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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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BANGARRA’S BENNELONG

In 2017, Bangarra presents a brand new contemporary dance work that will leave you astonished by Australia’s history, choreographed by Artistic Director Stephen Page.

Woollarawarre Bennelong was a senior man of the Eora, from the Port Jackson area in Sydney. In a tumultuous time of Australia’s history, Bennelong and his community left us with a legacy that transcended ‘first contact’.

Inspired by true events, this theatrical dance work highlights the extraordinary curiosity and diplomacy that led an Aboriginal community to survive a clash of cultures, contributing to the establishment of positive relationships between the Eora and the British, for a serene future.

Bangarra’s Bennelong is a brand new work at its best. In a unique Australian dance language, the company embraces history – celebrating the continuation of life and culture with the power, artistry, passion and physicality of the country’s most acclaimed dancers.

Happening Thursday 3 August to Saturday 5 August at 7.30pm, Saturday Matinee 1.30pm, at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City.

Tickets from $30, to purchase visit the website.

ED KUEPPER – SOLO AND BY REQUEST

The ARIA award winning solo artist and founding member of legendary 70’s proto-punk outfit The Saints and post-punk originals Laughing Clowns, Ed Kuepper, will be bringing his one man request fest to Canberra.

Initially performed in 2014, the ‘By Request’ shows have proved hugely popular. Kuepper gladly accepts the invitation to tackle material from the aforementioned acts alongside various covers and material from Ed’s 40 albums strong solo career.

Happening Friday 4 August at 8pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit The Street.

THE LAB TURNS TWO!

Cult beauty destination The Lab (formerly Browlab) are turning two years young and to celebrate they’re spoiling everyone who walks through their door!

Yes, they mean goody bags. So make sure you pop into their Braddon loft or book in for one of their signature brow services during the week of 1-5 August to receive yours!

Read all about it here.

Happening from 1-5 August during business hours at The Lab, Elouera Street, Braddon.

Find more information here and on their Instagram.

WINTER FESTIVAL

Warm your cockles at the National Portrait Gallery’s annual Winter Festival! Join a day of wintery fun including ice sculpting, wool weaving, performances, and special guests The Tjanpi Desert Weavers all the way from the Northern Territory. This Winter Festival is for all ages and abilities. All materials are provided.

This Winter Festival is for all ages and abilities. All materials are provided.

This program made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

Happening Sunday 6 August from 10am-4pm at The National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

Visit the website for more information.

CANBERRA BRAVE VS SYDNEY ICE DOGS

Australian Ice Hockey League action returns to Canberra this weekend when the CBR Brave take on the Sydney Ice Dogs in a crucial game for both teams.

Happening Saturday 5 August from 5.30pm – 7.30pm at Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre, 1 Irving Street, Phillip.

Purchase tickets now via the website.

Start Your Mornings With Yoga Thanks To Lululemon

Yoga is the perfect morning workout for the mind, body and soul. It can help increase energy levels, improve your mental clarity, circulation and posture, and tone your muscles. The best way to get started is in a group class where an experienced instructor can help you learn the basics, or hone your existing knowledge.

Every Thursday at 7.15am – 8am in Canberra Centre’s event space opposite Endota Spa, they are hosting complimentary yoga classes. Led by local yoga instructor Alex Ball, the classes will focus on Vinyasa flow yoga and is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Yoga mats will be provided for all attendees – just bring your own towel, water bottle and Zen spirit!

As the class is outside regular trading hours, the entry point into Canberra Centre will be off Petrie Plaza.

Sessions are complimentary with no bookings required. The first session begins on Thursday 27 July.

The first session begins on Thursday 27 July at 7.15 am at Canberra’s Centree’s event space opposite Endota Spa.

Find more information here.

CANBERRA FASHION MARKET

Canberra Fashion Market is a Canberra based market specialising in new, vintage and recycled clothing and accessories. It’s fashion styling with everything in one location. The market also hosts collectible items including books, DVDs, vinyl records and other cool objects.

