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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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Westfield Woden Truffle Market Day

Westfield Woden invites you to attend the Truffle Festival Market Day, part of the 2017 Truffle Festival – Canberra Region. With a mouth-watering line-up of events, you are sure to enjoy a fabulous day out with family and friends.

Join in on the fun with live cooking demonstrations from local chefs, wine tastings, local market stalls, food sampling, free kids activities and lots of giveaways!

Happening Saturday 22 July from 10am – 4pm at Westfield Woden, 13 Keltie Street, Phillip. Free entry.

For more information on stalls and events, visit the website.

Indulge Coffee and Chocolate Expo 2017

One of Canberra’s most delectable events, the Indulge Coffee and Chocolate Expo on Saturday 22 July, is promising to educate, challenge and most importantly spoil your palate.

The one-day event will run from 10am to 4pm featuring a diverse range of chocolates, coffee and products inspired by their delicious flavours. This year you can sample Australia’s first ever Mushroom Coffee from Life Cykel, select a sweet scroll from Mr Scroll or a decadent doughnut from Bombolini. Wonderful waffles, gourmet gelato, fantastic fudge and cakes in a jar are just some of the treats on offer this year! Grab a cup of coffee from Sagawa or Bean Culture or a cheeky cocktail from the Lazy-Su Bar and enjoy the acoustic tones of Simon Anau. 

Tickets $11 on line or $20 at the door. Happening Saturday 22 July from 10am-4pm at Exhibition Park, corner of Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell.

For more info and to purchase tickets visit indulgecoffeeandchocolate.com.au.

Makeup Tool Must-Haves Masterclass with Max May

A talented makeup artist who draws inspiration from his long-term affair with drawing and painting, Max May is the king of creating flawless canvases and makeup looks that look like you, only better. He also regularly shares his insider tips on his blog.

During his makeup masterclass, Max will reveal the products that hold a coveted spot in his pro makeup kit and why you should add them to your routine, too. Plus, during a live makeup demonstration he’ll share his top technique tips including how to colour match and why highlighting is a must-try.

Happening this Saturday 22 July, 11am–12pm. Secure your ticket through Eventbrite HERE.

Night Ski and Ride at Corin Forest

Night Ski & Ride at Corin Forest in the Tidbinbilla Mountain Ranges! Take a quick 45 minute drive to the ACT’s only ski field and enjoy the thrill of skiing beneath the stars and lights.

Get out into the winter air with a line-up of themed nights. Every night has a theme but the hill will still be open for all to use.

Thursday is Girls Night! Girls, take your girlfriend, your mum, your sister or your Nan along at no cost and get free coaching to improve your skills in a relaxed and chilled atmosphere.

Wednesday is Park Night, featuring a different rail or jump every week. Friday is Family Pizza Night with Corin’s famous wood-fired pizzas for only $10 each, and Saturday’s All-In is an open session for all.

The cafeteria will be open so you can warm up by the open fireplace, roast giant marshmallows and enjoy a wide selection of meals, including gourmet wood-fired pizzas.

Don’t miss out – book your Ski Area ticket now!

Happening until 2 September, Wednesdays to Saturdays from 5:30pm – 9:30pm at Corin Forest 1268 Corin Road, Paddys River. Tickets $30 for a four hour session.

Find more information on the website.

Dawgs of Barrio

The boys from Blood n Bones are back and hosting their next event at Barrio Collective Coffee.

This time they’re changing it up and throwing a more relaxed affair. Still promoting nose to tail eating, they’ll be serving a couple of different sandwich options inspired by po boys from America’s south. Expect a twist on the normal as they promote their attitude reducing unnecessary food wastage.

Vegetarians rejoice, there will be a meat-free nose to tail option that Blood n Bones are calling leaves to roots. The sandwiches will be served with sides, and are available for take away, as well as dining in.

Happening Thursday 20 July from 5pm at Barrio Collective Coffee, 59/30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

No bookings, walk ins only. Find more information via Facebook

LATIN WINTER WONDERLAND

You are invited to Latin Winter Wonderland. Dress up for a night of amazing performances, fun activities and plenty of dancing – all in the name of charity.

