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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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Skincare Wellness Masterclass with Amy Erbracher

Simplify your skincare
routine for better skin with beauty therapist Amy Erbacher’s expert tips. During her beauty masterclass, she will share her advice for how to create your own bespoke skincare regimen. Amy will also be demonstrating an easy natural makeup look that’s perfect for everyday wear.

Happening Saturday 26 August from 11am-12pm at Canberra Centre. Tickets from Eventbrite.

Intimacy

Differences between us are often the most surprising points of connection.

A few years ago, Adriano Cortese was living above a shop on a street filled with bars, cafes and restaurants, in Melbourne. One night he decided he wanted to meet some new people so he walked onto the street and introduced himself to strangers walking past.

This was the beginning of a night filled with intense personal dialogue and shared intimacy. This work is based on this event and subsequent meetings with strangers.

Why is it sometimes easier to be honest with a total stranger than with someone we know?

Intimacy promises to give the audience a truly intimate experience through both the subject matter of the show and the intimate style of the presentation.

Happening from 23-27 August at various times at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, City West.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here: au.patronbase.com/_StreetTheatre

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 Bookstore, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston.

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

CANBERRA WRITERS FESTIVAL

With a mixture of free and ticketed events ideal for young and old, the Canberra Writers Festival is a must do when visiting Canberra this winter.

This three-day festival attracts book lovers, readers and writers from around the nation. Engage in an array of activities from panel and conversation sessions, workshops to lunches and intimate dining events.

The 2017 festival theme is Power, Passion, Politics, reflecting the city’s love affair with learning, knowledge and leadership. Hear about the great stories of our time, the history and current state of Australia’s democracy and the role of the media and free speech in our public dialogue.

Venues include the National Library of Australia, Old Parliament House, National Museum, The Portrait Gallery, National Press Club and Australian National University.

Check their website for full details.

Happening 25-27 August at various locations around Canberra.

See the website for more details and to book tickets.

JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY DEMONSTRATION

Celebrate the closing of the Melodrama in Meiji Japan exhibition with an elegant and traditional ceremonial tea demonstration, which will include the preparation and presentation of Macha, a powdered green tea.

Free entry but bookings are essential. Reserve your place now.

Happening Tuesday 22 August from 11am-12pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes.

Find more information here.

ACT WOMEN’S BUSINESS LUNCHEON

Join us and be inspired by author and journalist Jamila Rizvi; Sophie Cachia, the ‘Young Mummy’, Canberra local identity Cha Jordanoski CPA, and social media superstar and radio personality Tanya Hennessy.

These leaders will share their stories on the facts and fiction on work, life and family balance.

All attendees will receive a copy of Jamila Rizvi’s just released book ‘Not Just Lucky’ as well as a gift bag full of goodies from a number of generous suppliers. We are also pleased to announce that the event will be raising funds for Ronald McDonald House with the opportunity for attendees to win some wonderful prizes.

Happening Monday 28 August from 12pm-3pm at QT Canberra, NewActon.

Find more information on Facebook.

RED HILL POP UP MARKET

Come along to the first Pop Up Markets in the open area of Red Hill Shops. They will be showcasing all that Canberra and the local region has to offer.

  • FREE COFFEE from the brand new coffee cart
  • Food and beverages stalls
  • Handmade goods
  • Thermomix demonstrations
  • Fun for all with our oversized wooden games
  • Live music
  • Red Hill Primary school Sausage sizzle and Lemonade stand
  • Cooking demonstrations

Happening Saturday 26 August from 12-3pm at the Red Hill Shops, Duyfken Close, Red Hill.

See the Facebook event for more information.

Canberra Writers Festival: Media Literacy Workshop with Helen Roe

The Internet and social media are saturated with inaccurate news, sensationalised stories, pristine paparazzi photos, instacelebs and high profile influencers. It is a hyper connected, seductive, media world we live in.

It’s not illegal to have an opinion or say things that are inaccurate. Propaganda and fake news have always existed but the Internet takes it to a whole new level. Is it all fake news or can we sift through it and find meaning?

Our digital savvy teen generation teach us how to screen shot and swipe left. But we need to teach them to become their own fact finders first. Let’s empower our youth to think creatively and critically about what they see, hear and read.

This free workshop is part of the Canberra Writers Festival. Helen Roe, writer and marketer, shares insights from her book GirlTribes, a teen girls guide to surviving and thriving in our media-marketing world.

You’ll learn strategies and tools to empower young girls to confidently navigate their always on digital lives and make smart, informed choices.