Happening Saturday 5 August from 10am – 3pm in the Fitzroy Building, Exhibition Park In Canberra, Cnr Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue.

$3 entry, kids under 12 free.

Find more information here.

GIANTS VS MELBOURNE

The GIANTS are back in Canberra for their final UNSW Canberra Oval match of 2017 in Round 20 of the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership Season. GIANTS v Melbourne is sure to be a toughly contested match.

Take the whole family for this Saturday afternoon match and participate in kick-to-kick post game.

Happening Saturday 5 August at 1.45pm at UNSW Canberra Oval, Manuka Circle, Forrest.

Tickets available from Ticketek.

FROCK UP POP UP CANBERRA

The Winter Frock Up Pop Up Canberra is on again with six local and interstate sellers with hundreds of items of antique, retro, vintage and designer label clothing. You’ll find clothing that encompasses over 150 years with everything from Downton Abbey tea gowns to micro minis from the Swinging Sixties.

In addition to rack after rack of fashion, discover fashion accessories, fashion art, millinery, antique laced textiles and much, much more for the ‘fashionista’.

Anyone interested in fashion should save the date now.

Happening Friday 4 August from 6pm-9pm and Saturday 5 August from 10am-5pm at The Griffith Neighbourhood Centre, 55 Stuart Street, Griffith.

Gold coin donation upon entry, for more information visit Frock Up Australia.

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

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.

FOOD & DRINK

Mount Majura Truffles

TRUFFLE DEGUSTATION AT CHIFLEY’S BAR AND GRILL

Get ready to be immersed in all things truffle at this special Truffle Degustation at Chifley’s Bar and Grill. Your experience begins with welcome drinks and canapes followed by a contemporary four-course truffle menu matched with premium wines.

From a broad bean truffle risotto, to chocolate fondant with truffle ice-cream, this is a truffle experience you won’t forget

Happening Saturday 5 August at 7pm at Chifley’s Bar and Grill @ Hotel Kurrajong, 8 National Circuit, Barton.

Tickets available for $130, includes matched wines.

Limited spots available so make your booking now by phoning 6234 4444.

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.

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

Ed Kuepper

ED KUEPPER – SOLO AND BY REQUEST

The ARIA award winning solo artist and founding member of legendary 70’s proto-punk outfit The Saints and post-punk originals Laughing Clowns, Ed Kuepper, will be bringing his one man request fest to Canberra.

Initially performed in 2014, the ‘By Request’ shows have proved hugely popular. Kuepper gladly accepts the invitation to tackle material from the aforementioned acts alongside various covers and material from Ed’s 40 albums strong solo career.

Happening Friday 4 August at 8pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit The Street.

BANGARRA’S BENNELONG

In 2017, Bangarra presents a brand new contemporary dance work that will leave you astonished by Australia’s history, choreographed by Artistic Director Stephen Page.

Woollarawarre Bennelong was a senior man of the Eora, from the Port Jackson area in Sydney. In a tumultuous time of Australia’s history, Bennelong and his community left us with a legacy that transcended ‘first contact’.

Inspired by true events, this theatrical dance work highlights the extraordinary curiosity and diplomacy that led an Aboriginal community to survive a clash of cultures, contributing to the establishment of positive relationships between the Eora and the British, for a serene future.

Bangarra’s Bennelong is a brand new work at its best. In a unique Australian dance language, the company embraces history – celebrating the continuation of life and culture with the power, artistry, passion and physicality of the country’s most acclaimed dancers.

Happening Thursday 3 August to Saturday 5 August at 7:30pm, Saturday Matinee 1:30pm, at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City.

Tickets from $30, to purchase visit the website.

78 REASONS TO STAY THE NIGHT

There was a time when Malcolm could attract a boy with the wink of an eye, but these days even having his usual rent boy replaced at the last minute can put a spanner in the works. So when Billy turns up, the night really doesn’t look like it’s going to end well.