This is a brand new event – In proud partnership with STOMP Dance Events, the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin, and Bachata Spring. Your attendance will help them raise money for a variety of Rotary International environmental and humanitarian projects. It will be a spectacular night, with:

  • Everyone’s favourite emcee, Bachata World Champion Nestor Manuelian
  • An extravagant performance show with local & national artists
  • Two rooms for social dancing, with DJ Allan Dantas (Sydney / Canberra) and DJ Sexy Alexy (Sydney)
  • A decorative Christmas wonderland, with carolers, Christmas trees, lights, and more!
  • Costume dress-up (Think Christmas, Frozen, elves, whites and blues, reds and greens, Santa Claus etc)!
  • Activities, prizes, workshops, surprises and more!

Happening Saturday 22 July from 7pm until late at Albert Hall, Yarralumla.

Please purchase an online ticket to save admin costs and reduce the line up at the door. Online tickets are $35. If you really want to try your luck at the door – bring $40 cash.

Constellations

A contemporary drama by winner of the 2012 Harold Pinter Award, Nick Payne. With sold-out seasons across the globe – now it’s Canberra’s turn to be delighted and moved by this ingenious, touching and intellectually searching work.

Marianne and Roland are polar opposites. A quantum physicist and a beekeeper. A big universe thinker and an everyday believer. String theory, parallel universes and Sliding Doors moments set the scene for this quirky and charming romance of endless invention.

Payne has crafted a work that catapults theatre into the future, confronting our questions of choice, control and certainty, and the multiple possibilities within one relationship. Witty, fascinating and heartbreaking – this astonishing two-hander is an unmissable, universe shifting show that will challenge how you see life, and change how you live it.

Showing until Saturday 29 July at the Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street.

For more information including showing times visit the website.

Old Bus Depot Markets – Collectable Sunday

Fancy yourself as a collector? On the fourth Sunday of the month, the Old Bus Depot Markets highlight collectables – anything from records, to furniture and antiques. If it’s worth collecting, you’ll find it here.

On Collectable Sunday, they host a range of different stallholders who deal in an ever-changing stock of collectable items including ceramics and glassware, china and vintage clothing.

If you’re into collecting smaller items, you’ll find things like small antiques, lamps and vinyl records. Larger collectables featured on this day include furniture such as Chippendale chairs.

Happening Sunday 23 July from 10am – 4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Find more information on the website.

Scandinavian Film Festival

Presented by Palace Cinemas, the fourth Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival offers a spread of 20 films from the Nordic region. The exciting program ranges from Nordic noir thrillers to pitch black comedies with offerings from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway.

The festival will open with The Other Side of Hope, winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director 2017 at this year’s Berlinale. This special event screening includes an elderflower cocktail on arrival and an afterparty with Scandi tunes and smørrebrød!

Happening 18 July – 2 August at Palace Electric Cinema, 2 Phillip Law Street, NewActon Nishi.

For session times, tickets and other information, visit the website.

Plus500 Brumbies Quarter Final

The Plus500 Brumbies have secured a home Quarter Final following their successful defence of the Australian Conference title, sealed with their win over the Rebels in early June.

See them face the challenge of the Kiwis on home ground when they welcome a New Zealand Conference side to Australia’s capital. Watch Friday night football light up the ACT.

Tickets from Ticketek. Playing Friday 21 July from 7:45pm at GIO Stadium, Battye Street, Bruce.

For tickets and other information, visit the website.

Mr Stink

David Walliams’ (Little Britain) award-winning book Mr Stink comes to life on stage.

It all starts when Chloe, just about the loneliest girl in the world, makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp. So, when Mr Stink needs a place to stay, Chloe decides to hide him in the garden shed.

Now Chloe’s got to make sure no one finds out her secret, but she’s about to learn that some secrets have a way of leading to disaster. And speaking of secrets, there just might be more to Mr Stink than meets the eye… or the nose……

Happening Thursday and Saturday 20 and 22 July at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit. Thursday performance commences at 6pm and the Saturday matinee begins at 11am. Tickets $24 (tickets for family of 4 $20 each).

For more information and bookings, visit the website.

FOOD & DRINK

Image: Tim Bean Photography

Image: Tim Bean Photography

Dawgs of Barrio

The boys from Blood n Bones are back and hosting their next event at Barrio Collective Coffee.

This time they’re changing it up and throwing a more relaxed affair. Still promoting nose to tail eating, they’ll be serving a couple of different sandwich options inspired by po boys from America’s south. Expect a twist on the normal as they promote their attitude reducing unnecessary food wastage.

