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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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Kylie Ladd in conversation with Kerri Sackville

HerCanberra and Muse are proud to present Kylie Ladd in conversation with Kerri Sackville to launch Kylie’s newest novel, The Way Back.

Come along and listen to Kylie and Kerri discuss all things books and writing (and there is also talk of interpretive dance…) Ask them burning questions, enjoy a glass of fine wine from Muse and grab your copy of The Way Back. Signed copies of the book will be able for purchase on the night.

Happening Monday 21 August from 5.30pm-7pm at Muse Canberra, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston.

Attendance is free but bookings are essential. Please register via Eventbrite.

FREYJA’S FOOTLOOSE FUNDRAISER  

Join in and raise funds for A Cure for Freyja – A Mothers’ Story and enjoying some awesome local artists, including The Voice’s Amber Nichols! Also live they have Samantha Grebert, Urban Drover and Cassidy’s Ceili! 

Happening Saturday 19 August from 7pm-11pm at The Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson Street, Weston Creek.   

Tickets are only $30 and are available via Trybooking. 

Floral Crown Making Masterclass

Create your own floral crown masterpiece at this hands-on masterclass. Canberra’s flower arranging experts, The Floral Society will teach you how to mix and match seasonal blooms and weave them together to craft a statement crown worthy of an Instagram selfie.

Each ticket is redeemable for a $20 Canberra Centre Gift Card. All guests will be treated to a glass of sparkling and catering.

Happening Saturday 19 August from 11am-12pm at Canberra Centre’s event space, within the Beauty Precinct.

Tickets from Eventbrite.

CANBERRA WORLD PHOTO DAY  

World Photo Day is running its first citywide photo celebration here in Canberra join us to share the story of Canberra with the world.   

Register here and share your best photo of Canberra on August 19 as we celebrate photography. 

If you’ve taken an amazing photo of Canberra or it’s regions this year, we would love to see it in our World Photo Day Canberra Photo Contest.  

We’re putting together some great prizes, hosting exhibitions and printing a photo book of your photos and stories to publish globally as a representation of Canberra in 2017.  

This year, we’ve partnered with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, an organisation that supports over 500 children with CP in the ACT as well as their families. 

Happening Saturday 19 August.  

LUTON CHARITY BALL 2017  

Luton Charity Ball presents to you – Homes of Hope. Prepare yourself for a luxurious evening, step onto your catamaran. A night of sumptuous leisure, set sail for the Mediterranean. 

Fine food, wine and exceptional company, see the unique landscape whilst sightseeing.Settle into a night of abundant fun and laughter, envision the sunset… Island dreaming. 

This year Luton Properties are supporting three heroic local charities: Hartley Lifecare, Project Independence and Karinya House. The Premier Sponsor; Allhomes, and the Sunset Sponsor; Go Hosting, are proud to have partnered with Luton Properties to support these charities. 

The night will be filled with fun; this year’s Santorini theme is set to be another successful event with the Ouzo Bar, a plate smashing arena and Greek dancing. The incredibly talented Costas Kilias will emcee the evening and undoubtedly one of Australia’s finest vocalists, Ricki-Lee will be performing live. 

Happening Saturday 19 August from 6pm at The National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue.  

For more information and to book your tickets, visit the website.  

KIDS’ CUSHION CONCERT

The wildly popular Kids’ Cushion Concert series returns to the iconic Nishi Grand Stair with a very special guest. BYO cushion for the little ones to sit on, and get ready for a morning filled with fun and shenanigans!

Kids’ Party Confidential is a raucous ride for adults and children aged 5 to 12 as comedian Sean Murphy creates the best party ever. You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, and you’ll learn how to tie an incredible balloon sword!

Equal parts stand-up, storytelling and celebration, Sean has created a show that educates and entertains in equal measure.

“Kids’ Party Confidential proves our imaginations are the greatest engines for entertainment; through the course of the performance, we incorporate kids’ own ideas to create the best fiesta ever.”

Happening Saturday 19 August at 9am and 10.30am. Reserve your place now via Eventbrite.

GEOSCIENCE AUSTRALIA OPEN DAY  

Geoscience Australia’s 2017 annual Open Day offers diverse program of free hands-on activities, science displays, talks and fun for all ages! Come along and learn about the exciting and important work carried out by Australia’s national geoscience agency.  

Find out how earthquakes are detected, learn how agriculture relies on discovery of precious water resources, discover how satellites have revolutionised our ability to access positioning information at the touch of a button, and learn how critical commodities make your smart phone work.   

Talk to real scientists, learn about geoscience careers and find out how important geoscience is to our everyday life. 

Happening Sunday 20 August from 9am – 2pm at Geoscience Australia, Corner Hindmarsh Dr and Jerrabomberra Ave, Symonston.  

Visit the website for more information.

BLUE LOVE  

Blue Love is a delightful infusion of intense physical theatre, film and dance. Choreographer Shaun Parker offers a poetic and satirical take on the clichés of pop culture, romance, coupledom and suburbia. From a fantastic place where TV soap meets art-house film, the two characters Glenn and Rhonda Flune take the audience on an expedition in search of the perfect relationship.  

