June.

Girls Rock! Canberra is supported by Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres and the ACT Government

Happening Monday 10 July 2017 to Saturday 15 July at Ainslie Arts Centre, Braddon. Find information for session times, fees and more on the website.

WORLD CURRY FESTIVAL

Foodies from far and wide come together for the World Curry Festival in Canberra’s city centre.

Vendors from near and far will be gathering in the heart of the city to showcase their dishes. With over 30 stalls you can try and buy flavours from India, Laos, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Philippines and other cultures.

This winter celebration of culture and community will also include traditional Indian dances, entertainment and Canberra’s hottest Chilli Eating Competition.

Happening Friday 7 July 2017 to Sunday 9 July 2017 from 11am-8pm along Canberra’s City Walk. Find more information here.

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.

LLAMA EXPERIENCE: TAKE A LLAMA FOR A WALK

Take a long walk with a Llama through sprawling, picturesque countryside looking out across multiple pastures of llamas, alpacas, and miniature donkeys. This is a unique opportunity to learn about and experience these very rare and exotic animals up close and personal, in a small group with an experienced guide.

Happening Saturday 8 July 2017 at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road. For information on booking fees and session, times 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

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.

A BAKER TRUFFLE DINNER

Join A. Baker for a special dinner all about this seasons truffles. Head Chef Bernd Brademann has designed a five course sharing style menu with truffle flavours throughout.

In true A.Baker style the truffles used for this special event are locally grown, coming from the Blue Frog Truffle Farm just outside of Canberra.

MENU*

SMOKED INGELARA GNOCCHI, BONE MARROW, ROAST CHICKEN SKIN

SLOW COOKED COD, BACON BROTH, CELERIAC

BUFFALLO MOZZARELLA, BLACK GARLIC, LOCAL WALNUTS, BASIL

SLOW COOKED BEEF CHEEK, CHESTNUT, PUFFED WILD RICE

CHOCOLATE AND HALVA SEMI FREDO, AMARETTO CREAM, HAZELNUT

Bookings are essential as tickets are limited. For any queries, please contact [email protected]

*special designed sharing style menu with truffle added to each course, alterations for special dietaries may be limited.

**Due to the seating confuguration of the restaurant you may be allocated a shared table.

Happening Wednesday 5 July from 6.30pm-10pm.

Find more information and book your tickets via Eventbrite.

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

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WORLD CURRY FESTIVAL

Foodies from far and wide come together for the World Curry Festival in Canberra’s city centre.

Vendors from near and far will be gathering in the heart of the city to showcase their dishes. With over 30 stalls you can try and buy flavours from India, Laos, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Philippines and other cultures.

This winter celebration of culture and community will also include traditional Indian dances, entertainment and Canberra’s hottest Chilli Eating Competition.

Happening Friday 7 July 2017 to Sunday 9 July 2017 from 11am-8pm along Canberra’s City Walk. Find more information here.

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

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.

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

Image: nfsa.gov.au

Image: nfsa.gov.au

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

GIRLS ROCK! CANBERRA JULY PROGRAM

Ever wanted to learn an instrument, form a band and write a song? At Girls Rock! Canberra’s rock camp you’ll form a band, learn an instrument (bass, guitar, vocals, drums or electronic music), watch live music performances, participate in creative workshops- like making zines and screen printing band t-shirts- and write an original song to be performed at the end of the week. GR!C aims to empower girls aged 10-17 years old through a week-long mentorship program that encourages creativity, self-expression and teamwork through music.

Girls Rock! Canberra’s program is open to girls, trans and non-binary youth ages 10-17. No music experience required!

Financial aid is available. Registration through application – camper applications close Sunday 4 June.

Girls Rock! Canberra is supported by Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres and the ACT Government

Happening Monday 10 July 2017 to Saturday 15 July at Ainslie Arts Centre, Braddon. Find information for session times, fees and more on the website.

YOUNG MUSIC SOCIETY WILD STRINGS WINTER SCHOOLS

This innovative program for young strings players is led by well known Canberra violinist /fiddle player Chris Stone and includes prominent Australian cellist Rachel Johnston, popular Canberra bassist Holly Downes and Shenzo Gregorio renowned versatile multiple instrument player.

Happening Monday 3 July 2017 from 9am-4pm at Canberra Girls Grammar School Music Centre YMS. Find information here.

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.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

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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.

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 @ Questacon!

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Happening Thursday 6 – Sunday 9 July from 5.30-pm each night at Questacon, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

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.

