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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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20 THINGS NOT TO MISS

Art, Not Apart 2018

Art, Not Apart is a free festival of exhibitions, performance art, throngs of music, installations, wild interventions, a street party, cafes, restaurants and two crazy afterparties. Works that speak to the intensity of today, climate change and tipping points are prioritised in 2018.

The festival theme Climax will thread 25 venues throughout NewActon Precinct, The Shine Dome, NFSA and a year of programming on the Alinga Street Footbridge.

This isn’t just about art, but uses art as a metaphor. Art, Not Apart actively removes boundaries with amazing artists. Giving light to the lesser heard, lesser seen, inspires you and us. This is art. No-one’s apart.

Happening Saturday 17 March from 1 pm across NewActon.

See the website for more details.

CANBERRA BALLOON SPECTACULAR 

Wake up to the view of hot air balloons floating across the city during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. This mesmerising view is best appreciated from the lawns of Old Parliament House. Held over nine days, more than thirty hot air balloons from across the globe are expected to take to our skies this autumn. Remember to keep an eye out for the special shape balloons. This year the festival features Kerbie the frog and a very colourful hummingbird.

Each day from 6:15 am pilots will begin inflating their balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House before ascending into the sky and creating a picturesque backdrop for Canberra’s national attractions.

Passengers can experience the thrill of hot air ballooning over Canberra at sunrise while spectators on the ground are treated to an experience of the senses. Flurries of colour, sound and movement complemented by live music and a delicious hot breakfast available for purchase from the Belconnen Lions Club will make your morning one to remember.

Balloon flights are weather dependant. Call Canberra Connect, follow us on Enlighten on Facebook or tune into local radio stations from 6:15 am for daily information.

Happening Saturday 10–Sunday 18 March from 6.15am at the Lawns of Old Parliament House, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free for spectators.

For bookings and more information, see the website.

Canberra Day 2018

Canberra is turning 105 this year! Join in the celebrations with a program bursting to the seams with live music and entertainment for all.

Kids will dance, play and laugh as their favourite entertainers take to the stage. Music will fill the air later in the afternoon, getting your heart pumping and feet moving as you sing and dance the day away.

The stunning landscape of Commonwealth Park will provide the perfect backdrop for your family day out. Enjoy the thrill of amusement park rides or indulge in a tasty treat from local traders. Snap a cute photo after visiting the face painting station or relax with a picnic to the sound of live music. There’s something for everyone this Canberra Day.

Happening 12 March 2018 – From 2 pm at Commonwealth Park.

Free to attend. Find more information: enlightencanberra.com.

Enlighten Festival 2018

Illuminating Canberra for its eighth year, Enlighten Festival proudly presented by Singapore Airlines, is transforming Canberra into a hive of activity with an extended program of free and ticketed events and activities plus two new and exciting events precincts – Canberra city and the Australian National University (ANU).

Over 16 days in March, visitors to the Enlighten festival will see stunning large-scale architectural projections and installations transform some of the capital’s most loved and iconic buildings including Australian Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia and Questacon, as the Parliamentary Triangle becomes a vibrant canvas showcasing Australian talent buzzing arts precinct with roving entertainers, art installations, live music and enchanting performances.

The ANU campus will come to life over five thrilling nights with vibrant projections, fire-side chats and a special Saturday night market; and you can explore all the city has to offer after nightfall. See the fairy lights, and find hidden gems in the city’s nooks and crannies. Keep your eye out for interactive installations, workshops and other unexpected surprises.

Eat at the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets and food and drink precinct featuring local street food. Enjoy Canberra’s best autumn events including the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, Symphony in the Park, Lights! Canberra! Action! Canberra Day and Skyfire. And explore the culture and creativity of Canberra’s national attractions, and the vibrancy of the city’s art and mind precincts as they open their doors to host an array of exclusive after-dark events and surprising experiences. Canberra! Action! Canberra Day and Hit 104.7 Skyfire.

Happening 2 -18 March with the Enlighten the Illuminations (Projections) 2-11 March within the Parliamentary Triangle, as well as two new precincts this year – the Australian National University (ANU) and Canberra City.

Find more information: enlightencanberra.com.

HANDMADE MARKETS

Canberra’s award winning Handmade Market is now on five times a year. Handmade brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and producers from all over Australia to showcase their handmade designs and produce.

The Handmade Market is an indoor event showcasing over 260 Australian designer/producers. All products on sale are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced and where you can meet the maker.

You’ll find everything from fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, children’s toys and clothing, jewellery, accessories and an indoor gourmet food & wine.

You can drive to the venue. There is a lot of parking including coach and disabled parking access. ATMs are located on site. There is public transport to the event.

Entry to the market is free but please support the door greeters at each event with a gold coin donation if you can. Each event supports a different charity.

Handmade Market – March is also a Share the Dignity event. Check their website to learn how you can help support local women in need when you attend Handmade Market.

Happening 17-18 March from 10 am – 4 pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra, corner of Northbourne Avenue and Flemington Road, Mitchell.

See the website for more details.

SKYFIRE 2018

Skyfire 2018 delivers a magnificent display of fireworks set to a soundtrack simultaneously broadcast on Hit 104.7. Canberra lights up on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin’s central basin.

See great free live entertainment at Regatta Point before the fireworks explode!

Check the website for performance times and all other details closer to the event.

Please note that fireworks displays are always dependant on the weather.

Get there early for a good seat.

Happening Saturday 17 March from 6-9.30 pm.

See the website for more information.

FOOD, FUN, FIREWORKS

For an unexpected take on Canberra’s favourite evening of family fun, celebrate Skyfire 2018 from the exclusive Parliament House Members and Guest Terrace. Countdown to the fireworks as you feast on our chefs’ delicious street food, enjoy local region wines, and chill out to DJs spinning a selection of old, new and out-of-the-ordinary tracks. As the sky lights up, you’ll have one of the best and most exciting views in town.

