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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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11 THINGS NOT TO MISS

Photo: Martin Ollman

NATIONAL MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL

Eat, drink, laugh and dance around the world at the 2018 National Multicultural Festival. Celebrate difference, share traditions and see performances from all parts of the world throughout the festival. There will be live music, dancing, performance art, overwhelming food stalls, street parties and more local, national and international artists!

Legendary pop star Leo Sayer headlines the festival on opening night, supported by sensational indigenous rapper Baker Boy and local The Voice finalist Lucy Sugerman. The festival also welcomes Georgia soul man Michael Zaib, Chase the Sun, Wiradjuri Echoes, The Two Amigos, Satvik “Renagzy” Sharma and many more.

The 2018 Festival is not to be missed with guest chef Poh demonstrating her culinary skills in two sessions on Saturday 17th and signing copies of her latest book.

Happening Friday 16 February from 4pm, and Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 February from 10am at Garema Place, Canberra City. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

CELLAR DOOR SESSIONS

Calling all music lovers: head to Pialligo Estate for Cellar Door Sessions with a picnic blanket or take a seat on their luscious lawn and settle in for an intimate afternoon with artists Liam Wright and Tessa Devine. Wine, beer and nibbles are available all afternoon.

Young and upcoming musician Liam Wright is a folk and roots artist from the nation’s capital. His voice has a relaxed and soothing tone that partners well with his acoustic guitar, and the lyrics used in his songs often tell detailed stories that create a strong setting for the listener’s imagination.

Tessa will take you on a journey looping her unique percussive guitar style and vocal harmonies. Mixing indie folk pop with surfy tribal roots and a quirky personality, you have her unique performance. Her current EP ‘Wild’ is available on iTunes & Spotify.

Happening Sunday 18 February from 2.30pm at The Glasshouse Lawns, Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. Tickets cost $15pp.

See the Facebook event for further information. 

PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA

Join the National Museum of Australia for a 3-hour linocut workshop with one of Megalo’s experienced printmakers. Students will be introduced to the wonderful world of relief printing.

Students will use drawings and sketches to translate an image to the lino block. The workshop will cover a variety of cutting methods and participants will have an opportunity to use the Megalo portable press.

The class is inspired by the works of artists Yolgnu elder Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley on show in the Midawarr| Harvest exhibition.
Ages 9 to 12, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Happening 18 February from 10am–12pm at National Museum of Australia in The Hall. Cost: $60 child, $50 for kids and children on Friends Full membership.

Visit the website for more information .

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

Experience the thrill of being an astronaut inside a Russian space capsule using the latest 360° virtual reality technology.

Take the pilot’s seat on a breathtaking 400km descent to Earth from the International Space Station in an awe-inspiring experience produced by the Science Museum Group and narrated by British astronaut Tim Peake.

Happening every day from 9 am – 5 pm daily at the National Museum of Australia.

Book your session online now: nma.gov.au/space.

DESIGNER SUNDAY AT THE OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

This monthly event,  held on the third Sunday of every month, showcases fresh-thinking Australian designers, makers, and artists. See dynamic groups of creatives featuring their awesome designs in jewelry, fashion, accessories, homewares, and artwork. Designer Sunday will feature many of our stallholders who previously attended Bling on Sundays, but we’ll also have several new, innovative designers joining in.

Happening Sunday 18 January from 10 am – 4 pm at the Former Kingston Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

See the website for more information.

American Express Openair Cinemas

The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra.

Join them on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Please see website for session times.

Happening until 25 February 2018 on the Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

SONGLINES: TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters. Take a journey into the heart of Australia, with intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – and 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 where artists create works you can take home.

Showing until 25 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information on the website.

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia proudly present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Starstruck explores the striking portraits emerging from 100 years of Australian movies. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many items are available for the public to see for the very first time.

Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as Picnic at Hanging Rock, My Brilliant Career, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Showing until 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

2018 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR EXHIBITION

See personal objects chosen by the eight extraordinary 2018 Australian of the Year state and territory recipients that tell us something special about their aspirations and experiences.

Showing until 18 February at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information or read our editorial on the exhibition here.

PlayUP

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

Open from 9 am to 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

HYPER REAL

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Showing until 18 February from 10am – 5pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event website.

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two – $60. One stand including sparkling to begin and tea selection for two – $80

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.

COLOUR

See colour as you’ve never seen it before! Is your yellow the same as mine? How do pixels and paint differ? Turn a blue butterfly green, visit the Room of Missing Colours and hear fascinating stories from people who see colour when they hear music. Discover Colour at Questacon and see the world in a new light!

Showing until 30 September 2018 from 9am-5pm daily at Questacon, Parkes.

VALENTINE’S DAY 2018

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SHAKESPEARE BY THE LAKE – MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – TUGGERANONG TOWN PARK

Shakespeare by the Lakes 2018 is a new event in the Canberra festival calendar. Grab the opportunity to see the opening night of Much Ado About Nothing.”
Bring a blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy a free-for-all community event as the sun goes down behind the trees. BYO sparkling wine.
Pre-show entertainment by Canberra Trio, Ladyluck, and there will be food vans on site including a wine bar.