Vegetarians rejoice, there will be a meat-free nose to tail option that Blood n Bones are calling leaves to roots. The sandwiches will be served with sides, and are available for take away, as well as dining in.

Happening Thursday 20 July from 5pm at Barrio Collective Coffee, 59/30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

No bookings, walk ins only. Find more information via Facebook

Indulge Coffee and Chocolate Expo 2017

One of Canberra’s most delectable events, the Indulge Coffee and Chocolate Expo on Saturday 22 July, is promising to educate, challenge and most importantly spoil your palate.

The one-day event will run from 10am to 4pm featuring a diverse range of chocolates, coffee and products inspired by their delicious flavours.

Tickets $11 on line or $20 at the door. Happening Saturday 22 July from 10am-4pm at Exhibition Park, corner of Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell.

For more info and to purchase tickets visit indulgecoffeeandchocolate.com.au.

Truffle Masterclass at Pod Food

Join Chef and Owner John Leverink for this Truffle Masterclass at Pod Food. John will give you a step-by-step guide on how to prepare, cook and best consume truffles with an evening of cooking demonstrations and eating that will have you ready to be a truffle aficionado by the end of the night.

Pod Food in Pialligo will be serving truffles throughout the Canberra truffle season. They’ll be hosting a great range of truffle-themed events, including this not-to-be-missed masterclass.

Happening Friday 21 July at Pod Food, 12 Beltana Road, Pialligo. Tickets $250.

For more information, visit the website.

WHISKY MASTERCLASS WITH THE CHAMPAGNE DAME

On Saturday, The Champagne Dame will be holding a Whisky Masterclass to celebrate winter season!

During the event, Kyla Kirkpatrick will be featuring an inspired presentation on her connection with whisky and entertain and inform guests with the intriguing story of whisky provenance. Whilst cosily ensconced in Canberra’s favourite whisky bar – Hippo Co. Kyla will take you on a journey through the Highlands, Lowlands and Isles of Scotland, famed for their rugged beauty and wonderful whisky.

Happening Saturday 22 July from 2-4pm at Hippo Co, Garema Place, Civic.

Find more information via the website.

Christmas in July at Contentious Character Winery

Head out to the roaring fire at Contentious Character winery in the country for a special Christmas in July evening. Enjoy food and wine matching with a festive theme.

Contact the team at Executive Events Solutions who can organise your transportation between Wamboin, Canberra, Bungendore and Queanbeyan. Accommodation options also available.

Please email to book. Happening Saturday 22 July from 6pm – 10pm at Contentious Character Winery, 810 Norton Road. Tickets from $80 – $105.

For more information, visit the Facebook event.

MAKING BONE BROTH

Inexpensive, healthy and easy to make, bone broth is a liquid fusion of animal bones, vegetables and spices. Nutrient rich bone broth is full of amino acids and minerals that are beneficial for digestive issues, allergies and immune health. Not only this but making bone broth is a simple way to make the most out of the food that you buy!

In this workshop nutritionist Jane McIntyre will demonstrate how to make bone broth at home. Learn about preparing bone broth around a busy schedule and how to use it in other meals. Jane will also discuss some of the many benefits of incorporating bone broth as part of a healthy diet, particularly bone broth’s benefits to gut health. This workshop includes samples of Jane’s delicious, homemade bone broth.

Tickets are $25. On Tuesday 18 July from 6-8pm, Canberra Environment Centre, cnr Lawson Crescent and Lennox Crossing, Acton Peninsula. Visit the website for more information: www.canberraenvironment.org

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.

MOLLY & ALL THAT JAZZ

The local jazz duo of Thoms & Coventry will treat you to an evening of cool jazz custom-made for Molly. Known for delivering moving and hypnotic interpretations of some of your most loved jazz tunes, songstress Rachael Thoms and guitarist Lachlan Coventry are incredible musicians who are sure to make you swoon and swing!

Entry is free so venture downstairs every Tuesday for live jazz from 7-10pm with your favourite tipple on the side at Molly’s 35-37 London Circuit, Canberra.

LATIN TUESDAYS

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

$12 cover l $5 extra for 45 mins class. On Tuesdays from 6.30pm at The Highball Express, 82 Alinga St, Canberra

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.

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.

Afternoon Tea at the Conservatory

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

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

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

Afternoon Tea at The Conservatory Restaurant, hosted by Ginger Catering; a wonderful way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

Call or email now to make your reservation.