Get a group together for an atypical Skyfire experience in a super private setting generally reserved for political strategy!

This is a family friendly event—children must be accompanied by adults.

Happening Saturday 17 March from 6.30 pm – 10.30 pm on the exclusive Members and Guests Terrace at Parliament House, Capital Hill.

See the website for tickets and more information.

Alliance Française French Film Festival 2018

Returning to Palace Cinemas from 1-28 March, the annual Alliance Française French Film Festival is poised to seduce audiences with an incendiary selection of 47 features, 2 documentaries and a cheeky Parisian TV series, which showcase the passion, artistry and dazzling diversity of contemporary French cinema.

For his second year at the helm, Artistic Director Philippe Platel has selected an impressive line-up that resonates with themes of courage, friendship and egalitarianism; motifs reflected via a host of Première screenings, delightful special events, and, for the first time, a LGBT strand in celebration of Australia’s recent, historic ‘Yes’ vote for same-sex marriage.

Some of many highlights to be found in this year’s Festival include a Ladies Night on Wednesday 21 March presented by HERCANBERRA as well as the Canberra premiere of many acclaimed films. Read our full roundup of highlights here.

Happening 1-28 March at Palace Electric, NewActon.

See the full program at affrenchfilmfestival.org.

NATIONAL CARILLON CONCERTS

Feast your ears on a global banquet of Carillon talent this long weekend as the National Carillon hosts four special International guest performers: Malgosia Fiebig from The Netherlands, Belgium’s Koen van Assche, Dr Tiffany Ng from the USA and Anna Maria Reverté from Spain.

Each will present a free hour-long solo concert from 12:30-1:30 pm, and in the evenings, from 6:00 pm-7:00p m join forces with our chime of Canberra-based Carillonists: Lyn Fuller, Astrid Bowler, Thomas Laue, Leonard Weiss and Anna Wong.

The repertoire includes classical, jazz, global folk tunes, rock, Broadway anthems and the world premiere of Ari Ari, composed by leading female South Korean composer Hyo-won Woo.

Happening Friday 9 – Monday 12 March at 12.30 pm and 6 pm at the National Carillon, Parkes.

OEDIPUS SCHMOEDIPUS

Oedipus Schmoedipus takes dozens of the great theatre classics, picks out the death scenes, mixes them together and hands them back to the people. Created by Australia’s silliest and smartest performance makers, this is clever theatre with an outrageous sense of humour.

Fed up with white men staging the deaths of white men in plays written by white men, the white ladies of post have pirated the classics to confront the great unknown.

Oedipus Schmoedipus is about death: real death, fake death, and the Western theatrical canon. It’s joyful and dark, stupid and smart, hilarious and confronting.

An ambitious epic and an intentionally impossible task, Oedipus Schmoedipus compiles all the death scenes ever written and will intertwine them with a Canberra cast of 25 volunteers. When it comes to engaging with communities, there’s nothing like it.

Post’s deep irreverence for the institution of theatre has amused, bemused and probably annoyed audiences for years.

Happening Wednesday 14 March at Canberra Theatre Centre.

Find tickets and more information via the website.

Bungendore Harvest Festival

Celebrate local food, farming and fibre.

Join them for a weekend that will bring the Bungendore region alive in a celebration of food, farming and fibre related activities. The Bungendore Harvest Festival will promote integrity and freshness in the growing, breeding and production of produce in the Southern Harvest Region.

On Friday March 16, linger over meals showcasing locally sourced food and beverages.

On Saturday March 17, the streets of Bungendore will come alive with stalls, talks, cooking demonstrations and other activities. The Festival will take place in marquees along the footpaths in Ellendon Street between (Malbon and Gibratar Streets) and at participating businesses. Stalls along Ellendon Street will include fresh seasonal produce and meat from local farmers, food preserved from local harvests, local wines for tasting, other local food delights.

On Sunday March 18, explore the region and discover Bungendore as a regional food and wine destination. Participate in farm and winery tours, pick chestnuts, wander around a beautiful garden, enjoy traditional Devonshire tea, or do wine tastings. sample Bungendore’s freshest and finest local food at cafes and winery restaurants.

Happening 16-18 March at Bungendore Showground.

See 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.

DISNEY CLASSICS FILM FESTIVAL

The Disney Classics Festival is coming to the big screen and will feature Disney favourites such as 101 Dalmatians, Bambi, Dumbo and The Lion King.

All tickets are just $8 each so it’s the perfect day to take a walk down a cartoonish memory lane!

The Lion King – 17 & 18 March

Happening until Sunday 18 March 2018 from 10.30am daily at Capitol Cinemas, 6 Franklin Street, Manuka. Tickets $8pp (booking fees apply)

See the Facebook event for more details.

ANU Enlighten Minds

Light up your autumn and enlighten your mind as ANU partners with Enlighten Festival this March to bring the campus to life over five thrilling nights featuring vibrant projections, a selection of delicious food stalls and other entertainment.

Five of the University’s iconic buildings will be lit up with original archival footage, a fly through projection of the solar system and a creative arts illumination. Visitors will have a chance to visit the School of Art to see the 1X Exhibition where artists must only operate within the dimensions of 1x1x1m, and witness the NEW LIGHT Projections which features a short experimental moving-image works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

To celebrate the first night of ANU Enlighten Minds, the ANU Film Group will be showing an exclusive screening of the 2017 dark-fantasy drama film, The Shape of Water. Ngunawal Elder Wally Bell will be hosting fire-side chats each night and sharing stories of the Indigenous heritage of the campus.

You can indulge yourself with a selection of fine smoked meats accompanied by a glass of Lerida wine or a beer from Capital Brewing at The Smokehouse or wind down at The Lounge with a variety of tapas and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

With a packed program filled with live music, history, vibrant imagery and other entertainment, ANU Enlighten Minds is not to be missed.