Blue Love is inspired by famous works of art, theatre, music and film; all of which deal with the concept of love. Glenn and Rhonda draw on all of these art forms, parodying the lip-service given to love and its incarnations. This quirky, character-based work is a multi-media, physical theatre comedy: accessible, challenging and enormously entertaining. 

Shaun Parker & Company is an exhilarating and bold Australian dance company that has exploded on to the international dance scene and has won numerous awards both here and overseas. 

Happening Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 August at 8pm, at The Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit.  

Tickets available here.  

CANBERRA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S ACTEWAGL LLEWELLYN SERIES, HORN  

Join the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for ActewAGL Llewellyn Series, Horn. 

Richard Strauss’ Horn Concertos are among the most demanding solo works for this notoriously temperamental instrument, and while many horn players have cursed Strauss for this, Hector McDonald will make the challenging concerto sound effortless. McDonald returns to the Canberra stage for the first time in almost 30 years to perform Strauss’ Horn Concerto No.1.  

The concerto is preceded by the exotic romanticism of composer and chemist Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from his opera, Prince Igor. The dances display graceful melodic lines, rich tonal colours and energetic rhythms, which create a feeling of frenzied celebration and enthusiasm.  

Prokofiev’s Symphony No.5 in B flat major celebrates a vision of the human spirit that is free, happy, pure and noble. Fellow composer and conductor Koussevitzky described the symphony as “… the greatest musical event in many, many years. The greatest since Brahms and Tchaikovsky! It is magnificent! It is yesterday, it is today, it is tomorrow.” 

Happening Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 August from 7:30pm at Llewellyn Hall, Australia National University, William Herbert Place, Acton.  

Tickets start from $51 and are available here.  

STRICTLY SCIENCE  

Seriously? Science, Sex, Dance, Paint, Music, Song and Dance….it’s Strictly Science. National Science Week closes with an explosion of science and art. Some of Canberra’s most fabulous performers join internationally renowned scientists explaining what on earth is going on…  

Hear from scientists including Dr Brad Tucker, Dr Merryn McKinnon, Professor Sean O-Donoghue, Ingrid McCarthy and Dr Graham Walker.  

See performers including Rainbow, Jazida, Autumn Temptress, Liberte la Femme, 3G, Vivacity, Feel the Music and Madam Lou. 

Happening Saturday 19 August at 7:30pm at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.  

Tickets available from Eventbrite. 

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: UNCHARTED  

Are you a risk taker? Step into the unknown at Night at the Museum: Uncharted.   

From deep history to deep space, to the depths of the human mind … Delve into the weird and the wonderful, the alien and the exotic, as we discover what lies beyond.   

Push the boundaries. Travel the unknown. Discover the unexpected. Let the night unfold and reveal itself.  

Night at the Museum events: over 18s only. 

Happening Friday 18 August from 6pm – 9:30pm at The National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.  

For more information and to purchase tickets visit the website. 

PETE MURRAY  

Byron Bay singer-songwriter and one of Australia’s most loved musicians, Pete Murray has released his new single, Take Me Down, alongside the announcement of his sixth studio album, Camacho – available June 2. With over one million album sales to his name, the quiet achiever of Australian music will showcase new tracks and old favourites on an epic 32-date national Camacho Tour including the Canberra Theatre this August. 

Beat-driven and anthemic, Take Me Down cleverly reveals a new direction for Pete, yet still manages to feel like a catch up with an old friend – his smooth, familiar voice both warm and inviting. “Take Me Down is about a beautiful relationship with an unknown future,” insights Pete. “It’s about not knowing how much time is left and being in the moment. It’s emotive, moody, sexual and vulnerable.” 

Happening Saturday 19 August at 7:30pm at The Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit.  

Get your tickets here. 

Neel Kolhatkar Live

Neel Kolhatkar is a sharp, young, rapid fire, accent slinging with a hint of boyish charm-kind-of-comic. He hates political correctness and hates people that say they hate political correctness – and in his no holds barred live show, Neel will tell you why.His straight-shooting, boundary-breaching and savvy style delivered with a stage presence that the Guardian describes as “disarming charisma” will leave you comfortable enough to laugh embarrassingly loudly at every subject matter he explores.

Neel Kolhatkar performing live is a must see for anyone desensitized by the barrage of useless information fired at them daily. It’s an examination of race, youth, culture and politics through the lens of a cynically optimistic, barbarously honest 22-year-old. Whether you want to save trees or make G’s there’s something in this show for everyone.

Happening Saturday 19 August from 8pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Purchase tickets 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

FOOD & DRINK

Photography by Martin Ollman

Photography by Martin Ollman

BAR ROCHFORD PRESENTS ‘TOAST’ W FB PERIMETER, ED MACKY & CRESSY  

Toast returns to Rochford to kick off the first of a series of dance parties focusing on local DJs and their dancefloor ready digs. Going deep in the kitchen for the first instalment are local spinners Cressy, Ed Macky, and FB Perimeter who will be weaving through all manner of heat over the course of the night. 

Happening Sunday 20 August form 7pm at Bar Rochford, 1/65 London Cct.  

$10 entry  

More information available via Facebook.