Happening Sundays until 24 September from 2pm at the Conservatory Restaurant, National Arboretum Canberra.

Find more information on the website

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch…but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email [email protected]. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

BURNELEE EXCURSIONS ON HORSEBACK: TWILIGHT RIDE 

Burnelee Excursions, Poachers Pantry and Eden Road Wines are working together to stage an exciting and adventurous night. Starting the evening will be a twilight horseback ride by Burnelee seeing the beautiful landscapes of the countryside, followed by Smoked meats tasting by Poachers Pantry and wine tasting by Eden Road wines. 5:00pm Arrival for a 5:30pm – 7:30pm Ride.

Happening until 16 December at Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, 320 Dicks Creek Road, Nanima. Find more information here.

HAVANA NIGHTS

Spend a night in Cuba courtesy of The Highball Express as the crew whisks you away to tropical Havana. Head in every Thursday from 4pm for Havana Nights where you can enjoy some exotic drinks and start the slide into the weekend.

They’ll be featuring mojitos and daiquiris for only $10 and will have all their usual suspects available too so there is always something for everyone regardless of whether you’re flying first class or coach.

Happening from 4pm at Highball Express, 82 Alinga St, Canberra.

See website for more information.

TACO TUESDAY

Your choice of chicken, pork, or beef in a soft shell taco with cabbage, shallots & coriander. Happening every Tuesday from 1pm-5pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

BURGERS & BEERS

A selection of Burgers and tap beer. Happening every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

PIZZA & PALE ALE THURSDAYS

A selection of housemade Pizza paired with a schooner of James Squire Pale Beer. Happening at 5pm every Thursday at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton. For more information visit the website.

FILM, MUSIC & STAGE

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Constellations

A contemporary drama by winner of the 2012 Harold Pinter Award, Nick Payne. With sold-out seasons across the globe – now it’s Canberra’s turn to be delighted and moved by this ingenious, touching and intellectually searching work.

Marianne and Roland are polar opposites. A quantum physicist and a beekeeper. A big universe thinker and an everyday believer. String theory, parallel universes and Sliding Doors moments set the scene for this quirky and charming romance of endless invention.

Payne has crafted a work that catapults theatre into the future, confronting our questions of choice, control and certainty, and the multiple possibilities within one relationship. Witty, fascinating and heartbreaking – this astonishing two-hander is an unmissable, universe shifting show that will challenge how you see life, and change how you live it.

Showing Friday 14 July – Saturday 29 July at the Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street.

For more information including showing times visit the website.

Scandinavian Film Festival

Presented by Palace Cinemas, the fourth Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival offers a spread of 20 films from the Nordic region. The exciting program ranges from Nordic noir thrillers to pitch black comedies with offerings from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway.

The festival will open with The Other Side of Hope, winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director 2017 at this year’s Berlinale. This special event screening includes an elderflower cocktail on arrival and an afterparty with Scandi tunes and smørrebrød!

Happening 18 July – 2 August at Palace Electric Cinema, 2 Phillip Law Street, NewActon Nishi.

For session times, tickets and other information, visit the website.

Finding the Chopin Style

Join the Friends of Chopin Australia and Kotaro Nagano, winner of the 2nd Australian International Chopin Piano Competition 2014 for an evening of Chopin.

Angst and loneliness brought about by personal and artistic crises in the years 1841-1849 made Chopin re-assess his art. Hear Nagano explore Chopin’s late (1841-1845) and last (1845-1849) styles. His music is reflective, elegiac and has an intensity as the unmistakable ‘Chopin sound’ becomes tinged with a metaphysical weariness – a yearning for the sunshine of love.

Happening Thursday 20 July from 6:30pm – 9pm at the Larry Sitsky Recital Room, Australian National University School of Music, William Herbert Place, Building 100. Tickets $40.

For more information visit the website.

The Hoodoo Gurus and You Am I

The Hoodoo Gurus and You Am I have been sharing stages for the last 25 years from New York to Nambucca Heads. They boast nineteen studio albums between them and love playing rock and roll. Get your mates together and relive these great mates’ memories.

Happening Friday 21 July from 8pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit.

For ticket prices and other information, visit the website.

Mr Stink

David Walliams’ (Little Britain) award-winning book Mr Stink comes to life on stage.