This workshop is for parents, carers, educators and teachers of tween and young teen girls. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the workshop.

Happening from 10am – 11am on Saturday 26 August at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra

Registration: http://bit.ly/2whvJES. Cost: FREE

ANU OPEN DAY 2017

Come to ANU Open Day on Saturday 26 August if you’re thinking about university study for yourself, or you’re a parent, family member or friend keen to support a loved one to choose the right degree and uni for them.ANU is Australia’s national university, so even if you’re just curious about what goes on here, then Open Day is for you too.

ANU is Australia’s national university, so even if you’re just curious about what goes on here, then Open Day is for you too.

Happening Saturday 26 August from 9am-4pm at the Australian National University.

Find more information here.

KANALARITJA: AN UNBROKEN STRING

Kanalaritja: An Unbroken String celebrates the unique practice of Tasmanian Aboriginal shell stringing – past, present and future.

See stunning shell necklaces created in the 1800s, alongside necklaces from acclaimed makers of today and a new wave of stringers who learnt the tradition at cultural renewal workshops.

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

Showing until 3 October from 9am-5pm each day at the National Museum of Australia, Acton.

See the website for more information.

Taking Flight 2017

Taking Flight celebrates new business in Canberra through innovation, collaboration and community connectedness. Danielle Cleary Events, along with presenting partner Gillespie Group, invite new business, emerging talent and businesses offering a new product or service to exhibit at our unique launch event – Take Flight

This fun, fully catered event is a great opportunity to showcase your business and is free for the three winning businesses. This is the ultimate prize for start-up up business, talent, product or service to be introduced to the local market in a tangible experience like no other!

Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Ms Kate Carnell AO supported their event last year as a guest speaker and said “small businesses are the lifeblood of communities in and around Canberra; they employ thousands of people in a range of industries and contribute significantly to the health of the regional economy.”

This year they are awaiting confirmation from the Canberra Business Chamber, CEO Robyn Hendry as a guest speaker and are most thankful for the continued support from Barlens, Nova Multimedia, Eat Canberra and Swirl Catering partnering their 2nd ‘Take Flight’ Launch party on the evening of 24 August 2017 at the Barlens Showroom in Fyshwick ACT with MC host Kristen Henry.

Happening Thursday 24 August. Find more information here.

THE YEAR MY VOICE BROKE + FLIRTING

Head to the NFSA for a double feature of John Duigan’s personal and moving coming-of-age films. Screening to be introduced by cinematographer Geoff Burton, followed by a Q&A.

The Year My Voice Broke – Dir. John Duigan, PG, Australia, 1987, 103 mins.

Duigan’s film charmed audiences on its debut, making a star of lead Noah Taylor as Danny, a young man crushing on his childhood best friend Freya (Loene Carmen) and rallying against the isolation of rural New South Wales in the 1960s.The film also made a star of Ben Mendelsohn . Screening is introduced by cinematographer Geoff Burton followed by a Q&A.

Flirting – Dir. John Duigan, M, Australia, 1991, 100 mins. Screens at 8:00pm

Noah Taylor returns to his role as Danny Embling, now at boarding school and with a new focus for his teen passion, the Ugandan exchange student Thandiwe (Thandie Newton). A beautiful piece of nostalgic charm, Duigan’s second film in his planned (but unfulfilled) trilogy also features Naomi Watts and a young Nicole Kidman as head girl from the local girl’s school.

Happening Saturday 26 August from 5.30pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

Find more information and book 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

Winery Feature

BOTTLE YOUR OWN WINE

Ever thought about bottling your own wine? Probably not, but they bet you are now! August is bottling month at Murrumbateman Winery and they want to share the bottling experience with you, so come along and bottle wine with them.

During your bottling experience they will guide you through each step from gassing and filling the bottles to capping and labelling your wine. Finish your experience with a guided wine tasting in the cellar door.

Old Block Shiraz – Sunday August 20;
Malbec – Saturday August 26;
Fume Blanc – Sunday August 27.

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Clothes may get wine on them and shoes must be completely closed.

Happening 20-27 August at Murrumbateman Winery. The cost is $180 per person.

See the website for more information and to book your place.

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

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Intimacy

Differences between us are often the most surprising points of connection.

A few years ago, Adriano Cortese was living above a shop on a street filled with bars, cafes and restaurants, in Melbourne. One night he decided he wanted to meet some new people so he walked onto the street and introduced himself to strangers walking past.

This was the beginning of a night filled with intense personal dialogue and shared intimacy. This work is based on this event and subsequent meetings with strangers.