GUNGHALIN SRI LANKAN AND INDIAN FOOD FAIR  

Authentic delicious food cooked with Sri Lankan SpicesHoppers & Egg Hoppers, Thosa, Samosa, Rice with Traditional Sri Lankan ‘Hot’ & Spicy Curries Variety of finger foods, short-eats, pan rolls, Wade’, & Cold Drinks  

Nothing over $9.00  

All proceeds will go to the building fund of the new Buddhist temple in North Canberra.  

Happening Saturday 19 August from 10:30am-2:30pm at Gunghalin Community Centre.  

Check out the website for more information.  

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

BLUE LOVE  

Blue Love is a delightful infusion of intense physical theatre, film and dance. Choreographer Shaun Parker offers a poetic and satirical take on the clichés of pop culture, romance, coupledom and suburbia. From a fantastic place where TV soap meets art-house film, the two characters Glenn and Rhonda Flune take the audience on an expedition in search of the perfect relationship.  

Blue Love is inspired by famous works of art, theatre, music and film; all of which deal with the concept of love. Glenn and Rhonda draw on all of these art forms, parodying the lip-service given to love and its incarnations. This quirky, character-based work is a multi-media, physical theatre comedy: accessible, challenging and enormously entertaining. 

Shaun Parker & Company is an exhilarating and bold Australian dance company that has exploded on to the international dance scene and has won numerous awards both here and overseas. 

Happening Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 August at 8pm, at The Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit.  

Tickets available here.  

CANBERRA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S ACTEWAGL LLEWELLYN SERIES, HORN  

Join the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for ActewAGL Llewellyn Series, Horn. 

Richard Strauss’ Horn Concertos are among the most demanding solo works for this notoriously temperamental instrument, and while many horn players have cursed Strauss for this, Hector McDonald will make the challenging concerto sound effortless. McDonald returns to the Canberra stage for the first time in almost 30 years to perform Strauss’ Horn Concerto No.1.  

The concerto is preceded by the exotic romanticism of composer and chemist Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from his opera, Prince Igor. The dances display graceful melodic lines, rich tonal colours and energetic rhythms, which create a feeling of frenzied celebration and enthusiasm.  

Prokofiev’s Symphony No.5 in B flat major celebrates a vision of the human spirit that is free, happy, pure and noble. Fellow composer and conductor Koussevitzky described the symphony as “… the greatest musical event in many, many years. The greatest since Brahms and Tchaikovsky! It is magnificent! It is yesterday, it is today, it is tomorrow.” 

Happening Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 August from 7:30pm at Llewellyn Hall, Australia National University, William Herbert Place, Acton.  

Tickets start from $51 and are available here.  

HUMP NITE COMEDY  

Come along to Hump Nite Comedy for a great night of stand up comedy and variety to get yourself through to the weekend. 

Happening Wednesday 16 August from 7:30pm – 9:00pm at Smiths Alternative, 76 Alinga Street. 

Visit the website for more information.  

THE INHERITANCE – A COMEDY  

THE INHERITANCE by Greg Gould, directed by Cate Clelland.  

When billionaire Les Essington dies, his estranged daughter, Gina Essington, is forced to put her medical career on hold to come home for the will reading. Gathering at the office of lawyer John Lauder, the proceedings quickly unravel as the Essington family descend into a war of words. 

Featuring a cast of talented Canberrans, don’t miss this world premiere of The Inheritance. 

Happening Wednesday 16 August – Saturday 19 August from 8pm – 10pm at Belconnen Community Centre, 23 Swanson Court, Belconnen.  

Tickets available from Trybooking.  

TOM GLEESON – CHEER UP  

There is no other comedian that can command the stand-up stage quite like Three time Best Comedy Nominee, Helpmann Awards, Tom Gleeson. Fresh from sold out runs around Australia, Gleeson is bringing his brand new hour of razor-sharp comedy to the nation’s capital for one night only.  

Self-assured and lightning-fast, Tom Gleeson’s wit and ability to tackle any topic has earned him the reputation as one of Australia’s most loved comedians. Off the stage and onto the screen, over the past year Tom continued his key role hosting Hard Chat on ABC TV’s award-winning show The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, taking no prisoners with local and international celebrities, getting away with asking the awkwardly hilarious questions that no one else would dare to. The segment was so popular Tom went on to host his very own quiz show, Hard Quiz on ABC TV, grilling contestants alike with his signature satirical and derisive style. Just like everything Tom touches, the end result was comedy gold. 

Happening Saturday 19 August at 7pm and 8:45pm at The Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit.  

Tickets are $42 and can be purchased from The Canberra Theatre Centre.  

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: UNCHARTED  

Are you a risk taker? Step into the unknown at Night at the Museum: Uncharted.   

From deep history to deep space, to the depths of the human mind … Delve into the weird and the wonderful, the alien and the exotic, as we discover what lies beyond.   

Push the boundaries. Travel the unknown. Discover the unexpected. Let the night unfold and reveal itself.  

Night at the Museum events: over 18s only. 

Happening Friday 18 August from 6pm – 9:30pm at The National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.  

For more information and to purchase tickets visit the website. 