Happening Wednesday 14 February from 6.30-8.45pm at Tuggeranong Town Park, Anketell Street, Greenway. Free entry.

See the Facebook event for more information.

BUVETTE

With an indulgent French menu, Buvette will be catering for couples with three courses of decadent food. Highlights include butter poached prawns, roaster snapper with poached oysters and housemade petit fours. For an added layer of indulgence, you can book a room at the Hotel Realm so you don’t even need to relocate from the building after dinner. The perfect excuse to have some extra champagne.

Buvette Restaurant | Three-course dinner $90pp | 6163 1888 | domahotels.com.au/whats-on/valentines-day-buvette

THE BOAT HOUSE

The ultimate in fine dining experiences, The Boat House is offering a six-course degustation Valentine’s Day menu for $150 per person or $410 for the Romance Package, which includes two adult tickets, a bottle of G.H. Mumm and a guaranteed window table. With views of Lake Burley Griffin over the menu designed by chef John Leverink, you’d be in the good books for the rest of 2018.

The Boat House | 7pm for 7.30 start | $150pp (menu only) or $410 (Romance Package for two) | 6273 5500 | theboathouse.restaurant/whatson

WOO AT THE ZOO 

Take a step away from traditional romance this Valentine’s Day with Woo at the Zoo”.

Take part in a special Guided Tour around the Zoo to learn more about animals in love! This frisky and fun-filled event includes information on dating & mating, animal affection and animal family life and the chance to meet some animals up close. The tour finishes up at Jamala Wildlife Lodge with a glass of champagne.

Happening Wednesday 14 February from 5pm at the National Zoo & Aquarium, Scrivener Dam, Yarralumla. Limited places available. 1.5 hour tour costs $65pp with animal interaction, a glass of Moët champagne, hors d’oevres & handmade chocolates from Robin Rowe Chocolates.

Entry to the zoo prior to tour costs an added $20pp.

VALENTINE’S DAY SUNSET DINNER ON THE VINEYARD LAWN 

Take a table on the lawn or deck overlooking the vineyard with candles to watch the sun set and enjoy a romantic three course dinner (with choices) – with an option to purchase a wine hamper with flowers for your lover, presented at the table.

Imagine fresh oysters with a sparkling sorbet, baked figs with Meredith chèvre goats cheese and sticky balsamic, grass fed Sirloin steak, seared salmon, cauliflower risotto and desserts such as home made honey nut ice cream, sour cheery pavlova and chocolate fudge brownies – all designed for lovers to share and to get love on track.

Start with an extensive wine tasting of aged and recent vintages, or opt for any of the recommended paired wines by the glass or bottle.

Happening Wednesday 14 February at Contentious Character Vineyard, Winery, Cellar Door and Kitchen, 810 Norton Road, NSW. Cost is $120 per couple or $130 with a wine hamper and flowers

See the website for more information.

Valentine’s Day Banquet at Natural Nine

Treat your significant other to a 5-course, Asian fusion banquet at Natural Nine this Valentine’s Day. The banquet includes scallop and prawn dumplings, xo Moreton Bay bug glass noodles and more, along with paired wines.

The Valentine’s Day Banquet will be available for both lunch and dinner. View the menu here.

Bookings essential. 18 + venue

Happening 14 February at two times:

  • Lunch 12pm – 2:30pm
  • Dinner 5:30pm – 10pm

COST

$89pp

Call 0455 333 119 to book a table.

FOOD & DRINK

CELLAR DOOR SESSIONS 

Calling all music lovers: head to Pialligo Estate for Cellar Door Sessions with a picnic blanket or take a seat on their luscious lawn and settle in for an intimate afternoon with artists Liam Wright and Tessa Devine. Wine, beer and nibbles are available all afternoon.

Young and upcoming musician Liam Wright is a folk and roots artist from the nation’s capital. His voice has a relaxed and soothing tone that partners well with his acoustic guitar, and the lyrics used in his songs often tell detailed stories that create a strong setting for the listener’s imagination.

Tessa will take you on a journey looping her unique percussive guitar style and vocal harmonies. Mixing indie folk pop with surfy tribal roots and a quirky personality, you have her unique performance. Her current EP ‘Wild’ is available on iTunes & Spotify.

Happening Sunday 18 February from 2.30pm at The Glasshouse Lawns, Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. Tickets cost $15pp.

See the Facebook event for further information.

Chinese New Year Banquet at Natural Nine

Want to celebrate Chinese New Year? Join Natural Nine for a five-course banquet to mark the new lunar year.

Indulge in salt and pepper oysters, xo Moreton Bay bug glass noodles, steamed whole snapper and more, all with matching Contentious Character wines for $89pp.

The Banquet is available from 12 – 18 February for lunch 12pm-2:30pm and dinner 5:30pm-10pm.

See the menu here.

Bookings essential. 18 + venue.

Happening 12 – 18 February 2018 with lunch from 12pm – 2:30pm and dinner 5:30pm – 10pm

COST

$89pp

Call 0455 333 119 to book a table.