Against the odds, Malcolm’s stories break the ice, and two people who appear to have barely a thing in common find themselves sharing more than just a bed. As Australia approaches the 40th anniversary of the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the different experiences of gay men growing up then and now are profound. Trevar Alan Chilver’s poignant script brings these differences to life like never before.

78 Reasons to Stay the Night premieres in Canberra Theatre Centre’s Courtyard Studio this August for a strictly limited season.

Happening Wednesday 2 August – Sunday 6 August at The Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit. Wednesday to Saturday: 7:30 pm ; Saturday: 2 pm; Sunday: 5 pm.

Tickets available for $38. Book now to avoid disappointment.

CANBERRÄNG 2017 – AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 HOURS

Canberräng is Canberra’s annual festival of swing. Canberräng is jam packed with dancing and music at a total of ten spectacular locations! There are two balls, two after parties, a winery visit, public dances and so much more to experience. Presented by Jumptown Swing, Canberräng attracts dancers from across Australia and abroad.

Saturday and Sunday morning head to Garema Place or the Kingston Old Bus Depot Markets to see the dance or even join in!

The Saturday Evening Ball is the highlight of the Canberräng festival. Enjoy the spectacle of watching the dancers kick up a storm to live jazz in an iconic Canberra venue, or find yourself a partner and have a dance!

Happening Thursday 3 – Sunday 6 August at a variety of locations across Canberra.

Email [email protected] for more details.

GAMMA.CON 2017

GAMMA.CON is a celebration of pop culture in the ACT and Southern NSW. See special guests Bajo, Goose and Rad from ABC’s Spawn Point program as well as cosplayers Henchwench and AK Wirru who will be performing on stage, giving panels and signing autographs all weekend!

GAMMA.CON features free play video games and board games, live stage acts, workshops, panels, art and crafts, artists, comics, screenings of movies, anime and cartoons, vendors selling toys and collectables, competitions, cosplay and much, much more! GAMMA @ Night will run from 6pm. This over 18 event offers tasty cocktails, comedians, burlesque and mature gaming and screenings!

GAMMA.CON Happening Saturday 5 August from 10am-5pm at AIS Arena, Leverrier Street, Bruce. GAMMA @Night commencing at 6pm at the same venue.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit the website.

TEN TENORS 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

The Ten Tenors are undoubtedly one of Australia’s most successful touring entertainment groups of all time.

The group has more than 2,500 live shows to their credit and over 90 million people worldwide have witnessed their unmistakable charm, camaraderie and vocal power.

If you like the tenor voice, be it in rock, pop or classical repertoire, this show has it all and will have you on the edge of your seats.

Happening Sunday 6 August at 1:30pm and 6:30pm at The Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit.

Tickets between $85 and $125 can be purchased here.

IGITUR NOS CHAMBER CHOIR

Igitur Nos presents a concert of swoon-worthy choral music both familiar and new. Hear Joseph Twist’s Hymn of Ancient Lands, commissioned by Mary and Paul Pollard last year for the Australian tour of the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, as well as Norwegian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, Brahms, Parry and Tavener.

Igitur Nos Chamber Choir is a group of highly experienced singers dedicated to excellent blend, production and presentation. Formed in 2003 by its director, Matthew Stuckings, the choir has sung in many beautiful sacred spaces and cultural institutions in Canberra and beyond, as well as live on the ABC. The choir meets weekly and presents numerous public and liturgical performances throughout the year.

Happening Sunday August 6 from 1:30pm-2:45pm at The High Court of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes.

Free entry however registration via the High Court website is essential.

HOMEWARD WITH THE AUSTRALIAN STRING QUARTET

Homeward with the Australian String Quartet – a spirit of youthful exuberance and boundless confidence energises this concert.

Britten String Quartet no 1 in D major op 25
Paul Stanhope String Quartet no 2
Dvořák String Quartet no 13 in G major op 106 Rejuvenated by his time in America, Dvořák’s return to his native Bohemia was a joyful homecoming, inspiring a flood of musical ideas in his G major String Quartet.