PETE MURRAY  

Byron Bay singer-songwriter and one of Australia’s most loved musicians, Pete Murray has released his new single, Take Me Down, alongside the announcement of his sixth studio album, Camacho – available June 2. With over one million album sales to his name, the quiet achiever of Australian music will showcase new tracks and old favourites on an epic 32-date national Camacho Tour including the Canberra Theatre this August. 

Beat-driven and anthemic, Take Me Down cleverly reveals a new direction for Pete, yet still manages to feel like a catch up with an old friend – his smooth, familiar voice both warm and inviting. “Take Me Down is about a beautiful relationship with an unknown future,” insights Pete. “It’s about not knowing how much time is left and being in the moment. It’s emotive, moody, sexual and vulnerable.” 

Happening Saturday 19 August at 7:30pm at The Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit.  

Get your tickets here. 

POEM EVERY DAY  

Canberra Youth Theatre’s (CYT) Company Ensemble presents an arresting new work shaped by the poetry of Canberra poet, Joshua Bell. Using physical theatre and drawing on the practices of Pina Bausch, Omar Naharin and Bertolt Brecht, the work will be highly theatrical. The piece has been developed using the cast’s individual and ensemble responses to the poetry, focusing on the poem ‘Don’t hide your weirdness’.  

Original lighting and sound design by the CYT Advanced Technical Theatre Team, alongside Kimmo Vennonen and Stephen Crossley, will produce surprises within the Ainslie Arts Centre like never before.  

Happening Thursday 17 – Saturday 19 August at Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera Street, Braddon. Doors open at 6:30pm for pre-show drinks and entertainment, performance begins at 7pm. 

For more information and to purchase tickets visit the website.  

Neel Kolhatkar Live

Neel Kolhatkar is a sharp, young, rapid fire, accent slinging with a hint of boyish charm-kind-of-comic. He hates political correctness and hates people that say they hate political correctness – and in his no holds barred live show, Neel will tell you why.His straight-shooting, boundary-breaching and savvy style delivered with a stage presence that the Guardian describes as “disarming charisma” will leave you comfortable enough to laugh embarrassingly loudly at every subject matter he explores.

Neel Kolhatkar performing live is a must see for anyone desensitized by the barrage of useless information fired at them daily. It’s an examination of race, youth, culture and politics through the lens of a cynically optimistic, barbarously honest 22-year-old. Whether you want to save trees or make G’s there’s something in this show for everyone.

Happening Saturday 19 August from 8pm at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Purchase tickets here.

BURTON AND GARRAN HALL PRESENTS: 4000 MILES

Get along to the night of all nights as Burton and Garran Hall presents, 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog! The play follows a grieving grandson, Leo, who suffers a loss while cycling from Townsville to Richmond and seeks solace in his quirky yet feisty grandma, Vera. Together, along with a few other interesting characters, they navigate the big questions in love, life and politics. Directed, produced and acted entirely by student residents at the Burton and Garran Hall of the ANU – their hard work culminates in three performances over three nights.

On 17,18 & 19 August from 7pm – 8.45pm at Gorman Ainslie Arts Centre. Tickets are $15 and can be found here: www.4000miles.getqpay.com

 MOLLY AND ALL THAT JAZZ

Jazz was born in a whisky barrel, so it’s right at home with Molly.  

Back by popular demand local jazz trio, As Famous As The Moon are sure to get your toes tapping and your body moving. Their quiet but very energetic jazz is influenced by the great musicians of the 20th century and will set the scene for another exceptional evening at Molly.  

Happening Tuesday 15 August from 4pm-11pm at Molly, Hobart Place, Acton.

Find more information on the website.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

 

 

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DESIGNER SUNDAY

Fossick through an eclectic mix of quirky and interesting treasures. The fun is in the hunt as you never know what you might find amongst the stalls.  

Rummage through a stack of old suitcases, funky lamp shades, tea cups and saucers and ceramic and glass flying ducks to decorate your home. Retro decorative art blends with antique jewellery, china and art glass, silver, linens and restored pieces. 

Happening Sunday 20 August from 10am-4pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Find more information here.

ACT 2017 SPRINGTIME ANTIQUE AND COLLECTIBLES FAIR  

See curious collectables and a range of antiques from Georgian to Art Nouveau at the 2017 ACT Springtime Antiques and Collectables Fair.  

Shop for or browse amongst high-quality antiques and collectables at realistic prices.   

Home-made light meals, morning and afternoon teas are available in the Supper Room.  

The Rotary Club of Canberra City will be raising money for CanTeen, the charity that supports young people between 12 – 24 years old who are living with cancer. 

Happening Friday 18 – Sunday 20 August at Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla.  

Friday: 6pm – 9pm; Saturday: 10am – 5pm; Sunday: 10am – 4pm.  

More details available here. 

BIG BOYS TOYS  – THE ULTIMATE PLAYGROUND 

Time to play big! Like a play park for adults, The Ultimate Playground is stacked with some serious fun both indoors and outdoors.   