VALENTINES DAY SUNSET DINNER ON THE VINEYARD LAWN

Take a table on the lawn or deck overlooking the vineyard with candles to watch the sun set and enjoy a romantic three course dinner (with choices) – with an option to purchase a wine hamper with flowers for your lover, presented at the table.

Imagine fresh oysters with a sparkling sorbet, baked figs with Meredith chèvre goats cheese and sticky balsamic, grass fed Sirloin steak, seared salmon, cauliflower risotto and desserts such as home made honey nut ice cream, sour cheery pavlova and chocolate fudge brownies – all designed for lovers to share and to get love on track.

Start with an extensive wine tasting of aged and recent vintages, or opt for any of the recommended paired wines by the glass or bottle.

Happening Wednesday 14 February at Contentious Character Vineyard, Winery, Cellar Door and Kitchen, 810 Norton Road, NSW. Cost is $120 per couple or $130 with a wine hamper and flowers.

See the website for more information.

Valentine’s Day Banquet at Natural Nine

Treat your significant other to a 5-course, Asian fusion banquet at Natural Nine this Valentine’s Day. The banquet includes scallop and prawn dumplings, xo Moreton Bay bug glass noodles and more, along with paired wines.

The Valentine’s Day Banquet will be available for both lunch and dinner. View the menu here.

Bookings essential. 18 + venue

Happening 14 February at two times:

  • Lunch 12pm – 2:30pm
  • Dinner 5:30pm – 10pm

COST

$89pp

Call 0455 333 119 to book a table.

LE DÎNER EN BLANC

Le Dîner en Blanc will be hosted in Australia’s Capital Territory, Canberra, this coming February!

The Canberra event will be nothing short of breathtaking, with the aspirational worldwide Epicurean phenomenon welcoming guests to join their hosts for an unforgettable evening of elegance, beauty and magic, as Le Dîner en Blanc takes over secret iconic location in Canberra – which will only be announced on the day of the event.

Happening Saturday 17 February. Cost is $58pp + $12.00 membership.

Sign-up via the official website.

VINO IN THE PARK

Looking to enjoy a chilled out Saturday afternoon friends, parents, siblings, aunties, uncles, cousins – even the dogs? Head on down and relax with a cold glass of bubbles or a local beer at Vino in the Park.

Local music talent Maggie Jeffs will be playing some tunes and lawn games set up. There will be wine, beer, cider, soft drinks, coffee, grazing platters and delicious sweets on offer. Be sure to bring a picnic blanket or camping chairs as there will be limited seating.

Happening Saturday 17 February from 4pm-8pm at Tuggeranong Town Park Beach, Bartlet Place, Tuggeranong.

See the Facebook event for more information.

BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS @ HIGHBALL

Highball are freeing the mimosa from being a brunch-only drink and taking them for a night out, Cuban style! Head in on Wednesdays for some fresh and fruity bottomless mimosas and share a charcuterie platter.

– Flight Details –
•  $45 per passenger (4 pax minimum)
•  1.5 hours of service
•  Charcuterie platter to share
•  Wednesdays from 4pm

They’re also letting their mimosas out on the weekends so you can catch them 4-7pm on Saturdays and from 2pm on Sundays.

On every Wednesday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is $45pp, min 4 people. Visit the website for more information.

TIKI THURSDAYS

Start your weekend early at Tiki Thursdays – Highball’s newest weekly social event! Think flaming torches, exotic tropical drinks for only $15 and a sexy Cuban vibe to top it off.

Sip on a Fidel’s Downfall with summer lovin’ peach infused rum, pineapple & mint, or a Highball twist on a Mai Tai. Whatever your flavour, they’ll have the Tiki vibes cruising and the cocktails flowing!

Grab your friends and head to the balcony or a booth with a few $15 tiki cocktails every Thursday from 4pm at Highball, winner ACT Bar of the Year 2017.

On every Thursday from 4pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

SUNDAY SESSIONS WITH A TWIST

Spend your Sunday the way they do in Cuba – sunshine, dominoes, fruity rum punch bowls, tasty Spanish food and live entertainment.

Their fabulous street party style Sunday Session is on every Sunday and it’s fun for all ages – you can even bring your little ones!

– Live entertainment
– Bottomless mimosas
– $70 punch bowls
– $5 Coronas
– Plenty of Dominoes sets to share

The Highball Express will be at your service from 2pm every Sunday over Spring / Summer. On every Sunday from 2pm at The Highball Express. Entry is free. Visit the website for more information.

Chinese High Tea at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra

Canberra’s only ‘pop Chinese” restaurant, Natural Nine, is holding a weekly Chinese High Tea! Not only does this High Tea bring a delicious Asian twist to the high tea experience, but it also allows you to purchase treat stands rather than pay per head. If you love high teas or modern Asian cooking than this event is a must!

One stand including tea selection for two – $60. One stand including sparkling to begin and tea selection for two – $80

Happening every Friday and Saturday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Natural Nine, Casino Canberra.