Rejuvenated by his time in America, Dvořák’s return to his native Bohemia was a joyful homecoming, inspiring a flood of musical ideas in his G major String Quartet.

Arriving in America in his late twenties, Benjamin Britten enjoyed a sense of supreme confidence as a composer. In his String Quartet no 1, he sets out to impress in a work that abounds in joie de vivre and originality. In his second string quartet, Australian composer, Paul Stanhope, evokes the emotionally charged experience of the Jewish migrants who made Australia their home during World War II.

In his second string quartet, Australian composer, Paul Stanhope, evokes the emotionally charged experience of the Jewish migrants who made Australia their home during World War II. The three works together compose a rich tapestry drawn from themes of exile and return, and inspirations from the old world and the new.

The three works together compose a rich tapestry drawn from themes of exile and return, and inspirations from the old world and the new.

Happening Sunday 6 August at 2pm at Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

CANBERRA UNSCRIPTED

A three-night festival of unscripted theatre at the Street Theatre showcasing improvised music, comedy, crime and Shakespeare… with zombies.

Happening Friday 4 – Sunday 6 August from 7pm-10:30pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Purchase tickets via 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.

RELOAD ROXX

For those who love their sounds heavy and loud we are celebrating the life of Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog, Audioslave) with a 90’s rock night. Along with the sounds of Nirvana, RATM, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Green Day and more… DJ Black Temple will dedicate a special set to Chris Cornell and due to the recent loss of Chester Bennington another dedication set to celebrate Chester has been added.

Happening Friday 4 August from 8pm-1am at Reload Bar, 38 Northbourne Avenue.

Entry is by gold coin donation with all proceeds going to the Chris and Vicky Cornell foundation.

Visit the website for more information.

DARREN JACK

Multiple award-winning Blues artist Darren Jack electrifies audiences with his signature powerhouse rock ‘n’ blues and original music. Jack has taken out 5 Australian Blues Music Awards and has won the Sydney Blues Challenge twice, in 2012 (Band category) and in 2014 (Solo category). He has represented Australia in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in 2013 and 2015.

His music will take you from blistering, gut wrenching blues to smooth melodies that will soothe your soul. Jack’s honesty and commitment are the real deal.

Jack is joined by Harry Brus on bass and Chris “Youngfella” Nable on drums.

Happening Friday 4 August from 8pm-10:30pm at The Harmonie German Club of Canberra, Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah.

More details via Facebook.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

OldBusDepotMarkets-Multicultural Sunday

Multicultural Sunday

Love experiencing different cultures? On the first Sunday of the month the Old Bus Depot Markets add a touch of international ‘flavour’ to the markets. It’s like touring the world without leaving the markets.

In a fabulous old industrial building you will experience the endless colour, tastes, sounds and atmosphere that is “Canberra’s Sunday Best”. Find your favourite stallholder and visit the Markets this Sunday from 10am-4pm.

Happening Sunday 6 August from 10am – 4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Find more information on the website.

WINTER FESTIVAL

Warm your cockles at the National Portrait Gallery’s annual Winter Festival! Join a day of wintery fun including ice sculpting, wool weaving, performances, and special guests The Tjanpi Desert Weavers all the way from the Northern Territory. This Winter Festival is for all ages and abilities. All materials are provided.

This Winter Festival is for all ages and abilities. All materials are provided.

This program made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

Happening Sunday 6 August from 10am-4pm at The National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

Visit the website for more information.

CANBERRA FASHION MARKET

Canberra Fashion Market is a Canberra based market specialising in new, vintage and recycled clothing and accessories. It’s fashion styling with everything in one location. The market also hosts collectible items including books, DVDs, vinyl records and other cool objects.

Happening Saturday 5 August from 10am – 3pm in the Fitzroy Building, Exhibition Park In Canberra, Cnr Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue.

$3 entry, kids under 12 free.

Find more information here.