It all starts when Chloe, just about the loneliest girl in the world, makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp. So, when Mr Stink needs a place to stay, Chloe decides to hide him in the garden shed.

Now Chloe’s got to make sure no one finds out her secret, but she’s about to learn that some secrets have a way of leading to disaster. And speaking of secrets, there just might be more to Mr Stink than meets the eye… or the nose……

Happening Thursday and Saturday 20 and 22 July at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit. Thursday performance commences at 6pm and the Saturday matinee begins at 11am. Tickets $24 (tickets for family of 4 $20 each).

For more information and bookings, visit the website.

People of the Australian Western Desert

Ian Dunlop realised an eight-year dream when the Commonwealth Film Unit (later Film Australia) and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies accepted his proposal to make a film on the daily life of an Aboriginal family living a nomadic life in the Australian Western Desert. This resulted in filming trips in 1965 and 1967 from which Dunlop made a series of 19 films under the general title, People of the Australian Western Desert and a more general film, Desert People. These films have been widely acclaimed in Australia and overseas.

Ian Dunlop joins us for both sessions to discuss his experiences and the legacy of his films.

On Friday, we screen the films from his 1965 field trips; on Saturday, the films from the 1967 field trips.

Happening Friday and Saturday 21 – 22 July from 6:30pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton. Free entry.

For more information, visit the website.

 MARKETS & FESTIVALS

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Westfield Woden Truffle Market Day

Westfield Woden invites you to attend the Truffle Festival Market Day, part of the 2017 Truffle Festival – Canberra Region. With a mouth-watering line-up of events, you are sure to enjoy a fabulous day out with family and friends.

Join in on the fun with live cooking demonstrations from local chefs, wine tastings, local market stalls, food sampling, free kids activities and lots of giveaways!

Happening Saturday 22 July from 10am – 4pm at Westfield Woden, 13 Keltie Street, Phillip. Free entry.

For more information on stalls and events, visit the website.

Old Bus Depot Markets – Collectable Sunday

Fancy yourself as a collector? On the fourth Sunday of the month, the Old Bus Depot Markets highlight collectables – anything from records, to furniture and antiques. If it’s worth collecting, you’ll find it here.

On Collectable Sunday, they host a range of different stallholders who deal in an ever-changing stock of collectable items including ceramics and glassware, china and vintage clothing.

If you’re into collecting smaller items, you’ll find things like small antiques, lamps and vinyl records. Larger collectables featured on this day include furniture such as Chippendale chairs.

Happening Sunday 23 July from 10am – 4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Find more information on the website.

Canberra Kids Market

The Canberra Kids Market provides excellent quality pre-loved items by great brands at bargain prices. From prams to cots, toys to books and clothes to shoes – this market has it all. You will find great brands in the best pre-loved condition, such as Country Road, Jack & Milly, Esprit, Fred Bare, Peg Perego, Mini Haha, Seed – just to name a few!

The Kids Markets always attract a great crowd of parents and expecting parents. Browse through a range of new items for sale and services such as kids’ entertainment businesses and photographers.

Held indoors, the market has a cafe for snacks and coffee.

Free parking.

Happening Saturday 22 July from 9am – 12pm at the Fitzroy Building, Exhibition Park in Canberra, 5 Flemington Road. Entry $3, children under 12 enter free.

For more information, 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.

CAPTAINS 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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Shojo: Changing Representations of Girlhood in Japanese Popular Culture

Dr Masufumi Monden examines how manga (comics) and anime (animation) portray the idea and aesthetic of ‘shōjo femininity’ and youthful self-hood in contemporary Japanese culture.

Dr Masafumi Monden is a National Library of Australia Fellow supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust for Research in Japan Studies.

Happening Wednesday 19 July from 5:15pm – 7:15pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Free entry.

For more information, see the website.

MAKING BONE BROTH

Inexpensive, healthy and easy to make, bone broth is a liquid fusion of animal bones, vegetables and spices. Nutrient rich bone broth is full of amino acids and minerals that are beneficial for digestive issues, allergies and immune health. Not only this but making bone broth is a simple way to make the most out of the food that you buy!

In this workshop nutritionist Jane McIntyre will demonstrate how to make bone broth at home. Learn about preparing bone broth around a busy schedule and how to use it in other meals. Jane will also discuss some of the many benefits of incorporating bone broth as part of a healthy diet, particularly bone broth’s benefits to gut health. This workshop includes samples of Jane’s delicious, homemade bone broth.