Happening 8-16 March across the ANU Campus. For more events and activities, visit anu.edu.au/events

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.

JIMMY BARNES: WORKING CLASS MAN

Oz rock icon, Jimmy Barnes, brings his second bestselling memoir to life in Working Class Man: An Evening of Stories & Songs.
This spellbinding and searingly honest theatrical production sees Jimmy using his yarns and his music to reveal the truth behind Australia’s greatest rock’n’roll story. It is the sequel to his hugely acclaimed and award winning 2016 stageshow, Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories & Songs which retraced Jimmy’s troubled childhood.

The show begins where the last story ended – as he leaves Adelaide in the back of a truck with Cold Chisel in 1974. Jimmy then takes the audience on a 40 year roller coaster ride of fame, addiction and rock’n’roll to eventually show how it’s never too late to try to put things right.

Happening 17-18 March at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See the website for tickets and 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.

ACT MARGARET HENDRY PUBLIC FORUM 2018

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects ACT Chapter invites you to join them for the annual Margaret Hendry Public Lecture/Forum on Thursday 15 March, 2018 at the Palace Theatre in New Acton. In a timely fashion for current ACT planning legislation and agenda, the topic of this year’s public forum is:

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” – Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Speakers include:

Suzanne Orr, MLA
Member for Yerrabi

Kristi Jørgensen
Former CEO of Purdon Planning
Canberra

Jessica Christiansen-Franks
Co-Founder & CEO
Neighbourlytics

Sarah Fayad
Landscape Architect
AECOM

This public lecture/forum commemorates the work and achievements of Margaret Hendry AO FAILA (1930 – 2001). Margaret was passionate about Landscape Architecture and the contribution that women make to improving the environment and social well being.

Continue the discussion and meet the speakers and join the AILA ACT Chapter after the forum for drinks and canapes!

Happening Thursday 15 March from 6- 9pm at Palace Electric Cinemas, Phillip Law Street, NewActon.

Find more information and purchase tickets here.

St Patrick’s Day Celebration

Embrace the luck of the Irish at King O’Malley’s this St Pat’s day!

They’ve set aside the whole day to entertain you Canberra in good ol’ Irish spirit.

They have:
– Irish Dancers
– Live Irish Music: Cassidy Ceilli from 2pm – 4pm & Fir Croi later on
– The Gecko Gang face painting activity for the kids (or the adults)
– Guinness on tap like it’s going out of fashion

Happening March 17 from 12 pm onwards at King O’Malley’s, City Walk, Civic.

See the website for more information.

Suitcase Rummage: Handmade & Secondhand Market

Suitcase Rummage is a mini scaled market with giant rewards!

Aimed at supporting emerging artists, crafters and second-hand marketeers. Suitcase Rummage is focused on fostering Australia’s entry-level entrepreneurs and their locally produced handmade, recycled and up-cycled products – from a suitcase!

Our aim is to create a grassroots market designed to encourage members of the community to engage in ethical exchange through advocacy of local arts & crafts, fostering DIY entrepreneurs and supporting a sustainable economy.

A Rummager can expect to find Trash & Treasure alongside Art & Craft.  From vintage, artwork, bric-a-brac, clothing, books, jewellery, seconds, handmade, shoes, records, music, badges, cards, handmade paper and more! Punters are encouraged to bargain, swap, or brave an old-fashioned haggle.

The event is free for the public.

Happening Saturday 17 March from 1 – 7 pm in NewActon as part of Art Not Apart 2018.

See the Suitcase Rummage website for more information.

FOOD & DRINK

Enlighten Night Noodle Markets

Enlighten Night Noodle Markets returns once again to Reconciliation Place, Canberra from March 2 – 11,  2018.

To make things quick and easy, the markets are cash-free so guests can spend less time queuing and more time enjoying the night. So don’t forget your cards!

Check out the menu here – find out who’s doing anything from gluten-free delights, to vegan treats to life-changing desserts!

Happening 2-11 March at Reconcilliation Place, Parkes.

FREE ENTRY | KID FRIENDLY | CASHLESS | DOGS WELCOME

  • Monday – Wednesday 5pm – 9pm
  • Thursday 5pm – 10pm
  • Friday 5pm – 12am
  • Saturday 4pm – 12am
  • Sunday 4pm – 9pm

St Patrick’s Day Celebration

Embrace the luck of the Irish at King O’Malley’s this St Pat’s day!

They’ve set aside the whole day to entertain you Canberra in good ol’ Irish spirit.

They have:
– Irish Dancers
– Live Irish Music: Cassidy Ceilli from 2pm – 4pm & Fir Croi later on
– The Gecko Gang face painting activity for the kids (or the adults)
– Guinness on tap like it’s going out of fashion

Happening March 17 from 12 pm onwards at King O’Malley’s, City Walk, Civic.

See the website 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

 

Credit: Cole Bennetts

Art, Not Apart 2018

Art, Not Apart is a free festival of exhibitions, performance art, throngs of music, installations, wild interventions, a street party, cafes, restaurants and two crazy afterparties. Works that speak to the intensity of today, climate change and tipping points are prioritised in 2018.

The festival theme Climax will thread 25 venues throughout NewActon Precinct, The Shine Dome, NFSA and a year of programming on the Alinga Street Footbridge.

This isn’t just about art, but uses art as a metaphor. Art, Not Apart actively removes boundaries with amazing artists. Giving light to the lesser heard, lesser seen, inspires you and us. This is art. No-one’s apart.

Happening Saturday 17 March from 1 pm across NewActon.

See the website for more details.