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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MOUNT STROMLO OBSERVATORY SITE TOUR

Take a walking tour of the Mount Stromlo Observatory and learn about one of Canberra’s oldest sites. Mount Stromlo Observatory has been carrying out astronomical observations for over 100 years and, prior to the 2003 firestorm, had grown from a small outpost of pioneering astronomers to one of the great observatories of the world.

Its history includes designing optical munitions during the Second World War, weathering two devastating bushfires and earning one Nobel Prize. Come along and learn about the history, the science, and the future of Mount Stromlo Observatory.

As most of the tour is outdoors, it is recommended to bring a sun hat and water as well as a warm jacket.

Happening Saturday 8 July 2017 from 10am-11.30am at Mount Stromlo Observatory, Stromlo. For more information and ticket fees visit the website.

HAVE YOU TAKEN CARE OF YOUR WILL?

Have you taken care of your Will? For a $75 donation, The Salvos can help.

Most don’t think about it very much but having a good Will is one of the best ways to make sure the people who matter to you are taken care of. And it doesn’t have to be difficult or costly.

The Salvos offer a community service in which generous local solicitors put Wills together in exchange for a $50 contribution to their community work. It’s a great way to make sure you have a Will that reflects your wishes and help people in crisis at the same time.

There is no obligation at all to provide a bequest to The Salvation Army. If, after taking care of your loved ones, you would like to support the service for the community, you are of course most welcome.

Happening Monday 3 July 2017 from 9am-6pm in Belconnen| CRN of Ross Smith Cres and Mcintosh St, Scullin. Find information on bookings and entry requirements on the website.

EXPERIENCE UNI BEFORE YOU START AT ACU

For students considering tertiary study next year or in the future, Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) University Experience Day provides the perfect chance to explore study options by living a day in the life of an ACU student.

Students can get a taste of life at ACU by checking out ACU’s exercise science and nursing labs, take part in a paramedicine simulation scenario and sample ACU’s other courses on offer, as well as meeting academic staff and current students, and touring the university campus.

Courses of offer at ACU’s Canberra campus include nursing, paramedicine, education, social work and exercise science.

University Experience Day is free.

Happening Tuesday 4 July 2017 from 9.30am-3pm at Australian Catholic University, Canberra Campus Watson. To register and find out more visit the website.

PUBLIC SPEAKING AND PRESENTATION SKILLS WORKSHOP

Canberra (Ainslie) Toastmasters is conducting a public speaking and presentation skills workshop on aspects of effective communications at the Ainslie Football Club, Wakefield Avenue, Ainslie (inner north Canberra), please contact Russell on 0415-261-310 or Facebook: Canberra Ainslie Toastmasters for more information. Free for visitors.

Happening Tuesday 4 July 2017 from 5.30pm-7pm at Ainslie Football and Social Club. Find information on bookings and entry fees on 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 @ Questacon!

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Happening Thursday 6 – Sunday 9 July from 5.30-pm each night at Questacon, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

For more information and to purchas tickets click here.

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.

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

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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INSANEASYLUM 17

Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW) returns to the Tuggeranong Community Centre to present: The 17 Annuual, Insaneasylum. (The biggest aussie wrestling event of the year). Featuring: ICW Champion Rex, Chris Shadows, Rob Mezzenger, Bindi Valentine, Devious Dave, Dan Archer, Wrath, Mike Kelly, High Octane & Many More.

Adults: $10 / Kids: $5 / Under 5Yrs: FREE

Happing Saturday 8 July 2017 at Tuggeranong Community Centre from 5.30pm for a 5.45pm start. For information on tickets and session times 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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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.

LLAMA EXPERIENCE: TAKE A LLAMA FOR A WALK

Take a long walk with a Llama through sprawling, picturesque countryside looking out across multiple pastures of llamas, alpacas, and miniature donkeys. This is a unique opportunity to learn about and experience these very rare and exotic animals up close and personal, in a small group with an experienced guide.

Happening Saturday 8 July 2017 at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road. For information on booking fees and session, times visit the website.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA

Take the kids along to School Holiday Activities at the National Museum of Australia.

Ride a bike to the Museum these school holidays and join artist Hanna Hoyne to design a bike friendly city. Take a tour of the Freewheeling exhibition then make some bike accessories to take home.

Two facilitated sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am–1pm. Suitable for all ages and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Afternoon play space

Play, read or relax in their Bay Window play space. Curl up with a book or try one of the self-guided activities connected to Freewheeling.