FROCK UP POP UP CANBERRA

The Winter Frock Up Pop Up Canberra is on again with six local and interstate sellers with hundreds of items of antique, retro, vintage and designer label clothing. You’ll find clothing that encompasses over 150 years with everything from Downton Abbey tea gowns to micro minis from the Swinging Sixties.

In addition to rack after rack of fashion, discover fashion accessories, fashion art, millinery, antique laced textiles and much, much more for the ‘fashionista’.

Anyone interested in fashion should save the date now.

Happening Friday 4 August from 6pm-9pm and Saturday 5 August from 10am-5pm at The Griffith Neighbourhood Centre, 55 Stuart Street, Griffith.

Gold coin donation upon entry, for more information visit Frock Up Australia.

THE HARTLEY HALL MARKETS

The Markets are one of Canberra’s best craft and home produce markets, where you can buy so many wonderful local products such as; unique gifts, artwork, home baked goods, dog/cat beds and treats, plants, jewellery, fresh produce, woodwork, crafts and much more – over 200 stalls!

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

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

On Sunday 6 August from 10am – 3pm at at the Hall Village Showground. Visit the website for more information www.hallmarkets.com.au

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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AUTHOR TALK WITH RUSTY YOUNG: COLOMBIANO

For seven years Rusty Young, author of the international bestseller Marching Powder, lived and worked in Colombia, where he interviewed Special Forces soldiers, snipers, undercover intelligence agents and members of two vicious terrorist organisations. The result was Colombiano.In association with Penguin Random House.

In association with Penguin Random House.

Happening Wednesday 2 August from 6pm-8pm at The National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

$20 including refreshments and a book signing.

Tickets available here.

CANBERRA CAREERSXPO

The Canberra CareersXpo is an annual event which is organised by the Rotary Club of Canberra City with support from the ACT Education Directorate. It has been operating for over 40 years and has grown in popularity each year.

The aim of the CareersXpo is to bring together a broad range of quality career and post school employment options. Our target audience covers students, parents, teachers, careers advisers and adults looking for advice and information on career possibilities, change of employment, training options and future career possibilities.

Exhibitors come from a broad cross section of providers including Federal and State Government institutions, tertiary institutions (local, interstate and overseas), employer organisations and numerous individual businesses.

Happening 9:15am – 5pm Wednesday 2 August and 9:15am – 2:30pm Thursday 3 August at The Budawang Building and Conference Centre, Exhibition Park in Canberra.

For more information visit the website.

LSS PRESENTS: SOCIAL JUSTICE CAREERS PANEL

Are you interested in pursuing a rewarding and meaningful career in the area of social justice?

The LSS will be presenting a Q&A panel with a number of fantastic speakers sharing their experiences in social justice work. The panel runs from 6:30-8:00pm, and there will be mingling from 8:00-8:30pm with nibbles provided.

If you want to make your passion for social justice part of your career, or you’re simply curious about a law career outside of clerkships or corporate law, come along.

We have speakers from The Australian Government Solicitor, the Department of Public Prosecutions, The Women’s Legal Centre, Youth Law and the ACT Legislative Assembly

Happening Wednesday 2 August from 6.30pm-8.30pm at the ANU Pop-up Village, University Avenue, Acton.

Visit the Facebook Page for more information.

 

CANBERRA SPORTS LUNCH

Join long term friend and Ambassador Tim Gavel as he hosts the 10th annual sports lunch proudly supported by the Hellenic Club in Canberra. This year we have guest speaker AFL Legend Adam Goodes. Many of Canberra’s leading sporting personalities join the business community leaders for networking and a great lunch in support of Special Olympics Australia.

Happening Thursday 3 August from 12pm-3pm at The Hellenic Club of Canberra, Phillip.

Table of ten $1,750 or $180 for individual ticket

For more information and to book tickets visit the website.

SCIENCE IN THE PUB – PHYSICS AND ASTRO

Local physicists show off their research in a relaxed environment at Science in the pub – physics & astro. From astronomy and satellites, to particle physics, to how visualising an eight-dimensional sphere can help you understand time travel, come along and get your mind blown.