JIMMY BARNES: WORKING CLASS MAN

Oz rock icon, Jimmy Barnes, brings his second bestselling memoir to life in Working Class Man: An Evening of Stories & Songs.
This spellbinding and searingly honest theatrical production sees Jimmy using his yarns and his music to reveal the truth behind Australia’s greatest rock’n’roll story. It is the sequel to his hugely acclaimed and award winning 2016 stageshow, Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories & Songs which retraced Jimmy’s troubled childhood.

The show begins where the last story ended – as he leaves Adelaide in the back of a truck with Cold Chisel in 1974. Jimmy then takes the audience on a 40 year roller coaster ride of fame, addiction and rock’n’roll to eventually show how it’s never too late to try to put things right.

Happening 17-18 March at Canberra Theatre Centre.

See the website for tickets and more information.

Canberra Comedy Festival 2018

Canberra Comedy Festival presents more than 60 comedy shows in the capital over one week in March, bringing the finest comedic talent to Canberra from around the world.

See the some of the very best acts from the festival in the Gala on Tuesday 20 March, as well as a variety of shows featuring everything from local Canberra talent to some of the biggest stars on the international comedy circuit.

Happening 19-26 March at various locations across Canberra.

See the website for tickets and more information.

OEDIPUS SCHMOEDIPUS

Oedipus Schmoedipus takes dozens of the great theatre classics, picks out the death scenes, mixes them together and hands them back to the people. Created by Australia’s silliest and smartest performance makers, this is clever theatre with an outrageous sense of humour.

Fed up with white men staging the deaths of white men in plays written by white men, the white ladies of post have pirated the classics to confront the great unknown.

Oedipus Schmoedipus is about death: real death, fake death, and the Western theatrical canon. It’s joyful and dark, stupid and smart, hilarious and confronting.

An ambitious epic and an intentionally impossible task, Oedipus Schmoedipus compiles all the death scenes ever written and will intertwine them with a Canberra cast of 25 volunteers. When it comes to engaging with communities, there’s nothing like it.

Post’s deep irreverence for the institution of theatre has amused, bemused and probably annoyed audiences for years.

Happening Wednesday 14 March at Canberra Theatre Centre.

Find tickets and more information via the website.

NATIONAL CARILLON CONCERTS

Feast your ears on a global banquet of Carillon talent this long weekend as the National Carillon hosts four special International guest performers: Malgosia Fiebig from The Netherlands, Belgium’s Koen van Assche, Dr Tiffany Ng from the USA and Anna Maria Reverté from Spain.

Each will present a free hour-long solo concert from 12:30-1:30 pm, and in the evenings, from 6:00 pm-7:00p m join forces with our chime of Canberra-based Carillonists: Lyn Fuller, Astrid Bowler, Thomas Laue, Leonard Weiss and Anna Wong.

The repertoire includes classical, jazz, global folk tunes, rock, Broadway anthems and the world premiere of Ari Ari, composed by leading female South Korean composer Hyo-won Woo.

Happening Friday 9 – Monday 12 March at 12.30 pm and 6 pm at the National Carillon, Parkes.

LIOR AND PAUL GRABOWSKY IN CONCERT

This performance is a collaboration of two of Australia’s most respected artists.

Lior shot to the public’s attention following his 2005 debut album Autumn Flow, which became one of the most successful independent releases in Australian history. His collaboration with composer Nigel Westlake, won best classical album at the 2014 ARIA awards.

Paul Grabowsky is an acclaimed composer, pianist and polymath who has received numerous awards in his illustrious 40 year career.

Together they will be reinventing some of Lior’s most cherished songs as well as bringing their own individual voices to this special show.

Happening Friday 16 March at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton.

Find tickets and more information via the website.

SUPER RATS AT SMITHS

Something a little different… Canberra’s very own Romanian band “Super Rats” return to Smith’s Alternative, already known worldwide as ACT’s premiere RO-folk venue! Another evening of 100% non-stop pure-distilled gypsy-style urban folk music from Old Bucharest, that will transport you to realms mysterious and wonderful.

Happening Friday 16 March from 7.30pm at Smith’s Alternative, 76 Alinga Street,  Canberra City.

Find tickets and more information via the website.

URZILA CARLSON: STUDIES HAVE SHOWN

Every time you hear, “studies have shown” you know you’re about to learn something ridiculous!

Studies have shown your dog is happier than your cat! Who cares! How about they give funding to scientists to come up with a way to eradicate the unibrow, or those weird thin white hairs you occasionally find attached to your face!

Let’s get some research done on what happens to your blood pressure when your kid keeps getting out of bed when you’ve tucked them in 20 f*cking times already!

Happening Monday 19 March at The Street Theatre as part of the Canberra Comedy Festival.

See the website for tickets and more information.

A VIGIL FOR THE MOON

A Vigil for the Moon is a showcase of music and dance by young performers, acknowledging loss, celebrating transformation and sharing hope. The concert’s title is taken from Omar Musa’s poem The Moon, which was written in response to the executions of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan in 2015.

The showcase will feature performances from:

– Woden Valley Youth Choir‘s Australis Voices and Centauri Voices
– Cellist Ariel Chou, accompanied by Ruth Giddy
– Fresh Funk, and more.

A Vigil for the Moon is offered as part of The Human Condition, a suite of public programs that invite the community to explore the many difficult themes and questions emerging from the works exhibited as part of Another Day in Paradise and the associated story.

Happening 17 March from 2 – 5pm at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

This event is free to attend, but seating is limited. Please reserve your ticket online to avoid disappointment.

FILM

Alliance Française French Film Festival 2018

Returning to Palace Cinemas from 1-28 March, the annual Alliance Française French Film Festival is poised to seduce audiences with an incendiary selection of 47 features, 2 documentaries and a cheeky Parisian TV series, which showcase the passion, artistry and dazzling diversity of contemporary French cinema.