Why is it sometimes easier to be honest with a total stranger than with someone we know?

Intimacy promises to give the audience a truly intimate experience through both the subject matter of the show and the intimate style of the presentation.

“Intimacy is a stunning psychological and theatrical achievement…We are all in emotional danger if we isolate our souls, this extraordinary piece suggests.” Emer O’Kelly, Irish Independent.

Written By: Beth Buchanan, Adriano Cortese, Raimondo Cortese, Paul Lum and Patrick Moffatt.

Directed By: Adriano Cortese.

Starring: Beth Buchanan, Adriano Cortese, Patrick Moffatt. First produced by Ranters Theatre in conjunction with the Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne Festival.

Happening from 23-27 August at various times at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, City West.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here: au.patronbase.com/_StreetTheatre

DECADENCE AND DEBAUCHERY

After recently competing in the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, burlesque icon, Alyssa Kitt is coming to Canberra to dance at a burlesque show and teach a workshop on 26 August.

At its core, burlesque is about the art of tease and that is exactly what people can look forward to who are looking for a fun and different way to spend a Saturday evening! This show will feature a cast of award-winning burlesque performers and will be followed by an after party. Joining Alyssa Kitt on the stage are local performers including Mandy Bandersnatch (winner of Kitten of the Year), Artemis Seven (winner of Burlesque Idol Canberra), Jazida (winner of Miss Burlesque ACT) and Tammy McNair (RAW Comedy State Finalist) as MC, along with other special guests.

Happening Saturday 26 August from 8pm at the Polish White Eagle Club, Turner. Tickets $18-28.

Find more information and book tickets here.

While Alyssa Kitt is in town, #JazidaProductions is facilitating workshop so she can share her skills within the Canberra community. Alyssa Kitt is running a 1.5 hour dance workshop titled “Big Bad Booty” on 26 August in the morning. Find more information about the workshop here.

RACHAEL BECK MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP

Don’t miss your chance to work one-on-one with one of Australia’s greatest musical theatre talents – Rachael Beck – in this engaging and informative one-day workshop.

What You Will Learn:

  • Professional music theatre dance warm-up, vocal warm-up and acting exercises
  • Scene work and script work from musicals and TV shows
  • Effective audition techniques and preparation
  • One-on-one work with Rachael on a song of your choice
  • Question and answer time for participants and their parents
  • A taste of life in the professional theatre industry

Suitable for ages 9+ to Adult. Places are strictly limited to the first 30 people to enroll.

Happening Saturday 26 August from 8am until 3pm at StageCenta, Gunghalin College Theatre, 23 Gozzard Street, Gunghalin.

Find more information and secure your place here.

CANBERRA YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Canberra Youth Orchestra’s third concert of their Llewellyn Hall Concert Series features CYO oboist Chayla Ueckert-Smith, alongside violinist, Shirahni Mudaliar.

Opening with Shostakovich’s action-packed Festive Overture, the Canberra Youth Orchestra will present a dynamic program including Hindemith’s dramatic Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber and culminating in Stravinsky’s exquisite Suite from Firebird, one of the most engaging pieces for orchestra and audiences alike.

Chayla Ueckert-Smith will be performing ‘Concerto for Oboe and Strings’ by Ralph Vaughan Williams; and Shirani Mudaliar will perform a movement from ‘Violin Concerto No.3′ by W. A. Mozart.

Happening Saturday 26 August from 7pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU.

Find more information and purchase tickets here.

TOP DOG FILM FESTIVAL

The inaugural Top Dog Film Festival presents a 2 hour cinematic celebration honouring the bond between dogs and their people.

Gain an insight into the world of dog-powered sports, an appreciation for the first canine sent into space, explore the bond between owners and their senior dogs, reflect on the true meaning of unconditional love, take a 600km hike through the Utah Desert lasting a full dog year and meet a philosophical statesman as he reflects on his younger years.

This carefully curated program of 8 short canine-themed films comprises the most inspirational, heart warming and entertaining stories about dogs and their human companions, from independent films makers around the globe.

Get your tickets to this special screening at the National Film and Sound Archive before they all sell out – you’d be barking mad to miss it!

Happening 25 August from 8.30pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

Find more information and purchase tickets here.

45TH ANNIVERSARY OF NEIL DIAMOND’S HOT AUGUST NIGHT

Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Neil Diamond’s Hot August Night. Be there when the Canberra Symphony Orchestra recreate one of the greatest live albums of the 70’s .

A 30 piece symphony will take you back to the Greek Theatre in LA and this epic album.