Daily: 2–3.30 pm, FREE

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Go Freewheeling these school holidays at the National Museum of Australia

Happening daily from Monday 3 July to Friday 7 July 2017 at the National Museum of Australia. Bookings are essential and limited. For information on session times, bookings and entry fees visit the website.

COERVER COACHING JULY SCHOOL HOLIDAY CLINICS

COERVER® Coaching—the World’s number one soccer skills teaching method.  For ages 4-16 years and all ability levels. Designed and developed to improve individual skills through ball mastery, drills, moves
and small sided play.  Goals for these ages are to develop confidence in players and create good habits.

Happening Monday 10 July 2017 from 9am-12pm at University of Canberra, Bruce. Find information on the website.

HERO CENTRAL HOLIDAY CLUB

Calling all Preschool to Year 6 Superheroes to join… HERO CENTRAL HOLIDAY CLUB.

Get ready for a five day action packed superhero training camp of fun, games, crafts, science, challenges and Bible stories where kids discover their strength in God.

On Friday 7th dress up as your favourite superhero.

Admission: $10 per day, $35 for the week or $70 per family

Happening daily Monday 03 July 2017 to Friday 07, from 9.30am-12.30pm at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, State Circle, Forrest. For enquires on bookings and entry fees visit the website.

KOOKABURRA KIDS DEFENCE PROGRAM – ROCK CLIMBING

The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation is new in the ACT and has recently started their very own Defence Program. The Defence program supports kids living in Defence families affected by mental illness. The program provides recreational, educational camps and other activities, giving kids a break, in a fun, positive and safe environment. Kids have the opportunity to meet other kids in similar families and develop new friendships.

Happening Tuesday 4 July 2017 from 10am-1.30pm at Canberra’s Craft and Design Centre. For more information or to enquire about this event visit the website.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS POKEART MANGA WORKSHOP

Following the recent Pokémon Go global phenomena and studioMAP’s successful summer PokeArt workshops in January this year, young Canberra Pokémon enthusiasts and young artist, drawers and illustrators have a chance to immerse themselves in unique art workshop specially designed for children.

The workshop are suitable for children from six years old through to teenagers and all levels.  Beginners, intermediate and advance participants are catered for.

Happening Monday 03 July to Thursday 6 July 2017 daily from 3pm-5pm at StudioMap M16 ArtSpace, Griffith ACT. Find more information for session times and entry fees on the website.

SCOOT! SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM

Are you a parent or grandparent who will be looking after primary age kids this July school holidays?

Do you like the idea of a half-day holiday program, so that you can have the morning off, but still spend quality time with them in the afternoon?

Oh, and what if it only cost you $20 for the whole week?

Lanyon Valley Anglican Church (LVAC) have been running their SCOOT! School Holiday Program for 8 years now. It’s a fun, affordable program for primary age kids, developed by trained primary teachers. Your kids will enjoy games, craft, sport, bible stories, food and music.

$5 per day or $20 for the week

Happening Monday 10 July 2017 to Friday 14 July from 9.30am-12.30pm at Gordon Primary School, ACT. To register or purchase tickets visit 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.

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.

SAGERAW THONAR – STORIES FROM THE SOUTHEASTERLY SEASON

Sageraw Thonar – Stories from the Southeasterly Season: Contemporary Expressions of Cultural Knowledge from Badu Art Centre sees artists from Badu Art Centre in the Torres Strait examine cultural traditions and knowledge through large-scale linocut prints.

Featuring the work of Joseph Au, Aiona Tala Gaidan, Edmund Laza, Laurie Nona, Matilda Malujewel Nona, Michael Nona and Alick Tipoti, the works in the exhibition visually respond to the season of Sageraw Thonar in which the southeast winds blow. Animal totems, island flora, and environmental and cultural issues are discussed in the works that reveal the artists’ most important stories. These stories present to the world a dynamic depiction of the living culture in existence on Badu Island.

Presented by the Badu Art Centre and KickArts Contemporary Arts

Artwork: Michael Nona, Ngaziw Dhangalaw Ulakal, 2016, linocut print on paper, courtesy of the artist, Badu Art Centre and KickArts Contemporary.

Showing till Sunday 30 July 2017, daily from 9am-5pm at Parliament House, Canberra. Free entry. Find more information on 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 3 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 9 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 via Eventbrite.

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.

On show at the National Gallery of Australia until 20 August.

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 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 until 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.

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.

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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