• Drone Indoor Racing Action – Plus learn to fly a drone via first person view on a flight simulator station & test your skills flying a real drone via line of sight 

• Pinball & Arcade Machine Amusement Zone 

• Race Your Mates – Khanacross Challenge course 

• Shannons Cars, Bikes & Coffee  

• Strongman Spectacular  

• Strength Test Hub – Electronic strength hammer, boxing & arm wrestling machines! 

• Eljay Freestyle Entertainment – Incredible motocross stunts! 

• Awesome Displays, Giveaways & Prizes! 

Happening Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August from 10am – 4pm at Exhibition Park, Cnr Flemington Road & Northbourne Avenue.  

Tickets available at the door, Adults: $20, Kids 6-16: $10, Kids under 6: Free!  

Visit the website for more information.  

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

Photo: Peta Rudd. Flower Crown by The Floral Society

Photo: Peta Rudd. Flower Crown by The Floral Society

Floral Crown Making Masterclass

Create your own floral crown masterpiece at this hands-on masterclass. Canberra’s flower arranging experts, The Floral Society will teach you how to mix and match seasonal blooms and weave them together to craft a statement crown worthy of an Instagram selfie.

Each ticket is redeemable for a $20 Canberra Centre Gift Card. All guests will be treated to a glass of sparkling and catering.

Happening Saturday 19 August from 11am-12pm at Canberra Centre’s event space, within the Beauty Precinct.

Tickets from Eventbrite.

RANDOM LIFE

Black Inc and Paperchain Bookstore invite you to hear Judy Horacek, author of Random Life, in conversation with Irma Gold.

Random Life is a collection of over 200 recent cartoons by much-loved cartoonist Judy Horacek. Drawn for her regular spot in the Age (and other publications wise enough to employ her), Judy’s ninth cartoon collection covers subjects as diverse as climate change, feminism, social media, fairy tales, Mondays and zebras.
These are cartoons that make us look anew at the contemporary world. They show us who we are, or who we might be. They make us laugh, or sometimes even cry. They are about life, and it is random.

Judy Horacek is an Australian cartoonist, writer and illustrator. She has been drawing cartoons for about twelve years now and has worked for a multitude of community groups, unions, small magazines and good causes.
Her work is often concerned with feminism, the environment and social justice issues. Six collections of her cartoons have been published. Major retrospective exhibitions of her work have been held at the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. She has also had numerous solo and group exhibitions of her cartoons and her prints.

On Thursday 17 August at 5.45pm at Paperchain Bookstore, 34 Franklin Street, Manuka. Email [email protected] for more information.

STRICTLY SCIENCE  

Seriously? Science, Sex, Dance, Paint, Music, Song and Dance….it’s Strictly Science. National Science Week closes with an explosion of science and art. Some of Canberra’s most fabulous performers join internationally renowned scientists explaining what on earth is going on…  

Hear from scientists including Dr Brad Tucker, Dr Merryn McKinnon, Professor Sean O-Donoghue, Ingrid McCarthy and Dr Graham Walker.  

See performers including Rainbow, Jazida, Autumn Temptress, Liberte la Femme, 3G, Vivacity, Feel the Music and Madam Lou. 

Happening Saturday 19 August at 7:30pm at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.  

Tickets available from Eventbrite. 

Kylie Ladd in conversation with Kerri Sackville

HerCanberra and Muse are proud to present Kylie Ladd in conversation with Kerri Sackville to launch Kylie’s newest novel, The Way Back.

Come along and listen to Kylie and Kerri discuss all things books and writing (and there is also talk of interpretive dance…) Ask them burning questions, enjoy a glass of fine wine from Muse and grab your copy of The Way Back. Signed copies of the book will be able for purchase on the night.

Happening Monday 21 August from 5.30pm-7pm at Muse Canberra, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston.

Attendance is free but bookings are essential. Please register via Eventbrite.

AIR AND SPACE SPEAKER SERIES – THE ADVENTURES OF AN AIRFORCE TEST PILOT  

For the Air & Space Speaker Series – The Adventures of an Air Force Test Pilot, Squadron Leader Marija Jovanovich will be talking about the history and science of flight tests. Hear some of her adventures as an Air Force pilot with some of the magnificent aircraft she has flown. 

From the early aviation pioneers, to Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier over Edwards Air Force Base in 1947, and certainly since, flight test has always been about pushing the envelope. It’s also about the perfect marriage of scientific theory and practice, in which flight test aircrew conduct sophisticated (and sometimes terrifying) experiments in their flying laboratories.   

Attend this event and receive a complimentary single entry into Questacon. Visit during opening hours before 8 October 2017 and explore the blockbuster aviation and aerospace exhibition – Above and Beyond presented by Boeing.  

This event is suitable for ages 14 and above. 

Happening Tuesday 15 August from 6pm – 7pm at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.  

Visit the website for more information.

SCIENCEABILITY COMMUNITY WORKSHOP

Scienceability is a program designed to challenge opinions on who ‘does’ science, by hosting science workshops run by people with intellectual disability.

In the lead up to National Science Week, Scienceability has facilitated hands-on science workshops for people with an intellectual disability, where they have built, tested and hypothesised their way through topics such as the science of flight, colour, and engineering.