Bookings required in advance, so to book via 02 6257 7074 or online at casinocanberra.com.au.

Garden Bar Happy Hour

Select wine, beer, basic spirits, cocktail specials while you enjoy live music from Canberra’s most talented local musicians. Make your Friday happy and relaxing with a various selection of popular drinks.

Happening Friday every week between 5pm – 7pm at Ostani Bar & Restaurant, inside Hotel Realm 18 National Circuit, Barton.

Cost: $5 wine, beer, spirits.

Friday Soirée at Buvette

Add a little sparkle to your Friday night with Buvette Bistro’s Friday Soirée. Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, celebrate the weekend with this exclusive event. Enjoy VIP service with a personal bartender and select your drink of choice from the special cocktail menu, designed exclusively for Friday Soirée.

Sip on a French 75 or a Lychee Torsadée whilst enjoying fresh oysters, charcuterie or a duck liver parfait.

Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm at Buvette, inside the Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit, Barton. Find more information here.

HIGH TEA ON THE BURBURY TERRACE 

Designed to blend tradition with innovation, the new Burbury High Tea menu also offers signature favourites with freshly- baked scones, strawberry macaron and finger sandwiches.

Burbury Terrace is also proud to introduce a fully-dedicated gluten-free high tea menu. Remaining as innovative as the standard menu, it also includes the traditional sandwiches and indulgent sweets.

$50.00 per person including TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee. $60 per person including a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, TWG Tea and freshly-brewed coffee.

Available Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4.30pm at Burbury Terrace, Barton. Find more information here.

PETIT FEAST AT BUVETTE

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

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

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

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

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.

MUSIC & STAGE

SPARROW-FOLK ALBUM LAUNCH

Sparrow-Folk crack open a bunch of brand new hilarious songs in their third full-length album – Album No. Free! Don’t miss the Aussie “sirens of satire” before their much anticipated 2018 national tour and be the first the experience their brand new material. Grab an early bird copy of Australia’s funniest musical offerings, freshly hatched in the Nation’s Capital. Featuring some of Canberra’s favourite musical talent, this night is not to be missed

On 16 February at 6:30pm at the Old Canberra Inn, Lyneham. Entry is $15 (pre-sale) / $20 (on the door). More information via Eventbrite.

SHAKESPEARE BY THE LAKES – MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – TUGGERANONG TOWN PARK

Shakespeare by the Lakes 2018 is a new event in the Canberra festival calendar. Grab the opportunity to see the opening night of Much Ado About Nothing.” Bring a blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy a free-for-all community event as the sun goes down behind the trees. BYO sparkling wine.
Pre-show entertainment by Canberra Trio, Ladyluck, and there will be food vans on site including a wine bar.

Happening Wednesday 14 February from 6.30-8.45pm at Tuggeranong Town Park, Anketell Street, Greenway. Free entry.

See the Facebook event for more information.

AN EVENING WITH CHRIS BOTTI

Performing worldwide and selling more than four million albums, American trumpeter Chris Botti has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre.

Botti’s musical connections with some of the world’s best known recording artists – including Sting, Paul Simon, Andrea Bocelli, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer and Lady GaGa – has led to continual tours and recordings since he first moved to New York City in 1985 to hone his craft as a studio musician.

Hitting the road for as many as 300 days per year, the trumpeter has also performed with many of the finest symphonies and at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, from Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House and the Real Teatro di San Carlo in Italy.

Happening Saturday 17 February from 7.30pm at Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit. Tickets from $102.30pp.

See the website for more information.

ESCAPE FEROCITY PRESENTS VICTOR RUIZ

One of the world’s hottest techno producers comes to Canberra for a warehouse party to tell the grandchildren about.

Presented by Escape Feocity – expect an intense, safe and diverse party to go well past sunrise. Two stages, unbelievable sound quality and world-class music in a raw space – all done for the love of a seriously good party.

Like Boris Brejcha and Christian Smith (previously presented by Escape Ferocity), Ruiz plays soulful and intense party music. This is not to be missed. Strictly 18+ and BYO.

Happening Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 February from 10pm at Secret Warehouse Location.

See the Facebook event for more information.

OPERA IN A NUTSHELL: LA TRAVIATA

The course of true love never runs smooth, particularly not for the doomed courtesan Violetta. The love she never dared hope for, found in Alfredo, is complicated by a society whose social class system forbade such a match. Love gained, love lost, love eternal…

This concert presents all the ‘juicy bits’ and ‘big hits’ in telling the story of this most popular of Verdi’s operas. The production stars Canberra born Christopher Lincoln Bogg as Alfredo and sought after Canberra soloist Sarah Louise Owens as the ill-fated Violetta. They are supported by Canberra and Manhattan School of Music graduate Colin Milner as Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s father; and accompanied by New Zealand born Colleen Rae-Gerrard on piano.

Happening Sunday 18 February from 5pm at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street North, Greenway. Cost is $35pp for adults, $20pp for students.

See the website for more details.