Tickets are $25. On Tuesday 18 July from 6-8pm, Canberra Environment Centre, cnr Lawson Crescent and Lennox Crossing, Acton Peninsula. Visit the website for more information: www.canberraenvironment.org

SING FOR FUN WITH CARERS

Why not take a break from caring and have some fun at Carers ACT’s ‘Sing for Fun’ two hour workshop. Let our experienced vocalists coach you through some fun singing exercises in a safe and nurturing space. You’ll sing harmonies, learn to relax and unwind, sing with a group like a choir and have fun! No experience necessary.

On Thursday 20 July from 10am – 12pm at Carers ACT, 80 Beaurepaire Crescent, Holt. Entry is free, find out more here: www.carersact.org.au/page/2820/sing-for-fun

Author Tours with Kate Forsyth: Beauty in Thorns

Named ‘one of the finest writers of this generation’, Kate Forsyth’s new novel Beauty in Thorns tells the story of love, desire, obsession and tragedy that underlies the creation of this famous depiction of Sleeping Beauty.

Happening Thursday 20 July from 6pm – 8pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes. Tickets $20 and include refreshments and book signing.

For more information visit 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.

SPORTS

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Plus500 Brumbies Quarter Final

The Plus500 Brumbies have secured a home Quarter Final following their successful defence of the Australian Conference title, sealed with their win over the Rebels in early June.

See them face the challenge of the Kiwis on home ground when they welcome a New Zealand Conference side to Australia’s capital. Watch Friday night football light up the ACT.

Tickets from Ticketek. Playing Friday 21 July from 7:45pm at GIO Stadium, Battye Street, Bruce.

For tickets and other information, visit the website.

Raiders V Storm

The Raiders thrilling victory over the Storm at GIO Stadium last season was a highlight for many Raiders fans. Falling in a similar time of the year, this rugby league match-up has all the hallmarks of being another blockbuster encounter.

Tickets for Round 20 of the NRL Telstra Premiership available from Ticketek February 16.

Happening 22 July from 5:30pm at GIO Stadium, Battye Street, Bruce.

For more information, visit the website.

FivB World Grand Prix Volleyball

International Women’s Volleyball returns to Australia in 2017 when the helloWorld Volleroos Women’s team play in the 2017 Women’s Grand Prix.

Australia will host the Group 3 finals playing three other teams (yet to be determined) at the AIS Arena in Canberra.

Group 3 comprises Australia, Cameroon, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Hungary, France, Algeria and Venezuela.

Happening Friday to Sunday 21-23 July at the AIS Arena, Leverrier Street, Bruce.

For more information, including tickets and times, visit the website.

Night Ski and Ride at Corin Forest

Night Ski & Ride at Corin Forest in the Tidbinbilla Mountain Ranges! Take a quick 45 minute drive to the ACT’s only ski field and enjoy the thrill of skiing beneath the stars and lights.

Get out into the winter air with a line-up of themed nights. Every night has a theme but the hill will still be open for all to use.

Thursday is Girls Night! Girls, take your girlfriend, your mum, your sister or your Nan along at no cost and get free coaching to improve your skills in a relaxed and chilled atmosphere.

Wednesday is Park Night, featuring a different rail or jump every week. Friday is Family Pizza Night with Corin’s famous wood-fired pizzas for only $10 each, and Saturday’s All-In is an open session for all.

The cafeteria will be open so you can warm up by the open fireplace, roast giant marshmallows and enjoy a wide selection of meals, including gourmet wood-fired pizzas.

Don’t miss out – book your Ski Area ticket now!

Happening 12 July – 2 September, Wednesdays to Saturdays from 5:30pm – 9:30pm at Corin Forest 1268 Corin Road, Paddys River. Tickets $30 for a four hour session.

Find more information on the website.

RESOLUTION RUN #2

The Resolution Run Series is all about raising funds for and awareness of Men’s Health. A series of three charity fun runs throughout the year to encourage families and individuals embrace life and challenge themselves whilst having a good time doing it.

With this being the darkest time of the year we are dedicating this run to the awareness of Men’s mental health and depression. Help clear the fog and go for a run. Run, walk or crawl for Men’s Health and Supporting OzHelp Foundation.