Happening Friday 25 August from 8pm at Canberra Southern Cross Club, 92 Corinna Street, Phillip.

Find more information and purchase tickets here.

ISLA GRANT IN CONCERT

Enjoy a nostalgic evening with Isla Grant in Concert… accompanied by Al Grant and Glen Flynn.

Following her 2015 triumphant sell-out performances, Scotland’s legendary singer/songwriter Isla Grant returns to Australia with exciting new songs – plus her extensive repertoire of most loved music.

An internationally acclaimed recording artist, Isla’s beautiful voice encompasses everything from country folk songs to easy listening; perfect for an unforgettable evening of old favourites and sparkling new compositions.

Al Grant, Isla’s genial and talented husband, will join her on stage and bring his irrepressible humour to the show featuring his tribute to Jim Reeves.

Isla will be accompanied by the multi-instrumental and singer Glen Flynn.

Get your tickets now.

Happening Sunday 27 August from 8pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square.

Find more information and book tickets here.

Ed Kuepper

The ARIA award winning solo artist and founding member of legendary 70’s proto-punk outfit The Saints and post-punk originals Laughing Clowns, will be bringing his one man request fest to both regional and suburban centres this August.

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

Happening Thursday 24 August from 8pm at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic

Purchase tickets here

MUSICA VIVA PRESENTS THE TAKÁCS QUARTET

Musica Viva presents The Takács Quartet. The secret behind the love affair between this renowned ensemble and its Australian public is both the simplest and hardest thing about chamber music: the interplay between different creative personalities.

Hear the Takács Quartet meld their sound into amazing unity in classics by Haydn, Dvořák, and a world premiere by Carl Vine.

Happening Thursday 24 August from 7pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music.

Find more information and book tickets here.

WATER PUSHES SAND

In Water Pushes Sand, composer Erik Griswold, the Australian Art Orchestra, and all-star performers from China’s Sichuan Province fuse Sichuan melodies and rhythms with modern jazz improvisation, and video projections that evoke the vibrant landscape of the provincial captital, Chengdu.

The Australian Art Orchestra is a portable orchestra for the new millennium. They imagine new musical forms that reflect the energy and diversity of contemporary Australia. Led by artistic director Peter Knight, the AAO is renowned for creating work that merges musical styles and cultures in a thrilling way.

Australian Art Orchestra Associates Erik Griswold and Vanessa Tomlinson have been travelling to Sichuan for 15 years and their collaborations with musicians from Sichuan have produced three large-scale shows. Chengdu Streetsongs, Sichuan Fantasy, and The Wide Alley have toured in China, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Happening Wednesday 23 August from 7.30pm at Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera Street, Ainslie.

Find more information and book tickets here.

BOY AND THE WORLD – LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL

The Embassy of Brazil in Canberra presents a free screening of Boy & The World at the 13th Latin American Film Festival.

Boy & The World was directed by Alê Abreu and was nominated at the 88th Academy Awards for Best Animated Film. Do not miss the chance to watch this masterpiece; Brazil’s selection for the 2017 Latin American Film Festival.

Cuca’s cosy rural life is shattered when his father leaves for the city, prompting him to embark on a quest to reunite his family. The movie unfolds like a tapestry, taking on greater complexity as Cuca’s small world expands. Industrial landscapes are inhabited by animal-machines, with decoupage streets and shop windows, and flashing neon advertisements that illuminate the night.

The story depicts a clash between village and city, handcrafted and mechanized, rich and poor – and throughout the tumult, the heart and soul of the people beats on as a song.

The film’s music is on equal footing with the stunning visuals, a soundscape of pan-flute, samba, and Brazilian hip-hop mixing with the whirling carnival colors.

Happening Thursday 24 August from 7pm at the Leonard Huxley Lecture Theatre, ANU, Mills Road.

Find more information and book tickets here.

NICOLA DICKSON – VOYAGERS’ TALE: LABILLARDIÈRE

In Voyagers’ Tales: Labillardière, Nicola Dickson explores the rich history of Australian flora and fauna through exquisitely detailed paintings. During a residency in Tasmania, Nicola re-traced the steps of French biologist Jacques Labillardière. These new works take inspiration from his documentation creating delicate imagery of the landscape and the creatures within it.

Nicola graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Art at the Australian National University in 2003 before undertaking a PhD which she completed in 2010. Her work is represented in the collections of the Canberra Museum and Gallery and Parliament House.

Happening from 10-25 August at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin.

Find more information and purchase tickets here.