CELLAR DOOR SESSIONS

Calling all music lovers: head to Pialligo Estate for Cellar Door Sessions with a picnic blanket or take a seat on their luscious lawn and settle in for an intimate afternoon with artists Liam Wright and Tessa Devine. Wine, beer and nibbles are available all afternoon.

Young and upcoming musician Liam Wright is a folk and roots artist from the nation’s capital. His voice has a relaxed and soothing tone that partners well with his acoustic guitar, and the lyrics used in his songs often tell detailed stories that create a strong setting for the listener’s imagination.

Tessa will take you on a journey looping her unique percussive guitar style and vocal harmonies. Mixing indie folk pop with surfy tribal roots and a quirky personality, you have her unique performance. Her current EP ‘Wild’ is available on iTunes & Spotify.

Happening Sunday 18 February from 2.30pm at The Glasshouse Lawns, Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo. Tickets cost $15pp.

See the Facebook event for further information.

FILM

 

EUROPEAN OUTDOOR FILM TOUR – CANBERRA

The most renowned film event on the European outdoor calendar, the European Outdoor Film Tour, has arrived in Australia for the very first time.

E.O.F.T. features inspirational protagonists with a heartfelt passion for adventure and the great outdoors. Throughout the programmes of the last 15 years, E.O.F.T has followed one principle: we need no actors, no blue screen, no second takes. Only true adventure. This is real.

The film set includes seven all-new short films featuring the best skiing, climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and expedition stories.
Happening Monday 12 February from 7pm-10pm at Canberra Openair Cinema, Patrick White Lawns. Free entry. Gates open at 6pm.

See the Facebook event for more information.

DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: ANNE DEVESON’S ‘PAPER TRAILS’

New documentary Paper Trails follows Anne Deveson AO, beloved Australian broadcaster, writer, activist and mental health advocate, as she reflects on her life, memory and history while racing against time to pack her 85-year paper trail into boxes destined for the National Library.

Cost is $20pp.

Happening Thursday 15 February from 5.30pm-7pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

Check out the website for more details.

DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: ‘MEAL TICKETS’

Presented by Young Henrys, this special screening of Meal Tickets showcases a band of best friends, a roadie that wanted to be a rockstar, and a documentary ten years in the making.

Director Mat de Koning captures the rollercoaster journey of a young Perth band, the Screwtop Detonators, their manager Dave Kavanagh (an ex-mentor to The Libertines) and their one-time roadie, Will Stoker, as they grapple with the music industry’s long road to the top. Initially ambitious and eager for fame and fortune, their aspirations change over time as they individually discover what truly matters in life.

Happening Friday 16 February from 7pm at Dendy Cinemans, Canberra Centre, Canberra City.

Tickets costs $21pp for adults, $15.50pp student/concession or $13pp for seniors. Free beer with every ticket purchase.

See the website for more information.

SCREENING: WINTER OF OUR DREAMS

Avoiding hearts and flowers on February 14th? Escape to the cinema and watch Judy Davis and Bryan Brown in this award-winning film about a man and a woman united by a recent tragedy.

On 14 February at 7pm at National Film and Sound Archive

Tickets start at $8.

Visit the website for more information.

American Express Openair Cinemas

The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra.

Join them on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Please see website for session times.

Happening until 25 February 2018 on the Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

FESTIVALS

Credit: Martin Ollman

NATIONAL MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL

Eat, drink, laugh and dance around the world at the 2018 National Multicultural Festival. Celebrate difference, share traditions and see performances from all parts of the world throughout the festival. There will be live music, dancing, performance art, overwhelming food stalls, street parties and more local, national and international artists!

Legendary pop star Leo Sayer headlines the festival on opening night, supported by sensational indigenous rapper Baker Boy and local The Voice finalist Lucy Sugerman. The festival also welcomes Georgia soul man Michael Zaib, Chase the Sun, Wiradjuri Echoes, The Two Amigos, Satvik “Renagzy” Sharma and many more.

The 2018 Festival is not to be missed with guest chef Poh demonstrating her culinary skills in two sessions on Saturday 17th and signing copies of her latest book.

 Happening Friday 16 February from 4pm, and Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 February from 10am at Garema Place, Canberra City. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS 

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THE SCIENCE OF US 

The 2018 Canberra Speaker Series held across the year at the iconic Shine Dome.

The series will investigate the science of our lives and our health, from the moment of conception through to death, focusing on some of the issues we face during our lives and what science is doing to resolve them.

Featuring leading experts in the areas of reproduction, embryo development, personalised medicine, addiction, mental health, aging and more.

Happening Tuesday 13 February – Tuesday 11 December 2018 at The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Acton. “When Life Begins” happening Tuesday 13 February from 6pm-7pm. Doors open 5.30pm.

See the website for more information.

MARKETS

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.

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.

KINGSTON FRIDAY NIGHT 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 Kingston Friday Night Markets are on every Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Former Transport Depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

WORKSHOPS, TOURS & TALKS

UPSKILL @ LUNCH: MENTORING

You are invited to CIT’s very first learning series, Upskill @ Lunch.
To celebrate the launch, we are offering you the first session free! Gain more from your lunch break and learn a new skill in just 120 minutes.