For his second year at the helm, Artistic Director Philippe Platel has selected an impressive line-up that resonates with themes of courage, friendship and egalitarianism; motifs reflected via a host of Première screenings, delightful special events, and, for the first time, a LGBT strand in celebration of Australia’s recent, historic ‘Yes’ vote for same-sex marriage.

Some of many highlights to be found in this year’s Festival include a Ladies Night on Wednesday 21 March presented by HERCANBERRA as well as the Canberra premiere of many acclaimed films. Read our full roundup of highlights here.

Happening until 28 March at Palace Electric, NewActon.

See the full program at affrenchfilmfestival.org.

Art, Not Apart 2018

Art, Not Apart is a free festival of exhibitions, performance art, throngs of music, installations, wild interventions, a street party, cafes, restaurants and two crazy afterparties. Works that speak to the intensity of today, climate change and tipping points are prioritised in 2018.

The festival theme Climax will thread 25 venues throughout NewActon Precinct, The Shine Dome, NFSA and a year of programming on the Alinga Street Footbridge.

This isn’t just about art, but uses art as a metaphor. Art, Not Apart actively removes boundaries with amazing artists. Giving light to the lesser heard, lesser seen, inspires you and us. This is art. No-one’s apart.

Happening Saturday 17 March from 1 pm across NewActon.

See the website for more details.

DISNEY CLASSICS FILM FESTIVAL 

The Disney Classics Festival is coming to the big screen and will feature Disney favourites such as 101 Dalmatians, Bambi, Dumbo and The Lion King.

All tickets are just $8 each so it’s the perfect day to take a walk down a cartoonish memory lane!

The Lion King – 17 & 18 March

Happening until Sunday 18 March 2018 from 10.30am daily at Capitol Cinemas, 6 Franklin Street, Manuka. Tickets $8pp (booking fees apply).

See the Facebook event for more details.

NIGHTS AT THE CIRCUS [FILM SEASON]

Roll up, roll up! Come on a journey through the darker side of carnival culture with screenings that showcase the circus freaks and dreamers of cinema’s imagination.

Cinephiles, this is your chance to see the NFSA’s newly acquired 35mm prints of A Clockwork Orange and Freaks on the big screen.

Presented in association with the ANU conference ‘Imagineers in Circus and Science.’

PROGRAM:

A Clockwork Orange – 17 March, 1:00 pm

Freaks – 17 March, 5:30 pm

A Clockwork Orange – 21 March, 7:00 pm

Carnival of Souls – 28 March, 6:00 pm

Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed – 28 March, 8:00 pm

Curator Talk: Circus Home Movies – 4 April, 7:00 pm

Freaks – 4 April, 8:00 pm

Children of Paradise (4K restoration) – 6 April, 7:00 pm

Happening 17 March – 6 April at the National Film and Sound Archive Find more information and tickets via the website.

Lamplight to LED

See how science and film have shaped each other and illuminate what we see (or think we see) on screen. We investigate the technology and biology of vision and illusion. We’ll go back to optical mechanisms employed long before electronic – or even electric – media, tracing them through to our new digital technologies.

Happening Wednesday 14 March from 6 pm at the National Film and Sound Archive.

Presented as part of the Enlighten Festival. See the website for more information.

FESTIVALS

Miriam Pickard with Australian Dance Party Dancers at The Shine Dome for the media launch of Art Not Apart 2018. Credit: Martin Ollman.

Art, Not Apart 2018

Art, Not Apart is a free festival of exhibitions, performance art, throngs of music, installations, wild interventions, a street party, cafes, restaurants and two crazy afterparties. Works that speak to the intensity of today, climate change and tipping points are prioritised in 2018.

The festival theme Climax will thread 25 venues throughout NewActon Precinct, The Shine Dome, NFSA and a year of programming on the Alinga Street Footbridge.

This isn’t just about art, but uses art as a metaphor. Art, Not Apart actively removes boundaries with amazing artists. Giving light to the lesser heard, lesser seen, inspires you and us. This is art. No-one’s apart.

Happening Saturday 17 March from 1 pm across NewActon.

See the website for more details.

ENLIGHTEN FESTIVAL

The national capital’s Parliamentary Triangle will be transformed into a vibrant arts precinct for Enlighten 2018 with free entertainment such as talented street artists and international musical acts – all set against a backdrop of stunning architectural projections that shine a light on some of Australia’s most iconic attractions.

See Canberra in a different light during autumn when many of the city’s national attractions open their doors after-hours to host an array of exclusive events and surprising experiences.
Enlighten Festival is proudly presented by Singapore Airlines. 

Happening until Sunday 11 March 2018 at various locations around Canberra City.

See the website for more information.

Bungendore Harvest Festival

Celebrate local food, farming and fibre.

Join them for a weekend that will bring the Bungendore region alive in a celebration of food, farming and fibre related activities. The Bungendore Harvest Festival will promote integrity and freshness in the growing, breeding and production of produce in the Southern Harvest Region.

On Friday March 16, linger over meals showcasing locally sourced food and beverages.

On Saturday March 17, the streets of Bungendore will come alive with stalls, talks, cooking demonstrations and other activities. The Festival will take place in marquees along the footpaths in Ellendon Street between (Malbon and Gibratar Streets) and at participating businesses. Stalls along Ellendon Street will include fresh seasonal produce and meat from local farmers, food preserved from local harvests, local wines for tasting, other local food delights.

On Sunday March 18, explore the region and discover Bungendore as a regional food and wine destination. Participate in farm and winery tours, pick chestnuts, wander around a beautiful garden, enjoy traditional Devonshire tea, or do wine tastings. sample Bungendore’s freshest and finest local food at cafes and winery restaurants.

Happening 16-18 March at Bungendore Showground.

See the website for more information.