“KILL ME, DEADLY” – A BRUCE HALL PRODUCTION

Bruce Hall presents “Kill Me, Deadly” by Bill Robens.

Set in 1950s Hollywood, this parody of a film noir murder mystery is packed with romance, intrigue, and murder … and will keep you guessing until the very end.

On Thursday 24 August, 8pm, Friday 25 August, 8pm and Saturday August, 8pm at Gorman Arts Centre. Tickets start at $10, book your tickets here.

CANBERRA YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Continuing the Canberra Youth Orchestra’s (CYO) 50th anniversary concert series, concert three features Canberra’s most talented young musicians, including soloists Chayla Ueckert-Smith on oboe and Shirahni Mudaliar on violin, performing on Saturday 26 August, 7.30pm at Llewellyn Hall.

Both current members of the CYO and passionate musicians, Chayla Ueckert-Smith is a fourth year student at the ANU studying a double degree in Music and Visual Arts. Shirahni Mudaliar is a year 12 student at Merici College in Braddon, also studying the Classical Music H Course at the ANU School of Music.

Opening with Shostakovich’s action-packed Festive Overture, the Canberra Youth Orchestra will present a dynamic program including Hindemith’s dramatic Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber and culminating in Stravinsky’s exquisite Suite from Firebird, one of the most engaging pieces for orchestra and audiences alike.

Chayla Ueckert-Smith will be performing ‘Concerto for Oboe and Strings’ by Ralph Vaughan Williams; and Shirani Mudaliar will perform a movement from ‘Violin Concerto No.3′ by W. A. Mozart.

On Saturday 26 August at 7.30pm at Llewellyn Hall. Entry is Adult $25 for adults & $15 concession. Visit the website for more information.

MARKETS & FESTIVALS

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Collectable Sunday

Fancy yourself as a collector? On the fourth Sunday of the month, we highlight collectables – anything from records, to furniture and antiques. If it’s worth collecting, you’ll find it here.  On Collectable Sunday, we host a range of different stallholders who deal in an ever-changing stock of collectable items including ceramics and glassware, china and vintage clothing. If you’re into collecting smaller items, you’ll find things like small antiques, lamps and vinyl records. Larger collectables featured on this day include furniture such as Chippendale chairs.

Happening Sunday 27 August from 10am-4pm at the Kingston Former Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

CANBERRA WRITERS FESTIVAL

With a mixture of free and ticketed events ideal for young and old, the Canberra Writers Festival is a must do when visiting Canberra this winter.

This three-day festival attracts book lovers, readers and writers from around the nation. Engage in an array of activities from panel and conversation sessions, workshops to lunches and intimate dining events.

The 2017 festival theme is Power, Passion, Politics, reflecting the city’s love affair with learning, knowledge and leadership. Hear about the great stories of our time, the history and current state of Australia’s democracy and the role of the media and free speech in our public dialogue.

Venues include the National Library of Australia, Old Parliament House, National Museum, The Portrait Gallery, National Press Club and Australian National University.

Check their website for full details.

Happening 25-27 August at various locations around Canberra.

See the website for more details and to book tickets.

YOUR LOCAL WEDDING GUIDE CANBERRA BRIDAL EXPO

At Your Local Wedding Guide Canberra Bridal Expo the aim is to help you create your perfect wedding day! Meet the best and most diverse wedding industry suppliers in the Canberra region to help you find the right team for your special day.

There’s so much to see, with many new products and ideas on display, designer fashion parades plus a gown sale room with gowns up to 70% off the retail price! Free magazine for every bride-to-be and great prizes to be won!

Whatever your wedding style, whether you want a country, south coast beach, or capital city wedding, large or intimate, all the options will be available with reception venues through to cars, beauty, gowns, flowers, photographers and more. See the many niche industries on display to give you ideas on how you can weave unique details into your day to reflect your wedding style.

Register online for free tickets to Canberra’s biggest bridal expo at Exhibition Park in Canberra. Loads of inspiration in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

Happening Sunday 27 August from 10am-3pm. Free entry.

Find more information here.

SCULPTURE ON CLYDE

Experience the Clyde River like never before, a new sculpture festival is born. The Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber proudly presents the inaugural Sculpture on Clyde event, featuring local and interstate sculptors creations on the banks of the iconic Clyde River.

Sculpture on Clyde is a ten-day art festival celebrating all sorts of shape, texture, materials and imagination. With the major prize of $20,000 in its inaugural year, the Sculpture on Clyde exhibition has captured the imagination of more than 35 interstate and locally based, professional and emerging artists, who will showcase 70 sculptures throughout the festival.