This is culminating in a free public workshop during National Science Week where these Scienceability workshop participants will run science demonstrations and activities for the Canberra community – showing that science can be experienced and enjoyed by everyone. Come along, try some science experiments, and learn something new!

On 19 August from 12pm – 3pm at the National Capital Exhibition, Regatta Point. Entry is free, find out more here: www.facebook.com/events/307628759682368

GENEVIEVE SWIFTE

Join Canberra artist Genevieve Swifte amongst the rainforest ferns, tall eucalypts, hakeas, grevilleas and banksias at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

This intensive weekend workshop will respond to the rich diversity of native flora on display. The workshop will begin on Saturday morning with an introduction to landscape art, materials and techniques, before heading for the trees with paper and charcoal in hand for an immersive weekend of landscape drawing.

On 19-20 August & 26-27th August from 10am – 3pm at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Tickets start at $162 and you can find more information here: www.genevieveswifte.com/works/drawing-workshops—master-classes/405

USING MAPS FOR FAMILY HISTORY

The Maps collection at the National Library of Australia includes more than 600,000 maps, from early European charts to current mapping of Australia, in print and digital form.  

Why use maps? 

A map gives a sense of location to a family history, more than just where things happens, it shows the landscape your family had their history in, a sense of place to a family story. Maps show a time perspective, including changes to a place over time and changes in the interpretation of the landscape. Maps show a social perspective, sometimes they show the human use of a place, depicted by place names, how the land was divided, occupied, and put to use. Maps can answer questions.  

In this free session learn how to make the most of the Library’s unique Maps Collection for your family history research. 

Happening Tuesday 15 August from 11am – 12pm at The National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.  

Visit the website for more information.   

PUBLIC SPEAKING AND PRESENTATION SKILLS WORKSHOP  

Canberra (Ainslie) Toastmasters is conducting a public speaking and presentation skills workshop on aspects of effective communications.  

Happening Tuesday 15 August from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at Ainslie Football and Social Club, Wakefield Avenue, Ainslie.  

More information available via the website or by contacting Russell on 0415261310. 

AUSTRALIAN SATELLITES AND WHERE TO FIND THEM  

Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to listen to some of Australia’s leading scientific minds and experience the heritage-listed Canberra icon, the Shine Dome, while you’re in the nation’s capital. The Academy of Science, Australia’s premier scientific organisation, holds bimonthly public talks to challenge and stimulate the mind. This year, these unique events are led by Australian researchers at the forefront of the “Dawn of the new Space Age” as we strive to learn more about our universe. Discover global science in a local forum with access like nowhere else to scientists at the cutting edge of space research. 

August talk: Australian Satellites and Where to Find Them 

Speaker: Professor Iver Cairns, University of Sydney  

This Event is being Livestreamed and will be available through the YouTube Channel after the event. 

Happening Tuesday 15 August at The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Acton. Refreshments from 5.30pm. Talk and live streaming at 6pm.  

Cost: $10 

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

ON WAR: THE AMIENS GUN  

To the Germans 8 August 1918 was ‘the Black Day’ of their Army. David Pearson uses German sources to explain why, describing how the translation from an obsolete form of German has been effected into English for a 21st century military history readership. Discover more about this major Australian battle from a German perspective, as well as find out what was the largest single war trophy seized by Australian troops in the Great War. 

In association with the Canberra Great War Study Group, the Estaminet. 

Happening Tuesday 15 August from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at The Theatre, National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.  

For bookings and more information visit the website.  

HEDY LAMARR – HOLLYWOOD INVENTOR

The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) are putting a Hollywood spin on their celebration of National Science Week.

Join us for a lecture on the fascinating life of Hedy Lamarr. Then, stay around for a screening of the restoration of Cecil B DeMille’s biblical epic Samson and Delilah – in which Lamarr plays the eponymous temptress.

A household name in her native Austria, Lamarr arrived in America in 1938 following the end of her marriage to Friedrich Mandl, a wealthy weapons manufacturer.  A self-taught inventor, she learned a great deal about applied science as a result of attending business meetings with her husband.

Touted as ‘Hollywood’s most beautiful woman,’ she starred in a number of films, but her fierce intellect put her at odds with the establishment. Not only did Lamarr work with aviation tycoon Howard Hughes to improve his aircraft designs, she also registered the patent for a scrambled communications system that paved the way for mobile phones and wi-fi.

On 16 August at 6pm at the National Film and Sound Archives. Entry is free. Find out more here

www.nfsa.gov.au/events/national-science-week-hedy-lamarr-hollywood-inventor

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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RAIDERS VS PANTHERS  

Expect a fired up Raiders side as they look to tame the Penrith Panthers at GIO Stadium in Canberra. The Panthers stole the win at the death against the Raiders in their Round 14 clash at Carrington Park in Bathurst earlier this year and the Green Machine will be determined to get the win.  

Happening Sunday 20 August at 2pm at GIO Stadium Canberra, 21 Battye Street, Bruce.  

Tickets available from Ticketek or at the gate.  

CANBERRA ROLLER DERBY GAME 5  

See the Brindabelters take on the Red Bellied Black Hearts. Will the Belters knock the Hearts down a notch, or will the Hearts remain undefeated this season? 