Awakening Ancient Futures Festival 2018

Held at beautiful Ingelara Farm on 17 March 2018 from 9.30am-9.30pm, Awakening Ancient Futures festival offers people of all ages the opportunity to build community, share culture and foster connection. Through a programme which includes live music, sound healing, performance, art, food, dance, song, yoga, meditation, tree planting, bush food and much more, festival goers will experience a full day of cross-cultural immersion and learning from leaders, healers, elders, performers and speakers.

As a not-for-profit festival, Awakening Ancient Futures is calling on families and friends of all ages and cultures who are interested in exploring new environments, practices and people to come along and draw on ancient wisdom to help create modern solutions towards a more sustainable, peace-filled future.

Happening Saturday 17 March from 9.30 am – 9.30 pm at Ingelara Farm.

See the website for tickets and more information.

LATE NIGHT OPENING 

As part of the Enlighten festival, visit the National Portrait Gallery after dark and see the stars of Australian history and culture sparkle in their frames.

Happening until Saturday 10 March from 6pm–10pm at National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free entry.

See the website for more details.

MARKETS

HANDMADE MARKETS

Canberra’s award winning Handmade Market is now on five times a year. Handmade brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and producers from all over Australia to showcase their handmade designs and produce.

The Handmade Market is an indoor event showcasing over 260 Australian designer/producers. All products on sale are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced and where you can meet the maker.

You’ll find everything from fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, children’s toys and clothing, jewellery, accessories and an indoor gourmet food & wine.

You can drive to the venue. There is a lot of parking including coach and disabled parking access. ATMs are located on site. There is public transport to the event.

Entry to the market is free but please support the door greeters at each event with a gold coin donation if you can. Each event supports a different charity.

Handmade Market – March is also a Share the Dignity event. Check their website to learn how you can help support local women in need when you attend Handmade Market.

Happening 17-18 March from 10 am – 4 pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra, corner of Northbourne Avenue and Flemington Road, Mitchell.

See the website for more details.

THE YASS SHOW

The Yass Show will once again feature popular events and attractions including the antique farm machinery, shearing competition, yard dogs, wood chopping, vintage and veteran cars, show jumping and all the horse and livestock events you would expect to see at a truly agricultural show.

Entertainment will include their annual PBR Bullride and baby/small animals. You will also be able to bring your pets for the Pet Competition and see the beautiful dogs of the Yass Dog Show.

Membership of the Yass Show Society close on Friday, March 16. Membership gives you access to the Showground both days of the Show and includes free car parking. You can also attend the Yass PBR Bullride at the Show as part of your Show entry.

Happening 17-18 March at The Yass Showgrounds.

See the website for more information.

Bungendore Harvest Festival

Celebrate local food, farming and fibre.

Join them for a weekend that will bring the Bungendore region alive in a celebration of food, farming and fibre related activities. The Bungendore Harvest Festival will promote integrity and freshness in the growing, breeding and production of produce in the Southern Harvest Region.

On Friday March 16, linger over meals showcasing locally sourced food and beverages.

On Saturday March 17, the streets of Bungendore will come alive with stalls, talks, cooking demonstrations and other activities. The Festival will take place in marquees along the footpaths in Ellendon Street between (Malbon and Gibratar Streets) and at participating businesses. Stalls along Ellendon Street will include fresh seasonal produce and meat from local farmers, food preserved from local harvests, local wines for tasting, other local food delights.

On Sunday March 18, explore the region and discover Bungendore as a regional food and wine destination. Participate in farm and winery tours, pick chestnuts, wander around a beautiful garden, enjoy traditional Devonshire tea, or do wine tastings. sample Bungendore’s freshest and finest local food at cafes and winery restaurants.

Happening 16-18 March at Bungendore Showground.

See the website for more information.

SOUTHSIDE FARMERS MARKETS 

Get along to the Southside Farmers Markets every Sunday morning and pick up the finest fruit and vegetables and produce our region has to offer.  There are over 50 stalls made up of farmers and producers who sell their food direct from their farm or kitchen.  Many farmers are out picking their produce the night before the market and you can certainly taste the difference.

Talk to the farmer direct and find out where your food is being grown, how they grow it, and even how they best like to cook it.  Not only do they provide us with fresh food every week but they are a wealth of information on the food that nourishes week in week out.

What’s in season this week?  Annual herbs, beans, peas, beetroot, capsicums, carrots, chillies, corn, cucumber, daikon, eggplant, garlic, onion, radishes, rhubarb, squash, zucchini, melons, stonefruit, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes and more!

Every Sunday from 8.30am to 11am at Canberra College, 2 Launceston Street, Phillip. Entry is free, visit the website for more information.

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.

CROWN MARKET CANBERRA

Discover Canberra’s best local creatives this April at Crown Market Canberra, the world’s first blockchain market! Meet the talented makers behind the best handmade goods and artisanal products the region has to offer.

On 7 April from 9am – 3pm at the Budawang Pavilion at EPIC.  Visit the website for more information: www.meetingplaceact.com.au.

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

 

ACT MARGARET HENDRY PUBLIC FORUM 2018

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects ACT Chapter invites you to join them for the annual Margaret Hendry Public Lecture/Forum on Thursday 15 March, 2018 at the Palace Theatre in New Acton. In a timely fashion for current ACT planning legislation and agenda, the topic of this year’s public forum is:

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” – Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Speakers include:

Suzanne Orr, MLA
Member for Yerrabi

Kristi Jørgensen
Former CEO of Purdon Planning
Canberra

Jessica Christiansen-Franks
Co-Founder & CEO
Neighbourlytics

Sarah Fayad
Landscape Architect
AECOM

This public lecture/forum commemorates the work and achievements of Margaret Hendry AO FAILA (1930 – 2001). Margaret was passionate about Landscape Architecture and the contribution that women make to improving the environment and social well being.

Continue the discussion and meet the speakers and join the AILA ACT Chapter after the forum for drinks and canapes!

Happening Thursday 15 March from 6- 9pm at Palace Electric Cinemas, Phillip Law Street, NewActon.