On Friday 25 August 2017 to Sunday 3 September, daily 10am to 4pm, Mon – Fri and 9am to 5pm Sat – Sun. Outdoor exhibition – Clyde River Foreshore from Bridge to Star Fish Deli, and Indoor Exhibition – 5 Clyde Street, Batemans Bay.

Visit the website for more information: www.sculptureonclyde.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

THE YEAR MY VOICE BROKE + FLIRTING

Head to the NFSA for a double feature of John Duigan’s personal and moving coming-of-age films. Screening to be introduced by cinematographer Geoff Burton, followed by a Q&A.

The Year My Voice Broke – Dir. John Duigan, PG, Australia, 1987, 103 mins.

Duigan’s film charmed audiences on its debut, making a star of lead Noah Taylor as Danny, a young man crushing on his childhood best friend Freya (Loene Carmen) and rallying against the isolation of rural New South Wales in the 1960s.The film also made a star of Ben Mendelsohn . Screening is introduced by cinematographer Geoff Burton followed by a Q&A.

Flirting – Dir. John Duigan, M, Australia, 1991, 100 mins. Screens at 8:00pm

Noah Taylor returns to his role as Danny Embling, now at boarding school and with a new focus for his teen passion, the Ugandan exchange student Thandiwe (Thandie Newton). A beautiful piece of nostalgic charm, Duigan’s second film in his planned (but unfulfilled) trilogy also features Naomi Watts and a young Nicole Kidman as head girl from the local girl’s school.

Happening Saturday 26 August from 5.30pm at the National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

Find more information and book tickets here.

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.

Skincare Wellness Masterclass with Amy Erbracher

Simplify your skincare
routine for better skin with beauty therapist Amy Erbacher’s expert tips. During her beauty masterclass, she will share her advice for how to create your own bespoke skincare regimen. Amy will also be demonstrating an easy natural makeup look that’s perfect for everyday wear.

Happening Saturday 26 August from 11am-12pm at Canberra Centre. Tickets from Eventbrite.

CANBERRA WRITERS FESTIVAL

With a mixture of free and ticketed events ideal for young and old, the Canberra Writers Festival is a must do when visiting Canberra this winter.

This three-day festival attracts book lovers, readers and writers from around the nation. Engage in an array of activities from panel and conversation sessions, workshops to lunches and intimate dining events.

The 2017 festival theme is Power, Passion, Politics, reflecting the city’s love affair with learning, knowledge and leadership. Hear about the great stories of our time, the history and current state of Australia’s democracy and the role of the media and free speech in our public dialogue.

Venues include the National Library of Australia, Old Parliament House, National Museum, The Portrait Gallery, National Press Club and Australian National University.

Check their website for full details.

Happening 25-27 August at various locations around Canberra.

See the website for more details and to book tickets.

WOMEN’S DEFINING MOMENTS IN AUSTRALIAN HISTORY

Join host Paul Barclay, presenter of ABC RN’s Big Ideas, and guests Nikki Gemmell, Shireen Morris, Michelle Arrow and Jane Caro as they discuss Women’s Defining Moments in Australian History

How has the past has influenced the present in the battle for gender equality? Generations of women have fought for change. From the suffragettes agitating for the vote, to the social change of the ’60s with the introduction of ‘the Pill’.

Ticket price includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.

Presented as part of the Canberra Writers Festival (CWF), this panel is followed by the CWF All Stars, the Festival’s keynote event.

Happening Saturday 26 August from 5.30pm-6.30pm at the National Museum of Australia.

See the website for more information.

Café citoyen: “Where’s my robot? A roundtable about the future of work”

The speakers come from different entities and will offer their point of view on the topic. This roundtable will thus give you different expertise of the future of work.

Join Mrs Stephanie FOSTER, Deputy Australian Public Service Commissioner, Mrs Julie DUHAUT-BEDOS, First Secretary and Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of France and Ben DEVELIN, Managing Director of Mude, for an interactive debate in English.

Topics of discussion will include the future of work in our societies; a universal guaranteed income; and the impact of automations and robotics as well the relationship to the economy, etc. They will be tackled through different view angles at a time when societies throughout the world need to redefine the notion of work.

Interaction with the attendees and the guest speakers are encouraged and welcomed.

This event will be hosted by Pialligo Estate and take place at the estate Glass House.

Free event.

Happening Friday 25 August from 5.30pm at Pialligo Estate18 Kallaroo Rd, Pialligo.

RSVP here by 21 August. Dinner at Pialligo Estate can be arranged afterwards.