Upskill @ Lunch is geared towards the busy professional in need of fast learning. Throughout the series you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn real skills that are contextualised to a government environment. The learning series will feature a new topic each month. This month will be on Mentoring.

Grab your colleagues and jump straight into fast, fun learning designed specifically for you.

On 14 February from 12pm-2pm at CIT Tuggeranong. Entry is free. Book via Eventbrite.

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.

SPORT & RECREATION

FOX SUPERFLOW SEALED BY STAN’S – STROMLO

Race the Fox Superflow sealed by Stan’s in 2018, all starting at Stromlo Forest Park. Collect points for an overall ranking in the six-series event that takes place throughout the year.

These events are unique Australia-wide in that they offer an awesome day out to a wide range of riders – from elite to amateur racers to families, couples and groups of friends riding together. A very flexible timing system means no start orders and riders can pick the sequence in which to complete the timed race stages themselves. That way, riders of different categories can spend all day riding and racing together.

Each timed section demands different skill sets of the riders – from tricky sections around rocks and tight corners to flowy berms and quick stints that needed pedal power and endurance.
Happening Sunday 18 February from 8am-4pm at Stromlo Forest Park, Opperman Avenue, Stromlo.

See the website for more information.

OUTDOORS

WOO AT THE ZOO

Take a step away from traditional romance this Valentine’s Day with “Woo at the Zoo”.

Take part in a special Guided Tour around the Zoo to learn more about animals in love! This frisky and fun-filled event includes information on dating & mating, animal affection and animal family life and the chance to meet some animals up close. The tour finishes up at Jamala Wildlife Lodge with a glass of champagne.

Happening Wednesday 14 February from 5 pm at the National Zoo & Aquarium, Scrivener Dam, Yarralumla. Limited places available. 1.5 hour tour costs $65pp with animal interaction, a glass of Moët champagne, hors d’oevres & handmade chocolates from Robin Rowe Chocolates.

Entry to the zoo prior to tour costs an added $20pp.

Check out the website for more information.

APOLOGY10 – HEAL OUR PAST, BUILD OUR FUTURE 

To mark the 10-year anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, there will be a free concert on the lawns of Parliament House.

Presented by the Healing Foundation, the concert will be hosted by Aboriginal comedian Steven Oliver and TV and radio presenter Myf Warhurst, and will feature live performances from some of Australia’s most loved talent, Archie Roach, The Preatures, Shellie Morris, Busby Marou and Electric Fields.
Come along to show support for Stolen Generations members and the ongoing journey of healing and reconciliation between the nation and Australia’s First Peoples. Take the chance to celebrate the strong spirit and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today, including musicians who have been taking the world by storm in recent years.

Happening Tuesday 13 February at the lawns in front of Parliament House, Federation Mall, Capital Hill. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

American Express Openair Cinemas

The festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas in Canberra.

Join them on Patrick White Lawns for an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Please see website for session times.

Happening until 25 February 2018 on the Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia, Parkes.

KIDS 

PlayUP

Discover PlayUP – The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard, where kids can explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in a playful way. Adults can even join in the fun too! From listening pods and a roleplay Kindness Café to a fuzzy felt wall and craft activities, PlayUP has a range of exciting and immersive experiences that flip the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

See the website for more information.

Free after museum admission.

Open from 9 am to 5 pm daily at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

5-12.

Bookings are essential. Register here.

COLOUR

See colour as you’ve never seen it before! Is your yellow the same as mine? How do pixels and paint differ? Turn a blue butterfly green, visit the Room of Missing Colours and hear fascinating stories from people who see colour when they hear music. Discover Colour at Questacon and see the world in a new light!

Showing until 30 September 2018 from 9am-5pm daily at Questacon, Parkes.

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.

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 10 am (duration one hour). Tickets are $5 per child and bookings are not required. Visit www.anbg.gov.au for more information.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

BIG CANBERRA BIKE RIDE

Canberra’s celebration of cycling returns to the shores of Lake Burley Griffin for Pedal Power ACT’s Annual Big Canberra Bike Ride.

Many hundreds of people are expected to join the festivities, with rides to suit all levels of skill and experience a 5 km family ride and 20 km, 68 km and 120 km rides. There’ll be free family friendly entertainment, activities and delicious food and drink at our event hub on Rond Terrace. All riders will receive a medal to commemorate their participation.

The Big Canberra Bike Ride is organised by Pedal Power ACT to provide a safe and enjoyable day for people of all abilities and ages to celebrate bike riding in Canberra. The event is proud to support the Amy Gillett Foundation as the official charity partner for the 2018 Ride.

Happening Sunday 18 February from 6.45am at Rond Terrace.

Check out the website for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

Hearts and Minds

Canberra Glassworks offers an opportunity to attend the first Australian exhibition of artists Penny Byrne and Harriet Schwarzrock that explores the idea of interconnectivity and electrical impulses in the body.