Distances: 800m kids run, 3km run, 7.3km run/walk, 14km run, Half Marathon, Full Marathon. Start Times: Marathon 7:45; Half Marathon 8:15; 14k Run 8:15; 7.3k Walk/Run 8:45; 3k Run 8:45; Kiddy Dash 11:00.

Challenge yourself, family and friends. Register today! http://bit.ly/resolutionruncbr

On 23 July (times above) at Lake Tuggeranong. Visit the website for more information www.resolutionrunseries.com.au

Social League Kickball

Social League offers a number of sports which are all about having a good time with your friends, family and work colleagues. Our games go for a little over an hour and you will run, have a hit, a kick all while having a laugh in a relaxed social sport setting. Best of all, you can suck down a few cold tins during the games!

Social League Kickball combines the best parts of soccer & baseball. Rather than the ball been thrown it is rolled at the kicker (batter) who then kicks the ball into the field with the goal of getting to first base & beyond.

The fun doesn’t stop when the final whistle blows, after the games you’re welcome to head back to our local pubs to take advantage of some ripping food & drink specials.

Happening Monday 17 July from 12pm – 4pm. Find more information on registration and location on the website.

Live footy screenings at Ostani

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

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

OUTDOORS

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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 until Sunday 30 July 2017 at the National Arboretum Canberra, Forest. For opening hours and more visit the website.

Night Ski and Ride at Corin Forest

Night Ski & Ride at Corin Forest in the Tidbinbilla Mountain Ranges! Take a quick 45 minute drive to the ACT’s only ski field and enjoy the thrill of skiing beneath the stars and lights.

Get out into the winter air with a line-up of themed nights. Every night has a theme but the hill will still be open for all to use.

Thursday is Girls Night! Girls, take your girlfriend, your mum, your sister or your Nan along at no cost and get free coaching to improve your skills in a relaxed and chilled atmosphere.

Wednesday is Park Night, featuring a different rail or jump every week. Friday is Family Pizza Night with Corin’s famous wood-fired pizzas for only $10 each, and Saturday’s All-In is an open session for all.

The cafeteria will be open so you can warm up by the open fireplace, roast giant marshmallows and enjoy a wide selection of meals, including gourmet wood-fired pizzas.

Don’t miss out – book your Ski Area ticket now!

Happening 12 July – 2 September, Wednesdays to Saturdays from 5:30pm – 9:30pm at Corin Forest 1268 Corin Road, Paddys River. Tickets $30 for a four hour session.

Find more information 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 until Saturday 12 August 2017 at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. For tours times and entry tickets visit the website.

KIDS

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Night Ski and Ride at Corin Forest

Night Ski & Ride at Corin Forest in the Tidbinbilla Mountain Ranges! Take a quick 45 minute drive to the ACT’s only ski field and enjoy the thrill of skiing beneath the stars and lights.

Get out into the winter air with a line-up of themed nights. Every night has a theme but the hill will still be open for all to use.

Thursday is Girls Night! Girls, take your girlfriend, your mum, your sister or your Nan along at no cost and get free coaching to improve your skills in a relaxed and chilled atmosphere.

Wednesday is Park Night, featuring a different rail or jump every week. Friday is Family Pizza Night with Corin’s famous wood-fired pizzas for only $10 each, and Saturday’s All-In is an open session for all.

The cafeteria will be open so you can warm up by the open fireplace, roast giant marshmallows and enjoy a wide selection of meals, including gourmet wood-fired pizzas.

Don’t miss out – book your Ski Area ticket now!

Happening 12 July – 2 September, Wednesdays to Saturdays from 5.30pm – 9.30pm at Corin Forest 1268 Corin Road, Paddys River. Tickets $30 for a four hour session.

Find more information on the website.

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.

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.

AFTERDARK FIREFLY 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 until 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 18 October 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.

Waving the Red Flag: Chinese Posters 1949 – 1976

What did it mean to be a citizen in the new People’s Republic of China? Waving the Red Flag is a mini exhibition of bright, colourful propaganda posters that shows us how the Chinese government communicated its officially sanctioned ideals for the lives of its people in this brave new world.

Happening daily 18 July 2017 – 2 July 2018 from 10am – 5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes.

For more information visit 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 until Sunday 3 September 2017, from 9am till 5pm at the National Archives of Australia, Parkes. For more information visit 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.

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.

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 18 October from 9am-5pm at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Find more information here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Showing 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.

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.

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.

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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