See eight short presentations woven together by MC Dr Phil Dooley of Phil Up On Science. Expect the unexpected as physicists get creative in sharing their love of science

Happening Tuesday 1 August from 7pm-9pm at Smiths Alternative Bookshop, 76 Alinga Street, Canberra City.

For more information, visit the Facebook Page.

CREATE WITH TROVE

Get along to our first Create with Trove for 2017!

Do you knit? Crochet? Bead? Quilt? Cross-stitch? Scrap? Colour? Weave? Trove loves all things handmade and we would love to see what you’re making! You bring a craft project and we’ll bring the tea and bickies!

Create with Trove is a FREE monthly event on the first Saturday of each month where we can craft, chat and meet other crafters. This month’s event will be hosted by Trove maker Kristen from The Granny Square Conspiracy, who will no doubt have something interesting on her hook.

Any children under 16 who would like to join in are asked to please bring a responsible crafting adult and their own craft project to work on.

Entry is free, visit the website for more information.

Happening Saturday 5 August from 12pm – 3pm at Trove, Level 1 Garema Centre, 70 Bunda Street, Civic

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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GIANTS VS MELBOURNE

The GIANTS are back in Canberra for their final UNSW Canberra Oval match of 2017 in Round 20 of the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership Season. GIANTS v Melbourne is sure to be a toughly contested match.

Take the whole family for this Saturday afternoon match and participate in kick-to-kick post game.

Happening Saturday 5 August at 1.45pm at UNSW Canberra Oval, Manuka Circle, Forrest.

Tickets available from Ticketek.

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 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.

An afterDARK Firefly Lantern Tour is 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.

Happening Saturday 5 August from 6:30pm-8:30pm at The Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton.

To book, visit Parks Australia.

Start Your Mornings With Yoga Thanks To Lululemon

Yoga is the perfect morning workout for the mind, body and soul. It can help increase energy levels, improve your mental clarity, circulation and posture, and tone your muscles. The best way to get started is in a group class where an experienced instructor can help you learn the basics, or hone your existing knowledge.

Every Thursday at 7.15am – 8am in Canberra Centre’s event space opposite Endota Spa, they are hosting complimentary yoga classes. Led by local yoga instructor Alex Ball, the classes will focus on Vinyasa flow yoga and is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Yoga mats will be provided for all attendees – just bring your own towel, water bottle and Zen spirit!

As the class is outside regular trading hours, the entry point into Canberra Centre will be off Petrie Plaza.

Sessions are complimentary with no bookings required. The first session begins on Thursday 27 July.

The first session begins on Thursday 27 July at 7.15 am at Canberra’s Centree’s event space opposite Endota Spa.

Find more information here.

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.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

FITNESS SESSION FUNDRAISER

A one-hour bodyweight fitness session is running in support of a 6-year-old Canberran who since birth has fought multiple medical problems.

Addy was born premature in July 2011, she spent some time in NICU for lung issues. Four weeks later, Addy was none responsive to feeding and appeared lifeless, she was airlifted to Sydney children’s hospital for heart problems. Addy, in her true fighting spirit battled 2 cardio defibrillations with no success but was treated with medicine as a last attempt.

Growths in her right kidney were discovered at age 3, followed by more in her pancreases, abdomen, bowel and in her spine, these are all monitored regularly by various team of doctors in Sydney. In addition to chronic long term constipation.

Addy had two major surgeries early in 2017 were her left arm was reduced to a one bone forearm, resulting in function and movement issues and a permanently dislocated elbow.

As of 26 June, an MRI has revealed more enlarged nerves covering her entire spine, two growths, one sitting on the spine and mild scoliosis, with more scans and investigations to come from this recent findings.

The session is $20, either cash on the day or through her everyday hero page.