This exhibition is a perfect collaboration between Penny Byrne’s 2 metre Hurt Locker from the Glasstress exhibition, Palazzo Franchetti, Venice Biennale 2015 and the collection of 60 hand-blown glass hearts created by Harriet Schwartsrock. Each of them is filled with a mixture of gases that shimmer and touch the light effect inside. A few of them are also featured with heartbeat sound pulsates at different rates provided by sound artist Brian McNamara.

Free entry.

Happening from 25 January to 25 March daily from 10 am to 4 pm at Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston Foreshore.

DESCRIPTIVE TOUR OF ANGELICA MESITI

Angelica Mesiti has long been fascinated by performance: as a mode of storytelling and a means to express social ideas in physical form. In recent years she has been making refined videos that reveal how culture is manifested through non-linguistic forms of communication, and especially through vocabularies of sound and gesture.

This exhibition features five recent works, offering an expansive view of the range of subjects with which Mesiti has engaged. When considered together, this suite reveals how the artist bears witness to enchanted moments of inner life with her camera. Intensity builds through an accumulation of rhythms, sounds and gestures, flowing back and forth between individual and social space – from person to person, situation to situation, culture to culture.

For people who are blind or vision impaired. This is a free event however it is advised interest is registered through the National Gallery of Australia website.

 Happening Saturday 17 February from 2.30pm-3.30pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

DRAWINGS BY JOHN FORRESTER CLACK

The act of drawing, mark making and surface materiality are for John Forrester Clack a place where he can explore the incarnation of the word Amen – ‘So Be It’. Through exploration and experimentation, he has been working to see if he could be in the ‘now’, without fear of failures of the past or doubts about the future, to express as fully as he can, body, mind, emotions and spirit through the physical act of drawing.

John Forrester Clack has been a practising artist for over thirty years and has exhibited in major public exhibitions. He was awarded the Kedumba Prize for Drawing and selected for the Art Gallery of NSW Dobell Drawing Prize. He has been represented by major commercial galleries, with work in collections across Australia and overseas.

Happening Friday 16 February – Thursday 29 March 2018 at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Opening night from 5.30pm. Free entry.

Check out the website for further information.

IN TRANSIT UNFRAMED OPEN EXHIBITION

2018 is the beginning of a new chapter for Belconnen Arts Centre as they embark on realising the completion of a new centre and sharing the journey with artists of Australia. Facing new opportunities and with the transformation of the building, artists are being invited from throughout Australia to respond to themes of change, metamorphosis, growth, journey and evolution. The Arts Centre asks artists to investigate their ideas of transition and transformation on A3 paper with imagination, a sense of play, boldness, thoughtfulness or contemplation.

All works will be eligible for consideration of the $500 People’s Choice Award, with entries due by COB 4:00pm Monday 5 February 2018.

Happening Friday 16 February – Thursday 29 March at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Free entry.

Entry details and further information can be found on the website.

PUBLIC MOMENTS BY KIRA GODOROJA-PRIECKAERTS 

Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) award-winner Kira Godoroja-Prieckaerts’ ‘Public Moments’ focuses on the non-consensual touch of women in public space. Most incidents leave no trace or evidence of the moment other than the lived experience, so the prints act as a testament to the reality. The artwork validates the experience and redefines its influence; it is the hand of the creator, not the aggressor, that holds the power here.

Kira Godoroja-Prieckaerts has been involved in group exhibitions at the 8th National Print Symposium at the National Gallery of Australia, The Left Hand Gallery, and a solo show at Honky Tonks. Her works have also appeared several times in Demos Journal, including the upcoming print edition. In 2017, she graduated from the ANU School of Art and Design where she received the Belconnen Arts Centre Emerging Artist Support Scheme award.

Happening Friday 16 February – Thursday 29 March at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

ART DECO

Comprised entirely of works selected from the National Gallery of Australia’s collection, Art Deco presents superb examples of Australian vitalism, capturing Art Deco’s fascination with the meeting of art, architecture, and technology.

In the 1920s, Australian artists rebelled against the austerity of World War I to create images of an abundant nation filled with strong, youthful figures, capturing the vitalism of a nation reborn.

Technological advancements and urbanisation influenced the emergence of Art Deco: a new aesthetic in art, architecture, design and fashion.

Art Deco presents superb examples of Australian Vitalism, including Rayner Hoff’s architectural frieze Deluge – stampede of the lower gods 1927, Jean Broome-Norton’s Abundance 1934 and Napier Waller’s painting, I’ll put a girdle round about the earth 1933, which captures Art Deco’s fascination with the meeting of art, architecture and technology. 

Happening Friday 16 February – Monday 31 December 2018 7 days from 10am-5pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes.

For more information, see the website.

 

Deeds Not Words: The Bessie Rischbieth Collection

National Library of Australia is proudly representing the opportunity to see the collection of Bessie Rischbieth, a prominent figure in Australian and international feminism.

During her stay in England in 1913, Bessie Rischbieth witnessed the whirlwind of the suffragettes’ struggle for the right to vote, which was then at its height.

Fascinated by the charisma of the suffragettes and their militant actions, she gathered memorabilia of the movement, building a collection of photographs, pamphlets, newspaper cuttings, suffrage periodicals, postcards and correspondence. She continued to grow the collection for the remainder of her life.