Find more information and purchase tickets here.

ART FOR LUNCH

Drop into 30-minute weekly talks or creative activities interpreting works of art in the NGA’s collection. Check our website for further details. This event is free but bookings are essential.

Happening every Thursday between March 8–November 29 2018 from 12.45pm–1.15pm at National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes.

See the website for more information.

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT MASTERCLASS

Immerse yourself in an authentic coin modelling and sculpting experience through an exclusive master class hosted by Royal Australian Mint coin designers.

Learn the arts of traditional plaster and modern 3D coin modelling techniques as practiced by masters in mints around the world. Select from a range of animal coin models to personalise and cast in plaster. Drinks and canapés included.

Limited spaces available. Participants must be aged 18 years and over.

Happening Wednesday 14–Thursday 15 March from 6pm–9pm at the Royal Australian Mint, Denison Street, Deakin. Tickets cost $179pp.

See the website for more details.

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

The Plus500 Brumbies VS Sharks

The Plus500 Brumbies are set to kick off their season with a bang when they welcome a talented Sharks team to GIO Stadium in Round 5. With highly touted stars like Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira and young guns like the electric Curwin Bosch coming to town, the South Africans have a side jam-packed with quality talent. This is a clash you don’t want to miss. Plus as an added bonus see the Brumbies Women take on Queensland at 5pm in the first Buildcorp Super W match to be held at GIO Stadium.

Happening Saturday 17 March from 7.40 pm at GIO Stadium, Battye Street, Bruce.

See the website for tickets and more information.

RAIDERS V NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Round 2 v Newcastle Knights – The Canberra Raiders open their home account for 2018 against a rejuvenated Newcastle side who have recruited heavily for the coming season with the likes of Mitchell Pearce. This is set to be a big clash to kick off the NRL season in Canberra.

Happening Sunday 18 March, kick off at 6.30 pm at GIO Stadium, Battye Street, Bruce.

See the website for tickets and more information.

E-Bike the Light Fantastic at Enlighten

Watch the night come alive with colour, and take in the big picture around central Lake Burley Griffin and atop Capital Hill during the Enlighten Festival. Glide the lakeside cycle ways on easy to use electric bikes dressed up with LED lights to add to the show. Enjoy the noodle market and stroll the pedestrian light show events before or after your magical e-bike trip. The cycle route may vary a little each night to take in other light shows away from the crowds.

Happening until Sunday 11 March from 8.30pm and 9.40pm each night. Meet at Parkes Place West, at Questacon carpark entrance

$35 per person 12 years and over Child 6-11 yrs: $15*

(*Up to 3 children under can join riding child seats with a family member on specially equipped adult bikes. Must be arranged when booking)

Includes: e-bike, helmet, safety instructions, guide.

See www.canberraurbanadventures.com for more information.

Kayak the Dawn at the Balloon Spectacular

Watch the dawn break over gorgeous Lake Burley Griffin as hot air balloons float skyward above. Glide over the water in safe, stable, easy to use pedal kayaks with your hands free – ready to take photos of the balloons soaring above in the sublime dawn light.

Take a break by the lake with juice, water, fresh fruit and nibbles (included in price) to soak it all in. Then get to know the lake’s waterbirds, as the morning light touches surrounding peaks to greet the new day.

Happening Saturday 10 March to Sunday 18 March from 6.00am each day (Return: 8.00am). Departs from/returns to Lawson Cres jetty next to National Museum of Australia carpark – behind the red wave on the hill.

$75 per person 12 years and over. Child 6-11 yrs: $36*. (*Child must ride in a double kayak with a family member.)

Includes: pedal kayak, life vest, drinks and nibbles, guide.

Book at: canberraurbanadventures.com, call 0421 140 401 or email [email protected].

OUTDOORS

SKYFIRE 2018

Skyfire 2018 delivers a magnificent display of fireworks set to a soundtrack simultaneously broadcast on Hit 104.7. Canberra lights up on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin’s central basin.

See great free live entertainment at Regatta Point before the fireworks explode!

Check the website for performance times and all other details closer to the event.

Please note that fireworks displays are always dependant on the weather.

Get there early for a good seat.

Happening Saturday 17 March from 6-9.30 pm.

See the website for more information.

FOOD, FUN, FIREWORKS

For an unexpected take on Canberra’s favourite evening of family fun, celebrate Skyfire 2018 from the exclusive Parliament House Members and Guest Terrace. Countdown to the fireworks as you feast on our chefs’ delicious street food, enjoy local region wines, and chill out to DJs spinning a selection of old, new and out-of-the-ordinary tracks. As the sky lights up, you’ll have one of the best and most exciting views in town.

Get a group together for an atypical Skyfire experience in a super private setting generally reserved for political strategy!

This is a family friendly event—children must be accompanied by adults.

Happening Saturday 17 March from 6.30 pm – 10.30 pm on the exclusive Members and Guests Terrace at Parliament House, Capital Hill.

See the website for tickets and more information.

CANBERRA BALLOON SPECTACULAR

Wake up to the view of hot air balloons floating across the city during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. This mesmerising view is best appreciated from the lawns of Old Parliament House. Held over nine days, more than thirty hot air balloons from across the globe are expected to take to our skies this autumn. Remember to keep an eye out for the special shape balloons. This year the festival features Kerbie the frog and a very colourful hummingbird.

Each day from 6:15am pilots will begin inflating their balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House before ascending into the sky and creating a picturesque backdrop for Canberra’s national attractions.

Passengers can experience the thrill of hot air ballooning over Canberra at sunrise while spectators on the ground are treated to an experience of the senses. Flurries of colour, sound and movement complemented by live music and a delicious hot breakfast available for purchase from the Belconnen Lions Club will make your morning one to remember.