EDITING BOOTCAMP

A two-day intensive bootcamp on all kinds of editing.

Whether you’re an aspiring editor or you’ve got a story that needs some work, this special editing bootcamp will teach you everything you need to know about the editing process. With practical sessions on structural editing, copy editing and proofreading, walk away equipped with a better understanding of your own writing, and the knowledge to improve it. This event is also suitable for aspiring editors.

On 26 – 27 August at B Block Hall, Gorman Arts Centre, Braddon.

Saturday 10am-4pm
The Art of Self-editing Fiction with Irma Gold

Sunday 10am-1pm
Copy Editing with Chris Andrews

Sunday 2pm-5pm
Proofreading with Phill Berrie

Tickets are $260 (+B.F) members, $290 (+B.F) general admission. You can book here: www.eventbrite.com/e/editing-bootcamp-a-weekend-intensive-tickets-36182597122?aff=HERCanberra

FESTIVAL OF AMBITIOUS IDEAS: LESSONS FROM THE FUTURE

Festival of Ambitious Ideas showcases some of the innovative businesses and initiatives in Canberra across a variety of sectors. The theme for this event will be ‘Lessons from the Future’.

Our speakers will look at some of the future trends such as the role of information and ideas in fuelling the global economy; the bioeconomy and the impact of biotechnology; personalisation; the changing nature of organisations and leadership; being a global citizen; safety and security; disruptive technology and the changing nature of learning and education.

The Festival of Ambitious Ideas follows the Ignite format where twelve speakers only have 5 minutes each to present their ideas and ‘ignite’ the audience. The event is designed to be fast-paced, informal and fun with opportunities to network and explore topics further after the presentations.
On 23 August from 5:30pm – 8:30pm at Alastair Swayne Theatre – Brindabella Conference Centre, 33 & 35 Brindabella Circuit, Majura.
Tickets start at $35 for students. Visit the website for more information  www.lighthouseinnovation.com.au/initiatives/festival-of-ambitious-ideas

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 26-27 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 

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 KNIGHTS

The Knights have given the Raiders plenty headaches of late and the Green Machine will be looking for a strong showing against the NRL’s cellar dwellers as they go head to head at GIO Stadium on Friday night.

With plenty of player movement between the two clubs over the past few seasons this will be a clash not to be missed.

Wrap up warm for a true winter experience at GIO Stadium and experience your league action in person.

Tickets on sale from Ticketek. Transaction fees from $4.95 per transaction apply.

Happening Friday 25 August 6pm at GIO Canberra Stadium.

Find more information and purchase tickets here.

SHIMANO MOUNTAIN BIKE GRAND PRIX ROUND 5

The Shimano Mountain Bike Grand Prix Round 5 takes you to Stromlo Forest Park, the heart of Canberra’s cycling world.

See or join Australia’s best mountain bike endurance racers competing for their choice of four or seven hours on the 10 -12 kilometre circuit. Options to race solo or in teams are offered. Explore some of the best mountain bike trails in Australia yourself!

Bring your family – there will be free kids’ races and plenty of activities! Free spectator entry.

What better place to enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Canberra than on your bike at Stromlo Forest Park?

Happening Saturday 26 August from 9am-4pm at Stromlo Forest park, Dave McInnes Road.

Find more information 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 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

Image: Martin Ollman

Image: Martin Ollman

A WALK IN THE PARK: PARKINSON’S ACT

Take a Walk in the Park, starting at Rond Terrace on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin and proceeding through beautiful Commonwealth Park.

Every dollar raised will go to help people living with Parkinson’s, such as funding support groups, dance groups, a Painting with Parkinson’s group, monthly bulletin and contributions to research.

In addition, this year Parkinson’s ACT are looking at providing more community support to people living with Parkinson’s and their families in our region. Funds raised in the Walk will help us make this a reality.

To register and for more information about the event, please visit the events webpage .

This event will proceed rain or shine!

Happening Sunday 27 August from 9.30am at Rond Terrace, Parkes Way.

See the website for more information and to register.

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.

DONKEY DELIGHTS

What would 1.5 hours with a herd of regular sized donkeys, miniature donkeys, and some very little foals be like? Just like oversized dogs, these animals love to follow you around, give you a gentle nudge, or tug on your clothing, to remind you that All your attention should be on petting them. And, they even smile for the camera! You’ll be just as reluctant as these animals will be to let you go home. And you’ll probably need to clear out some space on your phone to accommodate all the selfies you’re going to take.

Happening from 13 August – 2 October at Alpaca Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, NSW.