Rischbieth bequeathed this ‘living memorial’ to the National Library of Australia.

Free entry.

Happening from 6 February to 19 August daily from 10am to 5pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West.

Seasons of Arboretum 

Seasons of Arboretum exhibition of original paintings conveys Valentyna Crane’s passion for the Arboretum’s vistas, skies and forests through the changing seasons.

Valentyna is an Australian artist, who re-discovered the techniques and knowledge she learned in a very different place, in the context of the nature, history and social fabric of Australia. In her own words, Valentyna had visited the Arboretum many times for drawing sessions.

In her own words, she fell in love with the magnificence of the landscape that inspired her to share her visions of this place. That’s how the project ‘Seasons of the Arboretum’ was born.

Every painting in the exhibition has its own story. Every time the artist was moved by the overwhelming moment of now and wanted to capture and share that experience with the audience.

All works are for sale.

Showing until to 18 February daily from 9am to 4pm in the Village Centre, free entry.

Visit the website for more information.

SONGLINES: TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

Immerse yourself in the epic saga of the Seven Sisters. Take a journey into the heart of Australia, with intrigue, desire, drama, passion and beauty – and 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 where artists create works you can take home.

Showing until 25 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia. Find more information on the website.

BEHIND THE LINES 2017: THE THREE RING CIRCUS 

Roll up, roll up to Behind the Lines 2017 and marvel at the political cartooning spectacle that is The Three-Ring Circus.

Showcasing the year’s best political cartoons, The Three-Ring Circus captures a world where fact and fiction collide and ringmasters, jugglers and acrobats have all stepped into the political Big Top.

From postal votes and citizenship chaos to penalty rates and constitutional recognition, 2017 was a tumultuous year in politics. Its cavalcade of political characters and sensational events provided rich material for our nation’s cartoonists who continue to look behind the lines of the daily political sideshows to capture the spirit of our democracy in all its passion, scepticism and humour.

Behind the Lines 2017 is on now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Open 9 am – 5 pm. For more information, visit the website.

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia proudly present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Starstruck explores the striking portraits emerging from 100 years of Australian movies. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many items are available for the public to see for the very first time.

Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as Picnic at Hanging RockMy Brilliant Career, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Showing until 4 March 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes.

Find more information on the website.

2018 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR EXHIBITION

See personal objects chosen by the eight extraordinary 2018 Australian of the Year state and territory recipients that tell us something special about their aspirations and experiences.

Showing until 18 February at the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton.

See the website for more information or read our editorial on the exhibition here.

MIDAWARR | HARVEST: THE ART OF MULKUN WIRRPANDA AND JOHN WOLSELEY

Midawarr | Harvest, two artists, two completely different approaches, but one abiding passion – to depict the natural bounty to be found in northern Australia.

For almost a decade, renowned artists Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley have met at midawarr, the harvest season, to seek, eat and paint the edible plants of Yolŋu country in north-eastern Arnhem Land. Together they have created an unforgettable suite of works.

Showing until 18 February 2018 at the National Museum of Australia, Acton. Free entry.

EIRENE MORT: A LIVELIHOOD

The story at the heart of this exhibition is that of Eirene Mort; a prolific artist, collaborator, teacher, writer, family historian and a ‘new woman’ pursuing a profession in the arts at the beginning of the 20th Century.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Eirene Mort’s death at the age of 98, a fitting time to consider her life and work. View numerous artefacts from Mort’s art practice made possible thanks to a generous gift to Canberra Museum and Gallery from her heirs.

A self-described woman of independent means, Mort was an advocate and proponent of the use of Australian materials and motifs in decorative arts. Her translation of the English Arts and Crafts movement to an Australian context coincided with the creation of the Australian Commonwealth in 1901 and helped define a burgeoning national identity.

Showing until 25 February 2018, from 12-5pm at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra City. Free entry.

HYPER REAL

A levitating man, a genetically engineered baby, towering giants – welcome to humanity amplified in Hyper Real. This blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a compelling chronicle of the cycles of life, our constant need for connection and explores the fundamental question: what makes us human? Featuring uncanny figures with painted silicon skin, glass eyes, human hair and cutting-edge digital art, Hyper Real provokes reflection, fascination, fear and joy. From eerily lifelike sculptures to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this major exhibition charts the evolution of hyper-realism into the 21st century.

Hyper Real presents major works from early American pioneers George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, celebrated Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, international masters Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Berlinde de Bruyckere (Belgium), Evan Penny (Canada), Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (China) and many more.

Showing until 18 February from 10am – 5pm at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Tickets from $25pp for adults available through event website.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the Museum of Australian Democracy is launching a new, collaborative exhibition. Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum explores the journey of Australia’s most successful referendum campaign and asks what this far-reaching change means today.

This is a joint exhibition by the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Reconciliation Australia.

Yes: The Ongoing Story of the 1967 Referendum is open now at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Open 9am – 5pm daily.

For more information visit the website.

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 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 until 2 May 2018. 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.

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