Balloon flights are weather dependant. Call Canberra Connect, follow us on Enlighten on Facebook or tune into local radio stations from 6:15am for daily information.

Happening Saturday 10–Sunday 18 March from 6.15am at the Lawns of Old Parliament House, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Free for spectators.

For bookings and more information, see the website.

E-Bike the Light Fantastic at Enlighten

Watch the night come alive with colour, and take in the big picture around central Lake Burley Griffin and atop Capital Hill during the Enlighten Festival. Glide the lakeside cycle ways on easy to use electric bikes dressed up with LED lights to add to the show. Enjoy the noodle market and stroll the pedestrian light show events before or after your magical e-bike trip. The cycle route may vary a little each night to take in other light shows away from the crowds.

Happening until Sunday 11 March from 8.30pm and 9.40pm each night. Meet at Parkes Place West, at Questacon carpark entrance

$35 per person 12 years and over Child 6-11 yrs: $15*

(*Up to 3 children under can join riding child seats with a family member on specially equipped adult bikes. Must be arranged when booking)

Includes: e-bike, helmet, safety instructions, guide.

See www.canberraurbanadventures.com for more information.

Kayak the Dawn at the Balloon Spectacular

Watch the dawn break over gorgeous Lake Burley Griffin as hot air balloons float skyward above. Glide over the water in safe, stable, easy to use pedal kayaks with your hands free – ready to take photos of the balloons soaring above in the sublime dawn light.

Take a break by the lake with juice, water, fresh fruit and nibbles (included in price) to soak it all in. Then get to know the lake’s waterbirds, as the morning light touches surrounding peaks to greet the new day.

Happening Saturday 10 March to Sunday 18 March from 6.00am each day (Return: 8.00am). Departs from/returns to Lawson Cres jetty next to National Museum of Australia carpark – behind the red wave on the hill.

$75 per person 12 years and over. Child 6-11 yrs: $36*. (*Child must ride in a double kayak with a family member.)

Includes: pedal kayak, life vest, drinks and nibbles, guide.

Book at: canberraurbanadventures.com, call 0421 140 401 or email [email protected].

KIDS 

THE JELLY FISH BLOOM

As part of Enlighten, Canberra Centre will have giant Jelly Fish positioned around the centre.

Walk under them and watch them flash when they sense human interaction. As you walk under these six mysterious and spectacularly beautiful ancient sea creatures 3600 LED displays will bring tem to life. Inspired by the bio luminous lighting responses of real world jellyfish these light sculptures will capture your imagination as they transform before your eyes.

Created by AMPLE, this immersive art installation incorporates state of the art interactive components and lighting hardware as well as custom designed electronics.

Kids – collect your jellyfish trail map from customer service and spot all the jellyfish for a special gift! 

Happening until Sunday 1 April at Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda Street, Canberra City.

See the Facebook event for more information.

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.

EXHIBITIONS

Enlighten Festival 2018

Illuminating Canberra for its eighth year, Enlighten Festival proudly presented by Singapore Airlines, is transforming Canberra into a hive of activity with an extended program of free and ticketed events and activities plus two new and exciting events precincts – Canberra city and the Australian National University (ANU).

Over 16 days in March, visitors to the Enlighten festival will see stunning large-scale architectural projections and installations transform some of the capital’s most loved and iconic buildings including Australian Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia and Questacon, as the Parliamentary Triangle becomes a vibrant canvas showcasing Australian talent buzzing arts precinct with roving entertainers, art installations, live music and enchanting performances.

The ANU campus will come to life over five thrilling nights with vibrant projections, fire-side chats and a special Saturday night market; and you can explore all the city has to offer after nightfall. See the fairy lights, and find hidden gems in the city’s nooks and crannies. Keep your eye out for interactive installations, workshops and other unexpected surprises.

Eat at the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets and food and drink precinct featuring local street food. Enjoy Canberra’s best autumn events including the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, Symphony in the Park, Lights! Canberra! Action! Canberra Day and Skyfire. And explore the culture and creativity of Canberra’s national attractions, and the vibrancy of the city’s art and mind precincts as they open their doors to host an array of exclusive after-dark events and surprising experiences. Canberra! Action! Canberra Day and Hit 104.7 Skyfire.

Happening until 18 March with the Enlighten the Illuminations (Projections) 2-11 March within the Parliamentary Triangle, as well as two new precincts this year – the Australian National University (ANU) and Canberra City.

Find more information: enlightencanberra.com.

THE BALD ARCHY PRIZE 2018

Watson Arts Centre is delighted to once again present the Bald Archy Prize, that eccentric icon of the Australian art calendar. Created in 1994 as a spoof of another more serious competition, the Bald Archy Prize provides a genuine opportunity for artists of all styles and standards to create portrait paintings of humour, dark satire, light comedy or caricature.

Known internationally as the only art competition in the world to be judged by a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Maude, the satirical side of this event has its basis in the irreverent, larrikin Australian comic comment.

Happening until 12 March at Watson Arts Centre, Aspinall Street, Watson.

Find more information via the website.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

A preview of new work by trailblazing stencil artist Luke Cornish (ELK).

Luke Cornish’s current practice is focussed on the war ravaged streets of Syria, and the individuals caught in the conflict. More specifically, Cornish aims to put a human face to the effects of war, and to portray the hope and positivity which he encountered there.

Works are a mixture of stencil, aerosol and sublimation on aluminium on canvas. Sublimation printing is a process of heating dye and transferring onto a medium such as paper or plastic.

This exhibition is presented alongside Another Day in Paradise.

Happening until Sunday 29 April 2018 from 10am–5pm at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed Street North, Greenway. Free entry.

See the website for more information.

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.

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

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.

Showing until 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.

Showing until Thursday 29 March at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Free entry.

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

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. 

Showing until 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.

Showing until 19 August daily from 10 am to 5 pm at National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West.

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.

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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