Happening Saturday 19 August from 6pm-8:30pm at Southern Cross Basketball Stadium, Pitman Street, Greenway.  

More information available here.  

CANBERRA KART RACING CLUB ROUND 6  

August 20 sees Round 6 of the club championship return to Circuit Mark Webber in the nation’s capital.  

This race meet also brings a return to the anti-clockwise direction with random draw grids for all 4 heats and combined points for final with points overall deciding the winner.  

There is also free practice on Saturday and free camping at the track for those wishing to stay the night. 

Happening Sunday 20 August from 9am – 5pm at Canberra Kart Raxing Club, Pialligo Avenue, Pialligo.  

More information available via Facebook.  

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.

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

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FREYJA’S FOOTLOOSE FUNDRAISER  

Join us in raising funds for A Cure for Freyja – A Mothers’ Story and enjoying some awesome local artists, including The Voice’s Amber Nichols! Also live we have Samantha Grebert, Urban Drover and Cassidy’s Ceili! 

Happening Saturday 19 August from 7pm-11pm at The Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson Street, Weston Creek.   

Tickets are only $30 and are available via Trybooking. 

LUTON CHARITY BALL 2017  

Luton Charity Ball presents to you – Homes of Hope. Prepare yourself for a luxurious evening, step onto your catamaran. A night of sumptuous leisure, set sail for the Mediterranean. 

Fine food, wine and exceptional company, see the unique landscape whilst sightseeing.Settle into a night of abundant fun and laughter, envision the sunset… Island dreaming. 

This year Luton Properties are supporting three heroic local charities: Hartley Lifecare, Project Independence and Karinya House. The Premier Sponsor; Allhomes, and the Sunset Sponsor; Go Hosting, are proud to have partnered with Luton Properties to support these charities. 

The night will be filled with fun; this year’s Santorini theme is set to be another successful event with the Ouzo Bar, a plate smashing arena and Greek dancing. The incredibly talented Costas Kilias will emcee the evening and undoubtedly one of Australia’s finest vocalists, Ricki-Lee will be performing live. 

Happening Saturday 19 August from 6pm at The National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Avenue.  

For more information and to book your tickets, visit the website.  

MOVIE NIGHT FUNDRAISING FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH  

Movie Night at Limelight Cinema Tuggeranong Raising funds for Breast Cancer Research  

Join us for a night full of fun with Lucky Door prizes yummy finger food (including spicy Indian) and relax with a glass of bubbly, tea/coffee or soft drink to watch the great movie – HAMPSTEAD – starring Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson.  

Happening Saturday 19 August at Limelight Cinemas, Tuggeranong, food and drinks 4pm, Movie 5pm, Price $25pp.  

Bookings essential and to be made via email to [email protected]  

For more information visit Allevents.  

EMBRACE – DENDY CINEMAS  

Groovy Daughter brings you this special fundraising screening of Embrace. A portion of every ticket sold will go to the The Butterfly Foundation. 

When body image activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photograph in 2013, it was seen by more than 100 million worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. In her forceful debut, Brumfitt continues her crusade exploring the global issue of body loathing. She travels the world to interview an impressive range of women about their attitudes to their bodies, including: Mia Freedman, the youngest ever editor of the Australian edition of Cosmopolitan; Adelaide researcher Professor Marika Tiggemann; UK talk show host/photographer Amanda de Cadenet; body image blogger Jess Baker (a.k.a. The Militant Baker); and motivational speaker Turia Pitt. 

Happening Wednesday 16 August at 7:30pm at Dendy Cinema Canberra.  

Tickets available here! 

OUTDOORS

CONVERSATIONS WITH COWS  – MEET MINIATURE GALLOWAYS  

Have you ever tried to have a conversation with a cow? You might think they just say moo… But they say much more than that with their body language. 

Here at Alpaca Magic, we are breeding a herd of Miniature Galloways. They are all hornless and enjoy having new people to cuddle and scratch them. 

Come and experience our diverse herd of miniature Galloways. Ideal for small farms, cow therapy, and just for the fun of meeting them. 

Happening Sunday 20 August from 8:30am-10am at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, New South Wales. 

For bookings and more information visit the website.  

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.

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Image via alpacamagic.com.au

Image via alpacamagic.com.au

LLAMAS IN THE MIST  

On a misty morning watch the mist rise revealing a tranquil vista of paddocks and rolling hills, with dozens of alpacas and llamas peacefully grazing… or on a frosty morning watch the frost on their whiskers and fleece become steam rising from their bodies as they amble up the paddock for their breakfast. 

This is a rare opportunity and one not to be missed – meet over 200 alpacas and llamas, learn about them, and take wonderful “selfies” with them. 

Happening Saturday 19 August – Saturday 11 November from 8:30am – 10am at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, New South Wales. 

For bookings and more information visit the website.   

KIDS’ CUSHION CONCERT

The wildly popular Kids’ Cushion Concert series returns to the iconic Nishi Grand Stair with a very special guest. BYO cushion for the little ones to sit on, and get ready for a morning filled with fun and shenanigans!

Kids’ Party Confidential is a raucous ride for adults and children aged 5 to 12 as comedian Sean Murphy creates the best party ever. You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, and you’ll learn how to tie an incredible balloon sword!