Happening Sunday 6 August from 10am-11am at Pedder Street O’Connor. For more information about this event, call 0422067232

OUTDOORS

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NATURE PLAY PLATYPUS PURSUITS

Take a walk with a ranger through Tidbinbilla’s wetlands in search of the elusive platypus. it is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon. Bring your binoculars.

Happening Sunday 6 August – Sunday 27 August at 3pm at The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, 141 Paddys River Road, Paddys River.

Park entry fees apply, visit Nature Play for more information.

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.

NATURE PLAY PELICAN FEED

Join a wildlife officer as they feed the pelicans. Learn about pelicans and other remarkable wetland inhabitants. Meet at Pond 4 Boardwalk in the Sanctuary.

Happening every day in August from 1:30pm-2pm at The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, 141 Paddys River Road, Paddys River.

Park entry fees apply, visit Nature Play for more information.

EXPLORE THE SANCTUARY AT TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE

Come along and meet a volunteer interpreter who will help you discover the natural wonders of the Sanctuary and the animals that live there.

Happening every Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 3pm from Saturday 5 to Sunday 27 August at The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, 141 Paddys River Road, Paddys River.

Park entry fees apply, visit Nature Play for more information.

NATURE PLAY KOALAS IN THE CANOPY

Learn about these fascinating marsupials and then take a stroll around the Eucalypt Forest enclosure and try to spot Koala’s. Meet at the Eucalypt Forest car park.

Happening every Saturday in August from 2:30pm-3:00pm at The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, 141 Paddys River Road, Paddys River.

Park entry fees apply, visit Nature Play for more information.

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.

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WINTER FESTIVAL

Warm your cockles at the National Portrait Gallery’s annual Winter Festival! Join a day of wintery fun including ice sculpting, wool weaving, performances, and special guests The Tjanpi Desert Weavers all the way from the Northern Territory. This Winter Festival is for all ages and abilities. All materials are provided.

This Winter Festival is for all ages and abilities. All materials are provided.

This program made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

Happening Sunday 6 August from 10am-4pm at The National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.

Visit the website for more information.

NATURE PLAY PLATYPUS PURSUITS

Take a walk with a ranger through Tidbinbilla’s wetlands in search of the elusive platypus. it is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon. Bring your binoculars.

Happening Sunday 6 August – Sunday 27 August at 3pm at The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, 141 Paddys River Road, Paddys River.

Park entry fees apply, visit Nature Play for more information.

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.

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.

EMPIRE GLOBAL ART AWARD EXHIBITION

See a selection of artworks entered in the 2017 Empire Global Art Award at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Head down to Tuggeranong and feast your eyes on a collection of artwork created especially for the award. This year’s theme was inspired by the words of Mahatma Gandhi who said, ‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.’

The exhibition is set to feature works from a variety of disciplines including: sculpture, painting, photography, digital art, drawing, printmaking and textiles.

Grab this chance to experience an exhibition of artwork from a collection of Canberra artists.

Happening Thursday 3 August – Saturday 2 September at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street South, Greenway. Opening: Thursday 3 August 6pm -8pm, then weekdays 10 am – 6 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm.

More information available here.

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.

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.

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.

WESTERN RIDGE – STUDIO GLASS BY BRENDON SCOTT FRENCH

Brenden Scott French has a reputation as one of Australia’s most innovative and thought-provoking glass artists. His kiln-formed sculptures and wall pieces are carefully layered and assembled to develop pattern and form which he uses as vehicles to reflect his experiences.

Brenden’s recent residency in Western Ridge, NSW, explores both the external environment and his internal psychological narrative. Trained extensively in glass practice, Brenden completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Sydney College of the Arts in 1997 and a Bachelor of Art with Honours at the Canberra School of Art in 2003. He has received numerous awards including the Ian Potter Cultural Trust Award and the Stephen Procter Fellowship.

Showing till Sunday 6 August 2017 from 10am to 5pm Tuesday-Friday at Beaver Galleries, Deakin. Weekends: 9am to 5pm. Free Entry. Find more information here.

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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