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.

KIDS

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Image: nma.gov.au

TOWERS OF TOMORROW WITH LEGO BRICKS

See 20 of the world’s most astonishing skyscrapers from Australia, Asia, Canada, USA and the United Arab Emirates, constructed from LEGO® bricks by the Southern Hemisphere’s only certified LEGO® professional, Australia’s Ryan McNaught.

Be amazed by model skyscrapers of international building icons such as Eureka Tower, Marina Bay Sands and Taipei 101. The exhibition at the National Museum of Australia will include the world premiere of 10 new towers. See the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, and New York’s Empire State Building and Chrysler Building.

Visitors can also create their own ‘towers of tomorrow’ with over 200,000 loose bricks in our hands-on construction areas.

Admission costs and sessions times apply. Book your tickets online.

Happening until 8 October from 9am-5pm at the National Museum of Australia.

See the website for more information.

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.   

HARRY POTTER SHOW WITH PROFESSOR FRANKIE

The Harry Potter series turns 20 this year, and what better way to celebrate than to explore the magical world of the Harry Potter books with Professor Frankie Falconette, as she brings to life the characters, creatures and adventures from J.K. Rowling’s bestselling series.

Professor Frankie’s Harry Potter events are fun and interactive, designed for Muggles and Wizards aged 9-12, whether they’re new to the books or a dedicated fan.

Children are encouraged to dress in Harry Potter costume as prizes are instore, and bring their own Harry Potter books for the Professor to stamp with her exclusive stamp.

Taking place from Friday 25 August – Sunday 27 August 2017 the Canberra Writers Festival will showcase local, national and international writers across an array of venues around the National Capital.

On Saturday 26 August – Session 1 – 11.30am, Session 2 – 1.00pm at the National Library, Conference Room, Level 4. Entry is free but bookings are essential, visit the website for more information www.canberrawritersfestival.com.au

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.

KANALARITJA: AN UNBROKEN STRING

Kanalaritja: An Unbroken String celebrates the unique practice of Tasmanian Aboriginal shell stringing – past, present and future.

See stunning shell necklaces created in the 1800s, alongside necklaces from acclaimed makers of today and a new wave of stringers who learnt the tradition at cultural renewal workshops.

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

Showing until 3 October from 9am-5pm each day at the National Museum of Australia, Acton.

See the website for more information.

TOWERS OF TOMORROW WITH LEGO BRICKS

See 20 of the world’s most astonishing skyscrapers from Australia, Asia, Canada, USA and the United Arab Emirates, constructed from LEGO® bricks by the Southern Hemisphere’s only certified LEGO® professional, Australia’s Ryan McNaught.

Be amazed by model skyscrapers of international building icons such as Eureka Tower, Marina Bay Sands and Taipei 101. The exhibition at the National Museum of Australia will include the world premiere of 10 new towers. See the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, and New York’s Empire State Building and Chrysler Building.

Visitors can also create their own ‘towers of tomorrow’ with over 200,000 loose bricks in our hands-on construction areas.

Admission costs and sessions times apply. Book your tickets online.

Happening until 8 October from 9am-5pm at the National Museum of Australia.

See the website for more information.

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.

Showing until 15 October 2017 at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

AVITAL SHEFFER – WANDERLUST

Language, art, history and spirituality emerge within the contemporary ceramic forms of Avital Sheffer in Wanderlust. The objects are artefacts of her complex cultural heritage, with designs on the surface of her vessels coming from a library of ancient Semitic, Arabic and Hellenic texts and imagery.

Avital grew up in Israel and after migrating to Australia in 1990, she completed a diploma in ceramics in 2003. Her work has been widely collected and is represented in many collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Powerhouse Museum, Ateliers d’Art de France, Manly Art Gallery and Museum and regional galleries across Australia.

Happening 10-27 August at Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison Street, Deakin.

See the website for more details.

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

THE CRYING YEARS: AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WAR BY PETER STANLEY

The World War of 1914-1918 affected all Australians and decisively changed the new nation. They were ‘The crying years’ according to writer Zora Cross, whose brother was killed in 1917. Peter Stanley’s latest book evokes the tragedy, sacrifice and pain of Australia’s Great War through photographs, posters, cartoons, documents and artefacts.

Join Professor Stanley, UNSW Canberra, and military historian Dr Michael McKernan as they take an in-depth look at the book’s stories and images of war, from both the battlefields and the home front.

Free admission.

Happening Thursday 24 August from 5.30pm-7pm at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes.

Find more information and book tickets 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.

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.

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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