Equal parts stand-up, storytelling and celebration, Sean has created a show that educates and entertains in equal measure.

“Kids’ Party Confidential proves our imaginations are the greatest engines for entertainment; through the course of the performance, we incorporate kids’ own ideas to create the best fiesta ever.”

Happening Saturday 19 August at 9am and 10.30am. Reserve your place now via Eventbrite.

NATURE PLAY – TODDLERS TODDLE AT MT MAJURA NATURE RESERVE  

Meet at 10 am in Hackett for a walk designed for families with kids up to four years old. We will do a circuit of about 300 metres through gently-sloping grassland dotted with old-growth eucalypts.  

The focus of this Toddle is log-walking – there are excellent opportunities where some of the eucalypts have decided to lie down.  

There is no special parking spot, but kerbside parking in quiet Verco Street will be fine. No need to book. Organised by the Canberra Bushwalking Club: non-members welcome.  

Happening Monday 21 August from 10am – 11:30am at 8 Verco Street, Hackett.  

Visit Natureplay 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.

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.

DYSFUNCTION

Ten Emerging Artists from the ANU Printmedia and Drawing Department present a miscellany of works harnessing the individualism and breadth of their artistic exploration within the mediums of print making and drawing

Exhibition open for 2 weeks – and artworks will be for sale and come, enjoy and support these Emerging Artists:

Showing till Tuesday 15 August 2017 from 5.30pm at Smith’s Alternative 76 Alinga Street, Canberra. Find more information on the website.

TASMANIA CIT CERT IV PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION  

This collection of work is the product of several students and their teachers trip to Tasmania to explore different environments and hone their photography skills.  

Happening Monday 14 August at 6pm at 37 Constitution Ave, Reid.  

More information available via Facebook.  

NEIL ROBERTS – CHANCES WITH GLASS  

Chances with Glass focuses on Neil Robert’s relationship with glass as object, medium and signifier.   

Neil Roberts (1954-2002) was an important artist in Canberra who had a growing national and international reputation. He was enormously influential and supportive of the national arts scene.  

Born in Melbourne, Roberts trained as a glass blower at the Jam Factory in Adelaide, the Orrefors Glass School in Sweden and the Experimental Glass Workshop in New York. He came to Canberra in 1983 when he was invited by Klaus Moje AO, the inaugural Head of the Glass Workshop at Canberra School of Art, to join him in creating the Workshop’s teaching program.  

After two years at the School, Roberts chose the life of an independent artist, but, with Moje, was instrumental in setting the serious, rigorous and innovative tone of the ANU School of Art & Design Glass Workshop, which in the ensuing twenty-five years has earned it an international reputation. 

Happening Wednesday 16 August – Sunday 15 October from 10am – 4pm at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.  

Gallery floor talk: 2pm Saturday 19 August. 

Visit the website for more information.  

KANALARITJA: AN UNBROKEN STRING

An exhibition celebrating the unique practice of Tasmanian Aboriginal shell stringing – past, present and future.

A Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) touring exhibition.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

On 11 August until 3 October from 9am – 5pm at the National Museum of Australia. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information: www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/kanalaritja

HILLGROVE POTTERY STUDIO AND GALLERY – OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND AND SALE  

The showroom will be open to the public for the first time, displaying recent work and large exhibition pieces. The tableware and decorative ceramic products are entirely handmade in the pottery studio in Murrumbateman, NSW. Primarily wheel-thrown, their pieces are assembled and decorated by hand using traditional methods overlaid with a modern design aesthetic. 

Great deals on pottery samples, prototypes, testers and overstock.  

Idyllic Hills Wines of Murrumbateman will be here offering tasting of their very special wines. Come and grab a bargain! 

Happening Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August from 10am – 3pm at Hillgrove Pottery Studio and Gallery, 18 Grevillea Close, New South Wales.  

More information here. 

VAST BY INGRID BOWEN

Sydney based artist Ingrid Bowen is opening her solo exhibition at Suki & Hugh Gallery. The exhibition entitled ‘Vast’ presents a series of whimsical watercolour landscapes that will resonate with viewers from our region. The paintings respond to a feeling of ‘exhaling’ or decompressing for the artist who describes a sense of release when driving away from urban centres.

The works have an impressionistic quality created through Bowen’s expressive use of white space and light wash. This contributes a dream-like, abstract quality to the images and allows viewers to imagine the places and ideas they express.

Opening on Saturday 19 August until 19 October from 3pm – 5pm at Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information: www.sukihugh.com.au

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 until 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.

TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters and take a journey into the heart of Australia. Intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – connect with the songlines of the Seven Sisters.

This Aboriginal-led exhibition shares an ancient way of holding culture and telling stories written in the land. See the stories embedded in rock art inside a state-of-the-art digital dome, or visit our vibrant art centre hub where artists create works you can take home.

Don’t miss out — this exhibition is a journey like no other. On from 15 August to 25 February 2018 from 9am – 5pm daily at the National Museum of Australia. Visit the website for details and booking costs www.nma.gov.au/songlines

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.

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.

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.

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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